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For the week of Aug. 30, 2020.

After a spring without pro sports and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021, Canadian Alphonso Davies hoisted the Champions League trophy with his Bayern Munich teammates in an empty stadium after the biggest game of the year in the sports business. 

A few days later, the Milwaukee Bucks led a wildcat strike that spread across the NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and Major League Soccer after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Meanwhile, NFL training camps continue and some college football conferences are planning on fall seasons.

The Canadian Football League has 2021 on its mind, after the first cancellation in 101 years. Minor league baseball and minor league hockey face uncertain futures.

On this edition of Podcast, Massachusetts sports economist Victor Matheson ponders the last four months and looks ahead to the fall and beyond, as the coronavirus pandemic has caused so much chaos in the business of sport.

“What happens if people are able to kick the habit?” Matheson told host Bob Mackin. “Will they come back in full? Whether our psyche has changed, whether we want to be in public with lots of people. One of the great draws of sports in the old days is the electricity of the crowd, you go and you become part of that shared experience. We may be losing our taste for shared experiences.”

Plus, hear from B.C. seniors advocate Isobel MacKenzie, Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentaries.

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