Vavae Malepeai
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)

The Latest on Sports and COVID-19:
Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences Cancel College Football

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. Tuesday, August 11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences Cancel College Football The Big Ten Conference became the first Power 5 conference to cancel Continue Reading

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IndyCar, IMS Launch Race and Equality Initiative

IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have launched the “Race for Equality & Change,” a move to support diversity and inclusivity across the racing series and the IndyCar industry. A key component of the effort will be a $1 million fund to fuel internal and external programs and initiatives aimed at creating fundamental change. “As Continue Reading

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Indians White Sox Spring Baseball
Fans were already learning social distancing during MLB's spring training. Photo: Gregory Bull/AP Images

Special Report: How COVID-19 has Changed the Sports-Event Industry

After months of waiting, you and your spouse are heading to the stadium. After a wait of what seems like forever to be at a game, your mobile tickets are loaded on the phone as you get out of your car and head over to the stadium entrance, making sure to stop six feet from Continue Reading

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Brandon Thompson

NASCAR Names First VP of Diversity and Inclusion

Less than a week after announcing it would ban the Confederate flag from all its events, NASCAR has created a new position of vice president of diversity and inclusion, to be filled by league executive Brandon Thompson. In the new position, Thompson will oversee the league’s strategy for diversity and inclusion, as well as programs Continue Reading

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Kristoffer Ventura putts during the final round during the 2019 Utah Championship, a Korn Ferry Tour event. Ventura won the championship in a playoff. Photo by the Utah Championship.

Case Study: How to Keep Events Scheduled During COVID-19

Four major events that will be broadcast nationally can be a good summer’s calendar for any sports commission. Being able to host those events in the summer as a worldwide pandemic rages on is another level altogether. The Utah Sports Commission is in the midst of a stretch where the Monster Energy Supercross tour is Continue Reading

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NASCAR Bans Confederate Flag at Events

NASCAR has made the decision to ban the Confederate Flag from being displayed anywhere at its events as the sports-event world continues to make public stands against racial injustice and racism in general. “The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for Continue Reading

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 500
Ryan Blaney, driver of the Number 12 Ford, takes the checkered flag ahead of Ryan Newman to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 14, 2019 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR Plans for Fans in Stands in Miami and Talladega

NASCAR will be the first major professional sport to have fans at its events when it hosts 1,000 members of the military for its Cup Series race on June 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, followed by up to 5,000 fans at Talladega Superspeedway on June 21 for another Cup Series event. The Dixie Vodka 400 at Continue Reading

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Sarah Hirshland
United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland has cautioned that the organization may be facing significant budget cuts ahead. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP Images

USOPC Adjusts to Financial Forecasts

The Olympic Summer Games’ postponement to 2021 in Tokyo set a series of ripples throughout the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee that the organization is adapting to on a daily basis. “The timing implications of the postponement are significant,” USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland said during the latest Sports Business Journal/CAA World Congress virtual event. “We Continue Reading

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Louis Armstrong Court at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has been used as a staging area for COVID-19 first responders. (Photo by United States Tennis Association)

Sports and Tourism Venues Help in Fight Against Coronavirus

There’s no denying that coronavirus pandemic has changed how sports events will take place. Around the world, the sports-event industry has moved to transform many of its venues to support health officials in their local regions. Going forward, finding unique venues to host our events will be more important than ever. Click here to download Continue Reading

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