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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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On Assignment: MLB All-Star Week Provides
Fans With Memorable Experience

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is a near weeklong star-studded extravaganza celebrating everything the sport has to offer. While the July 19 game itself at Dodger Stadium may have been the highlight, the event’s footprint continues to grow — this time to the beach as well. The MLB Draft (also held during All-Star week), […]

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Major League Baseball Expands Partnership with MGM Resorts and BetMGM

Major League Baseball, MGM Resorts International, and BetMGM have announced the expansion of an integrated partnership that, in 2018, designated MGM Resorts as MLB’s first official gaming sponsor. BetMGM will continue to be an Official Sports Betting Partner of MLB while MGM Rewards will be the title sponsor of this year’s All-Star celebrity softball game […]

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Cal Ripken Jr. throws the ceremonial first pitch before the beginning of a game between two youth teams at the Ripken Experience in Aberdeen, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Ripken Baseball

Ripken Baseball Returns Home to Aberdeen,
While Eyeing Further Expansion

When Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken started organizing youth baseball camps and clinics two decades ago, the mission was simple: Pass on the teachings of how to play baseball that their father, Cal Sr., instilled in them. The two Major League Baseball veterans are baseball lifers. Cal Jr. became the Ironman, playing 2,632 games […]

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EL1 Sports has acquired USA Quickball, a program that teaches baseball and softball to players of all ages.

EL1 Sports Acquires Baseball/Softball Program Quickball

EL1 Sports has announced its acquisition of USA Quickball, a company that creates equipment and programs for high-speed, low-pressure baseball and softball training. Quickball teaches the fundamentals of baseball and softball in a fast-paced, active and inclusive way using a patented ball and bat program. EL1 will be showcasing Quickball with a series of events […]

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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)
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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. Unvaccinated Djokovic Wins Wimbledon, Another Part of a Tumultuous Year Posted: Monday, July […]

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The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge is adding four new baseball fields that will be renovated to resemble historic MLB parks. Photo courtesy The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge

The Ripken Baseball Experience Pigeon Forge Adds Four Fields

Ripken Baseball is adding to its collection of baseball fields, which will allow the company to renovate four additional playing surfaces in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Branded as the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, the venue will be able to host teams from around the country on 10 total fields, including access to the new fields at […]

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The New York Yankees, left, and the Boston Red Sox line up for the national anthem before a baseball game in London on June 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

MLB Returns to London in 2023, 2024 and 2026

Major League Baseball has announced a long-term strategic partnership with the city of London that includes the league’s commitment to hold major events in the city over the next five years. The deal includes regular-season games in 2023, 2024 and 2026. The league has also announced the formation of the MLB London Legacy Group, which […]

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San Diego Padres left fielder Allen Cordoba passes a logo for Play Ball, an initiative from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, during the fifth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies in 2017. Players voted Thursday to accept MLB's offer on a new labor deal, paving way to end 99-day lockout and salvage 162-game season. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Baseball is Back: Lockout Ends as MLBPA, Owners Reach CBA Agreement

Belatedly, it is time to play ball. Major League Baseball’s lockout by owners was ended on Thursday after a new five-year collective bargaining agreement was agreed upon and ratified, ending a 99-day lockout and coming just in time to allow MLB to have a full 162-game season that will start April 7. Spring training camps […]

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