MLB Lockout: Why the League Can’t Use Any Player’s Name, Image, or Likeness in Any Capacity
As of early Thursday morning, Major League Baseball officially entered into a lockout. As a result, the league is not using any player’s name, image, or likeness in any capacity. So that means if you head to any MLB team’s official website, or MLB.com, it’s going to look different than it usually does.
You can still find any teams’ roster on their respective websites, but all photos of players have been removed.
It’s worth noting that you can still find images of the coaching staffs around the league, since coaches aren’t included in the players union.
This is all a result of a legal issue about labor law, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Thursday.
Another example of this stipulation is that teams are being forced to remove signage from ballparks that feature players.
Take the Philadelphia Phillies for example. They put up a banner in front of Citizens Bank Park celebrating Bryce Harper being named the 2021 National League MVP less than two weeks ago. As of Thursday morning, the banner was completely take down.
Another part of the league’s online presence being altered by all of this is that specific details of upcoming promotional events during the 2022 season look different. If you go to a team’s site to look at their 2022 schedule, you’ll notice that details are slim on giveaways.
In addition, team websites were completely altered and no current news about player transactions can be found. Instead, you’ll see content on the best players in a team’s history, as well as Commissioner Rob Manfred’s letter to baseball fans that was posted once the lockout began, on every team site.
Snowstorm Strands Customers, Employees Inside a Denmark IKEA Overnight
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — In northern Denmark, an IKEA showroom turned into a vast bedroom. Six customers and about two dozen employees were stranded by a snowstorm and spent the night in the store, sleeping in the beds that are usually on show.
Up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) of snow fell, trapping the customers and employees when the department store in Aalborg closed on Wednesday evening.
“We slept in the furniture exhibitions and our showroom on the first floor, where we have beds, mattresses and sofa beds,” store manager Peter Elmose told the Ekstra Bladet tabloid. People could “pick the exact bed they always have wanted to try.”
Elmose said they spent the evening watching television and eating, adding it went “super well. It’s been a good night. All fun.”
Denmark’s public broadcaster DR said people working in a toy shop that is next door to IKEA also spent the night in the department store.
“It’s much better than sleeping in one’s car. It has been nice and warm and we are just happy that they would let us in,” Michelle Barrett, one of the toy shop staff, told DR.
“We just laughed at the situation, because we will probably not experience it again,” Barrett added.
Snowstorm Strands Customers, Employees Inside a Denmark IKEA Overnight https://t.co/Saj4TPNixb
— People (@people) December 2, 2021
Alec Baldwin’s claim he didn’t pull trigger on ‘Rust’ questioned by sheriff: ‘Guns don’t just go off’
Alec Baldwin's claim he didn't pull trigger on 'Rust' questioned by sheriff: 'Guns don't just go off'https://t.co/4qGycyEJoB
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 2, 2021
Meet Ameca: ‘World’s most advanced’ humanoid robot
Set to make its debut at CES 2022 next month in Las Vegas, Engineered Arts’ Ameca humanoid robot AI platform is claimed to be the world’s most advanced human shaped robot representing the forefront of human-robotics technology: https://t.co/mSi7xSpoTM pic.twitter.com/z6XY6mvYcJ
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) December 3, 2021
Woman Walks In Front Of Hunters To Feed Decoy Ducks And Loses It After Discovering They’re Fake
The hunters remaining so polite is super impressive https://t.co/GbdWmKBemi
— BroBible (@BroBible) December 2, 2021
STUDY: Men Who Vape Are Twice as Likely to Have ED
New research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has suggested a correlation between vaping nicotine and impotence, as findings indicate male e-cigarette users are more than twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction [ED] compared to non-vapers.
The study, conducted by doctors at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, included data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, restricting the scope to men in the US aged 20 to 65 who responded to questions regarding ED for the survey.
Of the 13,711 participants included, about 1,920 (14%) said they currently use tobacco products other than cigarettes. About half of all participants said they were former smokers, while some 2,880 (21%) considered themselves current smokers.
As opposed to the men who had never used an e-cigarette, vapers were 2.2-times more likely to report having experienced ED.
“Our analyses accounted for the cigarette smoking history of participants, including those who were never cigarette smokers to begin with, so it is possible that daily e-cigarette vaping may be associated with higher odds of erectile dysfunction regardless of one’s smoking history,” said lead author of the study, Dr. Omar El Shahawy, in a statement for NYU Langone.
Researchers went a step further by factoring out those with a prior history of cardiovascular disease, which is known to prompt ED due to poor blood circulation, reducing their participant pool to 11,207 — wherein 1,143 (10.2%) reported experiencing bouts of impotence, 5.5% of whom reported occasional vaping while 2.5% reported a daily habit. In total, e-cigarette users in this sample suffered ED at a rate of 2.4-times that of non-users.
Added El Shahawy, “Given that many people use e-cigarettes as a form of smoking harm reduction or to help them quit smoking, we need to fully investigate the relationship between vaping products and erectile dysfunction, and thus better understand the potential implications for men’s sexual health.”
He continued, “Our findings underscore the need to study patterns of e-cigarette use that are relatively safer than smoking.”