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An electronic sign encouraging mask wearing is seen at Nationals Park after the opening day game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets was postponed because of coronavirus concerns on April 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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The Latest in Sports and COVID-19:
Nationals Outbreak Postpones Game against Phillies

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. 2021 Olympics Updates: The Latest from the Tokyo Games Previous […]

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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.   BASEBALL: Yankees-Red Sox Game Postponed by COVID Issues in New York; Outbreak […]

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Frank Supovitz, a veteran of events fo the NHL and NFL, was brought on as executive producer of the MLB Draft for the first time.

For its First Draft with Fans, MLB Turns
to a Pro in Organizing Events

On the screen behind the commissioner’s podium, from different angles, is the green and yellow logo of the Oakland A’s. The music of En Vogue plays on the speakers at the Bellco Theatre in Denver during a rehearsal the day before the Major League Baseball Draft. “En Vogue,” says Frank Supovitz. “They’re from Oakland.” Supovitz […]

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Fans wait in line to enter the stadium prior to an Opening Day game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago White Sox on April 1, 2021, in Anaheim, California. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

How Many Fans Will Be Allowed at
Major League Baseball Games This Season?

Major League Baseball, which played all of last year’s regular season without fans in attendance, will have fans in every ballpark this season. Here is the current status of every MLB team’s plans for attendance this season. Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field, 48,633): The Diamondbacks have 100% capacity at home games. Atlanta Braves (Truist Park, 41,000): […]

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MLB Signs Cryptocurrency Deal with FTX

Major League Baseball has entered into a cryptocurrency sponsorship agreement with FTX Trading Limited and West Realm Shires Services Inc. that will include the first uniform patch worn by umpires. The deal, which the league said was the first between a professional sports league and a cryptocurrency exchange, was executed to raise brand awareness for […]

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How Sports Betting is Changing the
Game for Destinations and Venues

The U.S. Supreme Court has had more than a passing influence in the world of sports. Whether it was the 1972 Curt Flood case that upheld Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption, a 1984 antitrust case involving the NCAA that allowed conferences to sell their own TV rights and paved the way for gigantic media rights […]

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Miami Marlins, loanDepot Announce Naming Rights Agreement for Ballpark

The Miami Marlins will rename its home ballpark as loanDepot park in the first naming rights agreement that the club has had for the venue that opened for the 2012 season. The agreement deepens the relationship between loanDepot and baseball. The company is already the official mortgage provider of MLB and presenting sponsor of both […]

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2020*

On December 2, the No. 8-ranked Michigan State basketball team traveled to Durham, North Carolina, to play No. 6-ranked Duke at fan-less Cameron Indoor. Winless in his previous three games at Duke while coaching Michigan State, Tom Izzo and the Spartans came away with a 75-69 victory. Even though the venue was devoid of the […]

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MLB Promotes Tony Reagins to Oversee Youth and Amateur Growth

Tony Reagins has been promoted to chief baseball development officer of Major League Baseball, where he will oversee the growth of youth and amateur levels of baseball and softball in the United States and internationally. Reagins, who began at MLB in 2015 as senior vice president of the Youth Programs department, will also be tasked […]

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The Madness of Sponsorship Make‐Goods

There are clauses in sponsorship agreements that normally gather dust after the contracts are signed, namely force majeure and substitution. As we’re all well aware, there is nothing normal about 2020 and the dust has been shaken off of those typically skimmed-over clauses. Force majeure and substitution, the terms as we know them, have had […]

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