Jewish World Review March 11, 2003 / 7 Adar II, 5763
War on sports?
As the United States prepares for possible military action in
Iraq, how will sports be affected?
Other than a shortening of the 1918 baseball
season, America's major league sports have never really been
affected by wars.
But this time, there are legitimate concerns. What is going to
happen to high profile international events in ice skating, golf
and tennis? Will overseas athletes come to the us? Will
Americans stop traveling overseas?
Then there is the NCAA men's and women's college basketball
tournament. Will students feel safe flying all over the country
in the event of war? Will Major League Baseball open the
season with games in Japan? Will NFL owners go ahead with
the NFL Europe season? How will rising energy costs affect
municipalities which are already paying more money for security
at sports venues?
Sports doesn't have any answers at the moment and like
everyone else, sports people are just watching, waiting and
hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.
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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business
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