Nov. 17 webinar focuses on COVID-19’s impact on the sport industry

Falk College’s Department of Sport Management presented a free webinar on November 17 titled “COVID-19’s Impact on the Sport Industry.” The event moderated by Syracuse University graduate and NBC Sports Broadcaster Mike Tirico, ’88.
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Event participants L-R: David Larsen, Brittany Kmush, Mike Tirico, Nick Carparelli, Sandy Montag, Kevin Rochlitz
Falk College epidemiologists Dr. Brittany Kmush and Dr. David Larsen discussed what sport and entertainment industry practitioners can expect heading into 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. They were joined by three sport industry executives, who gave insight into how the pandemic has affected their respective sectors of the industry:

Mike Tirico spent 25 years handling a variety of assignments for ESPN, ESPN Radio and ABC Sports before joining NBC Sports in 2016 as one of the most recognizable faces and voices in the industry.

“We are thrilled to present this webinar to a global audience on a topic that is affecting people around the world,” said Michael Veley, director and chair of Syracuse University’s Department of Sport Management. “Dr. Larsen and Dr. Kmush are respected epidemiologists who will shed light on our current situation regarding the pandemic and what those of us in the sport industry can expect as we wrap up 2020 and head into 2021. And with Mike Tirico as the moderator, this is an event you don’t want to miss.”

Dr. Larsen is an epidemiologist with expertise in global health and specializes in the surveillance, control, and elimination of infectious disease. Since the Coronavirus pandemic began, he has led efforts on a statewide wastewater surveillance platform for New York, and guided Syracuse University in bringing students back for the Fall 2020 semester.

Dr. Kmush’s areas of specialization include epidemiology, global health, infectious diseases, vaccines, nutrition, immunology and environmental exposures particularly within the context of risks for infectious diseases. Since the pandemic began, she has been instrumental in helping to guide Syracuse University in its efforts to stay ahead of the virus.

View a recording of the event.