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United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland has sent a letter to prospective future Olympians that vaccination will be mandatory. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP Images

The Latest in Sports and COVID-19:
USOPC to Mandate Vaccination for Olympic Athletes

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. As events come back online and as destinations, venues and event organizers determine capacity limits for fans along with health and safety protocols for their events, here is a look at where things stand. 2021 Olympics Updates: The Latest from the Tokyo Games Previous […]

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Getting Back into the Game: What’s Ahead for Sports Venues

With the sporting world emerging from a year that saw grandstands populated with cardboard fans, digitized cheers ring through empty arenas and basketball played in a bubble, the industry is confronting a changed business model, as well as new design and construction priorities for athletic venues. The pandemic’s effects on the sports sector have been […]

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What I Feel Good About

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics will be discussed and debated for years to come — whether they should have taken place at all, and the costs (in all respects) versus the benefits. The financial and health consequences of the Games are very real and will likely take a while to measure. However, going eight […]

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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)

Sports and COVID-19: The Impact on the Sports-Event Industry

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. Click here for the latest on COVID-19’s Effect on the Sports-Event Industry. FOOTBALL: NFL Embarks on Second Virus-Affected Season in a Row Posted: Thursday, September […]

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Fans wait in line to enter the stadium prior to an Opening Day game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago White Sox on April 1, 2021, in Anaheim, California. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

How Many Fans Will Be Allowed at
Major League Baseball Games This Season?

Major League Baseball, which played all of last year’s regular season without fans in attendance, will have fans in every ballpark this season. Here is the current status of every MLB team’s plans for attendance this season. Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field, 48,633): The Diamondbacks have 100% capacity at home games. Atlanta Braves (Truist Park, 41,000): […]

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USA Triathlon Offers First Events-Based GBAC Certification

USA Triathlon and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council have announced a partnership that will help race directors and race management companies meeting the highest levels of cleanliness and safety at their events while minimizing risk from the coronavirus and other infectious agents. While GBAC has been partnering with venues around the country including convention centers […]

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Utah Jazz fans watch during the second half of the team's game against the Phoenix Suns on December 31, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

How Many Fans Will Be At NBA Playoff Games?

After a regular season in which only the Oklahoma City Thunder did not have fans at home games for the entire year, here are the playoff attendance plans for the NBA teams that remain in the postseason. [What MLB Teams Will Allow Fans This Season?] Eastern Conference Fan Policies (by seed) 1. Philadelphia 76ers (Wells […]

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Pfizer Donates Vaccines to IOC for Olympic and Paralympic Delegations

While vaccines will not be required for athletes or any of the delegations planning to be in Tokyo for the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, the International Olympic Committee has nonetheless been encouraging everyone involved to get their shots. But in an effort to vaccinate as many people as are willing before the events, the […]

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NHL and Clorox Clean Up with New Partnership

The Clorox Company and the National Hockey League have announced a new multiyear North American partnership that will see Clorox become the official cleaning and disinfecting product partner of the league. The multiyear agreement, which starts with the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, includes marketing and product integrations to support the league’s COVID protocols during the playoffs […]

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