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Sports Facilities Companies Launches Volleyball Venture

Sports Facilities (SF) Companies has announced a partnership with Showtime Events to establish a new brand of volleyball tournaments called Hype Nation, LLC. The series will begin in 2021 and anticipates generating $6 million in economic impact in its first two events alone. The move comes just months after the company that designs and manages […]

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AAU held its Junior Nationals Volleyball Championships this summer, but indoor events during the winter will pose new challenges for event organizers. Photo: AAU

Experts Say Indoor Events Pose Different Challenges

In the past weeks, the threat of COVID-19’s ability to disrupt indoor sports event has only grown. On every level from youth to professional, teams and leagues are trying to figure out how — or if — they can practice and compete in a healthy and safe fashion. The ability to play an indoor sport […]

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2022 World Athletics Championship Unveils Logo

World Athletics Championships (WCH) Oregon22, the local organizing committee for the 2022 world championships in Eugene, Oregon, has revealed a new logo and launched its website, social media channels and overarching brand identity. The move comes 600 days out from the event that was rescheduled from 2021, and comes on the same day the international […]

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Lucas Oil Stadium will host the 2021 NCAA Final Four. But the city of Indianapolis is negotiation to host the entire tournament. (Photo: Visit Indy)

Cities Adjust as NCAA Calls
For Bubble-Like Basketball Tournament

The news that the NCAA will attempt to host its Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in one city was a tough blow for the 13 destinations that were looking to host opening and regional rounds. But as top collegiate officials continue their negotiations with Indianapolis to potentially host all rounds in a “controlled” bubble-like environment, […]

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USA Triathlon Foundation Partners on COVID-19 Relief Fund

 The USA Triathlon Foundation, in partnership with the Professional Triathletes Organisation, has announced a relief fund with money going to support those in the sport—race directors, coaches, clubs and athletes—that have been affected by the pandemic. The COVID-19 Triathlon Relief Fund wil lead into the PTO 2020 Championship at Challenge Daytona, taking place December 4–6 in Daytona […]

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NFL Pro Bowl to Be Staged as Video Game

The 2021 NFL Pro Bowl is headed virtual. The NFL and Electronic Arts have announced that instead of an in-person competition scheduled for Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, the annual all-star showcase will be a competition staged on the Madden NFL 21 video game. EA Sports and the league intend to create a week-long series of […]

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Stu Upson Named USA Pickleball CEO

USA Pickleball has announced that sports industry veteran Stu Upson will become its first chief executive officer, effective December 14. Executive Director Justin Maloof will stay with the organization in his current role. Upson has more than 25 years of senior management experience, most recently as the chief operating officer of the International Tennis Hall […]

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Foley, Alabama, Hosts Sun Belt Volleyball Championship

Despite a challenging year that has included navigating the pandemic as well as a hurricane, Foley, Alabama, is set to host the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Volleyball Championship, November 18–22. It will mark the first collegiate volleyball tournament hosted by Foley Sports Tourism at the Foley Event Center. “It has been an unprecedented year in […]

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Many sports were forced to have cardboard fans in 2020. What will 2021 bring? (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

The 2021 Outlook for the Sports-Event Industry

The year 2020 will go down as a moment where the sports-event industry was forced to pivot. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt by all stakeholders, whether they are destinations, event organizers, hotels or any number of suppliers. While there has been evidence that the industry has begun its recovery, there are still […]

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NASCAR Hall of Fame Earns GBAC Star Accreditation

The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, has become the first U.S. museum to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star facility accreditation. The hall joins several other venues managed by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority in earning the accreditation, including the Charlotte Convention Center, Bojangles Entertainment Complex and Spectrum Center. The […]

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