Will Stern allow more shortened seasons?

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Will Stern allow more shortened seasons?

Beginning the 2011-12 NBA season on Christmas, rather than in late October, was liked by some fans and hated by others. For those who weren't a fan of it, you're in luck. David Stern has annouced a shortened season won't happen again.

Stern says he is "skeptical of shortening the number of games in a season."

He claims the rigorous schedule may be related to the high number of injuries throughout the league, but Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver was a bit more straightforward.

"If you cut the season shorter, we cut our revenues significantly as well. Players would make less, so no, and I think it's not optimal to play a condensed season in this fashion."

The league's pro-rated 66 games this season not only caused the players to make less money, but it also affected revenue from ticket sales, sponsorships, television networks, and lessened the pay to arena employees.

Everyone wants to get paid, which means we won't be seeing anything short of 82 games per season anytime soon.

SOLD: White Sox trade Chris Sale to Red Sox

SOLD: White Sox trade Chris Sale to Red Sox

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox got their bidding war and found the price to their liking enough to trade Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon.

The teams completed a deal that sends the five-time All-Star east to Boston in exchange for top Red Sox prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech among others. The White Sox also received Single-A outfielder Luis Basabe and Single-A pitcher Victor Diaz in the deal.

Three of the four players received are ranked in the Top 10 players in Boston’s farm system, according to MLB.com.

[See how the Chris Sale trade came together and where the White Sox go from here]

The trade comes on the heels of a furious first day at the Winter Meetings where the White Sox saw multiple suitors make significant changes to their offers as part of a bidding war for Sale, who has finished in the top six in the American League Cy Young vote all five seasons he’s been a starting pitcher.

Moncada is the top player coming back to the White Sox, a five-tool prospect Boston has previously insisted it wouldn’t part with after giving him a $31.5 million bonus. MLB.com has Moncada, a second or third baseman, listed as the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball.

Kopech is a hard-throwing right-hander who is the No. 5 prospect in the Red Sox farm system. He was listed as the No. 67 prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com.

Basabe is listed as the No. 8 prospect in Boston’s system and Diaz is No. 28.

Handing out Notre Dame’s 2016 awards and superlatives

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Handing out Notre Dame’s 2016 awards and superlatives

Notre Dame’s annual Echoes awards show is this week, and while the team’s 4-8 record wasn’t worth celebrating, a few individual performances certainly were. 

With that in mind, Mike Monaco and I ran down our own awards and superlatives for Notre Dame’s 2016 season on the Still Independent podcast this week. Listen at the link here or in the embedded player below:

A quick rundown of who I picked for each of our awards, which Mike and I further explained in the podcast:

Team MVP - QB DeShone Kizer

Defensive MVP - LB James Onwualu

Offensive MVP - WR Equanimeous St. Brown

Best play - Equanimeous St. Brown’s somersault touchdown against Texas

Best game - Jarron Jones (six tackles for a loss) vs. Miami

Defensive newcomer of the year - CB Julian Love

Offensive newcomer of the year - WR Kevin Stepherson

Biggest disappointment - Notre Dame’s defense under Brian VanGorder for the season’s first four games

Unsung stars - WR Torii Hunter Jr. and DE Isaac Rochell