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George Mason, GW offering free basketball tickets to government workers during shutdown

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George Mason, GW offering free basketball tickets to government workers during shutdown

Out of work because of the government shutdown? Some local college basketball teams are hoping to add some entertainment during this trying time.

The George Mason University and George Washington University athletic departments are offering free tickets to all federal employees during the government shutdown. The complementary tickets are for all home men's and women's basketball games. 

For tickets for George Mason games in Fairfax, VA and George Washington games in Foggy Bottom, federal employees are asked to show their government ID to each respective box office to get the complementary tickets. Both schools are offering this deal as long as the government is still shut down. 

The George Mason Patriots next game is Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET where the men's basketball team plays Davidson. The George Washington Colonials men's basketball team plays Dayton on the same day and time.

Additionally, the Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards G-league affiliate, are giving away tickets to those affected by the furlough. The play on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. ET in Congress Heights. 

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Maryland Football 2020 season schedule released

Maryland Football 2020 season schedule released

Monday, news dropped that an amended Big Ten schedule had been completed and was set to release some time this week. That time has finally arrived. 

Take a look at the road ahead for the Maryland Terrapins. 

FULL SCHEDULE

September 5: @ Iowa

September 12: Michigan State

September 19: Rutgers

September 26: @ Northwestern

October 3: Wisconsin

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October 10: Bye

October 17: @ Penn State

October 24: @ Indiana

October 31: Ohio State

November 7: @ Michigan

November 14: Bye

November 21: Minnesota

Maryland's on pace to get things started extremely soon as preseason camp begins on Friday. August 7. So far, there have been no noted outbreaks of the coronavirus on campus among athletes. Big 10 rivals Rutgers and Michigan State have not been so lucky. It leaves everything still in a state of uncertainty. But if the football season does begin on time, the Terrapins know who and when they are playing. 

Maryland also announced on Wednesday that it is also preparing to begin the season with no fans in attendance. 

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Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren says 'no guarantee' of a fall sports season

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren says 'no guarantee' of a fall sports season

The Big Ten released its 2020 football schedule Wednesday, with games beginning as originally scheduled on September 5. Each team will only play those within their conference on a 10-game slate. 

While the schedule release may signal that the Big Ten is pushing forward while other leagues like the Pac-12 face threats of players opting out, commissioner Kevin Warren urged that this decision was to keep as many options open as possible. 

"What went into the decision was to afford us the best possible opportunity to be as flexible as we possibly can," Warren said on Big Ten Network.

Along with the schedule, the Big Ten also released its health and safety guidelines for teams returning to the field. Among the protocols, players and staff will be tested twice per week and fans will not be allowed to attend games. The increased flexibility the Big Ten has will allow them to delay or cancel the season if necessary.

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"There is no guarantee that we'll have fall sports or a football season," Warren said. 

Much like the professional sports leagues already attempting to execute their seasons in the middle of a raging pandemic, the Big Ten's success will likely depend on players and coaches strictly following safety protocols. 

Maryland's schedule begins with a road matchup with Iowa and then the Terps are scheduled to return home for two weeks to play Michigan State and Rutgers. Their schedule gets pretty rough in October where they have to play Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan in three out of four weeks. 

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