Simon Pagenaud leads a restart during the 2019 Indianapolis 500. Photo by Stephen King/IndyCar Media

The Latest on Sports and COVID-19:
Indianapolis 500 To Be Held Without Fans

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 4 AUTO RACING: Indianapolis 500 To Be Held Without Fans One of the biggest sporting events in the world will be held without Continue Reading

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Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly holds the trophy alongside teammates while celebrating their NWSL soccer Challenge Cup championship win over the Chicago Red Stars, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Life in a Bubble: Leagues Working on Responsible Return to Play

Whether it is a bubble or not, there is no guarantee that risk is eliminated by health and return to play protocols, sports figures reiterated during a recent Marist College online webinar “COVID-19 and the Responsible Return to Sports.” Between the successes of the National Women’s Soccer League and — so far — Major League Continue Reading

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Houston Roughnecks line up against the Los Angeles Wildcats for a kickoff during an XFL game on February 8, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital Partners Buy XFL From Bankruptcy

Dany Garcia, pro wrestling and movie star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and RedBird Capital Partners have bought the XFL spring football league through its parent company, Alpha Entertainment LLC, for approximately $15 million. The transaction is subject to bankruptcy court approval at a hearing on August 7 and is expected to close on or shortly Continue Reading

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Lisa Baird: Staging a Monthlong Tournament During a Pandemic

Few commissioners of professional sports have had to undergo the immediate challenges that faced Lisa Baird when she took over the National Women’s Soccer League. While her professional background included a decade as chief marketing officer of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and a similar role before that at the National Football League, not Continue Reading

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Jon Rahm of Spain won the recent Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, one of many events the PGA Tour has managed to execute since June. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Case Study: How the PGA Tour’s Aggressive COVID-19 Testing Has Kept Events Going

If you were to draw up a sport suited for social distancing, it would be hard to craft something better than golf. Nonetheless, the efforts being taken by the PGA Tour to protect its players, caddies and essential event staff at its events, which have been taking place since mid-June, are extraordinary. “We have the Continue Reading

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Major League Lacrosse chose Navy–Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, to conduct its abbreviated 2020 season. Photo: Anne Evans/MLL

Case Study: 5 Takeaways from MLL’s Mini Season

Last season, Major League Lacrosse staged events over a longer period of time than typical—ending its season in October instead of Labor Day—in an effort to get lacrosse fans even more aware of the product that has allowed the league to reach its 20th season. This year, the league wrapped a week-long tournament at one venue Continue Reading

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Inter Miami players enter the field for an MLS soccer match against Orlando City in the MLS bubble. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Beyond the Bubble: How Leagues are Approaching Operations

For so many teams at all levels of sports, having a bubble burst used to mean they would not get into the NCAA Tournament, or would have their playoff chances extinguished on the final day of the regular season. These days, having a bubble burst means much, much more. For nearly every professional sports league, Continue Reading

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Release The Kraken: Seattle’s NHL Team Reveals Nickname

The NHL’s expansion team in Seattle will be known as the Kraken when it starts play in the 2021–2022 season with the team’s nickname and logo released in a splashy promotional video. A legend from the deep awakens. Meet the Seattle Kraken → — Seattle Kraken (@NHLSeattle_) July 23, 2020 The team’s colors Continue Reading

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MLS Expansion Franchise in Charlotte Reveals Charlotte FC Branding

The latest expansion team for Major League Soccer unveiled its name, branding and logo as Charlotte Football Club, or Charlotte FC by its shorter name, will take the field in 2022. MLS officially awarded an expansion team to the city of Charlotte on December 17, 2019, making it the league’s 30th  club. Plans to start Continue Reading

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