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LeBron James wades into baseball’s sign-stealing scandal


Major League Baseball has been in the news for all the wrong reasons ever since it was discovered the Astros broke the rules to steal and decode signs from opposing teams en route to a championship in 2017. We later found out that the 2018 Red Sox had a similar scheme during their championship run.

The league formally investigated and punished the Astros. GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were each suspended without pay for one year (and subsequently fired). The club was fined $5 million and forfeited its first- and second-round picks for both the 2020 and ’21 seasons. Many feel the league did not come down hard enough on the Astros, including the players who were heavily involved in the cheating operation.

Among MLB players to have criticized the league are Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, Aaron Judge, and Trevor Bauer. The scandal has even transcended the sport as actor Ben Affleck went on ESPN’s First Take to discuss the issue on Tuesday. Athletes in other sports are chiming in as well. Lakers forward LeBron James tweeted this evening:

Commissioner Rob Manfred has not had a great week. And now he’s getting dunked on by LeBron.

Mike Tirico to host NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show ‘Lunch Talk Live’

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NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show, Lunch Talk Live, debuts this Monday, April 6, at Noon ET on NBCSN, featuring host Mike Tirico joined by special guests, including current and former athletes, NBC Sports’ lineup of on-air commentators, and other prominent voices and figures within sports and media.

Lunch Talk Live focuses on the current state of the sports world and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

“In these challenging times, we are all missing sports and the people who make sports memories,” said Tirico. “Hopefully, we can bring a midday connection with some of them to help fill the void.”

Sam Flood, NBC Sports Executive Producer & President of Production, said, “We’re excited to bring viewers fresh programming every day with unique, topical conversations from prominent individuals in all corners of sports. This will be a daily lunch date to share sports and stories we miss during these unique times.”

The hour-long show will air weekdays at Noon ET on NBCSN and stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Select content and interviews will additionally be hosted on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel and social media platforms.

Tirico will host Lunch Talk Live episodes remotely, beginning this Monday.