What time is Super Bowl 2020? 49ers vs. Chiefs kickoff time, TV channel for Super Bowl 54

first_imgBy the time the 2020 Super Bowl starts with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox, TV and live stream services will have provided fans the final servings of analysis for 49ers vs. Chiefs in Super Bowl 54 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Which is to say kickoff time for the actual game will be welcome.LIVE: Follow the score, updates & highlights from Super Bowl 54 — Zac Al-Khateeb: It seems the 49ers are clearly the better of the two conference champions entering Super Bowl 54, thanks in large part to the myriad ways they can beat opponents. San Francisco saw stellar play from both its defensive front and secondary, and it got such a good performance from running back Raheem Mostert that Jimmy Garoppolo only needed to throw eight passes in an NFC championship game that was over by halftime. Credit to the Chiefs for overcoming a double-digit deficit for the second consecutive week. But their offense, led by Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, will face a tougher defensive challenge vs. the 49ers than they faced against Houston or Tennessee. Kansas City can’t sell out to stop Mostert, either, or else Garoppolo — unlike Ryan Tannehill — will make them pay through the air. There will be splash plays by both the 49ers and Chiefs, but in the end, you have to go with the more well-rounded team. Prediction: 49ers 38, Chiefs 31.— Tadd Haislop: Largely because of the Patrick Mahomes factor, we understand why Super Bowl 54 is being framed as a clash of spectacular offense in Kansas City and smothering defense in San Francisco. Mahomes also heavily impacts the point spread. Yet this Super Bowl narrative omits an important fact. As great as Kansas City has been all season offensively, San Francisco has been even better. Notably, the 49ers are doing it with a quarterback who completed just six passes in the NFC championship game and threw for only 208 yards in their two playoff games combined. When the 49ers have needed Jimmy Garoppolo to produce, though, he has delivered. The diversity on offense, coupled with dominance on defense, is why San Francisco has an edge over Kansas City. This isn’t a case of “defense wins championships.” It’s a case of defense wins championships — especially when complemented by superior offense and hampered by zero notable weaknesses. Prediction: 49ers 31, Chiefs 27.— Mike DeCourcy: It’s just hard to imagine another professional defense getting trucked in the way Green Bay did throughout the NFC championship game. And it’s nearly as difficult to picture the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes responding as timidly as the Green Bay offense. This pick is not as comfortable to make as the recent College Football Playoff title game, which was like a wide-open layup, but the Chiefs offense appears to have the magic necessary to counter the impressive 49ers D. Prediction: Chiefs 28, 49ers 21. Kickoff arrives Sunday evening after weeks of 49ers vs. Chiefs-related chatter. We all know by now how San Francisco, a one-point underdog against Kansas City in Super Bowl 54, is searching for its record-tying sixth Super Bowl title. The 49ers with a win also would become just the second team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl after finishing the previous season with four or fewer wins, joining the 1999 Rams. Coach Kyle Shanahan and his father Mike would become the first father and son head coaches to win Super Bowls.The Chiefs are looking for their second such title after a 50-year drought since their last Super Bowl appearance. Coach Andy Reid would win his first Super Bowl and earn his 222nd career victory, including postseason. Only five coaches in the history of the league have more. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes would become the second youngest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl (Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl 40).As the hours count down to kickoff time on Super Bowl Sunday, here is all the TV and live stream info you need to watch the Super Bowl in 2020.MORE SUPER BOWL 54:• Picks, predictions for Super Bowl 54• The 25 best Super Bowl commercials of all time, ranked• The strangest moments and stories in Super Bowl historyWhat time does the Super Bowl start 2020?Date: Sunday, Feb. 2Time: 6:30 p.m. ETSuper Bowl 54 between the 49ers and Chiefs kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET, which has become the customary start time for Super Bowls, on Sunday, Feb. 2. But what has become excessive pregame coverage begins long before that.On Super Bowl Sunday, NFL Network will show more than 11 hours of live pregame and postgame coverage, starting at 9 a.m. ET with an 8.5-hour edition of “NFL GameDay Morning.” Featured on the show at various points will be coverage from Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Colleen Wolfe, Steve Smith Sr., Michael Robinson, Joe Thomas, Ian Rapoport, Cynthia Frelund, Mike Garafolo, Tom Pelissero, Stacey Dales, Steve Wyche, James Palmer, Melissa Stark, Andrea Kremer, Kyle Brandt, Rhett Lewis, Brian Billick and Shaun O’Hara.ESPN’s pregame coverage will begin at 10 a.m. ET and end at 2 p.m. ET.As for the TV channel that will broadcast the Super Bowl, Fox’s pregame coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET. The show, featuring the award-winning group of Curt Menefee, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Jay Glazer, also will include performances by Pitbull, Dan + Shay, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato and Yolanda Adams.SUPER BOWL 2020:Picks, predictions | Super Bowl commercialsWhat channel is the Super Bowl on today?TV channel (national): FoxTV channel (San Francisco): KTVUTV channel (Kansas City): WDAFSuper Bowl 54 between the 49ers and Chiefs will be broadcast nationally by Fox. The network of course will feature it’s No. 1 broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth and Erin Andrews and Chris Myers on the sidelines. Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino are Fox’s NFL rules analysts.As for radio broadcasts, the 49ers call of Super Bowl 54 can be heard on Sirius channel 82 and XM channel 226, and the Chiefs call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 225. The national, Westwood One radio broadcast will feature Kevin Harlan and Kurt Warner on the call.Beginning with the deal the NFL reached with networks in 2006 and continuing with their latest deal in 2014, CBS, Fox and NBC — the league’s three primary broadcast partners — have rotated Super Bowl broadcast rights over the last 14 years.In 2020, it’s Fox’s turn to broadcast the Super Bowl, marking its last Super Bowl broadcast of the current TV rights deal. This will be the ninth time Fox has shown the Super Bowl. (CBS has the most Super Bowl broadcasts with 20.)The NFL’s current agreement with its network partners is set to expire in 2022 after Super Bowl 56. With ratings up for the 2019 season, the league could become aggressive in negotiations this year and push to get a new deal in place by 2021, which would set the Super Bowl broadcast schedule beyond 2022 and into the near future.MORE SUPER BOWL 2020:Halftime show info | Halftime show propsSuper Bowl live streamCord-cutters shouldn’t have a problem finding a live stream for Super Bowl 54. Sling, Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV and AT&T Now all carry Fox. For those who don’t subscribe to any of those TV streaming services, 49ers vs. Chiefs will be free to stream via NFL Digital (NFL app on phone, tablet, connected TV devices or NFL.com) and/or Yahoo Sports (Mobile web and app).Another option: Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can access the game via Fox Sports Go.For fans watching in Canada, Super Bowl 54 can be streamed live with DAZN, and new DAZN users can sign up with a 30-day free trial.More Super Bowl 54 news by Sporting News• Full betting odds & prediction for 49ers vs. Chiefs• The 25 best Super Bowl commercials of all time, ranked• Super Bowl Roman numerals, explained: A guide to help decipher the NFL’s weird numbers game• Superb Owl Sunday 2020: The story about owls and Super Bowl 54 you didn’t know you wanted until now• Who is the fastest player in the NFL? Tyreek Hill has serious competition in Super Bowl 54• Jimmy Garoppolo trade, revisited: How QB quickly turned 49ers’ big risk into Super Bowl reward• Patrick Mahomes’ baseball career was filled with potential• Why Joe Montana left the 49ers for the Chiefs• How did 49ers’ Deebo Samuel get his nickname?• What is the Chiefs’ mascot? A history of KC Wolf’s pioneering place in the NFL• Nick Bosa and Donald Trump: Revisiting the 49er’s social media controversy ahead of 2019 NFL Draft• Way-too-early NFL power rankings for 2020Super Bowl 2020 odds, picks, predictionsThe 49ers opened as 1 1/2-point underdogs against the Chiefs in Super Bowl 54. That line has since dropped to -1 for what many expect to be a close, high-scoring game.Most of SN’s experts are leaning with the underdogs in their predictions for Super Bowl 54, but not all of them.Super Bowl odds (via SportsInsider):Point spread: Chiefs -1Over/under total: 54MORE: Full betting preview for Super Bowl 54Super Bowl picks, predictions:— Vinnie Iyer: The 49ers have the firepower to match the Chiefs’ explosive offense, either playing from ahead or behind, running or passing. They also have the better defense on all three levels with fewer positional weaknesses.​ Mahomes and his skill players will find their heavy share of success, but Garoppolo has equal support in a more favorable matchup to help him move the ball all the way through the end of the fourth quarter. The 49ers will finally get that sixth ring to match the Patriots and Steelers. Prediction: 49ers 34, Chiefs 31.— Bill Bender: The Chiefs are 2-3 when they give up 150 yards rushing or more. Despite the fact that their run defense improved in the second half of the season, the 49ers present a different challenge with that rushing attack and defensive line. Kansas City did a good job limiting Tennessee on the ground in the AFC title game, but the 49ers present a more diversified offense. Jimmy Garoppolo will match Patrick Mahomes in the first half, but San Francisco’s secondary will force Kansas City to be more patient than they want to be. Ultimately, it’s the 49ers who will come up with the momentum-changing turnover, perhaps courtesy of Nick Bosa, and they will run out the final four minutes in rather anti-climactic fashion. Don’t be surprised if a defensive player is named Super Bowl MVP. Prediction: 49ers 30, Chiefs 26.— Joe Rivera: The Chiefs managed to bottle up and hold Derrick Henry to just 69 yards in the AFC championship game. While their offense is getting the headlines — rightfully so — what Steve Spagnuolo has been able to mold the Kansas City defense into this season has been something. This game could come down to QB play, and if that’s the case, the nod has to go to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The 49ers pass rush is legitimate, but it might also be negated by Mahomes’ ability to make otherworldly throws on the move, outside of the pocket. It’s going to be close, but it just feels like Kansas City’s year, and Andy Reid will finally get the elusive Lombardi Trophy. Prediction: Chiefs 31, 49ers 27.MORE SUPER BOWL:All-time best Super Bowls | Top 10 winners— Matt Lutovsky: It’s not easy to bet against Patrick Mahomes (or Andy Reid with an extra week to prepare), but the 49ers excel in two areas in which the Chiefs struggled most of the season: Running and throwing to tight ends. San Francisco’s pass rush is also the best the Chiefs will face all playoffs, which will at least make Mahomes work for every yard. There’s a clear path to winning for both teams, so any outcome won’t be surprising, but if San Francisco can control the ball and keep Mahomes off the field, it will have a big advantage. We’re betting the 49ers can do that. Prediction: 49ers 27, Chiefs 24.last_img read more

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 live stream: How to watch the 2020 fight without cable

first_imgFury outboxed Wilder for most of their first fight, but was knocked down in the eighth round. Wilder was down on two scorecards heading into the 12th round and needed a knockout to win. He knocked Fury down for the count, but somehow Fury got back up to finish the round and earn the split draw.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearSince then, both men have fought twice: Wilder had a first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale in May and a seventh-round KO of Luis Ortiz, while Fury had a second-round TKO of Tom Schwarz in June, then defeated Otto Wallin via unanimous decision, even after a deep gash in his right eye made it questionable if he would be able to finish.Both fighters weighed in significantly heavier for this fight, as part of each team’s strategy.”You have the two — one of the two — best heavyweights in the world, and we’re putting it all on the line,” Wilder said at a Jan. 25 presser. “I don’t know if [Fury is] trying to throw people off the game, or come in and try to throw me off, but it’s exciting to hear and I’m looking forward to February 22nd,” he continued with a smirk.Fury echoed his desire to win, stating “Whether I’m a great puncher or not, I don’t believe anybody else can match me with heart and determination. I’m going to put my iron will on Deontay Wilder.”Here’s a complete guide to live-streaming Wilder vs. Fury 2, including the start time and how to purchase the pay-per-view.MORE: How much money will Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury make?Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury live streamLive stream (PPV): ESPN+, Fox Sports GoTV channel: ESPN, Fox Sports 1ESPN and FS1 will broadcast the preshow, the preliminary bouts, and the undercard. You can watch the prelims on ESPN or Fox even if you don’t have cable, with streaming services like Sling TV, Fubo, Hulu, DirecTV offering live TV packages available for purchase.Even if you sign up for one of the free trials listed below, keep in mind the main card is only on pay-per-view, which costs $79.99.Sling TV: Sling has ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3 in their Orange ($25/mo) and Orange + Blue ($40/mo) bundles. Free 7-day trial.Fubo: A 7-day free trial and $19.99 for the first month before jumping up to $44.99 a month. It includes a live feed of Fox Sports 1, which is showing the undercard. Free 7-day trial.Hulu: Over 50 live channels at $39.99/month, including ESPN and Fox Sports 1. Free 7-day trial.DirecTV: Over 65 live channels at $40/month. Free 7-day trial. Keep in mind you’ll need to purchase the pay-per-view separately to watch the main card.YouTube TV:  50 channels for $35/month, including five ESPN channels. Free 7-day trial.PlayStation Vue:  All four bundles starting at $49.99 from PlayStation Vue feature ESPN, and ESPN 2. Free 5-day trial.Main Card: You’ll need to purchase the PPV from ESPN+, Fox Sports Go or Sling TV. The PPV is $79.99. Boxing’s biggest fight in years is set for Saturday night in Las Vegas. Heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will have their rematch a little over a year from their first fight in December 2018, which was declared a split draw.Wilder is defending the WBC heavyweight championship against lineal champion Fury. Both fighters remain undefeated in their careers. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhat time is the Wilder vs. Fury 2 fight?Start time: 7 p.m. ET | 4 p.m. PTMain event: 11 p.m. ET | 9 p.m. PT (approx.)Preshow beings at 7 p.m. ET, with the undercard at 7:30 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view main card is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET. Fury and Wilder will likely make their ring walks for the main event between 11 p.m. and midnight.Wilder vs. Fury 2 PPV price: How much does the fight cost?PPV price: $79.99The Wilder vs. Fury 2 fight costs $79.99 on pay-per-view. The fight can be purchased through ESPN+, Fox Sports Go, or via most major cable and satellite providers.last_img read more

XFL power rankings: Houston alone at top heading into Week 4 matchup vs. Dallas

first_imgJust when you think you had the XFL figured out, a winless team wins by 30 points. The Los Angeles Wildcats pulled the biggest upset of Week 3 with a 39-9 victory against the D.C. Defenders, and that leaves just one unbeaten team heading into Week 4. Sporting News looks at the XFL rankings each week.  MORE: XFL Week 3 results, highlights and moreXFL Power Rankings for Week 41. Houston Roughnecks (3-0)The Roughnecks take the top spot in this week’s rankings after a 34-27 victory against Tampa Bay. P.J. Walker, who passed for 306 yards and three TDs, hit Cam Phillips with the game-winning score with 10:32 remaining. Walker and Phillips combined for three more TDs and has become the best pass-catch connection in the league. Walker leads the league with 748 passing yards, and Phillips leads the league with 324 receiving yards. 2. St. Louis BattleHawks (2-1)  Keith Mumphrey and Joe Powell combined for the first kickoff return TD in the history of the XFL courtesy of a reverse, and St. Louis used that early momentum to cruise to a 29-9 victory against New York. Matt Jones (14 carries, 95 yards, TD) and Christine Michael (13 carries, 44 yards, TD) provided a balanced rushing attack for Jordan Ta’amu, and the defense limited New York to 2 of 10 conversions on third down. WEEEE LOOOOOVE XFL KICKOOOOOFFS!!!UNREAL.📺 @espn🖥 https://t.co/qZVDJBytZi pic.twitter.com/kudFLbJCW2— XFL (@xfl2020) February 23, 20203. Dallas Renegades (2-1)  Landry Jones was a mixed bag in a 24-12 victory against Seattle in a similar performance to his debut. He hit 30 of 41 passes for 274 yards, three TDs and two interceptions. The biggest revelation in the offense continues to be tight end Donald Parham, who had five catches for 101 yards and a pair of TDs. He’s going to get NFL looks if this continues. We can’t wait to see the “rivalry” game between Houston and Dallas in Week 4. It will be the best game of the week. 4. D.C. Defenders (2-1) The West Coast did not treat the defenders well in the loss to the Wildcats. Cardale Jones took his first loss as a starter dating back to his college days at Ohio State after a four-interception dud. The running game piled up 200 yards, but the turnovers got in the way. D.C. also was 2 of 13 on third down. Los Angeles had a 27-3 lead by halftime and never looked back. 5. Seattle Dragons (1-2)Seattle had a halftime lead on the strength of two first-half TD passes by Brandon Silvers, but the Renegades pulled away in the second half. Austen Proehl caught another TD for the Dragons and continues to be one of the more reliable receiving targets, but the running game sputtered again. Seattle also travels to face St. Louis in Week 4. It won’t get easier.   6. Los Angeles Wildcats (1-2)  The Wildcats took out their early-season frustrations on the Defenders, and Josh Johnson threw three TDs in a 39-9 blowout at home. Johnson’s 40-yard TD pass to Tre McBride set the tone, and LA has one of the better receiving tandems in the league with McBride and Nelson Spruce. Mike Stevens had two of the team’s four interceptions. It was an all-around effort the Wildcats can build on. 7. New York Guardians (1-2)  The Guardians bumped down a spot after the loss to St. Louis, and the quarterback carousel continued. Marquise Williams, Matt McGloin and Luis Perez all saw time against the BattleHawks, and Perez might be the best bet moving forward. He had some success in the AAF last season. The running game got on track, too, but it was too late against a better team. New York hosts Los Angeles in Week 4.8. Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3)  The Vipers finally scored some points after averaging just 12 points per game in the first two weeks, but it wasn’t enough against the best team in the league. Taylor Cornelius and Quinton Flowers shared quarterback duties again, and Jalen Tolliver had eight catches for 104 yards. The Vipers had 99 penalty yards in the loss and couldn’t generate a pass rush against Houston.last_img read more

Jets coach Paul Maurice sees upside to NHL season pause: Healthy playoff hockey

first_imgMORE: How the coronavirus has affected the hockey landscapeThere is one unprecedented event that NHL fans might end up appreciating when this is all over, however. If the season resumes in time for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs to take place — and that’s still a big if — we could be seeing healthy playoff hockey for the first time.Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice spoke of the possibility Thursday in a  video interview posted on the team’s Twitter account . “The positive upside of this is that when the pause is over, you’re going to get an opportunity to see something that you’ve never seen, and that’s healthy playoff hockey,” he said. “In my roster at the end of the game of injuries, you have somewhere between eight and 13 guys that played that night that are dealing with something.”Those numbers aren’t exactly a surprise. Playing through injury has always been a part of the game, and the playoffs often become a battle of attrition. Most players aren’t even close to 100 percent that late in the season, but good luck convincing them to stay off the ice with so much on the line. It’s something that’s easy to forget given how underreported injuries tend to be in the NHL, and it raises the question of just how different the playoffs would look with teams that have had time to rest and recover.It would definitely allow teams to be much closer to full strength than they normally are at the start of the postseason. Depending on what the schedule ends up being this year, even stars like the Lightning’s  Steven Stamkos and the Rangers’ Chris Kreider could return in time for the postseason, to say nothing of the dozens of other top players whose injuries haven’t been made public. Fans want to see the best players on the ice, not on the sidelines, and that’s something the season pause could surprisingly end up helping to provide.MORE: NHL reportedly considering 24-team playoff format While you’d expect full-strength teams to play better hockey, there’s also the matter of rust accumulated after several weeks away from the rink, but Maurice doesn’t see that being an issue. “It won’t take these guys long to get their focus back,” he said. “I think they’re pretty darn good now at keeping their conditioning right. I don’t think anybody is taking time off, they’re going to stay very, very fit, so I’m not sure when it’s going to be but when we do come back you’re going to see healthy, fit and very intense hockey.” Of course, everything still depends on whether the NHL decides to resume play this season. Hockey still looks a long way away from returning, but we could be treated to quite the spectacle if it does. There have been unprecedented responses in the sports world to the unprecedented situation it’s currently experiencing. Hockey has been no exception. As the coronavirus pandemic continued to escalate in North America, several minor and junior leagues canceled the remainder of their seasons, including playoffs , and the NHL paused its regular season March 12 . With teams still having 11 to 14 games left on their schedules, the league has given no indication as to how it will handle things going forward. last_img read more

A Virginia restaurant convinced us mannequins are a terrifying idea for MLB ballparks

first_imgyes pic.twitter.com/mkNyt8FxT1— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) May 13, 2020Inn at Little Washington to reopen: “Waiter, there’s a mannequin eating soup.” https://t.co/ws70H2PLiV pic.twitter.com/nRCYLUxwne— Neal Augenstein (@AugensteinWTOP) May 13, 2020Waiters at the eating establishment at the Inn at Little Washington will apparently pour the mannequins wine and ask them questions. Seriously.Now imagine vendors working their way up and down baseball stadium aisles, passing out peanuts and Cracker Jack to unsettling dolls. A seventh-inning stretch in which the mannequins are programed to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in unison.That’s a world we’ll hopefully never live in. There has been intense discussion over the past month about how sports leagues could make empty stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic feel a little less hollow. The KBO, for example, has recently taken up cardboard cutouts in the stands.One suggestion, which has actually been implemented in Taiwan’s baseball league already, is placing mannequins in empty seats. The theoretical advantage of that over cardboard cutouts is added realism. In practice, though, mannequins are terrifying. Please don’t use mannaquins, MLB.What pushed us to this anti-mannequin conclusion? Pictures of the Virgina-based restaurant filling its empty tables with dressed-up plastic figures. Outside of horror movie fans and the particularly brave, the venue is a no-go for those looking to have a relaxing food experience.MORE: Mark Teixeira criticized for take on baseball labor feudlast_img read more

Frequent COVID-19 testing makes MLS players comfortable with return to regular training

first_imgNew England Revolution defender Alexander Buttner explained, in his second language, a concept that some in this country seem determined not to understand.Yes, it feels safe for Major League Soccer teams, under the conditions and protocols in place, to return to playing major-league soccer. “It feels great. Finally, we can play football with each other again. It was a long time we had to train by ourselves, but finally we are back,” Jong told RevolutionSoccer.net. “We did some small games, some crosses, so for me it was a good training.”The last time the Revs were on the field together was nearly three full months ago, before MLS suspended operations March 12. Their last full game a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium on March 7.“It’s safe and reassuring that everyone’s been tested and no one tested positive,” rookie defender Henry Kessler told RevolutionSoccer. “That’s really good news. There was a blood test and then the other one was a bit uncomfortable. You have to stick something pretty far up your nose. Those were the tests ,but it’s good to have those done and make sure everyone’s healthy. “Yeah, because we get tested almost three, four times a week,” he said. “And so I think it’s safe to train, because the results are good. I hope everybody stays safe and healthy.”The Revs returned to full-squad training Monday after an extended absence resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant being able to use the team’s facilities as well as joining each other on the field. Atlanta United also resumed training Monday. Sporting Kansas City was on the field Sunday.They are preparing to play in a league tournament in Orlando later in the summer that would comprise a World Cup-style format, with teams divided into group play and the top 16 moving on to an elimination round. CBS Sports reported July 9 as a possible start date.Teams had been able to do some voluntary individual training starting May 6. Buttner, in his first season with the Revs after coming from three seasons with Jong Vitesse in his native country, the Netherlands, said it’s much better being able to move freely through the Revs facility.last_img read more

Iowa charities are fearful as donations drop from middle income earners

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowans who raise money for nonprofits and foundations are facing new challenges in the new year as a new federal tax law is raising concerns.Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, says overall charitable contributions have been rising from low-income earners and those on the high end. “Middle income people give in a lot of different ways but that’s where the biggest drop in the share of people who are giving is coming,” Palmer says. “So, people are really starting to raise questions about how you can persuade those people to start giving again or to start giving more.”That fall in donations from middle income earners is a problem, she says, because nonprofits need a broad base of support for stability and growth. Also, Palmer says charities are worried donations will decrease by millions of dollars because of the new tax law. “Now, they’re losing the tax incentive to give as well because they’re probably not going to itemize,” Palmer says. “You definitely need to be more upper-income to make it worth itemizing, so that’s why people are especially worried about that.”Other challenges nonprofits face include adapting to new technology, such as how to protect donor information from cyber-attacks.last_img read more

Democrats still seek change in Iowa Medicaid managed care

first_imgDES MOINES — Twice this year, Democrats in the Iowa House have been unsuccessful in getting Republicans to vote for a major change in the state’s Medicaid program. Democrats like Lisa Heddens of Ames argue care for about 38,000 intellectually disabled Iowans should no longer be managed by private, for-profit companies.“I’m tired of hearing from the families…knowing nothing is going to change,” Heddens said today during House debate.Private companies oversee long-term services for intellectually disabled Iowans who need a ride to a job or staff assistance in an independent living home. Heddens is the mother of an adult son who is intellectually disabled. His Medicaid benefits have been managed by UnitedHealthcare, the company that’s exiting Iowa’s Medicaid program.“I’m frightened for the future for my son and so are the families that are out there and they are just begging this body to carve out this small population, give them some stability,” Heddens said.Heddens favors a return having state-employed case managers for Medicaid recipients like her son. Iowa Department of Human Services director Jerry Foxhoven said recently the managed care contracts provide protections for Medicaid recipients who have to switch from UnitedHealthcare to company. Governor Reynolds has repeatedly said the state will stick with managed care for all Iowa Medicaid patients, as costs were escalating in the old fee-for-service system.last_img read more

Latest cost of living report shows Mason City still a good value

first_imgMASON CITY — The latest Cost of Living Index Report from the Council for Community and Economic Research shows that living costs in Mason City continue to be a good value. The index is based on six components — housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, healthcare, and miscellaneous goods and services. A score of 100 represents the national average of 268 metropolitan and micropolitan areas. Mason City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Robin Anderson says Mason City’s score of 89 indicates a lower-than-average cost.  “It just solidifies the fact that North Iowa is a very economical place to live. When you consider our quality of life, having a low cost of living really contributes to that.”Anderson says she was pleased with two components of this latest report.  “We were extremely competitive in groceries, and hopefully our citizens are noticing that when they bring their shopping carts to the checkout lane. We’re also very competitive in the healthcare sector, and when you consider the quality of healthcare that we have here with a top 100 hospital, it’s pretty remarkable that that is such a bright spot as well.”Anderson says the transportation component is something she’ll be watching in the next few reports.  “We’re a little concerned, normally we are competitive in transportation,  and it looked like that was unusually high, so we’ll be watching that to see if that is a trend or if it was just a blip.”The least expensive place to live in the most recent survey was Little Rock Arkansas with a score of 80.4, while Manhattan in New York City is the most expensive with a score of 254.7.last_img read more