NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS change media access policy because of coronavirus concerns

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NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS change media access policy because of coronavirus concerns

Amid concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the NBA, the NHL, MLB and MLS are making changes to its media access policy for games and practices.

Before and after events, no interviews will be conducted in locker rooms or clubhouses, the NBA, the NHL, MLB and MLS announced in conjunction Monday night.

Below is a joint statement released Monday night:

After consultation with infectious disease and public health experts, and given the issues that can be associated with close contact in pre- and post-game settings, all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential employees of teams and team facilities until further notice. Media access will be maintained in designated locations outside of the locker room and clubhouse setting. These changes will be effective beginning with tomorrow’s games and practices.

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and take any further steps necessary to maintain a safe and welcoming environment.

The Phillies have 14 Grapefruit League games remaining in spring training before opening the 2020 regular season on March 26 at Marlins Park. The Sixers have 18 games left in the 2019-20 regular season and the Flyers 14, while the Union are two games into the 2020 regular season.

Below is a statement from Wells Fargo Center public relations last Saturday regarding the arena’s actions moving forward:

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Outdoor games to keep your competitive edge without live sports

Outdoor games to keep your competitive edge without live sports

We’re only a few days into April, but the weather has already been a thing of beauty. Even though we have to stay home and practice social distancing as much as we possibly can, there are still ways to enjoy the sun. 

It turns out, outdoor games and activities are mostly viewed as essentials right now on Amazon — which is a great way to enjoy the extra time on your hands. 

Here are a few games that you can play outside to enjoy some sun (or inside, if you really wanted to) that are fun for everyone ... and the best part is — if you have Prime — you can get most of these delivered by the end of the week!  

The giants 

Larger versions of classic childhood games are always a treat. You can order them now, hold a household tournament and then you’ll have an awesome set of games to play the next time you host a function later down the road. 

Connect 4

Jenga

Yard Pong 

Checkers

The classic BBQ set

If you’ve been to a family barbecue in the past, chances are you’ve played one, if not all of these. These games can become ridiculously competitive, so it can fill the void of competition we all have without no live sports. 

Cornhole

Kan Jam 

Ladder Ball 

Fun for the kids

While some games listen above might be too difficult for kids to play, here are some they will most definitely enjoy. 

Flickin’ Chicken

Lawn bowling 

Inflatable Joust Game 

Flarts 

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Which decade of Philadelphia sports are you? Take the quiz to find out

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Which decade of Philadelphia sports are you? Take the quiz to find out

Throughout the years, Philadelphia sports have had quite the journey. 

Looking back, every decade went through some highs and lows but no matter what, it was always a thrilling time (minus those few pesky seasons that will forever haunt us ... I'm looking at you 1993 Phillies and 2010 Flyers). 

While some years see more success than others, it always seems like the four teams find a way to balance out to keep Philly sane. 

Which decade of Philadelphia sports do you resonate with the most?

Take  the quiz below and find out: