These are the stories shaping sports and business for Friday October 2nd., 2020.
J-E-T-S Just End the Season
It has not been a good season thus far for the New York Jets who remain winless after falling to Brett Rypien, you might need to look that one up, and the Denver Broncos, leaving many to wonder about the job status of head coach Adam Gase...the latest reports have him safe...for now. But the J-E-T-S Just-End-The-Season moniker has probably never felt more appropriate.
Meanwhile, the Lakers look to get a step closer to ending the Miami Heat and the NBA season as they are three wins away from a championship with game 2 of the Finals tonight. Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo are both listed as doubtful which is probably more optimistic than their team’s chances in the series.
Early Friday morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to Johns Hopkins, There are over 34.4 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over one million deaths.
The U.S. has surpassed 7.2 million cases with 208,000 deaths.
Let’s take a step back and look at where we stand.
On Thursday morning, Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19, with the president testing positive later that day after hosting a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has urged all attendees to “take full precautions, including self-quarantining and getting tested.
On Wednesday, Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel tested positive for the coronavirus.
As of Friday, Vice President Mike Pence and the Second Lady Karen Pence have tested negative. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden have also tested negative. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has tested negative, and so has Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has tested negative, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tested negative, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has tested negative, Attorney General Bill Barr and so has Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Barron Trump.
Rudy Giuliani tested negative for the virus after this taping.
Notre Dame President John Jenkins and Senator Mike Lee, who both attended the Rose Garden nomination of Amy Coney Barrett last Saturday, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.
Tuesday’s debate moderator Chris Wallace said on Fox on Friday that he would be getting tested on Monday for COVID-19 at the advice of his doctor.
We’re still awaiting test results Friday from Chris Christie, who were debate advisors to the President, Kayleigh McEnany, Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris.
Meadows did say in a briefing on Friday morning that the core staff of the White House, who work closely with the president, will all be tested.
There is an incubation period for this vaccine, which can last a couple of days. So, a negative today may not be a negative tomorrow. The CDC guidelines for a possible exposure recommend to stay home for 14 days, socially distance yourself, self-monitor for symptoms by checking temperature and watch for other symptoms, and wear a mask.
NBA Finals Ratings Game 1
Lebron James began his quest for his first title with the Los Angeles Lakers, and a fourth ring for himself, by trouncing the Miami Heat on Wednesday night in front of a record low audience.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals garnered 7.41 million viewers on ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It was the smallest audience for the finals since at least 1994, around the time when total viewership began to be regularly recorded.
Viewership calculations aren’t an exact science, and sometimes networks come back with different numbers after streaming is taken into account. But an ABC rep did confirm to me the 7.41 million number.
The previous low was the 8.06 million viewers that tuned into game 3 of the 2003 finals, according to THR.
Year over year, viewership was down about 45%.
It wasn’t all bad news for ABC and the NBA, however, as Wednesday’s game led all primetime shows in total viewers as well as the 18-49 demo coveted by advertisers. Nearly 3% of all 18-49 year olds watching television Wednesday night were watching the NBA Finals.
Live sports continue to be a big draw for the legacy television networks and they are willing to pay a pretty penny for the broadcast rights.
The NBA’s CURRENT $24 billion 9-year pact with ESPN and TNT runs through the 2024-2025 season. That contract, which was agreed to in 2014, was nearly triple the league’s previous television contract.