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The D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C., hosts boxing events near RFK Stadium, a site that is scheduled for redevelopment. Photograph: Events DC

Northeast Cities Pack a Punch

The Northeast has sports options to match any time of year. With baseball in the spring and summer, football in the fall and hockey in the winter—not to mention countless other sports—the Northeast has a sports landscape for all seasons. With more than 56 million residents, it contains 17 percent of the U.S. population. Given […]

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The 2018 NBA All-Star Game generated an estimated $116 million in impact. Photo courtesy of Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports

Marquee Events Make Their Mark

Playing host to marquee professional sports events can bring in marquee numbers in terms of economic impact. That appears to be the case for Los Angeles, which estimated $116 million in increased economic activity from hosting the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in February, according to a report compiled by Micronomics. The number included $90 million […]

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The 2018 Peach Bowl with Central Florida and Auburn generated an estimated impact of $49 million. Photo courtesy of Brett Davis/USA Today Sports

Bowl Games Drive Results

Playing host to signature sports events can be lucrative for cities both in the short and long terms. Consider the case of Atlanta and its relationship with the Peach Bowl, a staple of the college football postseason each year. Last season marked the 50th anniversary of the bowl game, which was staged on New Year’s […]

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Two club soccer events generated $12.2 million for Westfield, Indiana. Photo courtesy of U.S. Club Soccer

Soccer Events Kick In Benefits

In Indiana, there is no doubt that youth sports is big business. Westfield, Indiana, played host to two U.S. Club Soccer national championships in 2017, generating an estimated $12.2 million in direct economic impact to the city of 37,000 in suburban Indianapolis. Through 12 days in July, the town welcomed the NPL Finals, with teams […]

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Gauging the Impact of Events

When pitching sports events to host cities or venues, organizers often tout economic impact as a selling point—and with good reason. Year after year, national studies of economic impact have proven the resiliency and strength of sports-related travel. The most current and perhaps most comprehensive figures were recently released by Longwoods International, showing an impressive […]

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Data Dive

As NCAA sports have burgeoned into a billion-dollar business, the collegiate association has lagged behind other organizations when it comes to managing and distributing data and statistics. In a world where fans display a seemingly unending appetite for information, this can hamper growth. In May, the NCAA announced a bold foray into digital stats by […]

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Safety Check

Anyone who has seen ice hockey players smashing into the boards at 25 miles per hour has likely cringed and wondered, “How do they skate away from that?” Hockey insiders have the same concerns, judging by an impromptu conversation between David Morehouse and Jerry MacCleary at a Pittsburgh Penguins game earlier this year. Morehouse, president […]

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Bowling Pins Future on Youth

Bowling has been woven into American culture since arriving with the first European settlers. About 46 million Americans bowled at least once in 2016, a robust number that points to the sport’s popularity. With high-profile athletes, celebrities and even former presidents showing interest in the sport, and a multibillion-dollar industry built around it, bowling provides […]

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Climbing Reaches for the Stars

Climbing has been scampering upward as a competitive sport in recent years and is poised to reach great heights. With interest sparked by the sport’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, climbing is witnessing a boom in participation, particularly among young people. And given the growth of indoor climbing and competition venues—for […]

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