What would happen to places like State College without live sports?

KYW In Depth: Coronavirus
Wednesday, July 8th
There are still a lot of questions about the return of live sports while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, but we are seeing some progress. Baseball is starting training with the goal of getting games in at the end of July, the NBA and NHL are hoping to resume their seasons not long after that. But even if we see sports come back, there won't be fans in the stands. That means people won't be buying food or drinks, paying for parking, buying jerseys, going out to dinner after the game. There will be a lot of ripple effects. We wanted to talk to an economist about it, so we asked David Fiorenza, Assistant Professor of Practice at the Villanova School of Business and friend of the podcast to join KYW In Depth to talk about what sports without fans will mean to local economies, and what it could mean for places that have built up an identity and a way of life around sports, like State College for example.
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