By Sherri Middleton, Executive Editor
All was normal until March 7, 2020, as far as my email warnings and event messages were concerned.
March 6, 2020 – MGM Resorts announced that the BETMGM Sports Betting Experiences would be launching in Las Vegas.
March 6, 2020 – Houston. Harris County – Houston announced a press conference to discuss an international soccer event on March 9. The event was held.
March 7, 2020 – BlueCross BlueShield sent an email about expanded access to Coronavirus care through its network.
MARCH 8-9, 2020 – Multiple destinations and planners sent emails about upcoming events.
March 9, 2020, at 5:07 p.m. – Team USA from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee sent out a media release saying the 2020 Team USA Media Summit was postponed. “Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to limit any potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) by Team USA athletes, members of the media, staff, and volunteers, we have made the decision to postpone the 2020 Team USA Media Summit,” said Luella Chavez D’Angelo, USOPC chief communications and marketing officer. “We are already at work exploring ways to recreate, or find new, opportunities for athletes and media – be they in-person or remote. We thank all who had planned to attend for their interest, support, and understanding.”
March 10, 2020 – More announcements of upcoming sports events happening in early April.
March 11, 2020 – Five more sporting events and an announcement about Jack Nicklaus speaking in West Michigan.
March 11, at 6:07 p.m. – A sports litigation specialist sends an email that he is available to speak about Coronavirus.
March 12, 2020, at 6:07 p.m. – A PR agency sent an email about the impact of the virus and offered a lawyer to speak about the impact of performance clauses in sports event clauses.
And the rest of my emails are about people saying events are still happening, postponed or announcements from destinations saying they are dealing with virus outbreaks in isolated areas.
The final announcements were late last week that the SportsETA Women’s Summit was postponing.
What will happen with the SportsETA Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Next month? No announcement has been made as far as I know. We’ve booked our hotel for the conference and plan to attend.
If it happens on schedule, we hope to see you there.
I suppose the big question now is whether the association for the sports events and travel tourism business will postpone or cancel the industry meeting. No one will blame the organization if that’s the call they make.
I will keep updating you as often as possible as I learn more.
Editor’s Note:The comments and opinions are my own and not influenced by others.