Mapping the Return of American Sports

Back in the era of dining in, maskless faces, free social activity, and worldwide sports, National Basketball Association (NBA) player Rudy Gobert rubbed his hands all over press conference microphones in an attempt to joke about what was at the time, in the United States, at least, a small and novel infectious disease named coronavirus.

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UFC 253: Previewing The Return to Fight Island

In what should have been a packed VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Dana White followed through with his plan to revive his company when he held UFC 249 with no fans in attendance. The kicks felt more tangible than ever, each punch to the face felt all the more gut-wrenching, and the clear strategic call-outs brought out an often hidden side of fighting. Amidst the lockdowns, quarantine, and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic, this was the light at the end of the tunnel for martial arts fans.

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