Gov. Baker Paves The Way For Pro Sports To Return To Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker provided a glimmer of hope for live sports to return in the coming weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker clearly misses sports – we all know he is a proud supporter of our state’s hometown teams.

So on Friday, Baker announced that the state’s professional teams would be allowed to begin practicing as soon as Saturday, June 6. That is also the same date Massachusetts residents should learn more about the second phase of the state’s reopening plan, which would begin Monday, June 8.

“I know we still aren’t to the point where we’ll have our pro sports teams back playing anything yet,” Baker said during Friday’s press briefing. “The leagues are obviously working hard to host games again. And I think we all hope that at some point, opening practice facilities will help make that happen a little sooner.”

Professional sports have been idle since mid-March when the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) paused their respective seasons due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Since then, both leagues have been working diligently to find a way to restart their seasons safely in “hub cities.”

Major League Baseball (MLB) delayed the start of its 2020 season but continues to be stuck in neutral due to ongoing contract discussions between the players and owners.

Both Major League Soccer (MLS) and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) have announced plans to return to the pitch in the coming weeks, which should excited local New England Revolution fans.

Baker believes live sports would certainly help all of us during this unprecedented time. Additionally, it would be a great outlet for many, who have been consuming older contests these past few weeks, including a 2007 playoff run by the Boston Red Sox on NESN.

“I think for all of us live sports, and especially pro sports would be a great thing to see again because not only will it be a significant milestone for those of us who are fans but it will also send a big signal that we’ve continued to do all the things that we need to do to contain and control the virus,” said Baker.

Daily Noontime: Monday, January 20th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone – hope you are ALL staying warm on this VERY chilly and cold morning here in Boston!

We’ll try to warm things up (and make it feel like Miami this morning, which is currently 70 degrees) with our first ‘Daily Noontime’ on a Monday.

As usual, have a great day, smile, and make sure to be careful while walking and driving today!


The Boston Sports Weekend Recap


The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • The 54th Super Bowl for the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL) is set as Kansas City Chiefs will square-off against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in Miami, Florida. Get some insight on the game, as well as who is the favorite, courtesy of Esten McLaren. (USA Today)

  • Former NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis called out Richard Sherman following the conclusion of the NFC Championship game last night. (NinersNation.com | SB Nation)

  • The San Francisco 49ers “have reportedly requested to wear their all-white 1994 throwback jerseys” when they compete against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. (Sports Illustrated)
  • NESN’s Doug Kyed revisits the New England Patriots‘ decision to trade Jimmy Garoppolo two years ago to the 49ers for draft picks. (NESN.com)
  • Monday’s Celtics-Lakers match-up will have Green and White fans thinking about what their team could have looked like with Anthony Davis in the line-up. (Boston Globe)

  • The Kansas City Chiefs will be competing in their first Super Bowl since 1970 when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings(New York Times)

Video of the Day: The Brandeis University men’s basketball team scored an exciting win on Sunday, defeating No. 3 Emory University at the buzzer

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NESN.com’s Lauren Campbell joined our first Noontime Nation Podcast for 2020 to discuss a few Boston sports topics for early January, including Tom Brady being a free agent to the Boston Celtics struggling against teams below them in the standings. 

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Endicott’s DeWall, Kalosky Appear On SportsCenter AM

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In case you missed it, Endicott College football made an appearance on ESPN‘s SportsCenter AM today – Sunday, September 10th – to discuss their dramatic and exciting 29-28 win over Bridgewater State.

Following a quick recap of the game-winning drive, Endicott coach Kevin DeWall and quarterback Joe Kalsoky joined the SportsCenter AM crew to discuss how the Gulls engineered an improbable comeback with less than a minute remaining.

After appearing on SportsCenter AM, Kalosky was named this week’s Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) Offensive Player of the Week for tossing a career-best four touchdowns, including the game-winning score.

Endicott’s game-winning score also gained attention from other media outlets, including NESN, the Salem News and Saturday Down South.

The Gulls return to action next Saturday, September 16 when they visit MIT for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.

Hockey East Tournament – Quarterfinal Broadcast Note

By NoontimeSports.com 

The 2012 Hockey East tournament, which is set to begin later this week, announced on Sunday that the NBC Sports Network will broadcast Friday’s quarterfinal clash between Boston College and University of Massachusetts (Amherst) on Friday, Mar. 9, while NESN, (New England Sports Network) will televise Boston University-University of New Hampshire on Saturday, Mar. 10.

For more information on the Hockey East and the upcoming tournament, visit their website by CLICKING HERE.