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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)

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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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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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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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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T2 Sporting Soccer Events

Status The bid process is ongoing. Inside Track T2 Sporting manages soccer events and leagues across North America and is looking to expand and partner with local sports commissions, VCBs or CVBs who are looking to bring in new annual events. The organization would provide team registration and fee processing along with marketing assistance. New 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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NWSL Expands Into Los Angeles With Angel City FC

The National Women’s Soccer League is going Hollywood. The league announced that a majority woman-founded group will start an expansion team in Los Angeles in 2022 with some of the biggest names in show business alongside several women’s soccer superstars. The reveal was teased on social media for the past 24 hours and unveiled as Continue Reading

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MLS Delays Expansion Plans

Major League Soccer has announced a new timeline for expansion, postponing the start of several new teams citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the teams’ business operations and stadium development. Under the new plan, Austin FC will remain on schedule to begin competition in 2021. But Charlotte, which had expected to begin plan Continue Reading

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Episode Three: The Hotel Experience for Sports-Related Travel

In this fact-based, data-driven web series, SportsTravel will be interviewing leaders from destinations, sports organizations, hotels and industry suppliers to track the recovery of the sports-event industry. Each episode will feature insight from EventConnect on the latest statistics from tournament registrations and hotel bookings across the country, as well as a dialogue with a select Continue Reading

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U.S. Soccer Announces Complete Return-to-Play Guidelines

U.S. Soccer has released the final phase of its five-step return-to-play guidelines for coaches, players, parents, referees and administrators, spelling out how soccer teams can return to competition. The latest phase comes with the caution that organizers should follow local health and safety rules before starting competition. In addition, it encourages social distancing when possible Continue Reading

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