Delay in NFL stadium roof in Las Vegas causes concern
Installation of a translucent roof for the Raiders’ $2 billion stadium in Las Vegas is months behind schedule, but officials say it should be ready by the start of next season.
A monitor working for the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, however, says the target date for occupancy could be in jeopardy.
Team and construction officials are expected to provide an update Thursday to the stadium oversight panel at Allegiant Stadium, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.
The roof had been scheduled for completion last fall. Installation is now expected in May.
Officials say the stadium is on track to open July 31, with its first event Aug. 16. Cal is set to begin its season against UNLV at Allegiant Stadium on Aug. 29.
WNBA labor deal
grants big raises
The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation will surpass six figures for the first time.
The contract, which begins this season and runs through 2027, will pay players an average of $130,000 and guarantees full salaries while on maternity leave. The collective bargaining agreement also provides enhanced family benefits, travel standards and other health and wellness improvements.
“I call it historic,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a phone interview. “The CBA guarantees substantial (financial) increases. The way we are paying these players is different than the past. ... Everyone gets an increase here.”
Owners must ratify the deal.
College football: A former Penn State player claims in a lawsuit that Nittany Lions players hazed him and other younger teammates by imitating sexual acts in the shower and invoking disgraced assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s name.
Isaiah Humphries, who’s now at Cal, filed the lawsuit Monday in Pennsylvania federal court against the university, head coach James Franklin and one former teammate.
The university said it conducted extensive interviews but found nothing to substantiate claims against Franklin or to indicate that anyone was hazed.
The allegations include that older players said to younger ones, “I am going to Sandusky you.” Sandusky was the team’s retired longtime defensive coordinator when he was convicted in 2012 of sexual abuse of 10 boys.
Golf: The PGA Tour is trying to crack down on slow play with policies that allow for swifter penalty shots and for officials to target players who take too long.
The PGA is introducing its policy, approved in November, this week at The American Express. It does not begin until the week after the Masters.
The tour will have a weekly “observation list” to identify slow players. Players are put on the list if ShotLink data show they take an average of 45 seconds or more to play a shot based on their past 10 tournaments.
Starting in April, players who are out of position or on the observation list will get a warning for the first bad time, and a one-shot penalty if it happens again during the tournament.