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April 14 Whiteboard Wednesday to examine challenges to sport industry during COVID-19

April 7, 2021

No playbook existed for how the sports industry could react to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jobs and revenue were lost. Games, programs and seasons were canceled. Teams played without fans.

With a more positive outlook on the horizon, organizations, teams and participants now are working to rebrand sports in a post-COVID world.

The NIU College of Education’s next virtual Whiteboard Wednesday event, “Reimagining Sports in a Post-COVID World,” takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.

Registration is free and available online.

Four NIU alumni panelists will address some of the challenges that sports organizations, teams and players faced during the pandemic and explores some of the new ways of “doing business” in this industry.

Steven Howell, associate professor of Sports Management

Steven M. Howell, associate professor of Sport Management and acting associate chair in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, will moderate.


  • Evans Adonis (M.S. ’10), director of Membership Sales; Miami Marlins
  • Michaela Franklin (M.S. ’20), head Women’s Volleyball coach; Clemson University
  • Michael Gonzalez (M.S. ’15), assistant to the general manager; San Francisco 49ers
  • Max Scharping (B.S. ’17; M.S.Ed. ’18), offensive lineman; Houston Texans

Contact Dana King at [email protected] or (815) 753-5421 for more information.