This book examines the initial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global sport and the varying consequences of the sport shutdown on all levels of society. It also considers the many lessons that have been learnt so that sport stakeholders can successfully adjust and operate under the "new normal."

Featuring authors, cases and examples from around the world, the book explores the impact of COVID-19 on sport at all levels, from community sport – where local clubs, gyms and development programmes had to find ways to survive with pitches closed and projects cancelled – to the major professional sport leagues and sport mega-events, with events postponed and teams playing in empty stadia. It considers the economic, social and developmental impacts of the pandemic, including physical, mental and social wellbeing, and looks at how key professional and community sport organisations have reacted to the crisis, reflecting on the lessons learnt and preparations for future pandemics and challenges of similar size and significance. 

With COVID-19 now endemic in the global population, this is an essential reference for anybody working in sport, from students and researchers to managers, policymakers and development officers.

Part I – Sport and the Pandemic: Setting the Scene,  1. COVID-19 and Sport: Setting the Scene,  2. COVID-19 and the Sport Sector,  Part II – COVID-19 and Professional Sport,  3. COVID-19 and Sport Governing Bodies: Pandemic Disruption,  4. COVID-19 and Professional Sporting Leagues: North America,  5. COVID-19 and Professional Sporting Leagues: European Football,  6. COVID-19 and Professional Sport Teams: Dealing with the Unexpected,  7. COVID-19 and Professional Athletes,  8. COVID-19 and the Precarity of Elite Women Athletes,  9. COVID-19 and the Narratives Surrounding Simone Biles and Athlete Mental Health During the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,  10. COVID-19 and Women’s Professional Sport Pandemic Effects: Mitigating, Manoeuvring, and Reimagining?,  11. COVID-19 and the College Sports Industry,  12. COVID-19 and High-Performance Sport Management: Athletes and Coaches,  13. COVID-19 and Sports Consumption,  14. COVID-19 and Sport Sponsorship: Seeing the Silver Lining in Times of Crisis,  15. COVID-19 and Social Media Use by Sport Organisations During the Pandemic,  16. COVID-19 and Sport Tourism,  17. COVID-19 and Sport Stadia: Managing Large Sport Facilities During a Crisis Like No Other,  18. COVID-19 and Esport: Digital Mediation in a Restricted World,  19. COVID-19 and the Impact on Sports Betting Markets and Sports Bettors Mental Health,  20. COVID-19 and Sports Law,  Part III – COVID-19 and Community Sport,  21. COVID-19 and Sport and Physical Activity: Specific Effects and the Importance of Home-Based Training and Learning,  22. COVID-19 and the Fitness Industry,  23. COVID-19 and Sports Clubs,  24. COVID-19 and the Developmental Aspects and Attributes of Sport,  25. COVID-19 and Sport Education: Youth Sport in the United States of America,  26. COVID-19 and Sport-for-Development,  27. COVID-19 and Sport-Related Corporate Social Responsibility,  28. COVID-19 and Disability Sport: Imagining Disability Accessible and Inclusive Sport Management Futures,  29. COVID-19 and Sport Volunteering,  30. COVID-19 and Innovation in Community Sport,  Part IV - COVID-19 and Global and National Sport Events,  31. COVID-19 and Global Sport Events,  32. COVID-19 and National Sport Events: A Case Study of the Sport Event Logistics for the 2021 Australian Road Nationals Cycling Championships,  33. COVID-19 and Sport in South Africa,  34. COVID-19 and Sport in South America: Resistance, Indignation and Hope,  35. COVID-19 and Sport in Japan