KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on star quarterback Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’), ensuring he will be under contract for at least the next two seasons. General manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid are hoping to reach a long-term deal with Mahomes by the start of training camp, a deal that could make the third year pro the first NFL player to make at least $40 million per season. Mahomes led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl win in February, one season after being named the league’s MVP.
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is planning to play a full season, although the league is considering several contingencies because of the coronavirus pandemic that could lead to everything from a delayed start to a late-winter Super Bowl. Empty stadiums, neutral sites and no bye weeks are among several alternatives being discussed. The schedule is slated for release by the end of next week, with the season set to open Thursday, Sept. 10 and conclude with Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7 in Tampa.
UNDATED (AP) — NFL Players Association President and Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter is calling for a re-examination of a portion of the labor agreement with the league affecting disability coverage for former players. Tretter wants the NFLPA's executive board and the leadership of former players to discuss some offsets in the collective bargaining agreement narrowly approved by the players in March. The language the overall union membership voted on is not the same as the actual product, affecting about 400 retired players who face a cut in the disability coverage they had under the previous labor agreement.
UNDATED (AP) — NBA team presidents met Thursday via conference call and emerged with the belief that there are still ways to resume the season. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also expressed optimism that the league will find a way out of the coronavirus-caused shutdown, telling CNN that he’s cautiously optimistic that the season could resume, albeit in empty buildings. San Antonio Spurs CEO R.C. Buford said the teams and league officials are discussing countless options, none of which have been finalized and none of which have been detailed specifically by the NBA.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — This year's Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Little League President Stephen Keener made the announcement Thursday, saying it would be “impossible” to hold the events amid ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and travel. The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947 and had never been canceled before.