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Women wearing face masks to help protect from COVID-19 walk against a decoration for the Winter Olympics Games as they visit Tiananmen Square in Beijing. With just over two weeks before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, residents of the Chinese capital say they're disappointed at not being able to attend events because of coronavirus restrictions that have seen parts of the city placed under lockdown. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest in Sports and COVID-19:
Olympic Ban Disappoints Chinese Fans as Fears Over Omicron Continue

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. NBA 2021–2022 Fan Policies for COVID | NHL 2021–2022 Fan […]

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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)

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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Host Sites Announced For 2023 USA Hockey National Championships

USA Hockey has announced the 2023 USA Hockey National Championships host sites with eleven different cities in nine states stretching from New Jersey to California getting the chance to crown champions. Florida will host two events in Wesley Chapel while Minnesota will host two events between Wayzata and Maple Grove as well. USA Hockey has […]

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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.   OLYMPICS: IOC Confirms Beijing Games Will Not Be Postponed Posted: Thursday, January […]

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NCAA Expands Field for Women’s Ice Hockey, Beach Volleyball Tournaments

The NCAA beach volleyball and women’s ice hockey brackets will be expanded starting with this season’s championship events. The Division I Council on Wednesday approved the recommendations from the Division I Competition Oversight Committee to increase the beach volleyball tourmament field to 16 teams and women’s ice hockey tournament to 11 teams. Both brackets had […]

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Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86) celebrates his goal with teammates Brendan Smith (7), Maxime Lajoie (42) and Nino Niederreiter (21) during the second period of an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

NHL Players Concerned About Beijing’s COVID Protocols

One of the spotlight events for the upcoming 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, the return of NHL players to the men’s hockey competition, has been overshadowed the past week by another team shutdown and questions from several players about what China has planned for potential positive tests. The realization that — according to China’s […]

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There were over 23 rows of seats taken out to create the lounge experience given that the BetRivers Loung area had to be built into an existing space at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Photo courtesy of DMAC Architecture

BetRivers Lounge Built Into Existing PPG Paints Arena Space

Throughout the country, betting lounges have become an increasingly visible space at sports venues with one of the newest being the BetRivers Lounge at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The new space features two rows of ticketed bowl seats and a lounge area with club chairs where fans can watch the game while betting via […]

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Pittsburgh Penguins fans celebrate the second goal of the period by Kasperi Kapanen against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period of a game on March 2, 2021, in Pittsburgh. It was the first game a limited number of fans were allowed to attend in Pittsburgh after some COVID 19 crowd restrictions were lifted buy the state. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fenway Sports Group Reaches Agreement to Buy Pittsburgh Penguins

Fenway Sports Group, owners of the Boston Red Sox among multiple other entities, has entered into an agreement to acquire controlling interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team with the deal, which is subject to approval by the National Hockey League Board of Governors, expected to close before the end of the year. Mario Lemieux […]

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UBS Arena's opening ends a long-awaited drought for New York Islanders fans who were waiting for a new home. Photo by Jason Gewirtz

UBS Using Arena Naming Rights
to Propel New Sports Division

As the opening game for the New York Islanders approaches at its new UBS Arena, the financial behemoth that has its name on the venue is hoping to use that branding to attract new business to its latest financial division aimed at the sports market. “I was born and raised in New York City, less […]

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