DISNEY REORGANIZES TO DO MORE STREAMING
UNDATED (AP) – Disney is looking to wade further into the “stream.” The entertainment giant is moving to get more of its stuff on streaming services – as the immediate future of movies remains in flux because of the coronavirus. Disney is reorganizing its business to focus more on releasing movies and programs online. It is creating three streaming outlets: one for sports, one for general entertainment and one for its studios. The studios branch will focus on brands like Star Wars and Marvel.
DAVID BYRNES “UTOPIA” TO BE STREAMED ON HBO AND HBO MAX
UNDATED (AP) – It’s been months since any of us has been in a packed theater or concert venue. But with a bit of streaming and little bit of imagination, you can recapture that feeling – safely, at home. Spike Lee’s concert film, “David Byrne’s American Utopia” will debut Saturday on HBO and HBO Max. Some have compared Lee’s movie to Jonathan Demme’s classic, “Stop Making Sense,” which was about the Talking Heads.
JOE MORGAN MOURNED AS BALLPLAYER, BROADCASTER
CINCINNATI (AP) – Depending on how old you are – or when you followed baseball – you will remember Joe Morgan either as a Hall of Fame second baseman or as a broadcaster for several teams and just about every network that carried the sport. Morgan has died at age 77. His Cincinnati Reds’ teammate and fellow Hall of Fame member Johnny Bench calls Morgan “quite simply the best baseball player I played against or saw.” After his playing days ended, Morgan covered games for the Reds, Giants and A’s – as well as on ESPN, NBC, ABC and CBS.
MLB PLAYER STABBED IN CONFRONTATION AT SAN DIEGO CLUB
SAN DIEGO (AP) – San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is recovering after being stabbed in the back. Authorities say he was stabbed outside a gentlemen’s club Sunday night. The team says the knife penetrated all three layers of Pham’s skin – but didn’t damage any internal organs. One person told a newspaper Pham was stabbed after he saw an argument near his car – and asked the people involved to get away from his vehicle. Pham says in a statement released by the Padres that the stabbing “was a very traumatic and eye-opening experience” – but that he’s recovering well. The Padres were eliminated from the MLB playoffs last Thursday.
SOME FANS ALLOWED INTO MLB PLAYOFF GAMES
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – If someone tells you they went to a major league baseball playoff game in person, don’t call them a liar. For the first time in this pandemic-shortened season, fans are being allowed to watch games, starting with the first game of the NL Championship Series. MLB will let 11,500 fans for each game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. A similar number of seats will be available for the World Series, which starts next week. Thinking about making the trip to the Dallas area for that? Don’t. MLB says the games are already sold out.