Music and professional sports are two very different realms with often very different kinds of fanbases, yet the two entertainment-based industries continue to work hand in hand–especially when the Super Bowl returns each winter. While the NFL has yet to officially confirm pop/rock outfit Maroon 5 to reportedly headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium come February, fans in town for the big game will for certain at least get to rock out the night prior when Foo Fighters and Run The Jewels perform at a pop-up venue as part of the annual DIRECTV Super Saturday Night concert event on Saturday, February 2nd.The one night concert event is scheduled to take place on the eve of Super Bowl LIII, and will be be held at a brand new, customized 3-tiered, 72,000 square-foot music venue. The venue is is constructed specifically for the sports weekend, and will be located at Atlantic Station, a shopping-friendly plaza located just north of downtown Atlanta and roughly three miles north of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It’s the same location where Cirque du Soleil reportedly sets up their own enormous tents whenever they’re in Atlanta.The announcement did not detail whether or not the venue would remain active for future shows following the Super Bowl festivities in early February. The pop-up venue will however require up to 200 seasonal laborers working around 28,000 hours between now and February, in hopes of finalizing 29,000 feet of steel beams and 65,000 feet of electrical cable required to put on the show. The venue was designed by Jack Murphy, who also worked on building a three-level pop-up venue a parking lot in Houston for Super Bowl festivities in 2017. Plans for the venue’s interior design from both the side, back-of-house, and overhead angles can be seen in the photos below.Foo Fighters and Run The Jewels have spent the last year and a half touring heavily in promotion of each of their respective studio albums. The Foo Fighters released their ninth record, Concrete and Gold, in September of last year, while RTJ surprised their fans with the sudden release of their self-titled Run the Jewels 3 on Christmas Eve in 2016. The news of Run The Jewels working alongside the NFL also comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering the two parties haven’t always seen eye to eye.Tickets for the Super Saturday Night concert event will begin general on-sale on November 30th, and can be found by clicking here.Super Saturday Night Venue Exterior/Interior Design Plans[Photo: Joanna-Maria Helinurm]Super Saturday Night Venue Interior Design Plans[Photo: Joanna-Maria Helinurm][H/T Billboard]
So, it was obvious Laureano would get a substantial suspension for rushing the Astros on Sunday after being hit by a pitch and taunted by Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron (who got a 20-game punishment for his role). What surprised many fans is that Laureano’s ban was six games — shorter than that of Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly, who threw behind and over the head of Astros hitters earlier this year but did not get physical with them. Kelly was suspended eight games for his actions.Alex Cintrón’s suspension is effective immediately. He was also fined an undisclosed amount.Here’s MLB’s announcement re: Cintrón and Laureano pic.twitter.com/dYsIRC7MIq— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) August 11, 2020The league’s reasoning is likely twofold. Laureano is a hitter and Kelly is a pitcher, differentiating the effect of suspension length. Position players suit up daily. Relievers do not. Plus, Kelly’s punishment reflected MLB’s message to other teams to not go after the Astros based on their cheating scandal; the Laureano incident was seemingly isolated to tensions that built up within an individual series.One other thing to note is that Kelly had a previous record of misconduct. He received a six-game ban for fighting the Yankees in 2018.MORE: MLB considering playoff bubble Over the past few seasons, brawl-related suspensions have on average been longer for pitchers. In 2019, pitchers were suspended an average of 4.7 games compared to 2.2 games for hitters. In 2018, pitchers were suspended an average of 4 games compared to 2.7 games for hitters. In 2017, pitchers were suspended an average of 4.8 games compared to 2.3 games for hitters.Bans this year are on a different scale because the season has been shortened to 60 games, giving each contest more weight. Kelly’s suspension, then, was quite harsh, if not indefensible. It’s just difficult to compare it to Laureano due to separate circumstances.Laureano will appeal his suspension, according to multiple reports. A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano did everything MLB feared during its attempt to play through a pandemic: Charge an opposing dugout and start a mini-brawl.The league has tried to shut down handshakes and spitting in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. Wrestling, then, is a big no-no.