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An Unlikely Softball Partnership

It’s not a marriage, but the first date between USA Softball and the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA)—an inaugural softball tournament organized jointly by both organizations—marks a new era for two organizations that have been competitors in the event landscape for years. The U.S. Games, a girls fastpitch tournament, will take place in Viera, Continue Reading

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The Cleveland Indians will host the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field. Photo: Tony Dejak/AP Images

Cleveland Prepares to Rock MLB All-Star Game

Cleveland is ready to rock. Considering that it’s the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, that’s a familiar line. But the city embraces the phrase, and so do the local organizers working with Major League Baseball to prepare for the 90th MLB All-Star Game on July 9. All you need to do is Continue Reading

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MLS Grows Once Again

It might be too early to compare Cincinnati’s early success in Major League Soccer to what Atlanta United FC accomplished in its first two years, but the impact of the league’s newest entry can’t be underestimated. After beginning play in 2017, Atlanta United emerged as MLS Cup champions in 2018. While Atlanta United shares Mercedes-Benz Continue Reading

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U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will host the Men’s Final Four, its first time hosting any round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. In November, the stadium hosted a smaller basketball tournament with several universities to prepare for the event. Photograph: AP Images/Bruce Kluckhohn

Courting New Spaces

Next to the Masters golf tournament, admission to NCAA March Madness is the hottest ticket in the spring. The Men’s and Women’s Final Four, of course, attract the most attention, but the preliminary rounds generate plenty of excitement too—both among fans and among hosting cities, which aim to leave an impression by reaching capacity crowds Continue Reading

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NCAA Football: CFP National Championship Game-Alabama vs Georgia
Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; View of the confetti falling as Alabama Crimson Tide wins the game in overtime against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 CFP national championship college football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Spreading the Wealth

If the Pac-12 Conference is looking for a good year to make a statement in the College Football Playoff, this is it. The 2019 championship game will be played January 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, in the heart of Pac-12 country, giving the conference an opportunity to change its luck on home Continue Reading

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NFL Plans for Bold and Cold

Much has changed in the Twin Cities since 1992, the last time the NFL ventured to Minnesota for a Super Bowl. But one thing remains the same: cold winters. Super Bowl LII, scheduled for February 4, will be only the sixth to be played in a cold-weather city, and the event will embrace the chill. “We know that it’s going to be cold,” said Matthew Shapiro, NFL director of event strategy and integration

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Global Game

During last year’s NBA off-season, the Kevin Durant free-agent sweepstakes and Team USA’s Olympic gold medal created plenty of buzz. But this year’s developments—with trades, signings and all the hype around Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball—have raised the decibel level even higher. The start of play should bring still more excitement. Several teams Continue Reading

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NCAA Wrestling Championships

No collegiate conference has put its stamp on wrestling more than the Big Ten. Penn State recently won the team title at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Scottrade Center in St. Louis—the school’s sixth title in the last seven years and the 11th straight win for a Big Ten member. And if a city

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A New Era for Soccer

The U.S. Soccer Federation is intent on making the United States a major player in the FIFA World Cup men’s and women’s soccer tournaments every four years. And one of its key strategies for realizing that goal is to create more opportunities for players to grow in the game. The USSF now recognizes three professional Continue Reading

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