Just some observations re a couple of points made above.
First, the skill being shown here in evaluating and selecting online information sources is impressive. It's as good as what I used to see my reference librarian colleagues do back at the University of Florida Libraries when I worked there. Although my own specialty there was cataloging, I also did do a little desk reference work there from time to time (the director believed in cross-training), but the reference-emphasis folks were pros compared to me.
But the source selections you guys are coming up with are just as good as what my reference colleagues would have found. You guys know what to look for. Good job!
The other comment is on the issue of the importance, or lack of it, of sporting events in our lives, especially in regard to the impact it can have on a community.
Here's another perspective.
Because the University of Florida is located here in Gainesville, where I am, the local presence of athletics at UF turns out to be a very big economic deal
The article linked below goes into some detail about
this, how greatly the financial impact of UF sports, especially football in the fall, drives the local economy.
It's a bit long, but you don't have to read it all, as I can pretty much summarize it in two quotes from it: “You can ask local business owners, and they will tell you that sometimes their fortunes are tied to the performance of the Gator football team.”
and"According to a 2011 study from the UF Food and Resource Economics Department, total (annual) visitor spending for athletic events is estimated at $88 million. Of that $88 million, $77 million is contributed by Gator football and over $30 million comes from out of state. According to Hill, during the 2012-2013 NCAA season alone over one million fans will attend athletic events at UF."
Who in Gainesville profits from UF athletics? Hotels and motels, restaurants, gas stations, stores (especially ones selling Gator-themed clothing and souvenirs), other local attractions, and the list goes on.
So in Gainesville, Florida, UF athletics isn't just about
cheering on a team, for many here it's about
earning one's livelihood.
Which makes the current situation in Gainesville for those very same people possibly very problematic.
Because there is uncertainty here as to what exactly UF will be doing in the fall when classes normally start, because of the pandemic. Will the regular student body attend? Or will online classes be the norm, and far fewer students living in Gainesville? And what effect will this have on the fall UF sports teams and schedules? Will there even be a fall football season this year
? There are some rumors afoot now that there may not be one, or else it may be one that is much reduced, as in fewer games, and those games held later in the year.
Even that would have a severe impact on the local economy.
From the article:" ... when the UAA realized that this current season of UF football would only have six home games as opposed to seven several years ago, they sent a letter out to local businesses through the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce to explain the situation and prepare them for a potential loss of income during this season. Hill estimates that one less home game will ultimately create a bottom dollar loss for the UAA and local businesses of “several million dollars.”
So Gainesville is a good example of how sports can be more that just a game. It can be part of the economic life blood of a place.https://www.businessmagazinegainesville.com/gainesville-sports-industry-runs-economic-score/