It’s opening day eve! That sounds good. Tomorrow’s email will sound even better when it’s actually opening day.
The NFL added a 17th regular-season game on Tuesday. The change reduces the preseason games from four to three. The extra game will be against a team in the opposite conference that finished in the same spot in the standings. The AFC will host the extra game in 2021. This year the Chiefs will host the Green Bay Packers. The expectation is that in an eight-year period, each team will have three home games, three road games, and two international games.
Some players complained when the news broke, but it’s not all bad for them. Players will get a larger guaranteed share of revenues. They also get a media kicker, better benefits, higher minimum salaries, and reductions in time at work. This was all negotiated in the 2020 CBA.
The league also said that it expects stadiums to be filled to capacity at the start of the season this year. The hope is that capacity restrictions will go away with so many people getting the covid vaccine.
The Royals optioned LHP Richard Lovelady, RHP Jake Newberry, and 1B Ryan O’Hearn to the alternate training site.
Kansas State Lands Missouri Transfer
Missouri transfer guard Mark Smith was not in the portal long. After entering the portal on Monday, he committed to Kansas State Tuesday. The pickup is a decent one for Bruce Weber. Weber has lost so many players to the portal himself that just about anyone breathing with eligibility is a plus.
Mark Smith is not going to set the Wildcats on an upward trajectory himself. He had his worst season in college the past year with Missouri. He likes shooting the ball. The problem is that it didn’t go in the basket enough this year. If he finds his shot, he’s a nice graduate transfer for Bruce Weber.
Smith should get playing time at Kansas State. That’s the most important part of this. Most of these guys are not playing professionally. Get time on the court while you can.
The Chiefs signed former Los Angeles Rams center Austin Blythe… Kansas G/F Tristan Enaruna entered the transfer portal on Tuesday only to remove his name a minute later. Later Bill Self confirmed that Enaruna is transferring. The portal is a scary place… Kansas State reportedly received a commitment from Arkansas – Little Rock transfer Markquis Nowell Tuesday in addition to Mark Smith of Missouri.
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