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A Front-Row Press Seat to the NBA Shutdown

One year later, Utah Jazz beat writers look back at the chaos of covering basketball’s first positive COVID-19 test, and what it was like when they quickly became a part of the story

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Anthony Fauci Was America’s Voice of Reason in 2020

The federal government’s foremost infectious disease expert embodied the pandemic response that many wish the Trump administration had mounted and inspired the civic confidence that many wish the country’s political institutions could muster

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The COVID Thriller ‘Songbird’ Will Make You Sick

The movie about a pandemic, made entirely during the pandemic, is not something that anybody needs right now … or ever

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For the Sake of Its Season, the NFL Needs a Playoff Bubble

Roger Goodell has been noncommittal about implementing some kind of isolation measures for teams during the playoffs. That needs to change.

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How Haunted Houses Are Adapting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Each October, the niche-but-devoted haunted house community opens thousands of spooky interactive experiences across the country. But this year, with packed indoor gatherings off the table, the industry is changing its plans on the fly.

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Reactions to President Trump and the First Lady Testing Positive for COVID-19

Bakari is joined by Jonathan Martin to discuss the breaking news, and what it means for America

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The NFL’s COVID-19 Contingency Plans Face Their First Test

The Titans’ Week 4 game against the Steelers was postponed after 11 players and personnel tested positive for the coronavirus this week. The league anticipated it would face a situation such as this. We’ll see how it responds.

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Titans-Steelers Postponed After Additional Positive COVID-19 Tests

The NFL said it will find a new date for the teams’ Week 4 matchup after the Titans announced two more coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of players and personnel who have tested positive this week to 11

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Too Small to Fail, Vol. 12: John Hall

Post Office Pies chef John Hall of Birmingham, Alabama, stops by to discuss operating restaurants during COVID-19

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As the College Football Calendar Evaporates, a Meaningful Strand of Human Connection Does Too

The sport is at its best—and, oftentimes, its worst—when it connects disparate places and people together. It’s unruly and chaotic, much like the debate over whether it’s safe to play this fall.

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How the Premier Lacrosse League Built Its Bubble Tournament

When the coronavirus derailed the PLL’s campaign before it began, a last-ditch idea in a founders’ Google Doc became the fanless bubble tourney now underway. We spoke with those involved about what it took to make the Championship Series happen.

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The NBA’s Carefully Constructed Alternate Universe

Basketball will resume within the NBA’s fabulously intricate, hyper-choreographed bubble, which has thus far kept players and personnel safe. Outside the bubble—across America—it’s a different story.

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Eric Gordon’s Injury Creates a Tall Order for the Small-Ball Rockets

Houston’s third guard is expected back before the postseason, but will miss important seeding games

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How Will the NFL’s COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing Work?

The NFL is the last North American pro sports league to confront the coronavirus, and it has the greatest challenge

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NFL Opt-Outs Show How the Coronavirus Is Already Upending the League

On Monday and Tuesday, a string of players chose to prioritize their health and safety over football. This season was never going to be normal, and this week confirmed it.

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The Sports Comeback, Covering Portland, and Diane K. Shah on Column Writing

Assessing the professional sports comeback given recent news of players and coaches testing positive for COVID-19

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Hillary Clinton on the Pandemic, the Federal Judiciary, and the 2020 Election

Bakari is joined by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to talk about how she would have responded to the coronavirus pandemic, the future of the federal judiciary, and some advice for Biden before he makes his vice president pick

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The NFL Needs to Finalize Its COVID-19 Plans—and Soon

The league and NFLPA are looking for the proper safety protocols so that 32 teams can operate in 22 states. There’s still a lot they need to figure out, most importantly the frequency of testing.

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The Journey to Fight Island

The UFC has made a gruesome fantasy into a slightly less problematic reality. This weekend, the cameras come on in the free state of MMA for UFC 251.

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The 2020 Season Won’t Be the Distraction MLB Hopes

The regular season hasn’t yet begun, but after a weekend of botched testing plans, it’s already clear that coronavirus anxiety will permeate every part of the upcoming campaign

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Nights Forgotten: The Suddenly Unfamiliar Feelings of a Live Album

Japandroids’ ‘Massey Fucking Hall’ is a force of nature. It’s also a reminder of a different world.

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The ‘Lenox Hill’ Finale Is a Time Capsule of the Pandemic

Filmed in an upper Manhattan hospital in mid-March, the last episode of the Netflix series is an up-close depiction of the overwhelming spread of COVID-19. But it hits even harder because of the episodes of that precede it.

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The Time-Altering Joy of Phish in Quarantine

Somehow, the band known for crafting a signature live experience has found a way to remotely create a recurring, unifying experience for its phans

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MLB Has a Plan for Games. But What About a Plan for Safety?

The coronavirus is still spreading, and right now, it doesn’t seem like any amount of saved spit will keep it outside of a baseball stadium

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Travelers Championship to Continue Even Though Players and Caddies Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

Multiple players, including Brooks Koepka, pulled out of the Travelers Championship

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How Are We Supposed to Feel About MLB Coming Back?

Plus: Preston Wilson on baseball’s racial inequities and Lucas Giolito on allyship

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Can a Championship Be a Catharsis From Crisis?

Restarting sports is a complicated question amid a global pandemic and ongoing protests, and there aren’t any easy answers

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If MLB Cancels the 2020 Season, What Happens to Baseball?

The loss of baseball this summer could do more than just alienate fans and hurt a generation of players. It could damage the future of the league—and sport—for decades to come.

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A Timeline of the NBA’s Path to Restarting

March may feel like it was years ago, but it’s been only three months since the NBA pressed pause on its season due to COVID-19. Now, with a restart plan in place, let’s look back at all the news that’s transpired in the interim.

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MLB Is Staring Down the Point of No Return

Rob Manfred said Monday that he’s "not confident" there will be a 2020 baseball season. It follows months of acrimonious discussions—and could spell disaster for MLB’s future.

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The Coronavirus and the Media, the NBA and the Protests, and the Week in Trump

Breaking down the latest on the NBA’s return to play and the players’ interest in activism

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Maybe the NBA’s Return Won’t Be As Easy As It Seemed

Not to burst your bubble, but players are beginning to voice unease over restrictions and health protocols in the "campus environment" at Disney World

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‘The Mismatch’: How Will the NBA Handle Growing Concern Over Its “Campus” Environment?

Plus, we open up the mailbag to answer your questions about fixing the Knicks, ‘The Bachelor,’ and more

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The Latest Timelines and Offseason Details the NBA Is Discussing for Its Return

The league is going to get back to business soon. Here’s what that could look like under its new reality, based on intel from sources around the league.

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Ready or Not, Here Comes the NBA

Owners approved a 22-team restart plan, meaning basketball will be back in the midst of a pandemic and civil unrest

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The Seven Most Important Takeaways From the NBA’s Return Plan

What the 22-team restart plan means for Zion, LeBron, the future of the league, and more