Innovative start-up league schedules quarantined tournament in lieu of traditional campaign
NBC networks will broadcast competition during the empty Tokyo Olympics window
Feeding and accommodating roughly 300 participants among logistical challenges
It is no coincidence that the first sports organizations making their comebacks from the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown in North America have touring models, which are not restricted by franchises tied to particular cities, venues, and communities.
As professional sports leagues look to navigate healthy and safety protocols that vary from state to state – and spread across the international border between the United States and Canada – it has so far proven extremely valuable to have a structure that allows organizations to be nimble and flexible in their logistical operations.
This is why the tour-based Professional Bull Riders became a first-mover in making its return in Oklahoma in late April, and was quickly followed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Florida last weekend. They will be followed by Nascar later this month, then the PGA Tour and IndyCar in June.
Meanwhile, the city-based major leagues who have roughly 30 teams – namely the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, and Major League Soccer – remain in the planning stages of reactivating their teams which are spread across North America.
Now the Premier Lacrosse League, the innovative start-up league founded by brothers Paul and Michael Rabil, has leveraged its structural flexibility to schedule its own return to action in a quarantined, spectator-less tournament this summer.
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