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During a state of the industry report at the national governing body’s Endurance Exchange virtual conference, USA Triath...
01/22/2021
USA Triathlon Sees Recovery After ‘Complete Dumpster Fire’

During a state of the industry report at the national governing body’s Endurance Exchange virtual conference, USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris said the coming year is looking positive and work with all stakeholders in the industry should help fuel growth.

USA Triathlon intends to increase its collaborative push to grow the sport in 2021, vowing to increase its presence among multiple sports to get more people interested in participating. During a st…

The SailGP's season finale will be staged in San Francisco in March 2022, the only U.S. stop on the circuit. The coming ...
01/21/2021
SailGP Expands to Eight Events for 2021 Season

The SailGP's season finale will be staged in San Francisco in March 2022, the only U.S. stop on the circuit. The coming season will begin in Bermuda in April before moving to Europe through the end of the year and New Zealand in January 2022. The league’s inaugural season in 2019 featured five events, including stages in San Francisco and New York.

SailGP has announced a race schedule with eight events across three continents for its second season, featuring eight national teams. The season’s final event will be staged in San Francisco in Mar…

“The AAU Sports has lost a great member, dedicated volunteer, proud leader, passionate mentor, but most importantly, a l...
01/20/2021
Preston “PK” Martin, Longtime AAU Leader, Was Basketball Chair

“The AAU Sports has lost a great member, dedicated volunteer, proud leader, passionate mentor, but most importantly, a loyal friend,” the AAU said in a statement. “He will be greatly missed.”

Preston Kim “PK” Martin, a longtime leader in AAU’s basketball program who served as the organization’s men’s and women’s basketball chair, died on January 8. “The AAU has lost a great …

Racing Louisville FC will begin its inaugural NWSL season in 2021 at Lynn Family Stadium, a downtown Louisville Tourism ...
01/20/2021
Louisville to Host International Women’s Cup Soccer

Racing Louisville FC will begin its inaugural NWSL season in 2021 at Lynn Family Stadium, a downtown Louisville Tourism stadium that opened in 2020 and is also the home to the USL Championships’ Louisville City FC. The Chicago Red Stars were National Women's Soccer League runners-up in 2019 and features U.S. Women’s National Team players Julie Ertz and Morgan Brian Gautrat.

Louisville, Kentucky will host the inaugural International Women’s Cup, a four-team professional soccer competition that will include home team Racing Louisville FC as well as the Chicago Red…

“The growth of Beach ParaVolley is a huge priority for USAV as this new discipline expands globally,” said USA Volleybal...
01/19/2021
Hickory Point Beach Becomes Beach ParaVolley Training Site

“The growth of Beach ParaVolley is a huge priority for USAV as this new discipline expands globally,” said USA Volleyball President and CEO Jamie Davis. “As the U.S. national federation for BPV, our goal is to provide state-of-the art facilities where our athletes can train in their pursuit for gold. We are grateful to the Florida Region and the Norelli Family Foundation for their generous support in helping our athletes achieve their dreams.”

Hickory Point Beach will become a national training site for the USA Volleyball Beach ParaVolley program after a $100,000 private donation from the Norelli Family Foundation to support the effort. …

Through all of the difficulties that come with planning a major worldwide event during a global pandemic, Tampa Bay’s ho...
01/14/2021
Tampa Bay’s Ready for Spotlight of Unique Super Bowl LV

Through all of the difficulties that come with planning a major worldwide event during a global pandemic, Tampa Bay’s host committee for Super Bowl LV has stayed focused on February 7 and kickoff.

“This is going to be a fantastic shot in the arm when our community really needs it,” said Rob Higgins, executive director of the host committee and of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “Some people would look at it as the glass is half empty. We look at it as the glass is three-quarters full.”

Hosting a Super Bowl is stressful for any destination with months of planning, countless meetings and every detail checked repeatedly. That could be the lines on the field, lines at a fan event or …

The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission in Alabama has set up a collection of marketing resources including cus...
01/13/2021
Gulf Shores Tourism Creates Custom Marketing Resources

The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission in Alabama has set up a collection of marketing resources including custom digital ad packages to engage sports-event organizers who are working to run and promote events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission in Alabama has set up a collection of marketing resources including custom digital ad packages to engage sports-event organizers who are working…

Guest Column: "Founded in 1991 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Federation of International Masters Basketball has brilli...
01/12/2021
How Masters Basketball Can Be a Senior’s Way to Travel the World

Guest Column: "Founded in 1991 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Federation of International Masters Basketball has brilliantly delivered on its corporate mantra, “Add years to your life by adding life to your years. Play FIMBA basketball” while satisfying two passions for older athletes — sports and travel."

Founded in 1991 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Federation of International Masters Basketball has brilliantly delivered on its corporate mantra, “Add years to your life by adding life to your year…

The sixth annual SheBelieves Cup, organized by U.S. Soccer and bringing together four of the best women’s national teams...
01/12/2021
U.S. Soccer Hosts 2021 SheBelieves Cup in Orlando

The sixth annual SheBelieves Cup, organized by U.S. Soccer and bringing together four of the best women’s national teams in the world, will be held February 18–24 at Exploria Stadium in Greater Orlando Sports Commission.

The sixth annual SheBelieves Cup, organized by U.S. Soccer and bringing together four of the best women’s national teams in the world, will be held February 18–24 at Exploria Stadium in Orlan…

Here's some news of interest for destinations looking to book a major event later this winter and spring. Destinations w...
01/11/2021
NCAA Opens Bonus Bidding Opportunities for Destinations

Here's some news of interest for destinations looking to book a major event later this winter and spring. Destinations will be able to bid on NCAA championship events never before open for venues for the first time starting today including preliminary rounds in basketball and ice hockey between Division II and Division III.

Destinations will be able to bid on NCAA championship events never before open for venues for the first time starting today. For the first time this winter, the NCAA will have predetermined hosts f…

NCAA March Madness started calling in the fall. In an effort to cut down on team travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, wo...
01/11/2021
How Indianapolis Landed the NCAA Basketball Tournament

NCAA March Madness started calling in the fall. In an effort to cut down on team travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, would Visit Indy and Indiana Sports Corp — which was set to host the 2021 Final Four — be interested or willing to host the entire Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament?

The answer, of course, was yes. Here is the inside story on how it came together.

The NCAA started calling in the fall. In an effort to cut down on team travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, would Indianapolis — which was set to host the 2021 Final Four — be interested or willing…

“This is an opportunity that I just could not pass up,” said Craig. “... I know what a great hospitality community there...
01/08/2021
Zac Craig Named Visit OKC President

“This is an opportunity that I just could not pass up,” said Craig. “... I know what a great hospitality community there is in Visit OKC and I am anxious to get into the city and get to work.”

Zac Craig, a veteran hotel executive, has been named president of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Craig replaces Mike Carrier, who retired September 30. An Oklahoma native and gra…

“Hawaii has many dedicated University of Hawaii volleyball and basketball fans,” said John De Fries, Hawaii – gohawaii.c...
01/08/2021
Hawaii Tourism Authority to Sponsor Big West Championships

“Hawaii has many dedicated University of Hawaii volleyball and basketball fans,” said John De Fries, Hawaii – gohawaii.com Tourism Authority president and CEO. “Plus most of our visitors from the U.S. mainland come from California, so this is a wonderful opportunity to promote our iconic brand, share our Hawaiian culture, and support UH Athletics.”

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has signed on to become the presenting sponsor of the Big West Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Men’s Volleyball Championships. As an official corporate partner of the…

“Hosting the Bassmaster Classic later this spring will bring jobs and much-needed business to our local economy,” said J...
01/07/2021
Bassmaster Classic Moved to June 2021

“Hosting the Bassmaster Classic later this spring will bring jobs and much-needed business to our local economy,” said Jason Sands, director of Fort Worth Sports. “We are looking forward to hosting anglers and the thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and Bassmaster fans this world-class sporting event attracts.”

B.A.S.S. will move its signature Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk and Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo from late March to June 2021 because of ongoing issues related to…

“This is welcome good news for athletes and the wider World Lacrosse family as we begin the new year,” said World Lacros...
01/07/2021
World Lacrosse Announces New Dates for 2022 World Championship in Maryland

“This is welcome good news for athletes and the wider World Lacrosse family as we begin the new year,” said World Lacrosse President Sue Redfern. “In particular, we would like to thank our host national body, US Lacrosse, and our host venue, Towson University, for their continued support and partnership in making certain athletes from around the world will have the opportunity to represent their nation at the highest level of World Championship competition in 2022.”

World Lacrosse has announced that the rescheduled 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship in Maryland will be held June 29–July 9. The competition, which is expected to include as many as 30…

“It has truly been my honor to serve as president and CEO of Visit Franklin, TN these past 6 1/2 years,” said Westman Ch...
01/06/2021
Ellie Westman Chin Named President and CEO of Destination Madison

“It has truly been my honor to serve as president and CEO of Visit Franklin, TN these past 6 1/2 years,” said Westman Chin. “Although it was a difficult decision to resign from my position, the Visit Franklin team is exceptional, and I’ve no doubt they, along with the board of directors, will continue to do great work in the community and continue to increase Williamson County’s tourism impact.”

Destination Madison in Wisconsin has named Ellie Westman Chin its new president and CEO. She will succeed Deb Archer, who announced last year that she would retire after more than 25 years at the c…

Matt Dunn, Salty Sports Society co-founder, said open-water swimming is gaining popularity with competitive swimmers and...
01/05/2021
Speedo USA Signs on to SALT Series

Matt Dunn, Salty Sports Society co-founder, said open-water swimming is gaining popularity with competitive swimmers and triathletes looking for training races, travel opportunities and the chance to compete.

The SALT Series of open-water swimming events in Florida will have Speedo USA as a title sponsor for the five-event series in 2021. The series, organized by Salty Sports Society, will begin in Febr…

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Founded in 2008, the IESF is the oldest governing body claiming to have responsibility for #esports. Seven National Fede...
01/04/2021
Vlad Marinescu Re-Elected International Esports Federation President

Founded in 2008, the IESF is the oldest governing body claiming to have responsibility for #esports. Seven National Federations from three different continents joined earlier this month, bringing the total number of members up to 100.

Vlad Marinescu, the head of the United States Esports Federation, has been re-elected as International Esports Federation President after Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan stood down from the rac…

The NCAA has made this official, granting the entire 2021 Men's Division I Basketball Tournament to the state of Indiana...
01/04/2021
The Latest on Sports and COVID-19:2021 NCAA Tournament Officially in Indianapolis Bubble

The NCAA has made this official, granting the entire 2021 Men's Division I Basketball Tournament to the state of Indiana with most of the games in Indianapolis.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. Nearly every major sporting event has been canceled, moved or postponed. Here is a look at where things stand.…

Will #esports fans travel to events? In our latest SportsTravel Magazine Podcast, we talk with Nicole Pike at YouGov, on...
12/18/2020

Will #esports fans travel to events? In our latest SportsTravel Magazine Podcast, we talk with Nicole Pike at YouGov, one of the leading researchers in the space, to find out the answer to that question and more. What is the outlook for esports events in 2021? Will esports fans spend money when they travel? Get the answers to those questions and more in this deep dive discussion on #travel and the esports industry.

Listen here: https://wp.me/paJznw-8eE and subscribe on all major podcast platforms. And thanks to visitRaleigh for its sponsorship of this episode!

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“This gives us the opportunity to think about education as a long-term asset for our industry,” said Jennifer Stoll, who...
12/17/2020
Sports ETA Revamps Certification Program

“This gives us the opportunity to think about education as a long-term asset for our industry,” said Jennifer Stoll, who worked on the program for the Sports Events & Tourism Association. “Launching the Sports Tourism Learning Institute is day one. But this is going to be the future of the association.”

When Jennifer Stoll was forming a new sports commission in Grand Junction, Colorado, she wasn’t sure where to begin. “I didn’t know anything,” she recalled of the organization’s early days. “I was …

“The Premier Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse - MLL partnership is a massive step forward for professional lacr...
12/17/2020
Two Largest Outdoor Lacrosse Leagues Announce Merger

“The Premier Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse - MLL partnership is a massive step forward for professional lacrosse,” said PLL co-founder and CMO Paul Rabil. “Merging the two organizations and removing some of the challenges that athletes, sponsors and fans faced will undoubtedly advance the game forward."

The two largest outdoor professional lacrosse leagues have announced a merger, with future seasons existing under the Premier Lacrosse League brand. The merger of the upstart PLL with Major League …

"HBCU students are playing video games daily but are not a part of the broader esports and gaming ecosystems,” said Rod ...
12/16/2020
Gillette Sponsors New HBCU Esports League

"HBCU students are playing video games daily but are not a part of the broader esports and gaming ecosystems,” said Rod Chappell, general manager/associate commissioner of the league and CEO of HBCU Direct in Atlanta. “Gillette’s partnership will provide support to help educate them on how to engage and advance in many aspects. As they learn to stream and broadcast, Gillette will also help them feel confident by being well-groomed on camera.”

The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance, a new esports league for HBCU students, has landed a blue-chip sponsor in grooming brand Gillette, which will become a presenting-level partner of the league being …

“The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission worked hard to accommodate USA Boxing making adjustments to their schedule to ...
12/16/2020
2020 USA Boxing National Championships Delayed to March 2021

“The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission worked hard to accommodate USA Boxing making adjustments to their schedule to meet our needs,” USA Boxing Event Coordinator Taryn Cass said. “We feel confident that the new dates will allow us to host a successful event and enable us to provide the experience that our members expect and deserve in a safe environment.”

The 2020 USA Boxing National Championships, scheduled for December 5–12 in Shreveport, Louisiana, will now take place from March 25 through April 3, 2021, at the same destination. With the new date…

"Michelle is a lifelong Gulf Coast resident, and after many years working for the sports commission, she is taking on a ...
12/16/2020
Michelle Russ Named to Vice President Position in Gulf Shores

"Michelle is a lifelong Gulf Coast resident, and after many years working for the sports commission, she is taking on a well-deserved role where she can expand her skillset and further share her passion for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach," said Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism COO Beth Gendler. "We look forward to Michelle's fresh ideas to grow sports, meetings and international business to increase the economic impact along Alabama's beaches, improving residents' quality of life and visitor experiences."

Michelle Russ has been named vice president of sales, sports and events for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism in Alabama, the latest move at the executive level in the organization. In Novembe…

“BPA is extremely excited to launch the Dairyland Series in 2021,” said Baseball Players Association - BPA National Deve...
12/16/2020
Baseball Players Association Launches 2021 Wisconsin Youth Tournament

“BPA is extremely excited to launch the Dairyland Series in 2021,” said Baseball Players Association - BPA National Development Director Jon Anderson. “We are confident that participating teams will experience top competition in the parks and superb hospitality in the communities as they travel across Wisconsin.”

The Baseball Players Association will launch the BPA Dairyland Series, which will consist of six youth baseball tournaments starting in 2021 in six Wisconsin communities. BPA is organizing the seri…

“It is wonderful time in golf right now to announce this exciting new tournament that will shine a light on the great co...
12/11/2020
Citrus Golf Trail Announces New Tournament

“It is wonderful time in golf right now to announce this exciting new tournament that will shine a light on the great courses that make up the Citrus Golf Trail,” said Andy Kesling of the Citrus Golf Trail. “This announcement marks a culmination of hard work and collaborative efforts to provide exposure to this unique golf destination.”

The member courses of the Citrus Golf Trail in Sebring, Florida, have announced the launch of a new amateur golf tournament in 2021. The inaugural version of the Citrus Golf Trail Open, which will …

“The USOPC values the voices of Team USA athletes and believes that their right to advocate for racial and social justic...
12/11/2020
USOPC Will Not Discipline Athletes Who Protest on Podium

“The USOPC values the voices of Team USA athletes and believes that their right to advocate for racial and social justice, and be a positive force for change, absolutely aligns with the fundamental values of equality that define Team USA and the Olympic and Paralympic movements,” said USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland.

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee will not discipline athletes who make peaceful demonstrations, including those made on medal podiums, and has requested the International Olympic Committee…

“The welcoming of #esports into the WBSC family comes at a critical time, considering the fast-evolving digital world in...
12/11/2020
World Baseball Softball Confederation Adds Esports as Discipline

“The welcoming of #esports into the WBSC family comes at a critical time, considering the fast-evolving digital world in which we live and the ongoing global pandemic,” WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said. “The WBSC looks forward to more progressive innovation in the dynamic and youth-focused space of esports, which will potentially expand the reach of our sport to millions of gamers and fans."

The World Baseball Softball Confederation has decided to embrace esports, approving the inclusion of esports as a discipline and setting the stage for future official e-baseball and e-softball inte…

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