Bringing pro sports back to life in the lockdown era

How will these sports look on the flat screen with empty stands? And what changes will be made to protect players?

Bringing pro sports back to life in the lockdown eraWhile the COVID-19 debate over lockdowns continues, there seems to be a consensus that professional sports leagues will open this summer to complete their 2019-20 playoffs or, for Major League Baseball, to start the season that was suspended in March. There are debates about how much players should make (MLB is at odds with the…

Will fans flock to stadiums after COVID-19?

Will fans flock to stadiums after COVID-19?@NateSilver538: “Y'all can do whatever you want but I'm going to a f-load of concerts, baseball games, restaurants, etc. as soon as this is over.” There are, no doubt, many people who would agree with the FiveThirtyEight.com pollster that they will sow some oats when the powers that be come to their senses and let…

NFL draft gives starving sports fans a morsel

But many questions remain about restarting professional sports, including how all those enormous salaries will be paid

NFL draft gives starving sports fans a morselWith virtually no sports competition in North America in this COVID-19-blighted spring, the National Football League draft this week has taken on epic proportions. The fact that the teams and the players they select starting on Thursday may not even play in 2020 is irrelevant. We finally have a sporting event on TV that you…

How to satisfy sports fans’ burning desire for games

How to satisfy sports fans’ burning desire for gamesDesperate times call for desperate measures. Or, as they say in pro sports, desperate times call for divisional realignment. With the COVID-19 pandemic having applied the brakes to (virtually) everything sporting since early March, fans are going stir crazy. So, with hints that U.S. President Donald Trump might do a limited reopening of economic activity…
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