The Daily Outkick: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Kap And BLM , The Blue-check Approved Conspiracy Theories (Outkick) In reaction to my Mike Gundy-Chuba Hubbard-One America News Network column, people keep tweeting me that OAN peddles dangerous, irresponsible and racially divisive conspiracy theories. My reaction: Isn’t that what cable news networks do?

MLB Owners And Players ‘Closing In’ On Deal For 2020 Season (Outkick) Just when things seemed especially bleak between MLB owners and players, we got word from veteran MLB reporter Jon Heyman that there was a “productive” meeting yesterday.

Unemployment Claims Are Still High But Have Eased Substantially (Wall Street Journal) The number of workers seeking jobless benefits remains at elevated levels as the U.S. economy shows signs of recovery.

Sports Has A Problem …Being Woke Ain’t Helping (Outkick) When the industry’s leadership (owners and players) focus less on playing sports, than on telling you how to think and feel, it’s clear that they are heading towards very troubling waters.

Stock Futures Rise After Chinese Health Expert Says Beijing’s Virus Outbreak Is Under Control (CNBC) Stock futures turned higher in early trading on Thursday, erasing earlier losses after a disease expert in China announced the latest outbreak of coronavirus cases in Beijing had been brought under control.

NCAA Council Approves Six-week Calendar To Start 2020 College Football Season On Time (CBS Sports) The 2020 college football season will start on time amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Budget Strain Of The George Floyd Protests (Axios) Cities and states have spent millions of dollars on police overtime over the past few weeks during the Black Lives Matter protests.

President Trump: Kaepernick Should Get Second Shot ‘if He Deserves It’ (Outkick) President Trump, who famously said to fire a “son of a bitch” who knelt for the national anthem, now says he’d support Colin Kaepernick getting another shot in the NFL.

FBI Nabbed Accused Cop Car Arsonist By Tracing Her T-shirt To Etsy (New York Post) The T-shirt — which had the phrase “Keep the Immigrants Deport the Racists” emblazoned on it — led investigators to an Etsy page that was selling the custom-made shirts.

The Myles Garrett Negotiations Signal The Next Step In The Browns’ Process (The Ringer) Cleveland is reportedly working on a megadeal for the 2017 no. 1 pick, meaning the team’s days of having cheap, high-end contributors is likely over.

The Inside Story Of Netflix, The Tiny Tech Company That Took Over Hollywood (Recode) This season of Land of the Giants explores how Netflix disrupted Hollywood and changed the way we watch TV and movies.

No Positive Tests On PGA Tour For Second Straight Week (Yahoo! Sports) The Tour administered 369 on-site tests this week at the RBC Heritage and 98 tests following the third round of the Charles Schwab Challenge for players and caddies scheduled to travel to this week’s event on the circuit’s charter flight.

Airlines Are Banning Booze, How Will You Cope? (Outkick) Delta and American announced they’ll suspend serving alcohol, as will Easyjet and KLM in Europe and Virgin Australia.

50 Most Valuable Talents In Sports Media Today (Outkick) Ranking the 50 most valuable talents in sports media.