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Many sports were forced to have cardboard fans in 2020. What will 2021 bring? (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

The 2021 Outlook for the Sports-Event Industry

The year 2020 will go down as a moment where the sports-event industry was forced to pivot. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt by all stakeholders, whether they are destinations, event organizers, hotels or any number of suppliers. While there has been evidence that the industry has begun its recovery, there are still […]

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NASCAR Hall of Fame Earns GBAC Star Accreditation

The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, has become the first U.S. museum to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star facility accreditation. The hall joins several other venues managed by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority in earning the accreditation, including the Charlotte Convention Center, Bojangles Entertainment Complex and Spectrum Center. The […]

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Brave New World Series

I love sports, I enjoy travel and I enjoy traveling for sports. While I and other inveterate sports travelers endure this pandemic, I have been looking forward to a day when sports-related travel would again dot my calendar. However, in a serendipitous and mountain-coming-to-Muhammad moment, sports-related travel came to me. The announcement by Major League […]

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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation Raises More Than $1.4 Million for COVID Athlete Assistance Fund

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has helped raise $1.4 million for the COVID Athlete Assistance Fund in partnership with the Athletics Advisory Council and National Governing Bodies, giving more than 1,200 athletes a supplemental one-time stipend of $1,163. The fund was established in July to assist athletes who have incurred financial hardship as […]

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U.S. Virgin Islands Basketball Tournament Relocated to Washington, D.C.

An early-season collegiate basketball tournament that typically takes place in the U.S. Virgin Islands will be relocated to Washington, D.C., the event’s organizer has announced. Basketball Travelers, Inc. has reached an agreement with Events DC to host the event, which will be staged without fans November 26–28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The […]

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GBAC Launches Star Facility Directory

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA which has been accrediting venues for its cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention measures, has launched a searchable directory for event organizers to identify facilities that have earned or are committed to achieving the GBAC Star accreditation. “We’re excited to unveil this new tool to help the […]

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U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Forms College Sports Sustainability Group

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and USOPC Collegiate Advisory Council will start a College Sports Sustainability Think Tank to examine sustainable programming initiatives. The measure comes amid emerging vulnerabilities facing varsity-level Olympic and Paralympic sports as college athletic departments have cut sports because of financial constraints stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The group […]

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Portland's Diego Valeri takes a corner kick during the MLS is Back Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. In the background are a series of massive blue screens that the league used for broadcasts to show virtual fan parties and sponsor logos during the tournament.

Case Study: How Major League Soccer
Has Pulled Off Its 25th Season

Major League Soccer began in 1996 with 10 teams. Now in its 25th season, the league has 26 teams as Inter Miami — with world superstar David Beckham as owner — and Nashville SC debuted as the newest expansion franchises. The league was planning a season unlike any other in 2020 to celebrate its silver anniversary, […]

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So, What Happens to College Football’s Bowl Season?

Last year’s college football season was historic — the 150th anniversary of the sport became a season-long celebration culminating with one of the modern era’s most dominant teams ever, LSU, crushing Clemson to win the College Football Playoff championship game. This year’s season will be perhaps even more historic … and not for celebratory reasons. […]

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CORRECTION Bull Riding Crowds
Tyler Bingham rides a bull in the Monster Energy Team Challenge in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 10, 2020, as Professional Bull Riders welcomed just over 1,000 fans into the arena that usually holds 9,000. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Professional Bull Riders Continue On With Symptom-Free Season

While perhaps not at the forefront of many sports fans’ minds, the Professional Bull Riders were actually the first pro league in North America to have an event during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting up within six weeks of suspending action. “It seems like a lifetime ago,” said PBR Commissioner and CEO Sean Gleason during the […]

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