Here are the stories shaping sports and business on Friday, June 12.
Florida Says Pay Your College Athletes
Florida joins Colorado and California as the only states that have a law that would permit college athletes to get paid off their image. For decades the NCAA has been strongly against allowing student-athletes to accept any form of payment but the recent laws are putting pressure on the NCAA to change their policy. The Florida law goes into effect on July 1st, 2021.
There are 7.5 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 422,000 fatalities.
In the U.S., there are over two million cases of the virus with over 113,000 deaths. Texas now has over 81,000 cases, with over 1,920 deaths.
As of Thursday, Texas saw a spike of over 1,800 cases in a 24 hour period.
And Arizona’s case count totals 31,200 after reporting 1,412 new cases on Thursday. CNBC reported that cases in Arizona have climbed by nearly 300% since May 1, and have about doubled since Memorial Day.
The state’s hospitals, as of Wednesday were at over 80% capacity.
And North Carolina says that only about 13% of the state’s ICU beds are available due to the rise in coronavirus cases.
North Carolina has around 39,000 cases of the virus, with over 1,100 deaths.
One thing to note is that, according to researchers, this is still considered the first wave of the coronavirus.
So, what's the definition of a second wave? The second wave would actually come after the first wave of the virus has retreated and then reappears or a different variant pops up.
The states mentioned above never got rid of the first wave.
Who's Giving Employees Juneteenth Off?
On June 19 in 1865 Union soldiers arrived in Texas and delivered the orders that all slaves were to be freed under the Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed into law 36 months earlier. Juneteenth is also recognized as Freedom Day and though it is not considered a national holiday yet, many companies are giving employees a paid day off.