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Michele Tafoya’s NBC role changing after Kaepernick remarks on ‘The View’: report

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FOX article can be found here.

Michele Tafoya will no longer be the sideline reporter for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” after this season, according to a report.

NBC’s coverage of the upcoming Super Bowl in February is expected to be her final appearance on the sideline for the network, the New York Post reported. Her role afterward remained unclear.

The apparent decision comes several weeks after Tafoya was criticized for making comments about former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick during an appearance on ABC’s “The View.”

Tafoya returned to NBC for a few games after “The View,” but has been missing from NBC’s NFL coverage since Thanksgiving Night’s game between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints.

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Her absence was described by NBC as “bye weeks” as speculation swirled that something might be amiss in the relationship between Tafoya and the network, the Post reported.

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Sports analyst Bill Simmons drew attention to Tafoya’s prolonged absence earlier this week on his podcast.

“She was in the conservative seat,” Simmons said about Tafoya’s “View” appearance, “Then a couple weeks later, all of a sudden, just on a bye [from NBC]. Taking a break.”

Tafoya, 56, a native of California, has been with NBC for about a decade after previous stints with CBS and ABC/ESPN. She is the winner of five Emmy Awards for her sports reporting.

Side note Opinion.

Kaepernick if white, would have been out of the NFL years earlier. No one would sign him because of diminishing talent, not political views. Eric Reid who had similar views as Kaepernick played up to last year. So goes the Colin theory of white owners against the black man.

 

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Blaney avoids last-lap wreck to win regular season finale at Daytona.

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I don’t normally follow NASCAR but Ryan Blaney is a local boy who has done good and the family listened to President Trump and didn’t sell their house.

Blaney avoids last-lap wreck to win regular season finale at Daytona.

Blaney, the winner in Michigan last week, heads into next week’s playoff opener at Darlington Raceway with three victories this season in his Team Penske Ford.

“Yeah, we’ve got good momentum,” Blaney said. “We’d like to make it three in a row, we’ll see.”

On Saturday night, the rising NASCAR star avoided two late multi-car wrecks during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 to capture the final race of the regular season — and the 27-year-old’s second consecutive Cup Series victory.

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Sweet. New York State Gives Bills Permission to Host Limited Number of Fans for Wild Card Playoff

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Sweet. New York State Gives Bills Permission to Host Limited Number of Fans for Wild Card Playoff. 

Buffalo has always had a special place in my heart. My parents settled in Lackawanna a suburb. Also the Bills were my favorite AFL team. And finally at the age of 54 I was at the Bills training facility in Orchard Park. I took three snaps at Quarterback. You won’t find that in the record books.

The State of New York has given the OK for the Buffalo Bills to allow a limited number of fans to attend their upcoming playoff game.

State health officials will allow the team to host 6,772 fans for their playoff game scheduled for either Jan 9 or 10, according to the team’s press release.

Even with strict limits in place, the decision is a notable reversal for New York, which has enforced strict bans on gatherings in large spaces, even outdoors, and gone after those who try to flout the rules. The move prompted backlash among health experts and a range of state and local officials, who expressed concern about limited supplies of rapid testing kits and the general wisdom of backtracking for an NFL game.

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Brickyard 400 to run without fans.

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Brickyard 400 to run without fans.

The July 4 weekend races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be held without spectators. It marks the second holiday weekend at Indy affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Indianapolis 500, traditionally run on Memorial Day weekend, was moved to Aug. 23, when fans are expected to be in attendance. The Brickyard 400 is the marquee event of the weekend. This from Penske Entertainment.

 

“While we certainly worked diligently to run our events with spectators, we reached a point where we needed to make a final decision because the race weekend is less than a month away,” said Mark Miles, the president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp., in a news release issued Thursday. “Today it’s not possible to be confident that Indianapolis will be at Stage 5 of the state’s reopening plan by the Fourth of July weekend.”

Stage 5 of Indiana’s reopening plan begins July 4 in most counties and will allow for sporting events, with spectators, following social distancing.

Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, is running 10 days behind most counties in the state in the reopening plan, meaning there is no guarantee the track could have fans on July 4  weekend.

 

 

 

 

Source: CBS Sports

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