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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is tackled by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey during a game on November 1, 2020 in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)

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Outbreak Postpones Ravens vs. Steelers to Tuesday night

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. In Depth: Cities Adjust as NCAA Calls For Bubble-Like Basketball Tournament Click here to subscribe to the SportsTravel Newsletter. Friday, November 27 FOOTBALL: With Byes […]

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Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly holds the trophy alongside teammates while celebrating their NWSL soccer Challenge Cup championship win over the Chicago Red Stars, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Life in a Bubble: Leagues Working on Responsible Return to Play

Whether it is a bubble or not, there is no guarantee that risk is eliminated by health and return to play protocols, sports figures reiterated during a recent Marist College online webinar “COVID-19 and the Responsible Return to Sports.” Between the successes of the National Women’s Soccer League and — so far — Major League […]

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Lisa Baird: Staging a Monthlong Tournament During a Pandemic

Few commissioners of professional sports have had to undergo the immediate challenges that faced Lisa Baird when she took over the National Women’s Soccer League. While her professional background included a decade as chief marketing officer of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and a similar role before that at the National Football League, not […]

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NWSL Expands Into Los Angeles With Angel City FC

The National Women’s Soccer League is going Hollywood. The league announced that a majority woman-founded group will start an expansion team in Los Angeles in 2022 with some of the biggest names in show business alongside several women’s soccer superstars. The reveal was teased on social media for the past 24 hours and unveiled as […]

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NWSL Expansion Franchise Reveals Racing Louisville FC Branding

The newest club in the National Women’s Soccer League will be known as Racing Louisville FC ahead of the team’s debut next season. Racing Louisville FC will start play in the spring of 2021 at the new Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky — also home for the city’s USL team — while training daily […]

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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 […]

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Kristoffer Ventura putts during the final round during the 2019 Utah Championship, a Korn Ferry Tour event. Ventura won the championship in a playoff. Photo by the Utah Championship.

Case Study: How to Keep Events Scheduled During COVID-19

Four major events that will be broadcast nationally can be a good summer’s calendar for any sports commission. Being able to host those events in the summer as a worldwide pandemic rages on is another level altogether. The Utah Sports Commission is in the midst of a stretch where the Monster Energy Supercross tour is […]

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Lisa Baird Named NWSL Commissioner

Lisa Baird, who has extensive sports management experience between her time at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee in addition to the NFL, will be the new commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL will charge Baird with oversight of all league operations and NWSL Media, as well as working to grow […]

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NWSL Commissioner Resigns to Join Orlando Pride

Amanda Duffy, who led the National Women’s Soccer League for the past two years including last year’s explosive growth after the FIFA Women’s World Cup, has left the league office to join one of its member clubs as executive vice president of the Orlando Pride. Duffy will start with Orlando in February after finishing her […]

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Reign FC Ownership Close to Sale to French Powerhouse

One of the biggest clubs in international women’s soccer may be moving into the National Women’s Soccer League. The OL Groupe, the parent company of French powerhouse Olympique Lyon, is in exclusive negotiations to buy Reign FC, the Tacoma-based NWSL club that is the home of U.S. stars Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long. A release […]

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