Baseball Hiccup: Top Stories, Sports and Business News — July 27

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Here are the stories leading sports and business on Monday, July 27.

How's Baseball?

The Miami Marlins reportedly have 11 players and two coaches that tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. That’s now a major problem for Major League Baseball. The Marlins played in Philadelphia over the weekend and used the visitor’s locker room—the same locker room that was scheduled to be used by the Yankees for the match against the Phillies on Monday night. But because of the Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak, the league is now fumigating that locker room and has postponed the Yankees and Phillies game. Meanwhile, the Marlins were scheduled to have their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles Monday night. That game has also been postponed.

MLB league officials are scheduled to have an emergency planning meeting Monday afternoon to discuss plans going forward. Of note, the MLB season started just four days ago.

Coronavirus Update

There are 16.3 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 649,000 deaths. The U.S. has 4.2 million cases with over 147,000 deaths.

Google is extending its employee work-from-home mandate until at least next July, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing sources familiar with the matter. Google is one of the first large tech companies to extend its work from home orders so late for its more than 200,000 employees, CNN obtained a copy of the memo, in which CEO Sundar Pichai said, “To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we’ll be extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office...I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months.”

The question next is whether or not this means big tech will follow and what other large U.S. corporations will do. So far, Amazon is allowing workers to stay at home until January 2021, and Microsoft, in May, said that employees have the ability to work from home until October. Both Twitter and Facebook are adjusting their work from home policies so that as many as 50% of Facebook employees could be working remotely within the next five to ten years and Twitter is allowing employees to have the option of working from home “forever.”

Kyrie Irving and the WNBA

Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving is donating $1.5 million to WNBA players that are sitting out this season because of concerns over the coronavirus or to focus on social justice reform. The WNBA started its season over the weekend but several of the league’s stars are choosing not to play. The league informed those players they will not earn their salary if they don’t participate.

Irving launched the KAI Empowerment Initiative, which is part of a partnership with UBS to provide financial literacy.

“We’re proud to offer this best-in-class Own Your Worth financial participation program to the KAI Empowerment Initiative, which shares the belief that it’s important to provide financial resources to all women and to support gender-equal opportunities to secure their financial future,” said UBS financial advisor Antwyne DeLonde.