Loss of college football games a blow for Pullman businesses

The athletes weren’t the only ones affected when Washington State University’s fall football season was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. Merchants in tiny Pullman, Washington, who depend on big football crowds say they are losing a major chunk of their annual income. Pullman is the most remote outpost in the Pac-12 and has only 34,000 residents. Many of its businesses depend on visitors attracted by football games, the college graduation and other special events. The pandemic has led to the cancellation of many of those events. They include seven home football games that annually provide a lifeline to hotels, restaurants and other retailers.