Author: James Zoltak

Among cancellations, examples of solidarity emerge

‘We are all in this together,’ sports and entertainment attorney says The World Health Organization’s designation of the COVID-19 crisis as a pandemic and various government jurisdictions banning gatherings of ever-shrinking sizes or placing large areas on virtual lockdown bring to bear the legal concept of force majeure, which can essentially void contract obligations between venues and event organizers, according to Scottsdale, Ariz.-based sports and entertainment law attorney Steven Adelman. Prior to those declarations, the application of the force majeure principle was murky because, as Adelman explained, a pandemic qualifies, but fear of a pandemic does not. In the case of the latter, parties to a contract could have tried to hold one another’s feet to the fire. Now, either side can walk away from contracts as if they never met in the first place, he said.  Event cancellation or communicable or infectious disease insurance isn’t likely to bring any… Continue Reading Among cancellations, examples of solidarity emerge

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Venue Managers Share Virus Preparations

SIGN OF THE TIMES: A Miami Heat fan looks over a coronavirus poster outside the restroom before an NBA game at AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday. The league announced last night that it was suspending its season because of the COVID-19 threat. (Getty Images) All say they’re fielding calls asking about cancellations, postponements As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues its spread across the U.S., venue managers who gathered in Los Angeles this week for a regional industry association meeting said calls are pouring in from organizers and promoters seeking to cancel or postpone events or inquire about both. During a town hall-style discussion at the International Association of Venue Managers Region 7 Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, some attendees said they were miffed that government officials in some jurisdictions have moved to prohibit large gatherings with little or no consultation with facilities severely affected by such decisions. Several who… Continue Reading Venue Managers Share Virus Preparations

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COVID-19 Spread Prompts More Postponements

Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, home to Serie A soccer club Juventus, is closed to fans for 30 days after the Italian government’s decision to play matches in empty stadiums to contain the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. (Getty Images) European event center group opposes blanket bans The spread of COVID-19 continues to affect global touring, festivals and convention and trade shows. Green Day postponed the nine dates it was to play in Asia and BTS nixed four shows at Seoul Olympic Stadium in South Korea, which has seen the largest outbreak outside of China and where virtually all concerts in the coming months have been canceled. Domestic acts in Japan were planning to go ahead with shows, but performances by foreign acts have been called off. Travel restrictions prompted the rescheduling of a March 10 Mariah Carey concert in Honolulu to Nov. 28, when she will perform her “All… Continue Reading COVID-19 Spread Prompts More Postponements

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SoFi Stadium: Videoboard ‘a modern technology marvel’

 The support for SoFi Stadium’s 120-yard center-hung board waiting to hoisted above the stadium floor. (James Zoltak / Staff) All content produced for it will be in 4K and HDR When SoFi Stadium opens with a Taylor Swift concert July 25, the $5 billion venue being developed at Hollywood Park in Inglewood by Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke will boast a nearly 50-foot-high center-hung videoboard that’s longer than the playing field. “It really is a modern technology marvel in many ways,” said Skarpi Hedinsson, the Rams’ chief technology officer.   Nicknamed “oculus,” the 120-yard, eye-shaped display — designed by stadium architect HKS with engineering by WJHW, according to a source — has video surfaces on both sides with sight lines from any angle in the stadium and will be mounted 120 feet off the playing surface, Hedinsson said. SoFi Stadium officials declined to release details about who is supplying the oculus’… Continue Reading SoFi Stadium: Videoboard ‘a modern technology marvel’

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Pacnet ’20: As Real As It Gets

Josh Earl of NextVR, Jorge Angarita of The Walt Disney Co., Jeff Rubin of Sidearm Sports, Monal Chokshi of Lyft and moderator E.J. Liao of Paciolan. (Courtesy Paciolan) Role of augmented and virtual reality, connectivity increases in live sports and entertainment When it comes to “delighting” consumers of live sports and entertainment, augmented and even virtual reality can play an important role and connectivity at venues is an element of increasing importance, a panel of experts told attendees at Paciolan’s Pacnet ’20 conference in Newport Beach, Calif., in early February. Jeff Rubin, founder and CEO of Sidearm Sports, a Learfield IMG College company (like Paciolan) whose software powers the websites, apps, stat integration, live audio, video streaming and e-commerce platforms of more than 1,000 college athletics departments, said the company put AR to use for 36 hours in New Orleans during the College Football Playoff. During a panel discussion on… Continue Reading Pacnet ’20: As Real As It Gets

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