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USC running back Vavae Malepeai runs into the end zone for a touchdown against UCLA during the second half of a college football game on November 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Latest on Sports and COVID-19:
Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences Cancel College Football

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. Nearly every major sporting event has been canceled, moved or postponed. Here is a look at where things stand. Tuesday, August 11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences Cancel College Football The Big Ten Conference became the first Power 5 conference to cancel Continue Reading

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WNBA, Twitter Renew Streaming Partnership for Regular Season

Twitter will stream 10 live regular-season WNBA games during the 2020 season as part of an extension of its partnership with the league, marking the fourth consecutive year that WNBA games will be available on the platform. The WNBA will stream a unique broadcast on Twitter hosted by alternative commentators that will include integration of Continue Reading

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Inter Miami players enter the field for an MLS soccer match against Orlando City in the MLS bubble. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Beyond the Bubble: How Leagues are Approaching Operations

For so many teams at all levels of sports, having a bubble burst used to mean they would not get into the NCAA Tournament, or would have their playoff chances extinguished on the final day of the regular season. These days, having a bubble burst means much, much more. For nearly every professional sports league, Continue Reading

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Staples Center Earns GBAC Star Accreditation

The Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the four professional sports teams in the NBA, NHL and WNBA, has received GBAC Star facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council. The accreditation is given to facilities who have put in place the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. To achieve Continue Reading

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Amazon Buys Seattle Arena Naming Rights, Brands it ‘Climate Pledge Arena’

The home for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and the city’s expansion National Hockey League team will be called Climate Pledge Arena after the naming rights for the venue were bought by Amazon. The announcement was made by Amazon and the Oak View Group, which is renovating the arena and owns the NHL expansion team that Continue Reading

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AAC Chooses Fort Worth for 2021–2022 Women’s Basketball Tournaments

The American Athletic Conference has selected Fort Worth, Texas, to host the 2021 and 2022 AAC Women’s Basketball Championships. The tournaments will be staged at the city’s new Dickies Arena with the 2021 event staged March 8–11, in conjunction with the men’s championship, which is set to take place March 11–14. The 2020 AAC Men’s Continue Reading

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New Venues to Watch in 2020

As the demand for spaces to host sporting events continues to grow, destinations across the country are examining their inventory, identifying needs and building accordingly. Here are 10 new sports complexes to keep an eye on in 2020. AdventHealth Field House and Conference Center Winter Haven, Florida Opened: December 2019 Located less than 50 miles from Continue Reading

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Fans were already learning social distancing during MLB's spring training. Photo: Gregory Bull/AP Images

Special Report: How COVID-19 has Changed the Sports-Event Industry

After months of waiting, you and your spouse are heading to the stadium. After a wait of what seems like forever to be at a game, your mobile tickets are loaded on the phone as you get out of your car and head over to the stadium entrance, making sure to stop six feet from Continue Reading

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Equipment trailers are lined up at the entrance road to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Panel: Adapting to New Normal Key for Organizations and Leagues

Knowing the sports world will forever be changed and getting fans adjusted to new protocols to attend events will be a key issue for sports organizations going forward, said panelists during a Variety webinar this week — but it has also sped up the innovations that can solidify communication with fans. During the event “The Continue Reading

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Big 12 Basketball Tournament Staying in Kansas City

The Big 12 Conference has announced a one-year extension through 2025 with the city of Kansas City, Missouri, to serve as the host site for the Phillips 66 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. Kansas City was the initial host of both championships from 1997–2002, and again in 2005, 2008 and 2010–2012. The men’s postseason event Continue Reading

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