Daily Noontime (Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020)

By Matt Noonan 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone – man, is it just me, or is this week flying by? I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday. This weekend is also a three-day weekend, too – it just seems like 2021 will be here before we know it. And I think that is a good thing, right? 

Anywho, let’s start the begin the day (like we usually do) with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ from myself (and the crew) here at NoontimeSports.com! 

Unfortunately, we must begin with some bad news from the sports media world. According to Front Office SportsESPN, which many know as the worldwide leader in sports, will layoff “hundreds of employees in the coming weeks.” 

How many employees will be laid off from ESPN? Well, it could be between 300 and 400 or possibly 700, which again is not good news. 

Additionally, who could be impacted by these layoffs? Most likely it will be individuals behind the scenes (and camera), along with some TV or radio folks that may have contracts expiring later this year. 

Let’s switch gears to college sports, specifically football where fans don’t seem to be “deterred” by recent upticks of the coronavirus. According to Sportico, fans continue to flock to stadiums, pending they are allowed to attend games, of course, and there have been 25 games canceled or postponed over the last five weeks. 

This week, college football fans will be treated to a slew of games, beginning this evening with the University of Houston hosting Tulane University for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. 

As of now, only one game for week six has been canceled. And that contest is the following: the University of Alabama at Birmingham vs. Rice University. As of this morning, no makeup date has been announced. 

Here in Massachusetts, we woke up to some positive news – we all need some positive reports to share these days, right? – about the New England Patriots: the team has NO new positive tests

This morning’s report about NO positive tests from the Patriots should hopefully mean we’ll see the hometown team in action this weekend against the Denver Broncos. But as we all know, things could change due to the pandemic! 

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