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NFL Reporter Jay Glazer teases fans only to have a major letdown. Coronavirus cases are now over 2 million worldwide. And the NFL warns incoming rookies about what NOT to do on draft night. Here are the stories shaping both sports and business on Thursday, April 16.

An NFL Reporter’s Let Down

Fox Sports NFL Reporter Jay Glazer teased his followers about a breaking news story for about 36 hours. There was a lot of speculation about what the report would be, is the NFL draft getting postponed? Is Odell Beckham Jr. getting traded? Turns out Glazer’s story was regarding Rams center Brian Allen testing positive for COVID-19. Glazer said that Allen is the first player in the NFL to test positive for the coronavirus.

Problem is, Allen isn’t the first NFL player that tested positive. Mitchell Renz covers the Raiders and he reported the Las Vegas linebacker Quentin Polig along with his daughter and wife all tested positive for COVID-19 a month ago on March 17th.

Glazer’s video about Brian Allen has over 745,000 views on Twitter and 2,500 replies, majority of which are blasting Glazer for leading on his followers regarding what he deemed an exclusive breaking news report.

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Coronavirus Cases Worldwide

There are now over 2 million cases of the virus worldwide, and over 139,000 deaths, per data from Johns Hopkins. The U.S. has over 640,000 cases of the virus, with over 26,000 deaths.

New York has over 222,000 cases, with over 12,000 fatalities, per data from New York State’s Department of Health website.

And Spain has 182,000 cases with over 19,000 deaths. Italy has over 165,000 cases with over 21,000 deaths. New York has extended its shutdown of nonessential businesses to May 15, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has said other East Coast states will follow suit.

Switching over to the economy, jobless claims data came in at over 5.2 million. This means that there are around 22 million unemployed Americans.

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The NFL Is Warning Rookies About Product Placement for NFL Draft

A Memo from the NFL sent to 58 Draft prospects scheduled to make an appearance on the virtual broadcast. Do NOT have any products displaying brands or logos that have not been approved by the NFL within camera range of your feed for the NFL Draft broadcast, The memo also included information about clothing and wearing certain logos. Citing players can only wear NFL Team or official league partner accessories.

It also gave instructions of looking “clean” and prohibits any political statements or references to drugs and gambling according to the Action networks Darren Rovell.

The players will receive a welcome kit that includes PepsiCo products like Frito-Lay chips and Mars Candy.

Originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, the would-be grand spectacle of the NFL Draft is now going to be a virtual broadcast with players and broadcasters appearing via webcams from their homes. The NFL’s sponsorship partners include Nike NKE, PepsiCo PEP, Under Armor UAA.

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