America’s public health and economy are huge ecosystems. We may not know for years all the ways the novel coronavirus pandemic has changed our behavior — the secondary damage but also the lessons learned. However, professional sports is a less complex ecosystem, and one important change in the relationship among the key creatures in this habitat is about to happen. For 50 years I have heard everyone in sports — owners, players, broadcasters, merchandisers, media, gambling outlets and more — say: “The fans should come first. … Can’t do it without them. … The fans are the game.
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