Chiefs and TE Travis Kelce Chiefs agree to parameters on a four-year extension

Travis Kelce and the Chiefs have agreed to parameters on a four-year extension that would tie the tight end to Kansas City through 2025, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Thursday.

Worth the money?

Kelce led all tight ends in receptions (97) and receiving yards (1,229) last season while posting five touchdowns for the Super Bowl-winning Chiefs.

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George Kittle, 49ers agree to five-year, $75M extension

The 49ers and Kittle are in agreement on a five-year, $75 million extension, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported. Of the $75 million total, more than half of it is made up of guarantees, per Rapoport, with $30 million guaranteed at signing, $40 million guaranteed for injury and $18 million arriving via signing bonus.

Worth the money?

Kittle’s 2,945 receiving yards and 216 receptions are the most by a tight end in his first three seasons in NFL history.

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Why the XFL needs to return this fall

Bring the XFL back this fall

With rumors swirling that the FBS college football conferences are planning to cancel their 2020 seasons, the XFL should plan to reboot and play in a bubble this fall.  More than that, the XFL should make a list of all rising seniors, juniors, and red-shirt sophomores (i.e. all 2021 NFL Draft-eligible players). They can invite the top-rated among them to play in the league should college football be canceled. 

Think about it, the XFL was always best as a supplemental league for the fans and, as we saw this past spring, as a feeder system for the NFL.  We are also staring at the possibility of no college football this fall and most high schools are also canceling, as they should.  (Btw, we are one or two major outbreaks on any given team away from no NFL football as well).  This is the XFL’s opportunity to supplement the college and high school football seasons and grasp a long-sought viewership foothold.  Many of the top players want to play (aside from a few projected NFL first-round picks who have already opted out) and would still have a route to the NFL draft without having to wait an extra season to showcase their skills. 

The scenarios of returning

I know it seems like a quick turnaround, but imagine this scenario: (1) the various FBS conferences cancel their seasons or postpone them until spring 2021.  (2) The XFL springs into action and organizes the league for an Oct start (this would involve signing players/coaches/staff; securing a bubble; securing a TV contract; testing/clearing players; and all the logistics of equipment, accommodations, etc.).  (3) The XFL is playing nationally televised games in prime-time on Saturdays and Friday nights Oct-Dec 2020 with some of college football’s biggest stars.   

The XFL only entertains this plan only if the point (1) is true so all of this is moot if college football is played in 2020 (which, unfortunately, seems increasingly unlikely).  However, the XFL does not have a ton to lose here and can make all these contingency plans without putting out a lot of capital or loss of public goodwill. 

Point (2) is the more labor-intensive piece by far, difficult but not impossible.  Signing the players in such a short time frame seems doable as there are many who want to play.  I don’t imagine that most of the current D1 stars would take the risk of playing for the $60 or $70k that they might get under the XFL’s previous salary structure.  However, the XFL might be able to get more funding if they’re going to be the only game in town on Saturdays and Friday nights.  In addition, they don’t need all of the college players to sign with them. I think 30-40 would do the trick and even 10-20 would be enough to be of interest to the average college fan. 

Players to consider

Stars like Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields would be huge boons for the XFL this year. Although, they would be a super unlikely sign.  However, both players have said they want to play football in 2020. If the college season will not be played, maybe there is a chance that they would suit up for the XFL.  Even if they didn’t, there are plenty of guys to take their place that both need to put more film up for NFL teams and have big enough profiles to move the needle.  

Guys like Sean Clifford (Penn State) Patrick Jones (Pitt), or Andre Cisco (Cuse) are NFL hopefuls who might see their stock jump with a productive XFL season and would help bring in viewers.  

The XFL could draw in a ton of new fans who are used to watching these players on Saturdays.  Kenny Robinson (former WVU and XFL Safety) has proven that there is a path to the NFL draft through the XFL last season.  (IIRC, the XFL even agreed to pay for Kenny’s additional credit hours through graduation; they could work out a similar deal with all of the currently enrolled student-athletes)

Where to play?

Securing a bubble would be another tough aspect of this, but with only eight teams and roughly 416 players. This would be doable.  There are many hotel complexes that are sitting idle these days. I am sure that one would jump at the chance of the added revenue.  

Vegas was considered for the NBA bubble and Columbus worked for TBT bubble. I would propose Mohegan Sun, CT as the COVID-19 numbers are low in the region.  

With a short schedule like the one the XFL already has, the bubble would only need to be intact for 2.5-3 months. This includes a full season, playoffs, and the championship.  They could even shorten it to 2 months or so if that was better for the league. 

Win-win for everyone:

With the above in place, a lucrative TV contract would practically fall into the XFL’s laps. ESPN is right there in Bristol, CT. Staff would be easy to come by as the country’s unemployment rate is abysmally high. I think they could scrounge up some coaches as they did this past year.  

College football cancels their season (which in this scenario they are doing anyway and they miss the liability they are trying to avoid).

For the fans, they will still get football on Saturdays while the XFL gets their foothold. The players get to play, and the NFL still has its feeder system. 

Of course, this is an unlikely and downright herculean task. If anyone is up to it, it is the baller himself. The new part-owner of the XFL – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.  Come on Dwayne, be the best damn XFL owner there ever was!  

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The Quarantined Anniversary of Baseline Times

What do we accomplish at three years of age as humans? Talking, walking, and maybe a whole lot of normal interaction?

Well, it’s hard to say what that translates to for a start-up digital media group three years in. As the overall creator of Baseline Times, this has been one of the great feelings but the biggest challenges to progress a dream.

The pandemic of 2020 has given me the opportunity of more time and patience to admire the work. It is year three since the initial launch of the website on May 5th, 2017. I created the brand, printed t-shirts, started a few social media accounts, and recruited genuine souls to assist in the process of launching this bad boy.

I can ever so often give credit to a handful of people who took time out of their lives to contribute to my project without asking for anything out of me. Sometimes I feel like I can never give back enough to these same folks as some have come and gone.

What do we do in a pandemic that has kept us locked in? What do we do without sports to turn to as we always do here at Baseline Times?

I’m sure millions of sports fan across the world have pondered as I right?

The pause in the world has personally given me an opportunity to admire sports moments that might have flew over the top of my head as a highlight during a time in my life something else had my attention.

Of course, as one season ends another begins. Super Bowl crowns a new champion and now we are off to fill out brackets before June hits and the NBA crowns their champion.

Baseball takes over a summer unless the Olympics are in session. August comes fast and here we are counting down the days to where weekends are no longer without football for a while.

The Fall hits and we admire the abundance of major sports all happening at once. MLB Playoffs, NBA Opening Week, NHL Opening Week, and NFL kicking off their season.

Sprinkle in the PGA tournaments, NASCAR season, and major Tennis tournaments and it’s almost an overwhelming feeling of how can I keep up?

To keep this short and sweet, I will always admire what sports can do for not only a nation but the world.

For once, we can identify with a team based on location, loyalty, or just being casual.

For once, we can bond together regardless of race, sex, size, weight, and political views.

Thank you to anyone and everyone who has held a part of Baseline Times in their lives. My incredible team of former guys and gals who are currently somewhere else in life I appreciate you.

My current team of small contributors I appreciate you. Thank you for sticking with the game plan and seeing the dream of media presence.

Whether you’re reading this as fan, follower, contributor, former Baseline Times college, I can’t express enough gratitude for the love.

Please continue to support us in a great manner. Subscribe to the podcasts, social media, and please join us one day to share your own thoughts!

Sincerely,

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