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The Connecticut offensive line sets down against South Florida during the second half of a game in East Hartford, Connecticut, on October 5, 2019. The Huskies have announced that the 2020 season has been canceled. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Latest on Sports and COVID-19:
Connecticut Becomes First FBS Program to Cancel Season;
Division II and Division III Cancels Fall Championships

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. Wednesday, August 5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Connecticut Becomes First FBS Program to Cancel Football Season The University of Connecticut became the first Football Bowl Subdivision program Continue Reading

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Fans were already learning social distancing during MLB's spring training. Photo: Gregory Bull/AP Images

Special Report: How COVID-19 has Changed the Sports-Event Industry

After months of waiting, you and your spouse are heading to the stadium. After a wait of what seems like forever to be at a game, your mobile tickets are loaded on the phone as you get out of your car and head over to the stadium entrance, making sure to stop six feet from Continue Reading

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NASCAR Names First VP of Diversity and Inclusion

Less than a week after announcing it would ban the Confederate flag from all its events, NASCAR has created a new position of vice president of diversity and inclusion, to be filled by league executive Brandon Thompson. In the new position, Thompson will oversee the league’s strategy for diversity and inclusion, as well as programs Continue Reading

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NASCAR Bans Confederate Flag at Events

NASCAR has made the decision to ban the Confederate Flag from being displayed anywhere at its events as the sports-event world continues to make public stands against racial injustice and racism in general. “The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for Continue Reading

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Ryan Blaney, driver of the Number 12 Ford, takes the checkered flag ahead of Ryan Newman to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 14, 2019 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR Plans for Fans in Stands in Miami and Talladega

NASCAR will be the first major professional sport to have fans at its events when it hosts 1,000 members of the military for its Cup Series race on June 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, followed by up to 5,000 fans at Talladega Superspeedway on June 21 for another Cup Series event. The Dixie Vodka 400 at Continue Reading

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United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland has cautioned that the organization may be facing significant budget cuts ahead. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP Images

USOPC Adjusts to Financial Forecasts

The Olympic Summer Games’ postponement to 2021 in Tokyo set a series of ripples throughout the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee that the organization is adapting to on a daily basis. “The timing implications of the postponement are significant,” USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland said during the latest Sports Business Journal/CAA World Congress virtual event. “We Continue Reading

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Timmy Hill (No. 66) beats Ryan Preece (No. 37) to the checkered flag at Texas in the the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 at iRacing’s virtual Texas Motor Speedway on March 29, 2020.

Professional Leagues, Networks Turning to Esports

With no live events to broadcast, sports leagues and their television partners are going to the next best thing—having esports take their place in sports from auto racing to basketball as fallout continues from the coronavirus pandemic. What started as replacement programming for a regional cable network has shifted to broadcast sports, as ESPN is Continue Reading

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Richmond Raceway to Host Women’s Bowling Championship

Richmond Raceway in Virginia will host the Professional Women’s Bowling Association‘s season finale as part of the activities leading to a NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend event in September. The PWBA Tour Championship will be September 7–9, with the NASCAR weekend starting September 11. The 16-player field will be comprised of bowlers who have won a Continue Reading

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Verizon to Improve Wi-Fi Access at 12 NASCAR Tracks

NASCAR and Verizon have announced a multiyear partnership to modernize 12 NASCAR-owned racetracks by enhancing wireless access for race fans, drivers and teams in effort to help fans more easily share images of live events on their mobile devices. The partnership designates Verizon as the official wireless telecommunications and 5G mobility partner of NASCAR, as Continue Reading

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