May 23, 2020 - Sports

Spanish soccer league La Liga plans to resume in June after 3-month hiatus

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced Saturday that the professional soccer league La Liga and other Spanish teams will be able to resume their season starting June 8 as long as the country continues to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, AP reports.

The state of play: Spain has been working to slowly reopen its economy. Teams have recently begun training at club facilities, but players are practicing individually and regularly being tested for COVID-19. It's not yet clear when the first game will be held.

  • Several Spanish teams, including Barcelona, had to cut player salaries due to a drop in revenues. La Liga said it was facing a loss of $1 billion if they did not finish the season because of the virus.
  • Barcelona's first match is scheduled for Mallorca, but there is no date on the books yet, per AP.

The German league, Bundesliga, held its first match last week, but the game was played with no fans in the stadium. It was one of the first major leagues to resume playing since the coronavirus shut down the sporting world, ESPN writes.

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue past curfews

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: Even with early curfews in New York City and Washington, D.C., protesters are still out en masse. Some protesters in D.C. said they were galvanized by President Trump's photo op in front of St. John's Church on Monday and threat to deploy U.S. troops in the rest of country if violence isn't quelled, NBC News reports.

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Trump backs off push to federalize forces against riots

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A day after threatening to federalize forces to snuff out riots across the country, the president appears to be backing off the idea of invoking the Insurrection Act, sources familiar with his plans tell Axios.

What we're hearing: Aides say he hasn’t ruled out its use at some point, but that he's “pleased” with the way protests were handled last night (apart from in New York City, as he indicated on Twitter today) — and that for now he's satisfied with leaving the crackdown to states through local law enforcement and the National Guard.

What we expect from our bosses

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Workers — especially millennials and Gen Zers — are paying close attention to the words and actions of their employers during national crises, such as the protests following the killing of George Floyd in police custody.

Why it matters: American companies have an enormous amount of wealth and influence that they can put toward effecting change, and CEOs have the potential to fill the leadership vacuum left by government inaction. More and more rank-and-file employees expect their bosses to do something with that money and power.