Stories Shaping Sports and Business: Monday, May 4th
NFL Cancels 2020 International Series
The National Football League is canceling its International Series over concerns about the coronavirus. The NFL had five games scheduled to be played outside the United States in 2020, with four in England and one in Mexico City. But because of the health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, the NFL will instead have all 256 games played inside the borders of the United States.
The move to abandon the international series will cost Tottenham Stadium in London, which was scheduled to host two of the five games, around $5 million dollars in lost revenue.
At least one NFL game has been played outside the United States since 2007.
Bulls Take The Horns of Most Popular Documentary
There’s a new king when it comes to documentaries. The Tiger King is out and the Basketball King, Michael Jordan, is in. The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary series on Jordan and the 1997 and 1998 Chicago Bulls, is now the most in-demand documentary in the world according to Parrot Analytics.
The Last Dance aired six of the first 10 episodes on ESPN in the United States and is streaming outside of the U.S. on Netflix. It is the most-watched documentary in the history of ESPN and there are still four more episodes scheduled to air on May 10th and May 17th. Netflix will offer the 10-part series to its customers in the United States later this summer.
The documentary was originally scheduled to air in late June but with sports getting shut down to the coronavirus, ESPN and Netflix decided to move up the launch date to April.
There are more than 3.5 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 248,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins. Over 1.1 million of those cases are in the United States. The U.S. has around 68,000 fatalities. New York has 318,000 cases and 19,000 fatalities.
On Sunday, seven Northeast governors announced that they’re banning together to purchase medical equipment as a unit in hopes of avoiding price gouging and too much demand for personal protective equipment and other medical supplies should the coronavirus return in the fall. The group includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
The reasoning for the join up goes back to the beginning of the pandemic when states were bidding against each other for essential supplies. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York said that the states plan to buy around $5 billion in medical supplies collectively. Around $2 billion of that will go to New York, which—if you’re just looking at the numbers—has the hardest hit population next to the United States as a whole.
TheStreet's Katherine Ross contributed to this report.