Gary Bettman on when NHL will return from coronavirus shutdown: ‘We are exploring every contingency’

first_img“We have an internal task force that has been meeting two times a day, in the morning and afternoon, and we are exploring every contingency,” Bettman said. “We’re looking out in the calendar to see, ‘Well what’s the last day we could be playing under other scenarios?’ And then backing it up, and what are options in the timeframe that’s available. And we’re doing all sorts of modeling, whether it’s completing the existing regular season as is and then a full playoffs, or whether or not, based on time constraints, we’re going to have to make adjustments and do something different, novel, creative. And we’re constantly reanalyzing and reworking that.”Coronavirus and the NHL: Tracking how the pandemic has impacted hockey’s landscapeBettman admitted that the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic means that the NHL is planning for an endgame that has no set schedule or timeline. It means the league has to put together a plan with an undetermined number of contingencies, with Bettman comparing the situation to completing a complicated puzzle.”The interesting part of this puzzle is you don’t know exactly what it’s gonna look like when you’re done,” he said. “But our responsibility to our players, our teams, [and] most importantly, our fans, is to make sure we’re doing everything right and making sure that when we come back — and I believe we will at some point because I’m an optimist — it’ll be when it’s appropriate and when it’s safe so that everybody can be comfortable.”Even with meticulous planning and preparedness, Bettman stressed that when the league comes back — in whatever form it can — the ultimate decisions aren’t up to him and the NHL’s board of governors. The league will act when governing bodies across North America deem it safe to do so, and no earlier.”I think those who are in charge of our governments, either in Canada or the US, at the federal level, the state level and local level will tell us, right? We’re not equipped to say, ‘The pandemic’s over,'” Bettman said. “There are going to be medical people at the highest level who are going to tell us all [when life can get back to normal].” The NHL announced Thursday that it was suspending play indefinitely in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but the league is already preparing for its eventual return, says commissioner Gary Bettman.Speaking on Friday to Sportsnet 590 in Toronto, Bettman outlined what the league is doing to get ready to put players back on the ice and fans back in the seats at an undetermined point in the future. At this point, the commissioner said, everything is on the table. For now, the NHL has paused the schedule and put practices and team meetings on hold. The league shutdown has extended to its office in Manhattan, which has mirrored many others across the continent in asking employees to work from home in order to limit contact and the spreading of the virus. Despite the scattered working environment, Bettman assured that the league will be ready to start back up as soon as it can.”I’m in New York, I’m in the office. We have everybody working from home, as do most large businesses now,” Bettman said. “And I think that’s what you’re seeing all over. Schools are closed for the next few weeks throughout North America. And so, as those decisions have been made, it’s based on the advice of those in charge, and we’ll be reliant on them telling us as well.”All we can do is make every conceivable plan so that we’re in a position to react appropriately.”last_img read more

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South Africa win toss, opt to bat in first test vs India

first_imgsport South Africa reach 65-2 against India at stumps SHARE SHARE EMAIL Teams South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat in the first test against India at Newlands on Friday in a clash between the top two ranked test nations.A lively wicket has been prepared to benefit the South African pace bowlers but du Plessis said he was taking a gamble that it would be initially softer and slower on the opening day and then quicken up as it dried out later in the day. “It is tricky one to call,” he said.South Africa decided to play with four seamers, which means a return to the test arena of Dale Steyn. The 34 year-old, five wickets from becoming South Africa’s highest test wicket-taker, has been out for over a year with a shoulder injury. This means Temba Bavuma has to sit out as the home side sacrificed a batsman in the first match of the three-test series.India captain Virat Kohli said he would have elected to bowl had he won the toss. “We saw the South Africans warming up with their four seamers, so we wanted to get out on this green wicket and try and make some early inroads into their batting.”India handed a first test cap to bowler Jasprit Bumrah after his good form in recent One day Internationals. They picked three seamers and also have all-rounder Hardik Pandya with a lone specialist spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin. RELATED Published on COMMENTS South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale SteynIndia: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. AB de Villiers’ counter helps steady South Africacenter_img virat-kohli   –  PTI COMMENT × cricket virat-kohli   –  PTI January 05, 2018 SHARE nulllast_img read more

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