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Live sports have shut down. When they come back, we must demand better | Musa Okwonga

For too long, profit has come before people’s enjoyment of the games they love. The break gives fans a chance to reassess
Coronavirus latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSport is gone, at least for the time being. The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic has taken it from our screens, courts and stadiums – the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until 2021 is the inevitable final part of a wave obliterating elite sport and beyond. The evenings, afternoons and weekends when we would be obsessively watching professional athletes are suddenly free. As a result, given this sudden and stunning loss, many of us are bereft.Or are we? Perhaps it’s too early to tell. We may certainly miss watching our favourite spectacle, but we may not miss everything else that comes with it – most notably, what often feels like contempt for the paying consumer, and in particular those who go and watch their favourite teams and athletes, often at huge expense. We are in extraordinary times. Not since the second world war has professional sport come to a global and, with each passing week, its audiences will increasingly assess what role this entertainment usefully plays in their lives. Continue reading...

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