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The third coronavirus wave means even more sports uncertainty

They have to figure out how to keep going from an even worse financial position.

Nov 2, 2020 - Sports
Ranking MLB's all-time rosters

We took into account players, franchise success and a little bit of gut feeling.

Oct 20, 2020 - Sports
Ranking the NBA's all-time rosters

We compiled and ranked the all-time rosters for all 30 NBA franchises

Sep 30, 2020 - Sports
Special report: War, fever and baseball in 1918

1918 saw the Curse of the Bambino take hold.

Apr 6, 2020 - Sports

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Jun 18, 2021 - Sports

The sports stock market

Note: Michael Jordan's card is for baseball; Data: Alt; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Shohei Ohtani's trading card value has risen 781% since the start of 2021, the highest year-to-date return of any athlete on Alt, a sports card exchange that aims to bring more liquidity to alternative assets.

Why it matters: The trading card market is the closest thing we have to a stock market for sports.

Jun 16, 2021 - Sports

Baseball Reference adds Negro Leagues statistics to database

Josh Gibson slides into home during the 1944 East-West All-Star Game of the Negro Leagues at Chicago's Comiskey Park. Photo: Bettmann Archives/Getty Images

Baseball Reference, the stat-checking holy grail that's part of the Sports Reference ecosystem, launched its expanded Negro League coverage on Tuesday.

The backdrop: Last December, MLB granted major league status to the seven, distinct Negro Leagues, with stats from 1920 to 1948 becoming an official part of major league history.

Jun 10, 2021 - Sports

Normalcy is returning to America's pastime

Data: Axios research; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

22 of 30 MLB stadiums will increase to 100% capacity by the end of the month, and all but five stadiums will fill up by the end of the Fourth of July weekend.

By the numbers: On Opening Day (April 1), only the Astros (50%) and Rangers (100%) filled their stadiums at least halfway.

Jun 10, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Recent Navy grad blocked from joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cameron Kinley at a 2019 home game in Annnapolis. Photo: Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A Navy football star who was set to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is no longer allowed to join, per The Capital's Bill Wagner.

The backdrop: Cameron Kinley signed with Tampa Bay on May 1, as a Trump-era policy enabled service academy graduates to pursue professional sports.

The rays are returning to Tropicana Field's outfield tank

The Rays Touch Tank at Tropicana Field in 2019. Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Here's yet another sign that Tampa Bay is rounding the bases to a new beginning.

What's happening: The Ray Tank returns to Tropicana Field's outfield Wednesday, with the touch experience coming back on June 22.

Jun 8, 2021 - Sports

Scoop: MLB partnering with sports betting analysis site Action Network

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

MLB and the Action Network, a sports betting data and analysis site, have entered into a multi-platform content partnership, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: As sports betting continues to expand and evolve, leagues are looking for ways to provide unique content for their fans, and no sport has as many betting opportunities as baseball, with its 162-game slate.

Jun 2, 2021 - Sports

NFL pledges to halt "race-norming" practice, review past brain injury cases

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The NFL on Wednesday pledged to halt its decades-old use of "race-norming" — a practice that assumes Black players have a lower baseline level of cognition — in its near-billion-dollar concussion settlement, AP reports.

Why it matters: The use of  "race-norming" meant that Black players had to show a larger cognitive decline to qualify for the settlement. The NFL said Wednesday that it will also review previous scores for potential race bias.

May 28, 2021 - Sports

Knicks will only sell playoff tickets to vaccinated fans

New York Knicks' Derrick Rose during the first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks on May 23. Photo: Seth Wenig/ Pool/Getty Images

The New York Knicks will only sell playoff tickets to vaccinated fans if they advance past round one, the team announced Friday, though it did not say how it would verify if a fan has been vaccinated.

Why it matters: The team hosted the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden for games one and two and welcomed more than 15,000 fans each game, making them the largest indoor events in New York City since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the team said.

May 27, 2021 - Sports

ESPN: Trump offered senator money to drop Patriots' Spygate probe in 2008

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Donald Trump reportedly offered money to a U.S. senator to drop his investigation into the Patriots' Spygate scandal in 2008, according to a new ESPN report.

Catch up quick: In 2007, Patriots staffers were caught illegally videotaping Jets defensive signals, sparking an NFL investigation.

May 25, 2021 - Sports

New paths emerge for teenage basketball stars

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Elite high school basketball players have more options than ever when it comes to choosing the path that's right for their career.

Driving the news: Six of the nation's best high school basketball programs are forming a new league called the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC), which will begin play this fall.

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