Ray Hacke

Ray is a sports correspondent for WORLD Magazine. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Syracuse University School of Journalism, and he has been a sports reporter for 25 years. He is also a licensed attorney. Ray resides with his wife, Pauline, and daughter in Keizer, Ore. Follow him on Twitter @RayHacke43.

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2021 sports outlook

Sports | From Super Bowl attendance to team nicknames, here are five sports predictions for the New Year
by Ray Hacke
Posted 12/21/20, 12:36 pm

No one could have predicted 2020’s crazy sports season.

Governing bodies at all levels of sports truncated, canceled, or postponed events and even entire seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams competed for championships before mostly empty venues. Separately, athletes protested and teams dropped controversial nicknames in the name of social justice.

Against that backdrop, here are five sports predictions for 2021:

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’Tis the season to reschedule

Sports | In a college football season beset by the coronavirus, Pac-12’s late start looks wise
by Ray Hacke
Posted 11/19/20, 02:50 pm

The Pacific-12 Conference kicked off its abbreviated 2020 college football schedule on Nov. 7, at a time when the season is typically winding down.

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A season on the sidelines

Sports | In multiple states, small towns feel high-school football’s absence amid the pandemic
by Ray Hacke
Posted 11/05/20, 03:15 pm

Needles High School sits in a small desert town on California’s southeastern border. To face schools close in size and proximity, its athletic teams compete in nearby Nevada.

Thanks to COVID-19, the Mustangs’ football team has not played in either state this season. 

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