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    Unhappy Another result of the Coronavirus scare

    The concern over the spread of COVID19 now has gained an unfortunate, but legitimate foothold in the sports collecting realm.

    An article on the 12up website has reported that the New York Yankees players, coaches, and manager had a discussion regarding fan contact during the COVID19 scare. As a result, the Yankees recommended that players, at least for now, stop signing autographs for fans at the ballpark due to concerns about transmitting and/or contracting the disease. Apparently, many people on the Yankees plan to take that advice and stop avoiding autograph signing in person, although others will keep signing for fans at games, with Luke Voit so far being the most vocal in declaring that he's still on board with signing for fans in-person.

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    A report from the Associated Press states that the league offices of both the NHL and NBA have issued a memo to all of their teams regarding fan/player contact in light of the COVID19 crisis.

    The NHL was a bit vague about it, urging the players to avoid contact with the fans on a general basis. However, the memo was more specific from the NBA, as in addition to not signing autographs, players are told not to high-five fans nor strangers.

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    Also now on the sports-related cancellation list:

    Upcoming PGA and LPGA golf tournaments, including the Masters in early April.

    The Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest, scheduled for next weekend. However, the general museum grounds are still scheduled to remain open.

    Both NASCAR and the Indy Car Series both plan to hold the next racing event for each one, but without fans in the stands.

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    It seems a few MLB teams have found a way to semi-circumvent the fan contact edict from MLB as far as COVID19 issues go.

    The Giants, Nationals, and Indians have opted to have players pre-sign baseball cards, baseballs and other types of items, after which they will be distributed to fans. However. MLB is warning all teams against traditional fan/player face to face meetings to sign what the fans ask them to. To that end, fans will temporarily be prohibited from bringing their own items at MLB games and/or gatherings.

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    The ECHL has announced the cancellation of the remainder of their regular season plus their playoffs. The AHL has not made an official announcement as of yet, but is considering doing likewise.

    Meanwhile, the UFC circuit has announced that only a full government shutdown will cause them to postpone or cancel UFC bouts.

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    It looks like the restrictions placed on fans in having contact with players. The NHL, NBA, MLB and ALS have all temporarily introduced a policy where the only individuals allowed access to locker rooms and team clubhouses will be the players themselves and other team personnel. Until the COVID19 scare ends, individuals such as family and friends, media members and agents will be prohibited from entry. My only question is: who will be the first agent or sports media figure who angrily respond to a security employee by playing the "Don't you know who I am?" card.

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    It looks like offseason activities in the NFL are also being affected. While free agency is still a go, the draft, scheduled for late April, may be postponed, as the Las Vegas casinos owned by MGM and Caesar's are shutting down, with neither planning to re-open until May 1.

    Dave Miedema

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    The PGA has announced that the British Open has been postponed.

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    The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the cancellation of their August 2020 induction ceremony. It will now be held on an as yet unspecified date in spring 2021.

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    what about the sports show and autographed guests? the one in Chicago this weekend maybe should be cancelled

 

 

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