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Car Insurance Refund: What to Expect From Your Car Insurance Company

You may have heard about car insurance discounts, rebates, or refunds due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some car insurance companies are providing savings because fewer people are driving because of stay-at-home or social distancing guidelines. As many of us cancel our vacations, take fewer trips around town, or work from home, we put together a guide to the refunds and other savings available for car insurance.

Cal remains committed to Olympic sports despite revenue setback

The pride of California will live another day under athletic director Jim Knowlton’s watch. California Athletics Director Jim Knowlton speaks at the University of California, Berkeley campus. (Photo Courtesy: Berkeley News) California remains committed to its storied Olympic sports program, Knowlton said in a press conference Tuesday. Knowlton told reporters: “We’re going to continue to support 800 student-athletes in 30 sports.”

California may need to renegotiate its Learfield rights deal

California’s budget woes may soon take a turn for the worse. Yet another major company is likely seeking to renegotiate or cancel its multi-million-dollar contract with the Golden Bears. Learfield IMG College, the collegiate sports marketing behemoth, plans to significantly restructure its finances and operations because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Should Coach Wilcox Be Concerned About Force Majeure?

Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, a few new words and phrases have entered the common lexicon. Notably, we do our best to don personal protective equipment, taking care to reserve N95 respirators for front-line workers, when we aren’t sheltering in place, or if social distancing is not possible to avoid Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Now, a legal term has entered the zeitgeist: force majeure.

Covid-19 Hot Spots Dictate Modified Football Schedule

The Pac-12 Conference is seeking “maximum flexibility,” the college sports governing body said Friday, as it released the 10-game, conference-only schedule for the planned 2020 football season. “The schedule and return to play plans provide for maximum flexibility and the best opportunity to play all fall sports in an environment that priorities safety,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a prepared statement.

Cal Athletics reports 5 more COVID-19 cases

There are now eight cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at Cal, according to the university athletic department. Jeff Faraudo from Cal Sports Report was first to report the news. The number of cases among Cal student-athletes has more than doubled to eight since June 30, the first time a tally was publicly released. More than two weeks ago, the university had only three cases among student-athletes. Citing privacy concerns, the university is not releasing case counts by sport.

Pac-12 Conference to pay Cal $32.2 million for 2018-2019 fiscal year

The California Golden Bears are set to earn a distribution of $32.2 million from the Pac-12 Conference, an increase of 9% from the previous year, according to audited financial statements of the 2018-2019 fiscal year recently distributed by the conference. Increased television rights fees and football post-season bowl revenues enabled the conference to distribute $387 million to its 12 member-universities.

Here's Who Got a Coronavirus Relief Loan in Berkeley

About 800 businesses and nonprofit organizations in Berkeley, Calif., received coronavirus relief loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration. At least six companies and other entities related to or directly affiliated to the University of California, Berkeley, received between $2.35 million and $5.70 million in loans through the program, according to an analysis of the publicly-available data by Write for California.

New increase in Covid-19 cases at Cal linked to fraternity and sorority parties

The Southside streets of College and Telegraph Avenues are a lot quieter this summer. Berkeley, Calif., typically bustling with students enrolled in summer sessions and visitors, are scarce as lockdowns close local restaurants, shops and sights, as well as international borders in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But one aspect of social life has persevered still: fraternity and sorority parties. The University of California reported 47 new cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, this week, linking many cases in this most recent outbreak to a series of recent parties connected to the CalGreek system.

Pac-12 Conference won't play non-conference games in fall

The Pac-12 Conference has canceled its non-conference slate of games this fall. In a press release distributed Friday, the Pac-12 member-universities’ chancellors and presidents, collectively called the Pac-12 CEO Group, announced football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball would schedule conference-only games. The conference is also delaying the start of mandatory athletic activities in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott tests positive for Covid-19

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the conference announced Friday. Scott had been experiencing "mild flu-like" symptoms this week, according to a statement published by the conference on Twitter. The conference reports he is self-quarantining on the advice of his physician and will continue to carry out his work as commissioner remotely.

A look into a day of a returning Cal student-athlete during COVID-19

Athletes around the country are returning to university campuses for voluntary workouts, despite the uncertainty about the start of fall sports, including college football, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Many universities are taking a page from private businesses, which last month asked customers and employees to sign liability waivers to give up their right to sue if they catch Covid-19 on-site, as some towns, counties and states began reopening after months-long stay-at-home lockdown orders.

Cal Rugby Receives Endowment from Alumnus

The California Golden Bears rugby team received an endowment of an unspecified amount from California rugby alumnus Stuart Shiff and his wife Josie; the university announced this week. The Shiffs' gift, the "Mark Bingham Rugby Back Row Endowment," is named in honor of fellow California rugby alumnus Mark Bingham, who lost his life on 9/11. Bingham is known for his role in storming the cockpit of United Flight 93 with three other passengers, which resulted in the plane's crash near Shanksville, Pa.
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