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How Sports Have Emerged From COVID-19

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Within months, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the global sports community in significant ways. In early March 2020, ongoing leagues put their seasons on hold to reduce the potential spread of the disease, while scheduled major events like the Olympics and the Euro 2020 football tournament were pushed forward by a year.

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How Sports Have Emerged From COVID-19

  1. 1. How Sports Have Emerged From COVID-19 Kevin Neal Sport
  2. 2. 2 How Sports Have Emerged From COVID-19 In early March 2020, ongoing leagues put their seasons on hold to reduce the potential spread of the disease, while scheduled major events like the Olympics and the Euro 2020 football tournament were pushed forward by a year. However, after four months of sports shutdown, some leagues have resumed action, albeit with a different look. From players opting not to play to playing without fans in the stands, COVID-19’s impact on the sports world is undeniable, both in the short- and long-term. Within months, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the global sports community in significant ways.
  3. 3. 3 No Spectators Sports that already had some aspects of social distancing such as tennis or auto racing may be less impacted by not having fans present at games. For other disciplines such as soccer and basketball, the effect of playing in front of empty arenas and stadiums is clear to both players and viewers at home. Indeed, with so much about the pandemic being dynamic, it may be a while before spectators are allowed to enjoy live games. Ownership Changes A change in ownership structures could also be witnessed. Professional teams’ owners who are hard hit—financially—may find it difficult to resist an offer to sell and gain financial relief. A change in ownership structures could also be witnessed. Professional teams’ owners who are hard hit—financially—may find it difficult to resist an offer to sell and gain financial relief.
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