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Andy Dolich -- 2015

Twenty Stories to Follow in 2020 

By Andy Dolich

1.   Major League Baseball will be grappling with the sign stealing fallout of the Houston Astros with other teams, players and coaches under the microscope. Commissioner Rob Manfred will be tested in the most serious challenge to his leadership.

2.   Will Tom Brady sign with the Los Angeles Chargers or ...?

3.   The Oakland A's Howard Terminal ballpark process will continue to play out with significant questions still unanswered. The last team standing in Oakland will take the Coliseum field with some of MLB's best young players including homegrown MVP candidate Marcus Semien, along with the Matts, Olson and Chapman led by Bob Melvin.

4.   The Oakland Panthers of the IFL (Indoor Football League) will begin their first season at the Oakland Arena on March 14.

5.   NFL is negotiating a new long term Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the NFL Players Association. Revenue split is the key issue.

6.   Vince McMahon's second attempt at making the XFL competitive kicks off in eight cities on February 8. Remember the San Francisco Demons?

7.   Players, coaches, alumni, and league officials will continue taking public positions on societal, political, and workplace issues. Active involvement in social causes will increase in 2020.

8.   The 102nd PGA Championship tees off at Harding Park on May 14.

9.   Sports venues will continue to become targets. How do authorities effectively create safe and secure fan environments without taking away the openness of our sporting events and their venues?

10.  The  Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) debate will continue to play out in college sports along with pay-for-play issues facing the NCAA, Conferences, elected officials, student athletes and athletic departments.

11.  What level of success will the Las Vegas Raiders experience on the field and in the stands in their new HomeDome?

12.  The NFL will continue to deal with the snore that the Pro Bowl has become. What type of new format will make it relevant?

13.  Steph Curry is on track to return to the lineup sometime in March. What's the time line on Klay? When will Warrior fans see them back at full strength?

14.  If the 49ers win Super Bowl 54, where will the Parade take place?

15.  Focus on the NBA draft and who will the Warriors select, based on their position from their season of injuries?

16.  Ongoing traumatic brain injury and CTE fallout continues in all contact sports. Every family associated with constant contact sports will be looking at the risk/reward of their children's participation.

17.  Esports continues growth on a worldwide basis. Will finger dexterity become more important than muscle tone.

18.  Legalized betting on professional sports will continue moving down the road to the massive payoff that leagues envision. It's still a long way off.

19.  How will women's professional sports grow revenue, attract more sponsors and increase broadcast coverage.

20.   Is the NFL's Rooney Rule working. Where is the diversity and hiring of top minority coaches in the league coming from?

A few predictions that are predictably way out there:

Dallas Mavericks will be in the NBA finals in June since "Maverick", the sequel to "Top Gun," debuts at the same time.

The Oakland A's will win the World Series.

*  The Warriors will lose more games this season than the 2015-16, 16-17, and 17-18 seasons combined.

*  Stanford women will win the NCAA basketball championship.

*  Cal and Stanford athletes will win gold medals at the 2020 Olympics in Japan

*  The party for LSU winning the National Championship will go on for another week or two.

*  Introduction of 3x3 basketball for men and women as a gold medal sport in the 2020 Olympics in Japan will be a big hit.
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Andy Dolich has over five decades of leadership in the sports industry, including executive positions in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, pro soccer and lacrosse. Presently Dolich is COO of the Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL) and teaches sports business at Stanford's School of Continuing Studies. Dolich is also co-author of the new book: