It shouldn’t be the second – or even third thought – when it comes to tragedies like the one that befell the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, a team decimated by a plane crash in Colombia that claimed 71 lives. But, eventually, the games will go on and professional sports leagues have had contingency plans in place for years.
Major League Baseball’s policy mandates a mourning period. The National Football League has one of the more detailed plans, broken up into “Near Disaster” and “Disaster” categories.
The National Basketball Association calls for a disaster draft. “In this era, most major sport organizations, leagues and teams have crisis management and communications plans in place for specific crises, which they must execute quickly,” said Ted Kian, the Welch-Bridgewater Endowed Chair of Sports Media at Oklahoma State University. “You saw both quickly followed here when the South American football federation astutely suspended all other games and activities out of respect.”
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