Noontime’s Tech Tuesday (Jan. 12, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to our first official ‘Tech Tuesday’ post from Noontime Sports!

Our weekly post will highlight innovation, tech, business, events, and entrepreneurism in the sports (and yes, athletic) world, and we begin our new weekly series with an interesting story from Front Office Sports (FOS) about John Skipper and De Le Batard teaming-up for a “politically progressive sports media company.”

We learned of Dan Le Batard collaborating with his former ESPN boss on a new venture last week – Matt Noonan highlighted it in his ‘Sunday Thoughts‘ column – and according to FOS, the startup is targeting some former colleagues, including Jemele Hill, who currently writes for The Atlantic.

The Le Batard-Skipper venture is just the first

Here are some other news and notes (that you should know on this particular Tuesday):

Alright, that will do it for now – we’ll be back next Tuesday with more stories and links on the ever-changing sports world!

Daily Noontime (Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone!

As usual, hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and having a great week thus far.

Let’s begin today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ with a tip of the cap – no pun intended, of course! – to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who captured their first World Series crown in 22 seasons last night with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Prior to the Dodgers celebrating their city’s second championship this month – the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals a few weeks earlier – Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus. Had the Rays beaten the Dodgers last night, then the seventh game of the Fall Classic, which was scheduled for this evening, may have been postponed to Thursday or Friday. Maybe Saturday?

And just for those keeping track at home, Mookie Betts, who helped the Boston Red Sox win the 2018 World Series, capped the best-of-seven game series by smacking a home run last night. Can someone please call Bob Lobel and ask him the following: why can’t we get players like Mookie Betts?

According to Scott Soshnick of Sportico, the final-out ball from last night’s sixth game of the World Series is worth $250.000. Anyone interested in purchasing it?

While the Dodgers will certainly receive a great deal of attention, both today and over the next few days for ending one of the craziest seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) history, one storyline that may not disappear for quite some time will be Kevin Cash‘s decision to yank Blake Snell off the mound in the sixth inning. Was it the right decision?

Perhaps this move will haunt the Rays for weeks and months – maybe years? – but I guess the only way the Tampa Bay fans can forgive Kevin Cash is by having the team capture the World Series next October. Maybe Tom Brady could help the Rays win some games?

One last baseball story – sorry, I know this is a very heavy-duty World Series post! – but one more tip of the cap to the home of the Texas Rangers, which I will always consider the finish line for the weirdest and strangest baseball season in my lifetime.

Alright, that will do it for today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ – remember, you can stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by searching “Noontime Sports” and follow us on Instagram at @NoontimeNation!

Daily Noontime (Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Hello Tuesday – how are you?

From a quick look outside our window, Tuesday look rather gloomy and cloudy – that is in the Boston area, to be exact!

Let’s get to some news (and links), beginning with Major League Baseball (MLB) where the 30-team league “amassed an unprecedented $8.3 billion of debt from their various lender” this summer and fall. The league will also lose between $2.8-3 billion in operational losses, according to Rob Manfred, who conveyed the not-so-great news to Sportico yesterday.

A big reason for the debt was due to no fans in the stands, which is because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And if Manfred and the league does not have fans in the stands next season, which is certainly a possibility, especially in California and New York, then MLB could be face some additional challenges.

The 2020 MLB season could conclude either this evening or tomorrow in Texas – as of now, the Los Angeles Dodgers are one game away from winning their first Fall Classic since 1988. The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2, on Sunday in the fifth game of the World Series.

I am thinking the Dodgers will clinch the World Series this evening – just a gut feeling – but I could also see the Rays winning tonight to force a game seven tomorrow evening.

Let’s switch gears to college basketball where we learned yesterday that some early season contests and events that were initially scheduled to occur in Orlando, Florida next month, as well as in the beginning of December, will not happen. The main reason ESPN, which was scheduled to host these tournaments, pulled the plug was so everyone could stay safe and healthy.

ESPN’s public relations team released a statement on Twitter about the tournaments they were planning to host with the following message to their college basketball fans: “ESPN Events set out to create a protected environment for teams to participate in early-season events in Orlando. Based on certain challenges surrounding testing protocols, we opted to resume these tournaments during the 2021-22 season.”

Alright, that will conclude a short and to-the-point version of the ‘Daily Noontime,’ but we will be back with another blog post (or two) later today!

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! 

Other news and links from the world wide web: 

Daily Noontime (Wednesday, September 30, 2020)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s the final day of September – man, this month moved quickly! I guess it is time to begin the countdown for Halloween, right? 

We hope it has been a great month for you (and your families), as well as your friends – we have enjoyed hosting a slew of podcasts to generating some new content on football and other subjects over the past few weeks. And as we head into the final stretch of 2020, we’re excited to produce even more football content, along with some other blogs, podcasts, and videos, so stay tuned, Noontime fans and friends! 

Alright, let’s kickstart a brand new day with the ‘Daily Noontime’ for Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – have a great day, everyone! 

NFL vs. Covid-19

News broke yesterday morning regarding the National Football League‘s (NFL) enduring its first official coronavirus hurdle with eight members of the Tennessee Titans, including three players testing positive.

Both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings, who was Tennessee’s most recent opponent, have closed their respective facilities and will be working remotely this week – how do you work remotely in professional sports? I don’t know, but I am guessing there will be a LOT of Zoom meetings. 

As of now, it appears both teams will be back on the field this weekend but stay tuned. 

Just a short time ago, we learned of fourth player testing positive, which is NOT good news. However, no member of the Vikings tested positive, which is good news, right? 

Two former Harvard University football players start a $55 million sports-focused venture fund

Just a short time ago, Scott Soshnick of Sportico reported that two former Harvard football alums, including Isaiah Kacyvenski, who was one of the founders of the Sports Innovation Lab here in Boston, has formed a team to start “the first early stage, institutionally-backed ventured fund.”

The firm believes sports will fuel “the next great wave of technological innovation,” and we certainly will be keeping our eyes on this group, which was raised $55 million has some impressive partnerships in place already.

The 2020 NBA Finals tips-off this evening

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will compete against the Miami Heat this evening in game one of the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals.

James and the Lakers outlasted the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, while the Heat beat our beloved Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Miami enters the championship round with a great deal of momentum and should not be taken lightly. 

But what makes this matchup so intriguing is James used to play for the Heat – remember when promised multiple championships?  

Finally, are you excited for day number two of the MLB playoffs? 

The first official day of the 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason is in the books. And in case you were curious, the New York Yankees won their first game against the Cleveland Indians

More games are on the docket today, New York-Cleveland, as well as Los Angeles DodgersMilwaukee Brewers at 10 p.m. eastern. 

While it is upsetting to not see the local nine in the playoffs – that would be the Boston Red Sox – it is nice to have playoff baseball on your television!