The Daily Outkick: Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Why An NFL Playoff Format Change Is Inevitable (The Ringer) The league and players association have reportedly agreed to a new postseason structure as part of the new CBA. Even if that plan falls apart, fans should be prepared for a new-look bracket some time soon.

Warren Leads An Onslaught Of Attacks, Zeroing In On Bloomberg (New York Times) The sharp exchanges in the Nevada debate reflected the urgency of the moment as Michael Bloomberg, in his first presidential debate, was repeatedly criticized in personal terms.

MLB Commissioner Finds Himself At Odds With Players’ Union (Wall Street Journal) Rob Manfred said the MLBPA would only cooperate with the sign-stealing investigation if players received immunity. The union’s executive director disputes Manfred’s explanation.

Election Update: We Got A Flurry Of New National Polls. Sanders Led Them All. (538) Meanwhile, Biden is dropping fast.

Ranking The Best Veteran Quarterbacks Potentially Available This Offseason (SI) Nearly a third of the NFL could be in the market for a new QB in 2020.

Coronavirus Kills 2 Diamond Princess Passengers As South Korean Cases Surge (Axios) Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship.

Colorado Coaching Search: Alabama’s Steve Sarkisian Interviews For Job, May Be Front-Runner (CBS Sports) Sarkisian spent the 2019 season as with the Crimson Tide and has plenty of Pac-12 experience.

US Futures Point To Slightly Higher Open After New Record Highs On Wall Street (CNBC) Tech shares led the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite to new record highs on Wednesday, and some cautious optimism looks set to carry into Thursday’s trade.

Week 2 XFL Ratings Are Another Win (The Big Lead) The XFL Week 2 ratings were down but remained impressive.

Bloomberg’s Immense Spending Gets Him 30,000 Online Ads A Minute, And A Whole Lot More (Washington Post) This year, Google and Facebook have served up 2 billion Bloomberg ads, which works out to 30,000 a minute.

Armen Keteyian And Melissa Geisler Leaving The Athletic As Video Ambitions Are Dialed Back (Awful Announcing) The Athletic’s video efforts are on pause after key departures.

John Hinckley Jr.: Where Is Reagan’s Would-be Assassin Now? (Fox News) Health professionals have said that the mental illness that afflicted the 25-year-old Hinckley has been in full and stable remission for decades.

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