COVID-19 Sports Update: A's Stop Paying Minor Leaguers, NHL Announces Return

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COVID-19 Sports Update: A’s Stop Paying Minor Leaguers, NHL Announces Return

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With apologies, I had a long, hard day, so I’m going to keep this one brief. Important stuff to note, though.

Oakland A’s Abandon Their Minor Leaguers

I almost don’t know what to say. But what I will say is that this is unacceptable, unkind, ghoulish, horrible for these humans, and terrible for the sport:

The A’s made sure to explicitly remind their minor league players that their contracts remain in effect, and they are prohibited from performing baseball services for any other club. You know, in the same email they told those players they won’t be paying them anymore:

For good measure, the A’s also instituted significant furloughs and pay cuts for employees today.

From the A’s owner, who says he “became involved with the A’s because I love the game of baseball”:

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NHL is Coming Back with a Big Ole Tourney

Meanwhile, as the A’s do what they’ve done and the rest of the league fights about money, the NHL announced that it is coming back with a 24-team playoff:

Enjoy, hockey fans. Sounds fun. The Blackhawks just barely made the cut.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.