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Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt congratulates wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins after beating the Cleveland Browns on October 17, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Kirk Irwin)

The Latest in Sports and COVID-19:
How the Arizona Cardinals Stayed
Unbeaten Through COVID Outbreak

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. NBA 2021–2022 Fan Policies for COVID | NHL 2021–2022 Fan […]

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NBA Extends HBCU Support

The NBA has announced an extension of its support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities with a series of new programs, including the addition of a MEAC conference matchup as part of All-Star Weekend in February in Cleveland. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association will again highlight the HBCU community during NBA All-Star […]

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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)

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. NHL: Only Four Players Unvaccinated as Season Opens Posted: Wednesday, October 13 The […]

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Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant reacts and fans applaud after his basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA playoff series June 5, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NBA Arena COVID Protocols That Fans
Can Expect for the 2021–2022 Season

More than a dozen NBA teams plan to mandate either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for fans when they go to games this season. Below is the full rundown on each team’s fan policy when it comes to COVID-19 whether they require proof of full vaccination, either vaccination or a negative COVID […]

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Clippers Unveil Plans for Intuit Dome

The Los Angeles Clippers and Intuit Inc. have entered a 23-year strategic partnership giving Intuit exclusive naming rights partner of the Intuit Dome, the future home of the Clippers that broke ground on Friday morning and is scheduled to open in Inglewood, California, for the 2024–2025 NBA season. Intuit Dome will feature “The Wall,” 51 […]

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Thunder, Paycom Announce 15-Year Arena Naming Rights Agreement

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s downtown arena has a new name after a 15-year naming rights partnership was agreed to with Paycom, one of the largest companies in the state of Oklahoma. The name change takes effect immediately, with exterior signage to be completed in time for the start of the 2021-22 season. For the new […]

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Fans going to the Footprint Center for Phoenix Suns and Mercury games will have food served in Footprint’s biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable solutions as well as educational points about the positive impact of making a switch from single-use plastics in their everyday lives.

Home of Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury Rebranded as Footprint Center

The Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury have announced a long-term partnership with Footprint, a material science company, that includes naming rights and product integration within the team’s downtown Phoenix arena. The Footprint Center will host fans for Suns and Mercury games with food served in Footprint’s biodegradable, compostable and recyclable products. The venue will also […]

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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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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to Tampa Bay Rays' Joey Wendle during the second inning in Game 1 of the 2020 World Series in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

One Year Later: How COVID has Changed Sports Forever

Remember what it like to go to a sold-out game? Waiting in line with others for seemingly forever before getting your ticket scanned, walking into the concourse and trying to avoid bumping into other people while finding a hot dog and soda, then going to your seats to check out the early scene. Maybe you […]

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NBA Partners with CLEAR for Arena Entry

The National Basketball Association and CLEAR have announced a partnership that will see the secure identity company’s Health Pass technology available for COVID-19 health screenings at NBA arenas. Health Pass is a free, mobile experience that connects a user’s verified identity to various COVID-19-related health information, including test results and eventually vaccine verification. The program […]

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