Prospects dim for return of Chicago's convention industry. 'I would say definitely not 2021'
Chicago’s convention industry, one of the city’s major sources of tax revenue, might not return in any significant fashion until 2022, dealing a prolonged financial blow to the city as it struggles to make up a $1.2 billion budget shortfall.Mayor Lori Lightfoot is scheduled to present her plan to close the city’s budget deficit Wednesday, which might include increases to property and gas taxes, as well as city worker layoffs.With COVID-19 cases on the rise again and business and international air travel depressed, trade show organizers continue to examine plans for next year. Already, eight sh...
Game changer: New GM Monte McNair will bring Kings deep into basketball analytics
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — There was a telling moment during the 2020 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference March 6-7 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center that might have revealed something about the Kings’ past and more about their future.Kings vice president of strategy and analytics Luke Bornn participated in a panel discussion entitled “Pass the Secret Sauce: Learning Across Sports.” Bornn had just made a point about using advanced metrics to better measure a player’s shooting ability and even his shot arc when there was a brief exchange that indicated the Kings were behind the times i...
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Detroit auto show moves to fall, snatching prime fall window from LA Auto Show
Checkmate.Less than two weeks after the Los Angeles auto show’s move from November to May upset the balance of power among the auto industry’s top events for unveiling new vehicles, the Detroit show just snatched the big prize — the sole available time slot for a major show in the fall, the heart of new-vehicle intro season.The 2021 Detroit auto show, formally known as the North American International Auto Show or NAIAS, will take place Sept. 24-Oct. 9.“The more we talked to automakers and our other partners, we quickly realized this time of year is the sweet spot,” NAIAS Chairman Doug North s...
Detroit Free Press
Mark Phelan: LA auto show move 'a declaration of war' on shows in Detroit, New York
The competition among leading auto shows has always been tough but civilized, a 100-year tradition that ended this month when the Los Angeles auto show added a major headache to the Detroit and New York shows’ long-announced plans to sit out 2020 and resume business as usual in 2021 — assuming the COVID-19 crisis is resolved enough for large groups to gather, of course.The L.A. show’s organizers had been almost alone among large public events in declining to reschedule sooner. They insisted the 2020 show would still take place this November long after all other major auto shows recognized the ...
Detroit Free Press
Review: In debut 'NewsNation' on WGN America promises balance, delivers convention
CHICAGO — More than a new primetime cable newscast, “NewsNation” sounds like the title of a TV series about a newscast.And you could do worse for against-the-odds drama than to try to sell America, in the middle of a pandemic, on the idea that it needs more cable news, that the cable news in question should originate from studios on Chicago’s northwest side, that the anchor team should be people unknown outside of the local markets they came from, and that you’re going to try to do it all under the motto, endlessly repeated, of providing “balance, not bias.”Oh, and did we not mention yet that ...