The business of sports without fans

Wharton professor Adi Wyner led a live, online panel discussion on the future of sports in a post-pandemic world, and how leagues are pivoting their plans and business models to move forward without fans in attendance.

Dee Patel

Lax player Alex Goldner’s 2020 vision

Senior attacker Adam Goldner writes about his time on the men’s lacrosse team, the decision to cancel the season, and why the memories he made as a student athlete at Penn will last forever.

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn football coach Ray Priore talks about no fall season, hope for spring

Penn football coach Ray Priore was game planning up until this past Monday, hoping his team might play this fall. Then the announcement came Wednesday: no sports in the Ivy League this fall semester. Now Priore is balancing his optimism with an understanding of the obstacles the pandemic brings to his sport.


Philadelphia Inquirer

As Steve Donahue plans for a new era of Penn basketball, his mind is on more than sports

Assuming college basketball resumes this winter, Donahue is optimistic about the quality of the team this season, but recognizes the dynamic is ‘ever-changing,’ and he’s paying close attention to what the season will be like, plus things outside basketball. The Quakers have given public support to the Black Lives Matter campaign and the protests across Philadelphia against institutional racism and police brutality.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn athletic director Grace Calhoun is busier than ever, as chair of NCAA Division I council

In addition to being athletic director, overseeing 33 varsity sports, Calhoun is chair of the NCAA Division I council, part of the NCAA board of directors, and the NCAA board of governors. But that’s not all—Calhoun is also chair of the Ivy League’s committee on administration, essentially the working committee of Ivy athletic directors.


Sports Illustrated

You Relays got a hold on me

Letting go of this weekend’s Penn Relays, canceled by COVID-19 for the first time in their 125-year history, will sting harshly. By carrying on through past wars and national emergencies, the annual track and field extravaganza has enthralled millions, legitimized the sport in the U.S. and advanced racial integration.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

This runner was a favorite for the U.S. Olympic team. Then came the coronavirus pandemic

The middle-distance runner from Penn, who ran the second-fastest 800 meters in NCAA history, was quickly turning her focus to the Olympics, until the coronavirus put everything on hold. Now training for her “peak” has been put off indefinitely.