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Cirque du Soleil Files for Bankruptcy, Lays Off 3,480 Workers
Cirque du Soleil is filing for bankruptcy protection, and will lay off 3,480 workers as part of an attempt to restructure its business to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization is headquartered in Montreal but runs performances in cities across the globe. According to Fast Company, it’s initial filing... Read more
Chase Rice, Chris Janson Face Backlash Over Packed Performances
Country singer Chase Rice is catching heat from some quarters of the industry after posting video from a Tennessee performance over the weekend, showing a packed crowd without masks or social distancing, even as coronavirus cases rise across the country. “Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s... Read more
Indianapolis 500 Announces Plans for 50% Fan Capacity in August
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirmed plans Friday to have fans in attendance at the 104th Indianapolis 500, but holding capacity to 50% of the usual limits. The race is scheduled for August 23, rescheduled from its original date of May 24 due to the coronavirus. “We’re committed to running... Read more
Bonnaroo Postponed to 2021, Will Run “Virtual” Event in September
Bonnaroo officially postponed its 2020 edition to next spring, announcing Thursday that it will move to an online-only festival in September and plan for its 20th anniversary event from June 17-20, 2021. Officials had previously postponed this years festival to September 24-27 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but opted... Read more
StubHub-Viagogo Merger Taken to Phase 2 Scrutiny by UK CMA
StubHub’s acquisition by Viagogo will face additional scrutiny from the UK’s Competition and Market’s Authority, which announced that it will move to a “Phase 2” review of the $4 Billion transaction Thursday. The purchase, which was announced in November and completed in February, has been under “Phase 1” investigation... Read more
Kentucky Derby, Oaks Announce Fans Will Be Allowed in September
The 146th Kentucky Derby will have fans in the stands, according to an announcement Thursday by Churchill Downs, which will host the event on September 5. The race has traditionally opened horse racing’s triple crown with its running on the first Saturday in May, but was pushed back due... Read more
Texas Governor Approves NASCAR Race at 50% Attendance
The return of fans to NASCAR events will continue to grow, as Texas Governor Greg Abbott approved Texas Motor Speedway’s plans for opening to as many as 50% of its 135,000 seating capacity for a race rescheduled to July 19th at the venue. “Texans are eager for sporting and... Read more
Report: NFL Will Tarp Seating Near Field for Safety, Sponsorships
While the NFL has announced it will allow teams and local officials to determine the number of fans allowed at its games this year, those with the best seats in the house will be a little further back from the field, at best, according to a report from Sports... Read more
StubHub Refund Policy Change May Run Afoul of Massachusetts Law
StubHub’s Covid-19 policy shift against allowing refunds for cancelled events may run afoul of Massachusetts law, according to consumer rights activists. More than 100 consumer complaints have been received in the state, according to a report by WCVB. The ticket resale marketplace changed its terms in March as thousands... Read more
Report: NFL to Let Teams, Localities Decide Attendance Levels
It will be up to individual NFL franchises and the localities in which they reside to decide on attendance capacity for the 2020 season, according to a report published Tuesday The Athletic. Rather than a leaguewide mandate, the level of in-person attendance will vary by market. “Attendance will be... Read more