As professional sports leagues continue to work on returning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ESPN will be hosting a special edition of SportsCenter on Monday night.
SportsCenter Special: The Return of Sports will be a two-hour event, according to a press release from ESPN. Mike Greenberg will host the broadcast, which will feature the commissioners of the six major American pro sports leagues: Rob Manfred (MLB), Don Garber (MLS), Adam Silver (NBA), Roger Goodell (NFL), Gary Bettman (NHL) and Cathy Engelbert (WNBA).
Additionally, current athletes Calais Campbell, Damian Lillard, Patrick Kane, Brianna Turner and Alejandro Bedoya will be heard from, as well as MLB manager Joe Maddon.
The show will begin at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Greenberg will speak with each league commissioner about his/her sport and the approach to return. Topics will include the health and safety of players and workers, the economic
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ESPN’s Dianna Russini has been on top of all things regarding the NFL’s virtual draft and the potential for communication difficulties. Considering this, it made today’s mishap on SportsCenter even funnier.
Russini made an appearance on the midday SportsCenter with Matt Barrie to discuss tomorrow’s draft. One of the topics on the docket was how teams will approach communicating with each other, which includes attempting to mitigate potential technical difficulties.
“What are you hearing in terms of how organizations are going to be handling communication with each other?” Barrie asked Russini as the camera cut to the NFL insider reporting from home.
At that point, hilarity ensued. Russini’s screen froze up awkwardly, and she was unable to answer.
Fortunately, both Russini and Barrie are pros and were able to handle the moment well. The camera panned back to Barrie, who didn’t miss a beat.