Dodgers Head to the World Series: Top Stories, Sports and Business News — Oct. 19

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These are the stories shaping sports and business for Monday, October 19th, 2020.

Dodgers Head to the World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the World Series for the third time in four years after coming back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves behind the sensational defense from Mookie Betts and a go-ahead home run from Cody Bellinger, who was so excited he dislocated his shoulder celebrating. The Dodgers will now take on the Rays in the Fall Classic as they try to see if the third time is the charm when it comes to capturing the World Series title.

Coronavirus Update

According to Johns Hopkins, There are over 40.1 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 1.1 million deaths.

The U.S. has surpassed 8.1 million cases with 219,000 deaths.

Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 48,922 new cases reported Sunday, which is lower than the 57,943 cases reported the day earlier. 978,769 new tests were reported. And 393 deaths were reported yesterday, which is higher than the 780 deaths reported the day prior.

House Democrats and the White House are expected to meet later Monday to once again discuss stimulus.

This comes after weekend negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set a deadline of Tuesday for settling on terms of a relief package if there is any hope of sealing an agreement before the election.

Pelosi said the 48-hour deadline from Saturday "only relates to if we want to get it done before the election, which we do.

Pelosi told ABC News, "We’re saying to them, we have to freeze the design on some of these things - are we going with it or not and what is the language? I’m optimistic because again we’ve been back and forth on all this.”

However, there is still some opposition to a large stimulus package, though President Donald Trump has said he's willing to go above $2.2 trillion, which exists in the Republican-controlled Senate.

NFLPA Warns Against CBD Endorsements

The NFL it seems isn’t quite ready just yet to embrace CBD.

Last week the NFL Players Association sent an email to all NFL agents saying that the union does not advise player endorsements of CBD companies a day after Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield announced that he was becoming an ambassador FOR and an investor IN a CBD company.

The memo was to remind agents that the NFL released new rules at the beginning of the 2020 season that bars players coaches and other employees from endorsing or appearing in advertisements for alcoholic beverages, tobacco or CBD products.

Now these new rules are part of the new 10-year collective-bargaining agreement that was negotiated between the league and its player’s union, the NFLPA.

I contacted the NFLPA and they said that the memo was prompted by an influx of inquiries from players and agents on the subject. They also said players in violation of the rule are subject to discipline by the league, but the union wouldn’t specify what that discipline is.

While the new agreement runs for 10 years from 2021 through 2030, part of the new deal allows the league to implement certain changes this year.

If you’ll recall the players narrowly passed the new 10-year labor peace treaty in March with a tight 1,019 yes to 959 no vote count. And that was above the loud objections of prominent players like Aaron Rodgers, Stephon Gilmore, and Marlon Humphrey.

Media reports suggested that around 500 players didn’t bother to vote.

That being said, players did get a win in the NFL’s new CBA with the league no longer suspending players who test positive for marijuana while also shortening the window for testing to the two weeks at the start of training camp, rather than the four-month testing period from the previous CBA.

For players who do test positive, that test will be reviewed by a board of medical professionals that will then decide if the player needs treatment.

The bottom line is Baker Mayfield should probably expect a letter from the league if he hasn’t already.

Sports Illustrated's Robin Lundberg and TheStreet's Tony Owusu contributed to this report.

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