They say ‘you don’t miss something until it’s gone’. The year 2020 has had so many paradigm-shifting moments that it has put the aforementioned saying into perspective. The unexpected demise of Kobe Bryant and his daughter shook the entire basketball fraternity. It brought the NBA to a halt, to pay tribute to this great legend. Nobody could have anticipated what was going to happen next. A small but deadly virus was about to bring the world to its knees.
In part 2, I will try and explore the effects of the pandemic on the fans. The lack of fans at the stadium affects the fans first and foremost. Football is a spectator sport and the fans are there for entertainment. Fan culture is a part of participatory culture and currently, the fan isn’t able to participate immersively.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed its decision to postpone the T20 World Cup. This has presented the Indian cricket board (BCCI) with a window of opportunity to host Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 between September and November of this year. Season 13 of IPL is set to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
15th April 2020 could well go down as the darkest day in the history of wrestling entertainment. We often rant and rave about these fighters as they play their chosen roles of heroes and heels – forgetting that they are real people with real lives and families.