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Kansas City Royals players Andrew Benintendi, left, and Whit Merrifield celebrate scoring against the Detroit Tigers on July 2, 2022. Both players, who are unvaccinated, have since been traded. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Latest on COVID’s Effect on Sports:
Vaccination Status Adds Twist to MLB Trade Deadline

COVID-19 and its resulting variants from delta to omicron has forced two-plus years of cancellations, postponements and adjustments for the sports-event industry. As events have come back online, here is a regular look at where things stand and storylines that have been emerging. You can also see our past reporting on what the sports-event industry […]

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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)
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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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Some fans wear face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 during the national anthem before an NBA game between the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards on November 13, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Do NBA Fans Need to Be Vaccinated to Go to Games?

Below is the full rundown on each NBA 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. The NBA has mandated that at every arena, regardless of other protocols, fans sitting within 15 […]

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Competitiors in the men's 5,000 meter event at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles circle past the Olympic torch during the race on August 11, 1984. Los Angeles in 2028 will join London and Paris as the only three-time hosts of the Olympic Summer Games. (AP Photo, File)

Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup Races Return to North America in 2022

Bobsled and skeleton World Cup races have not taken place in North America since before the COVID-19 pandemic, but that will change this coming winter. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has announced events will return to North America for the first time since 2019, allowing U.S. and Canadian athletes a chance to compete on […]

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The Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium, which was completed last year, will not be part of the 2023 Asian Cup after China withdrew as host. Photo via the Asian Football Confederation.

China Withdraws as Host of Another International Sporting Event

The Asian Football Confederation is looking for a new host for the 2023 Asian Cup after China withdrew because of COVID-related conditions within the country. “The AFC acknowledges the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the relinquishment by China PR of its hosting rights,” the confederation said, adding it will decide […]

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Matt Hogue: Growing a Division I Athletics Program at Coastal Carolina

In the increasing competitive collegiate landscape, it is becoming harder and harder to stand out. But Coastal Carolina University is a prime example of a university that has managed its growth well, fielding a football team that has become a powerhouse out of nowhere in recent years and a formidable basketball program. Its new football […]

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How the AHL has Survived COVID: Scott Howson on Leading the League Through the Pandemic

Scott Howson was named president of the American Hockey League in February 2020 with plans for a short transition period before assuming control ahead of the 2020–2021 season. Obviously the sports landscape, along with the world landscape, looks a lot different now than it did a little more than two years ago. Howson worked during […]

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Lucira Health Announces COVID Testing Partnership with USA Boxing

USA Boxing has agreed to a partnership with Lucira Health that will make the medical technology company the national governing body’s first official COVID-19 test provider for the 2022 season. Lucira will provide its Check-It COVID-19 test kits to USA Boxing athletes, coaches and staff. The company will also sponsor the USA Boxing national qualifier […]

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Hotels and the Rise of Sports-Related Travel: Julius Robinson on Marriott’s NCAA Partnership and Industry Trends

The Women’s Final Four in Minneapolis was the biggest gathering in women’s college basketball since the pandemic began more than two years ago. And in the light of last year’s NCAA gender equity report, all eyes were on the destination to make sure that women’s sports were celebrated not only on the court and in […]

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Eileen Krause cleans condiment dispensers on the main concourse of Ball Arena before an NHL game between the New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche on March 11, 2020, in Denver. Cleaning and sanitization within sports venues, especially indoors, has become a key component in making fans feels comfortable attending events during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Future of Sports Venues After COVID: Contactless Technology, Deep Cleaning Among Top Priorities

From the growth of professional venues that can become as much about entertainment as the game itself, to collegiate venues that are professional in everything but name, and even youth and recreation complexes that promote themselves as giving a professional experience to pre-teen athletes, there are few things in the sports industry that have changed […]

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