These are the stories shaping sports and business for Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.
NFL and Fantasy Football fans alike are reeling after what was a rough NFL Sunday from an injury standpoint. Several notable NFL players suffered what appeared to be significant injuries, including a season-ending torn ACL diagnoses for New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton. Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker will also miss the season with a torn achilles.
The football world is awaiting confirmation on additional significant injuries like that of 49ers defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas. Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCafferey (high ankle sprain) and Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (sprained AC joint) are among the high profile players expected to miss multiple games from injuries they suffered Sunday.
The conversation around the injuries has varied from coincidence to shining a light on the lack of build-up or preseason play for the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 schedule adjustments. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, leader of the Super Bowl runner ups and perhaps the roster hit hardest on Sunday, assigned some of the blame on the turf at MetLife Stadium, an angle at least one 49er echoed.
Daily Coronavirus Update
According to Johns Hopkins, there are over 31 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 961,000 deaths. The U.S. has surpassed 6.8 million cases with nearly 200,000 deaths. Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 37,291 new cases reported Sunday, which is lower than the 44,283 cases reported the day earlier. Over 897,000 new tests were reported. And 324 deaths were reported yesterday, which is lower than the 901 deaths reported the day prior.
The United Kingdom raised its alert level to level four, which means that the virus is “high or rising exponentially.” And this move will allow Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose new restrictions in order to get the U.K.’s rising coronavirus case count down.
This move comes as Europe struggles with rising case counts. France and Spain are both facing new waves of the virus, with Madrid imposing new restrictions that will require around 860,000 people to stay in their neighborhoods with some exceptions for work, study or medical reasons.
The German Health Minister, Jens Spahn, in an interview with a German newspaper, said that Germany will be introducing additional measures to fight COVID-19 in the fall, with “temperature ambulances” which will allow those with COVID-19 symptoms to get an on-the-spot test.
The Center for Disease Control has walked back its guidelines update that was posted on Friday which suggested that it’s possible that the virus spreads through airborne transmission. The agency had previously reported the guidance that suggested that the coronavirus can transmit over a distance greater than six feet and emphasized the importance of indoor ventilation as a key to protect against the spread of the virus.
This is something that experts have been warning about for months, and is part of the reason for New York to emphasize the importance of better ventilation in schools and offices, among other places, before allowing them to reopen.
The website now states, “A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.”
Raiders New Stadium
After three decades of calling Oakland home, the Las Vegas Raiders will officially move into their new stadium in the desert in a prime time matchup against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night football.
Allegiant Stadium, affectionately known by Raiders fans as the Death Star, is the $1.9 billion multi-use indoor stadium that is located just off of the Las Vegas Strip. The money to build the stadium came from a mix of private and public funds as owner Mark Davis received $750 million from Nevada through a special room tax on hotels in Clark County.
The completely indoor stadium features a playing surface made of real grass that sits on a sliding track that mechanically moves the field outdoors for sunlight when its not in use. Also, the roof of the stadium is fully translucent and the stadium features sliding doors that can open to provide a view of the Las Vegas Strip.
This is the second multi-billion stadium the NFL has unveiled in 2020.
The Los Angeles Rams opened the $5 billion SoFi stadium last week in Inglewood, California.
That stadium, which was funded in full by private money btw, features television studios and land for retail and housing developments.
The Raiders hope to upset the Saints in their home debut as a 5.5 point underdog, according to odds for sports book William Hill.
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