UNDATED (AP) — Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring athletes in all sports back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 at the discretion of each university. The Big 12 plans to welcome football players back to campus a week later. These are the latest signs that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall. The move comes two days after the NCAA Division I Council voted to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts on campus by football and basketball players, effective June 1. The NCAA now says voluntary activities will be allowed in all sports starting June 1.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan’s Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the college baseball season. They say it would trim expenses in the post-coronavirus era, make the game more fan friendly and reduce the risk of injury to players. Under the 35-page proposal, there would be nine weeks of preseason practice instead of five, the regular season would run from the third week of March to the third week of June and the College World Series would wrap up the last week of July. Bakich said the move would increase revenue.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson are asking a federal judge in North Carolina to rule that a marketing firm suing Williamson for $100 million never had a valid contract with the former Duke star. Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford sought damages from Williamson and his current representatives after Williamson pulled out of an agreement with Prime Sports. Williamson's lawyer says Ford was not registered as an agent in North Carolina and that the Prime Sports contract lacked required language warning athletes that they were forfeiting amateur eligibility.
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