Revenue / 06.03.20
Philly Sports Is Big Business, but Also Small Business
Philadelphia Inquirer (05/27/20) Jensen, Mike
The sports industry in Philadelphia has been a major revenue producer for ticketing businesses large and small, but the suspension of the local gig economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic is placing ticket sellers, venue staff and other workers who depend on live events under a great strain. Selling tickets to games is often a sideline to get supplemental income, but for some it is their sole livelihood. Jack Power, a third-generation ticket seller for the Phillies and University of Pennsylvania games, laments the loss. "This time of year is usually the busiest time of year," he says. "If there was no corona, the Phillies would be playing, the Sixers would be in the playoffs, the Flyers would be in the playoffs. You would have just had the Penn Relays. You would have had the [National Collegiate Athletic Association] lacrosse championships. The Union would be playing. Then the concerts would be starting."
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Tags: Sports , Stadium , COVID-19 , Coronavirus