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Fans wave their arms while waiting to catch T-shirts during an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics on March 6, 2022, in Boston. The fans were not required to wear face masks while attending the game at the TD Garden for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A mask mandate has not been in effect this season. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

One Year After Omicron, Winter Sports Play On

COVID-19 and its resulting variants from delta to omicron has forced two-plus years of cancellations, postponements and adjustments for the sports-event industry. As events have come back online, here is a regular look at where things stand and storylines that have been emerging. You can also see our past reporting on what the sports-event industry […]

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The 2023 edition of the World Athletics Indoor Championships will be postponed to 2025 due to Covid-19 issues in Nanjing.

World Athletics Indoor Championships Nanjing 2023 Postponed to 2025

The World Athletics Council has decided to postpone the World Athletics Indoor Championships Nanjing 2023, scheduled for March 17–19, until March 2025. The decision was made with the agreement of both the Nanjing organizing committee and the Chinese Athletics Association due to the ongoing pandemic conditions. Nanjing was originally selected to host the 2020 World […]

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

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. Here is a look at where things stand. Click here for the latest on COVID-19’s Effect on the Sports-Event Industry. TENNIS: Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic Withdraws from U.S. Open Posted: Thursday, August 25 With the final Grand Slam of the tennis season about to start […]

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ASM Global and Clorox have agreed to a partnership which will provide advanced hygienics to live events.

ASM Global Partners With Clorox on Venue Health Protocols

ASM Global and Clorox have announced a multiyear partnership to enhance health and wellness in venues across the United States, spanning ASM Global’s portfolio of arenas, stadiums, theaters and convention centers. ASM Global and Clorox will officially launch the partnership at the Oakland Arena on June 1. “Since the very start of the COVID pandemic, […]

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Fans, some wearing masks, watch during the second period of an NHL game between the Boston Bruins and the Dallas Stars on October 16, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Do NHL Fans Need to be Vaccinated to Attend Games?

Below is the full rundown on each NHL team’s fan policy when it comes to COVID-19, whether they require proof of full vaccination, either vaccination or a negative COVID test, or in some teams’ cases, no policy at all. Ten teams will mandate proof of vaccination for fans this season and eight more will allow […]

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Some fans wear face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 during the national anthem before an NBA game between the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards on November 13, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Do NBA Fans Need to Be Vaccinated to Go to Games?

Below is the full rundown on each NBA team’s fan policy when it comes to COVID-19 whether they require proof of full vaccination, either vaccination or a negative COVID test, or in some teams’ cases, no policy at all. The NBA has mandated that at every arena, regardless of other protocols, fans sitting within 15 […]

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The Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium, which was completed last year, will not be part of the 2023 Asian Cup after China withdrew as host. Photo via the Asian Football Confederation.

China Withdraws as Host of Another International Sporting Event

The Asian Football Confederation is looking for a new host for the 2023 Asian Cup after China withdrew because of COVID-related conditions within the country. “The AFC acknowledges the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the relinquishment by China PR of its hosting rights,” the confederation said, adding it will decide […]

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How the AHL has Survived COVID: Scott Howson on Leading the League Through the Pandemic

Scott Howson was named president of the American Hockey League in February 2020 with plans for a short transition period before assuming control ahead of the 2020–2021 season. Obviously the sports landscape, along with the world landscape, looks a lot different now than it did a little more than two years ago. Howson worked during […]

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Lucira Health Announces COVID Testing Partnership with USA Boxing

USA Boxing has agreed to a partnership with Lucira Health that will make the medical technology company the national governing body’s first official COVID-19 test provider for the 2022 season. Lucira will provide its Check-It COVID-19 test kits to USA Boxing athletes, coaches and staff. The company will also sponsor the USA Boxing national qualifier […]

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Hotels and the Rise of Sports-Related Travel: Julius Robinson on Marriott’s NCAA Partnership and Industry Trends

The Women’s Final Four in Minneapolis was the biggest gathering in women’s college basketball since the pandemic began more than two years ago. And in the light of last year’s NCAA gender equity report, all eyes were on the destination to make sure that women’s sports were celebrated not only on the court and in […]

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