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A Research Agenda for Event Impacts ; : 193-202, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1870679


The postponement of events is an ever-present and often unavoidable risk for event managers and stakeholders. Any event postponement will also have a series of profound consequences. Indeed, this was confirmed by the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in a number of postponed events around the globe throughout 2020 and 2021. As such, this chapter examines the postponement of sporting events and its impacts. In doing so, the chapter will first discuss the manifold of possible factors that can lead to event postponement. Then, it will zoom in on the COVID-19 related postponement of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship (‘Euro 2020') for which the event’s hosting rights were shared by 12 European countries. Here, specific attention is paid to the balance between health and safety risks and economic returns. Lastly, the chapter offers some intriguing and interdisciplinary avenues for future research related to stakeholders and decision-making, spectators’ willingness to attend postponed sports events and new risk, safety and security management strategies in light of COVID-19. © Nicholas Wise and Kelly Maguire 2022.

Managing Sport and Leisure ; 27(1/2):102-112, 2022.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-1769088


COVID-19 has sent a shockwave into society and sport. As result of this, sport and football resuming without spectators - fans or supporters, has brought a number of financial issues that has threatened the sustainability and future of many clubs. This commentary unpicks what has happened and some of the tensions, decision-making and consequences surrounding the return of spectators. The commentary presents the case that spectators are key to the survival of football clubs and that the United Kingdom Government must reverse their decision to not let spectators return. Now more than ever, these words hold substance, meaning and truly matter to clubs and their networked communities, "Football without fans is nothing".

Managing Sport and Leisure ; 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1246668


Rationale/Purpose: More than a year into the pandemic, scholars and practitioners have highlighted several of the organizational implications of coronavirus-disease 2019 (COVID-19) on worldwide cultural festivals and sporting events. Following COVID-19, numerous major sporting events, including the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, were postponed in February and March 2020. As the new dates of many rescheduled sporting events approach in time, the article discusses pressing questions related to sporting event risk, safety and security. Design/Methodology/Approach: The paper is conceptual and employs insights and frames from the risk management literature for its examination of sporting events staged in the mid- and late 2020 and early 2021. Findings: We analyse risk management strategies and safety practices at recent sporting events that have been staged throughout the pandemic. Our argument is that the rescheduled sporting events–exemplified by the 2020 Olympics–have been subject to organizational, social and spatial redesign processes. Practical Implications: The paper can provide emerging lessons and considerations for sporting event stakeholders in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Research Contributions: The paper adds to our understanding of emerging risk management strategies and safety practices that event stakeholders have adopted in the context of COVID-19. This is supplemented by an emerging and multidisciplinary research agenda. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.