MB SPORTS SHOW DAILY
March 6th, 2019
Have a Great Wednesday!
- Finally Someone is sentenced in NCAA basketball scandal.
Photo: Business manager Christian Dawkins arrives to court in New York on March 5, 2019, Seth Wenig / AP
- Former Adidas executive James Gatto was sentenced to nine months in prison Tuesday for his role in college basketball’s federal fraud scandal. Co-defendants Merl Code, an Adidas consultant, and basketball middleman Christian Dawkins, each received six months. All were the men who conspired to pay families so top college basketball recruits would go to Adidas-sponsored schools.
- Manhattan U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said he had to balance the need for a stern message with the realization that others who did similar crimes were not prosecuted in a widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools.
- None of the men made extra money from their illegal actions, Assistant US Attorney Edward Diskant said, “there is no question each of these defendants were acting for personal and competitive advantage.”
2. 21 Horses Die at Santa Anita Racetrack Causing Cancelled Races
- Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, said Tuesday that racing won’t be held this weekend. Very troubling that 21 horses died at the track over the last 10 weeks.
- Santa Anita Park with palm trees and the San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop in Arcadia, Calif.
- Dennis Moore, the former track superintendent at Santa Anita who earlier in the day had been retained to examine and monitor the surface, will do an extensive inspection of the track. Moore, the track superintendent at Los Alamitos and Del Mar, voluntarily stepped down as Santa Anita track superintendent at the end of 2018.
- A 4-year-old filly, under the tutelage of the Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally, suffered a catastrophic spill during Tuesday morning workouts on the main track. McAnally suggested that the effect of the heavy rains on the track could be a factor in the horse deaths.
- On Saturday, March 2, two days after the track had reopened following an evaluation by University of Kentucky racing surface consultant Mick Peterson, 4-year-old filly Eskenforadrink suffered a catastrophic injury in a $16,000 claiming race. She was euthanized after being examined by veterinarians.
- Two major races were scheduled: the San Felipe for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls and the Santa Anita Handicap for older horses.
3. Bruce Arians Plans to Create a Full Time Position For a Women
Photo: by Michael Hickey/Getty Images Bruce Arians wants to open female coaching position
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians plans on creating a full-time coaching position designated for a woman. He shared that information at the Women’s Career in Football Forum while at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Arians did not share an exact timeline, the coach said this season could be a possibility.
- Arians in 2015 hired Dr. Jen Welter as an assistant coach with the Arizona Cardinals. Welter was an intern, she wasn’t a full-time coach. In 2016 the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as the first full-time assistant coach in the NFL.
4. MLB MLBPA are nearing rule changes
Photo: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
- Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes. a new deal may only be a day or two away from completion.
- Some of the items the league would like to implement: single trade deadline of July 31st, three-batter minimum per pitcher (by 2020), 26-man roster (by 2020) and 28-man September roster (with 13 and 14-pitcher limits), 15-day injured list and 15-day minimum optional assignment, further limitations on mound visits, position-player pitching, and time between innings.
- The league has announced a new deal with the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol. The MLBPA has ratified the pact, which will govern the movement of players from Mexico’s top league to MLB organizations.