Here are the stories shaping sports and business on Wednesday April 22.
The Saints won’t go marching to virtual workouts. Tyson shutters it’s largest US pork plant due to coronavirus and seven NFL teams will have new jerseys for 2020.
No Virtual Workouts For the Saints
In a typical year, NFL Teams would have started their organize training activities. It’s a workout and playbook session at the team facilities that get players and coaches back in sync to prepare and get in shape for the upcoming season. But the coronavirus changed all of that and the NFL canceled its would-be routine schedule for OTAs.
So instead some teams are holding virtual workout sessions and classes. There are 12 teams that started their makeshift offseason training programs including the Patriots, Bills and Colts.
But one team that won’t be doing any online training sessions is the New Orleans Saints.
When speaking with the media Saints general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about his trust in his players saying QUOTE “we have a lot of faith and trust in, in terms of being in shape when we do get going for training camp.”
Head Coach Sean Payton who was the first member of the NFL to come forward about testing positive for the coronavirus shared similar thoughts. Payton told his players, “Take care of your families, your health and be ready for this summer.”
Starting on May 15, all NFL team will have six weeks of OTAs available if they choose to participate.
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A Coronavirus Update
There are over 2.6 million cases of the virus worldwide with over 180,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
The places with the highest number of cases include the U.S. with over 830,000 cases, New York with 257,000 cases and Spain with over 208,000 cases.
And Tyson Foods said that it would close its largest pork processing plant. The plant, which is in Waterloo, Iowa, had been running at reduced levels prior to the closure as workers stayed home.
The closure is just the latest for meat plants, which have become hotspots. Other big meatpackers such as Smithfield, JBS and Hormel have also had to close plants.
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Seven NFL Teams Will Debut New Jerseys
NFL players are known for their pre-game fashion choices and now some of them will have a new wardrobe when they hit the field. Seven teams will debut new uniforms for the 2020 NFL season.
That’s about 25% of the league. It’s all part of the NFL and Nike’s8-year contract extension to have the sport manufacturer produce the NFL’s uniforms. Nike originally took over the rights to NFL jerseys from Reebok in 2012.
The Buccaneers, Rams, Chargers, Falcons, Browns, Patriots, and Colts will all have a new jersey look when they hit the field in 2020.
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