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Patriots and Pepsi Step Up to Fight Coronavirus: What We're Watching Thursday

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Let’s talk about the rematch between two sports legends, the jobless claims and the worldwide coronavirus cases.

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One of the greatest rivalries in NFL history were the battles between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. The two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks met 17 times in their careers, five of which have been in the playoffs. Brady had the edge in their regular season meetings with an 11-6 head-to-head record against Manning. During the playoffs, Manning narrowly had more wins over Brady, beating the Patriots in three of those five bouts. The two passers represented the AFC in 13 Super Bowls and accounted for eight Lombardi Trophies (six of which were won by Brady.) Now that rivalry will continue, but in a totally different sport and they are pairing up with two other popular athletes known for their battles.

Brady and Manning are teaming up with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for a four-some ing Golf. Woods and Michelson faced off in what was known as “The Match” in 2018 in a made for TV event. Michelson won the $9 million prize, a portion of which was donated to charity. For the Rematch, Woods would be paired up with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will join Phil Mickelson. The PGA which is pro golf’s governing body, still needs to approve the event which is scheduled to be televised in May on TNT without a live audience.

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Coronavirus and Jobless Claims

And then there’s the coronavirus. There are now nearly one million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 50,000 deaths. The U.S., Italy and Spain all have the highest amount of cases, with the U.S. case count over 230,000.Italy and Spain have 115,000 and 110,000 respectively. Italy and Spain, however, are the two countries with the highest death tolls in the world. Italy has over 13,000 deaths and Spain has over 10,000. The U.S. is third, with over 5,000 deaths. Now, focusing in on the economy, there were over 6.6 million jobless claims reported Thursday morning. That is the highest amount of jobless claims ever reported in the U.S. Adding in last week’s 3.3 million claims, nearly 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past two weeks.

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Patriots and Pepsi Step Up

The New England Patriots are the latest sports organization to assist in helping with the coronavirus pandemic. The Patriots own two private planes and sent one of them to China to pick up 1.2 million N95 masks. Patriots owner Robert Kraft said there was a lot of red tape and obstacles in making this a possibility, but added it all came together thanks to the help of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Barker and international relationships.The Patriots flight crew had to get a special waiver to avoid a 14 day quarantine in China upon their arrival. Kraft paid around $2 million for the masks. New York, which has the highest amount of COVID 19 cases in America will receive 300,000 of the masks with the rest of the masks being distributed to medical facilities across the country.

And then there’s PepsiCo  (PEP) . The company, which trades under the ticker PEP, announced Thursday morning that it plans to put $45 million to work to help communities that have been ravaged by the impact of the coronavirus. In a release emailed to TheStreet, Pepsi said that $15.8 of the $45 million will go to North America, which has been hit the hardest by the coronavirus. “$15.8 million in North America, which has the most recorded cases of COVID-19 in the world.

PepsiCo’s efforts focus primarily on increasing access to nutrition for out-of-school children in the U.S.—22 million of whom receive low-cost or free meals via the country’s National School Lunch program every day. The company is also funding protective gear for healthcare workers in the U.S., investing in testing and screening services, and providing financial support for U.S. restaurant workers who are experiencing joblessness,” the statement outlined.”

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