Two-Minute Drill: Watson Settlement Reached, Sun And Storm Take 1-0 Leads

Jonathan Grant | August 19th, 2022

1st Down: Deshaun Watson’s time out is now official after Thursday’s announcement that the NFL and the NFLPA had settled on an agreement. Following an initial six-game ban, the league appealed and was reportedly seeking a full season banishment. However, by working with the Players’ Association, they came to an 11-game decision and a $5 million fine as well, meaning the quarterback will miss the bulk of the season for his new team, the Cleveland Browns. While this no doubt isn’t what the team would have wanted, it is good news in that they now know what they have to do moving forward to prepare for the season. Watson maintained his innocence, for whatever that is worth, but he’ll still sit out a sizable chunk of time.

2nd Down: The second night of WNBA Playoffs action took place on Thursday, and we got two very different games. In the opener, the Connecticut Sun dismantled the Dallas Wings 93-68 at home behind a double-double showing from Alyssa Thomas (15 points and 10 rebounds) and a 19-point performance from Jonquel Jones. In the night cap, proceedings were much tighter, with the Seattle Storm defending home court with an 86-83 victory over the Washington Mystics. Breanna Stewart had 23 for the victors and Jewell Loyd had 12 (of her total of 16) in the last five minutes alone to lead them to a massive win that puts them a win away from the second round. Elena Delle Donne had 26 in the loss for the Mystics.

3rd Down: The Big Ten has been buoyed with the recent news of USC and UCLA joining the conference, and that has helped them, without a question, reel in a massive TV deal that was confirmed on Thursday. $7 billion will be handed down to the conference and the schools therein from the likes of CBS, Fox, and NBC over seven years, with the deal beginning in 2023. Fox will remain the ‘primary’ partner, but the three will rotate when they ‘host’ the title games on television. Each member school is said to be getting between $80 and $100 million per year, a sharp rise from recent numbers.

4th Down: After a stunning season that was his best to-date, Nazem Kadri’s next team is official, with the Calgary Flames confirming the center had signed with the team after exploring free agency. The 31 year-old won the Stanley Cup last season with the Colorado Avalanche and had a career-best 87 points in 71 appearances during the regular season. That has earned him a seven-year deal that is worth a reported $7 million per year. This signing goes a long way to rebuilding a Calgary team that had seen its two highest scorers depart earlier in the summer.

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