Detroit broadcast legend Frank Beckmann retires after nearly 50 years
DETROIT – Metro Detroit bid a fond farewell to one of its longtime radio friends Friday as Frank Beckmann retired after 48 years behind the microphone. Just shy of five decades, the one constant voice from the golden tower of the Fisher Building and WJR was that of Beckmann. He started out doing sports before he branched into talk radio. “I don’t even realize how much I’m going to miss it yet. Ad“I promise I’ve gotten more return for doing this job than I ever could have given and I’ve tried my hardest to give,” Beckmann said.
Annual Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Michigan goes virtual this year
Each year a Polar Plunge takes place at the winter blast to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan -- this year the polar plunge will be virtual. Anna Blakeslee is an events coordinator for Special Olympics Michigan. “Everyone just gets to be a little bit more creative in how they take the plunge this year,” Blakeslee said. Anyone can register online to do the polar plunge at home. How to register:Click here to register for the virtual polar plunge, 5K, or fun runUse the code LOCAL4 to get $5 off registration for the 5KThe virtual event is designed to raise awareness for Special Olympics Michigan.
Lawsuit suggests stoppage in Michigan high school sports may have led to teen’s death
A lawsuit against the state of Michigan’s health director claims the state’s stoppage of high school sports amid the pandemic may have directly led to the tragic death of a teen hockey player. The suit filed in the Michigan Court of Claims is on behalf of a list of Michigan high school athletes and their families -- collectively “Let Them Play Michigan, Inc.” -- and the Michigan Amateur Youth Hockey League (MAYHL). They want high school sports including basketball, wrestling, hockey and competitive cheer to resume immediately. Specifically, MDHSS offers no data – nor can it – to support the lines it’s drawn prohibiting high school athletics but permitting collegiate and professional athletics.”Right now, only certain sports, including football, are allowed to compete at Michigan high schools. Let Them Play, Inc. had been threatening the lawsuit unless winter high school sports were resumed by Monday, Feb. 1, the same say the MHSAA says winter contact sports started in 38 other states.
Detroit schools superintendent urges Whitmer to resume high school contact sports
Dr. Nikolai Vitti started the letter by clarifying that he supports Whitmer, but he has grown frustrated by a lack of clarity about when winter contact sports can resume. He said there are continuing and legitimate fears about COVID-19 in the Detroit community, but 31 female and male high school coaches want to play basketball. “The continuing suspension of winter ‘contact’ sports contradicts the message that it is safe to return to in-person learning,” Vitti wrote. “Please do not let this frustration reach the level of a lawsuit against you and the state,” Vitti cautioned. “Coaches, student-athletes and their parents are in conversation with attorneys.”Mental health, physical well-being and scholarship opportunities are being affected, he said.
Michigan launches online sports betting Friday: What to know
(AP Photo/John Locher, File)LANSING, Mich. – Online sports betting and casino games will start in Michigan at noon Friday, an expansion of options for gamblers who now wager through offshore sites. State regulators have authorized licenses for all three Detroit casinos and seven of the dozen tribes with “Class III” casinos. Greenblatt said the state's 8.4% online sports betting tax is “very sensible,” allowing licensed operators to compete with offshore sites. “You've got a group of players who have long been betting offshore. Casinos offering online games like blackjack will pay a tax of between 20% and 28%, depending on their amount of adjusted gross receipts.
Detroit sports broadcasting legend Frank Beckmann to retire after 48 years
DETROIT – Detroit sports broadcasting legend Frank Beckmann has announced his plans to retire after 48 years with WJR. Beckmann has hosted “The Frank Beckmann Show” on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon for the last 18 years. Throughout his career, Beckmann is the only person to broadcast games for all four of Detroit’s major sports teams -- the Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings and Lions. “As a youngster growing up on the east side of Detroit, I always imagined sitting behind a microphone, announcing Lions and Tigers games,” Beckmann said. Beckmann was indicted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Minnesota Vikings defeat Detroit Lions at Ford Field
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball against Anthony Zettel #69 of the Detroit Lions and Tahir Whitehead #59 for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the first half at Ford Field on November 23, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT – The Detroit Lions lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Ford Field in their last game of the season. Highlights: Cousins throws 3 TDs, Vikings end with 37-35 win over LionsBefore the gameThis season will end like so many others for Matthew Stafford: His Detroit Lions have a losing record and won’t be in the postseason. What’s different now is that there are real questions about Stafford’s future with the Lions. “All I’m thinking about is the Vikings and trying to get myself healthy.
Gov. Whitmer signs bills allowing college athletes in Michigan to make money off name, image, likeness
Gretchen Whitmer has signed two bills that will allow college athletes in Michigan to make money off of their own name, image, likeness and reputation. Michigan is among the first states to allow student athletes to earn such compensation. It’s the first time in state history that college players can financially benefit from their sport while attending school. The bills allow players from any sport in all divisions to use agents to earn money from their own image, name, or likeness. “I am proud to sign this bipartisan legislation today on behalf of our current and future student athletes,” Whitmer said.
Michigan Legislature passes bills allowing college athletes to earn compensation from use of name, image
LANSING, Mich. – Considering Michigan boasts the nation’s largest football stadium and fills it when the coronavirus isn’t lurking -- college football is huge in the state. The Michigan Legislature passed a couple of bills that would allow for paying college athletes. The bill prohibits sports organizations from preventing a student-athlete from receiving compensation from the use of their name, image or likeness. He said he believes the new bills surrounding the use of the name, image and likeness will help student-athletes like Edwards. Michigan Sen. Adam Hollier is a former college athlete who championed the legislation because the NCAA has dragged its feet and penalized student-athletes wrongfully for many years.
Female kicker scores game-winning point for Bloomfield Hills BlackHawks
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – When it came down to the wire, one Bloomfield Hills High School student scored the winning point in a once-in-a-lifetime football game Friday night. Sara Huston is the president of the math club, a member of the National Honor Society and has a 4.0 GPA -- she also happens to be the kicker for the Bloomfield Hills BlackHawks. Berkley scored first in overtime but Bloomfield Hills blocked the extra point. The 17-year-old is only the third female kicker for the BlackHawks in history. “It’s the best football moment I’ve had my entire career.”Related: Detroit Lions defeat Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field
Big Ten presidents meet -- Could fall football return?
Could Michigan State University and the University of Michigan play football this season? The presidents of the Big Ten met Sunday to get updates on testing and medical information to possibly reverse a decision that canceled the season. A lot of college football fans have their fingers crossed hearing about the serious possibility of having their sports back. “It’s not a surprise to me," said Sam Webb. “If you hear word of the Big Ten presidents and chancellors agreeing to start the season, what they are also saying is they got their hands on some rapid testing,” Webb said.
What to know from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 briefing
Gretchen Whitmer held another coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing Thursday. Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, of MDHHS, addressed her order requiring masks for fall sports, and in an unexpected turn, asked mothers and fathers to forego playdates. On Thursday, Whitmer started her briefing by closing the loop on a proposal she made earlier in the spring. “Part of the fun of childhood is having gatherings with friends and playdates,” Khaldun said. In response to those opinions, Khaldun said wearing a mask is simply the safest way to play.
Midwest legislative leaders urge Big Ten to reconsider fall sports
Michigan Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and other Midwest legislative leaders announced Tuesday they sent a joint letter to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren encouraging the conference to reconsider its stance on the fall sports season. The Big Ten Conference announced on Aug. 11 that it would move its football season to the spring semester because of health risks associated with the coronavirus. Over the weekend, President Trump tweeted Big Ten members University of Michigan and Michigan State University could be excluded from the next football season due to the governors response to the coronavirus. Big Ten Football is looking really good, but may lose Michigan, Illinois and Maryland because of those Governors' ridiculous lack of interest or political support, Trump tweeted Sunday. Last week, the Michigan High School School Athletic Association (MHSAA) reinstated football and other high school sports.
Gov. Whitmer reopens Michigan gyms and pools, allows organized sports to resume
Gretchen Whitmer is reopening gyms and pools and allowing organized sports to resume across the state. Whitmer said Wednesday during her coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing that an announcement about gyms and organized sports would be made in the coming days. About 24 hours later, she revealed executive orders reopening gyms and pools and permitting sports. Gyms and pools can start reopening Wednesday (Sept. 9) and must follow certain safety measures. Today, we are announcing the reopening of gyms and pools with strict safety measures in place to protect patrons and their families. Whitmers handling of pandemic :Reopening Michigan :Health questions, advice :Vaccines :Outbreaks :Unemployment :Individual stories :
When will Michigan gyms, bowling alleys, movie theaters be allowed to reopen?
LANSING, Mich. When will gyms, bowling alleys and movie theaters be allowed to reopen throughout Michigan? I think weve made a lot of progress in our state with confronting COVID-19, Whitmer said Wednesday. The region with the highest case rate is still the Detroit Region, which is currently at 66 cases per million people per day. The Kalamazoo Region is at 50 cases per million people per day, but the case rate is trending upward, according to authorities. The overall positive test rate in Michigan is at 3.1%, which has decreased in the last two weeks, she said.
What Whitmer said about other states playing sports with worse COVID-19 trends than Michigan
LANSING, Mich. Many other states around the country have more alarming coronavirus (COVID-19) trends than Michigan, but theyre playing high school sports while Michigan is not. Both you guys today and Dr. Birx this morning said Michigan is doing better than many other states. Numbers by regionThe overall number of positive COVID-19 cases per million people per day in the state of Michigan is at 59, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said. The overall positive test rate in Michigan is at 3.1%, which has decreased in the last two weeks, she said. Michigan is performing 30,000 tests per day, which was fifth in the United States last week, according to Khaldun.
If casinos can reopen in Michigan, why cant other businesses? Gov. Whitmer responds
Gretchen Whitmer was asked Wednesday if casinos in the state have been allowed to reopen, why cant businesses such as gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys do the same? In the Saginaw Region, officials are reporting 56 cases per million people per day, and that number has decreased, Khaldun said. Both the Jackson and Lansing regions are under 40 cases per million people per day and declining, Khaldun said. The overall positive test rate in Michigan is at 3.1%, which has decreased in the last two weeks, she said. Michigan is performing 30,000 tests per day, which was fifth in the United States last week, according to Khaldun.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer hints at decision on reopening gyms, resuming sports in coming days
In the Saginaw Region, officials are reporting 56 cases per million people per day, and that number has decreased, Khaldun said. The Kalamazoo Region is at 50 cases per million people per day, but the case rate is trending upward, according to authorities. Both the Jackson and Lansing regions are under 40 cases per million people per day and declining, Khaldun said. The overall positive test rate in Michigan is at 3.1%, which has decreased in the last two weeks, she said. Michigan is performing 30,000 tests per day, which was fifth in the United States last week, according to Khaldun.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer clarifies statement that she wouldnt be bullied into reopening businesses
Gretchen Whitmer was asked during her coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing Wednesday, after she said she wouldnt be bullied into reopening certain businesses. I think thats simply a phrase that Ive had to use a number of times throughout COVID-19, Whitmer said. In the Saginaw Region, officials are reporting 56 cases per million people per day, and that number has decreased, Khaldun said. The overall positive test rate in Michigan is at 3.1%, which has decreased in the last two weeks, she said. Michigan is performing 30,000 tests per day, which was fifth in the United States last week, according to Khaldun.
Protesters gather outside Michigan Capitol for Let Them Play rally aimed at allowing high school sports
The rally was organized by the group Let Michigan Football Play. READ: Michigan High School Athletic Association cancels fall football season due to coronavirusTwo 16-year-old students named Aiden Dale and Max Jones came from Macomb Township to plead for their football season to be given the green light. I wrestle too and I dont know what I would do if I couldnt play sports. Both he and Jones play for Dakota High School as a middle linebacker and a free safety, respectively. Whitmer to reinstate high school footballAll of these sports are in jeopardy and were not whiny and its not about me watching sports. READ: More high school sports coverage
Fall football canceled for Central, Eastern, Western Michigan universities amid coronavirus pandemic, sources say
Sources say the Mid-American Conference (MAC) has canceled its 2020 football season due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic -- affecting multiple Michigan universities and their athletes. According to a report from the Stadiums Brett McMurphy, on Saturday the leagues presidents voted to to cancel the fall season. Huge news: Mid-American cancels fall football season because of COVID player health & safety concerns, sources told @Stadium. This will not be a straight line this year.Big Ten member schools University of Michigan and Michigan State University also recently announced their fall football schedules. Outbreaks forced the shutdown of voluntary workouts at Ohio State, Michigan State, Rutgers and Northwestern.
Mid-American Conference cancels fall football, more sports due to coronavirus
The Mid-American Conference on Saturday became the first league competing at college footballs highest level to cancel its fall season because of COVID-19 concerns. MAC schools rely heavily on revenue from playing road games against power conference teams. Most of those games were canceled when the Power Five went to exclusively or mostly conference games. Nine of 13 conferences at Division Is second-tier of football, the Championship Subdivision, have already postponed their fall football seasons with an eye toward making them up in the spring. A meeting of its presidents earlier in the week was expected to produce an agreement on how to go about a fall season, but instead some schools pushed to not play.
Michigans Central, Eastern, Western universities to reopen without football
A big announcement in college sports Saturday -- the Mid-American Conference (MAC) has canceled its 2020 football season due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic -- impacting multiple Michigan universities and their athletes. ORIGINAL STORY: Fall football canceled for Central, Eastern, Western Michigan universities amid coronavirus pandemic, sources sayIts the first first league at college footballs highest level to make that move because of the pandemic. Aug. 8, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 86,889; Death toll now at 6,250All of the league presidents came together Saturday morning to vote and it was a unanimous decision to cancel fall sports. There are too many unknowns to asks athletes to play, Steinbrecher said. Eastern Michigan University athletic director Scott Wetherbee said his student athletes are disappointed and they want to compete, but some are relieved.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs order allowing professional sports to return without fans
Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order allowing professional sports to return to the state without fans. The announcement comes just two days after Major League Baseball announced it will begin a 60-game season in late July. Whitmer made the announcement by signing executive order 2020-133, which sets guidelines for professional sports to return safely, specifically without live audiences. Good news, sports fans: We are now ready to gradually and safely allow professional sports to resume in Michigan, Whitmer said. No live audiences are allowed, except for staff of the facility at which a sporting event is held and media personnel reporting on, filming or otherwise documenting the sporting event, Whitmers executive order says.
Which of the four major Detroit sports teams is closest to winning a championship?
Since Oct. 19, 2013, the Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings are a combined 5-25 in playoff games, with the Red Wings accounting for all five wins in first-round losses. So the question everyones been asking for years remains: Which team is closest to bringing a championship to Detroit? The only argument in favor of the Lions being the closest to winning a championship is the year-to-year unpredictability in the NFL. The former Red Wings legend has traded in his sweater for a suit and tie to bring Hockeytown back to glory. After floundering in the latter years of the Ken Holland era, Red Wings fans can feel optimistic about the direction of the franchise.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifts restrictions on overnight summer camps, school sports
Gretchen Whitmer has lifted some restrictions on overnight summer camps and K-12 school sport activities across the state. Whitmer issued executive order 2020-120 on Friday afternoon. School sportsThe executive order also allows certain K-12 school sports activities and other in-person extracurricular school activities to resume. Participants must follow social distancing guidelines, Whitmer said. While this is good news, theres still more work to do to protect Michigan families from the spread of this virus, avoid a second wave, and protect the heroes on the front lines.
Gov. Whitmer: Overnight summer camps, school sports to restart Monday
Whitmer said summer camps and youth sports could resume starting Monday, June 15th. Gretchen Whitmer lifts restrictions on overnight summer camps, school sportsIn downtown Detroit at Detroit PALs Corner Ballpark, private games were already being hosted Friday. Making sure we have plenty of hand sanitizers around. Making sure we don't have common drinking bottles making sure everyone has to bring their own water bottle, Superintendent Dr. Steve Matthews said. Overnight summer camps are also allowed to restart Monday.
Heres how 25 sports have been divided into high, moderate, low COVID-19 risk categories
DETROIT Will it be safe for children, high schoolers or anybody to play sports amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Experts have divided 25 popular sports into three categories: high, moderate and low risk. The National Federation of State High School Associations released their list, which is based on the amount of close, sustained contact, along with other factors. Oklahoma recently rejected a plan that would have required social distancing and allowed all high school sports to resume without restrictions. One idea being considered by many states would change the calendar to shift lower risk sports to fall and move higher risk ones to the spring.
Michigan lawmaker traveling to White House to request clemency for Kwame Kilpatrick
Michigan lawmaker traveling to White House to request clemency for Kwame KilpatrickPublished: February 27, 2020, 12:09 pmA Michigan lawmaker will visit the White House to request clemency for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Michigan State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo will travel to Washington D.C., as a part of a Black History Month event. In an email newsletter, Rep. Gay-Dagnogo says she was invited by President Trump to attend the event and will discuss possible clemency for the former Detroit mayor. She says she will be delivering a letter to President Trump “signed by several Detroit Caucus Members, Elected Officials, and Ecumenical Leaders.”
Gov. Whitmer releases 2021 Michigan budget plan: Here’s what’s included
Whitmer releases 2021 Michigan budget plan: Here’s what’s includedPublished: February 6, 2020, 12:12 pmThe budget recommendation totals $61.9 billion, up 3.9 percent from the current fiscal year 2020 budget. It includes a general fund total of $11 billion (up 5.8 percent) and a school aid fund total of $15.9 billion (up 4.9 percent).
Whitmer: ‘No more waiting’; Michigan to borrow $3.5B for roads
Whitmer: ‘No more waiting’; Michigan to borrow $3.5B for roadsPublished: January 30, 2020, 12:14 pmGov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that Michigan will borrow $3.5 billion to rebuild the state's deteriorating highways and bridges over five years, calling it a fiscally responsible move after the Republican-led Legislature rejected her proposed fuel tax hike.