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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/sports/coronavirus-sports-come-back.html

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When Will Sports Come Back? Here Is What Has to Happen First
Sports leagues face large, but not insurmountable, obstacles to even getting games back on television. Fans in the stands? Wait till next year. During a news conference Tuesday night, President Trump made a personal plea that probably resonated with at least some sports fans around the country.

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Sports in The Time Of Pandemics

Sports in The Time Of Pandemics

Due to the lockdown restrictions and sweeping curbs in outdoor activities, there are no new sporting events happening.

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'No Audience' TV Sports

'No Audience' TV Sports

The option of conducting major sporting events for TV, without any live audience is being considered, but the risk to the hundreds and thousands of sports players, who would have to ignore health g...

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Bubble Environment

Playing in a closed and virus-free ‘bubble’ environment is discussed, but experts find it complicated and far-fetched. There are logistical, security and hospitality issues to grapple with.

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Sports And Our Identity

Some people may ask why are such odd measures even being considered (hosting events with no audience). The answer is that sports leagues embody the countries national character, and are a unifying ...

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Sports In Other Countries

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Normalcy In Sports

A version of ‘normal’ sports is expected to return in 2021 or beyond, with modifications and compromises. Social distancing will have to be followed.

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