Wisconsin Economy Takes A Hit From Sports Delays, Cancellations

The Ryder Cup, Originally Planned For This Month, Was Set To Bring $135M To The State

When the NBA suspended its season over the coronavirus pandemic in March, it became clear it would be a long spring for sports fans.

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Milwaukee Brewers returned to action in July. Now, the NFL season is just around the corner. Professional sports have returned, but fans haven’t — at least not in person. And hosting fewer live sporting events in Wisconsin is having an economic impact even non-fans can’t ignore.

Last year, the Bucks’ playoff run brought about $3.7 million to the Milwaukee area, according to Marissa Werner, director of sports development for Visit Milwaukee. The region won’t benefit at all from playoff basketball in 2020, with the NBA moving to a coronavirus bubble in Florida...

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