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U.S. Pro Sports Prove Big Enough to Handle $13 Billion Sales Hit

Nov. 5, 2020, 12:00 PM

Baseball’s World Series and basketball’s championship finals were both compelling events to watch. What’s not so compelling are the huge revenue hits professional sports incurred in their pandemic-ravaged seasons.

The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Six to win the 2020 MLB World Series.
Photographer: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

If you add in football, whose season is ongoing, the three leagues may see their sales fall by about $13 billion, according to various accounts. The drops are unprecedented, but if there’s any good news it’s that debt holders needn’t worry about their investments -- not yet, anyway. The ratings firms have so far remained confident in the leagues’ and teams’ abilities to service their debt.

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