VIDEO: April doesn’t feel like April without the Grand Prix

Mike and JJ consider an April without the Grand Prix of Long Beach and find it pretty “surreal.” The cancellation of the race, originally scheduled to take place in mid-April, not only means the loss of tens of millions of dollars but of an annual event that defines the city to itself and the world.

They find it encouraging that the annual Dew Tour skate event, an Olympic-qualifying event, has not been canceled but only postponed, and wonder what university athletic programs, including Long Beach State’s, are going to do now that the NCAA has granted student-athletes an extra year of eligibility.

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Mike and JJ go together like mac and cheese: they’re best friends, business partners and Long Beach sports experts. They’ve been working together for over a decade covering Long Beach local sports and now run, a community-funded nonprofit media outlet.