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Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault, second from right, celebrates after scoring past Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer during the first period Tuesday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

NHL Arena COVID Protocols That Fans
Can Expect for the 2021–2022 Season

Every NHL team will be at full capacity for home games for the rest of the season — with nearly half the league mandating either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for fans to attend games. Below is the full rundown on each team’s fan policy when it comes to COVID-19, […]

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Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant reacts and fans applaud after his basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA playoff series June 5, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NBA Arena COVID Protocols That Fans
Can Expect for the 2021–2022 Season

More than a dozen NBA teams plan to mandate either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for fans when they go to games this season. Below is the full rundown on each team’s fan policy when it comes to COVID-19 whether they require proof of full vaccination, either vaccination or a negative COVID […]

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Signs at various locations remind golfers of social distancing rules during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Sports in a Post-COVID World: Industry Leaders React

With so much unknown about the short-, mid- and long-term future of the sports-event industry, destinations, rights holders and industry suppliers have tried to prepare as best they can for what may lie ahead. SportsTravel asked leaders across the industry to give their thoughts about the remarkable past few months, what they are doing now […]

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Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin that rely on blockchain technology are changing the way fans and sports teams interact. (Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP Images)

How Blockchain is Changing Sports

For sports fans unfamiliar with the term, “blockchain” may sound like some new football strategy instead of what it is: An encrypted computer network technology used for keeping records on—and thereby verifying—transactions involving cryptocurrency or other items of value. Fans, however, are finding that the technology is popping up increasingly in football and other sports. […]

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United States' Rose Lavelle, right, is congratulated by Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath, left, after scoring during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand on May 16 in St. Louis. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP Images

A World of Opportunity

Excitement is rising for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be staged June 7–July 7 in nine cities in France. As of March, more than 500,000 tickets had been sold, 23 percent to ticket buyers in the United States—and there’s good reason for the strong American interest. The 2019 tournament will mark the […]

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Century to Savor By John Conroy For three weeks in June, soccer fans can thrill to the talents of Lionel Messi, Chicharito, Clint Dempsey and other stars of the “beautiful game” during the Copa América Centenario, an international tournament that some believe has the potential to rival the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted in the […]

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A Season of Promise By John Conroy For Opening Day 2016, the Kansas City Royals have taken the catchphrase of the legendary Ernie Banks—“Let’s play two!”—and supersized it. “What’s unique about this year is we’re actually going to have two Opening Days,” said Don Costante, senior director of event presentation and production for the Royals. […]

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Raising the Bar By John Conroy Despite marquee events, world-class athletes and a star turn every four years at the Olympic Summer Games, track and field in the United States has struggled to find ways to compete for attention against more mainstream sports. Recently, though, the sport has seen major developments—among them, significant international events […]

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Refueling Interest By Greg Echlin In a nod to long-held traditions, the largest U.S.-based sanctioning bodies in auto racing—IndyCar and NASCAR—are heading back to the brickyard and the beach, so to speak, this season to celebrate significant milestones for two of the biggest events on the motorsports calendar: the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. […]

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Then and Now By John Conroy As Keith Bruce sees it, the organizing team behind San Francisco’s first Super Bowl in 31 years has rewritten the playbook for hosting the event. “Our tag line is: ‘We’re not just hosting a Super Bowl. We’re redefining it.’ We’re redefining it in a number of ways here in […]

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