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Las Vegas Raiders fans stand during the first half of a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on August 14 2021, at Allegiant Stadium. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

How COVID Has Affected Sports: Could Vaccine Mandate Have Led to Raiders’ No-Show Numbers?

The COVID-19 outbreak and its resulting variants from delta to omicron has forced two years of cancellations, postponements and adjustments for the sports-event industry. Events have 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 daily look […]

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Dates Announced for 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City

The Kansas City Sports Commission and NFL have announced that the 2023 NFL Draft will take place April 27–29, 2023. “This will be one of the biggest and most-anticipated professional sporting events our city has hosted,” says Kathy Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Visit KC. “Not only […]

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Tennessee Titans celebrate second round draft pick A J Brown, with Eddie George at the NFL Draft on April 26, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Wagner)

The NFL’s Big Events: Potential Future Hosts
for the Super Bowl, Draft or Combine

The National Football League is far and away the most popular professional sports league in the United States and its biggest event, the Super Bowl, is often described as virtually a national holiday. In the search for ever-increasing amounts of future revenue, the NFL Draft moved out of New York, where it was held since […]

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Peter O’Reilly: How the NFL Pulled Off a Virtual Draft

Coming off a 2019 NFL Draft that attracted an estimated 600,000 people over three days in Nashville, the professional football league felt confident the 2020 Draft in Las Vegas would be its largest one yet. And then the coronavirus pandemic sent everything in the other direction. No crowds on the Las Vegas Strip. No prospects […]

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The Bellagio and Caesars were scheduled to be used as locations for the 2020 NFL Draft. Photo: John Locher/AP Images

Las Vegas Gets Second Chance at NFL Draft in 2022

Unable to host a public version of the 2020 NFL Draft because of the coronavirus pandemic, Las Vegas has been awarded the 2022 event, which will be staged in similar fashion to what was originally planned. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement during the remotely held draft on April 23 before the Las Vegas […]

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NFL Awards Future Drafts to Cleveland and Kansas City

The NFL has awarded Cleveland the 2021 Draft and Kansas City the 2023 Draft as it continues its push to spread the showcase event around to cities across the country. The 2021 event in Cleveland will be staged at iconic downtown locations around FirstEnergy Stadium, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well […]

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Fans crowd downtown to watch the 2019 NFL Draft on April 26 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: AP Images/Doug Benc

NFL Draft in Nashville Shatters Attendance Record

Nashville, Tennessee, shattered attendance records for an NFL Draft, with the league estimating that 600,000 people attended the three days of the draft held downtown. The closet previous estimate was 275,000 when Philadelphia hosted in 2017. In addition, the league reported that the event set new records in media consumption, with an estimated 6.1 million […]

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