2019 Freshwater Pro – WSL

Surfing Rides Into New Venues

Surf’s up! Way up. The sport of Hawaiian royalty and classic Beach Boys tunes is ripping right now. Surfing is set to make its Olympics debut in Tokyo, joining baseball/softball, karate, climbing and skateboarding as the new sports in Tokyo. [Download our exclusive guide to finding the most creative sports event venues.] Meanwhile, applied wave science […]

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Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin that rely on blockchain technology are changing the way fans and sports teams interact. (Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP Images)

How Blockchain is Changing Sports

For sports fans unfamiliar with the term, “blockchain” may sound like some new football strategy instead of what it is: An encrypted computer network technology used for keeping records on—and thereby verifying—transactions involving cryptocurrency or other items of value. Fans, however, are finding that the technology is popping up increasingly in football and other sports. […]

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An athlete performs kata moves during a karate test event at Nippon Budokan, a venue for karate at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP Images

Karate Steps Into the Spotlight

At a time when MMA-style fighting dominates the martial arts landscape, karate is working to expand its own patch of ground. “The beauty of karate is that it’s a lifetime sport,” said Phil Hampel, CEO of USA Karate, which counts 3,200 members. “It adjusts and adapts.” There’s plenty of evidence of the sport’s adaptability, both […]

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Atlas' Pat Young cradles the ball while under pressure from Redwoods' Patrick Harbeson during a Premier Lacrosse League game in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo: Damian Strohmeyer/AP Images for Premier Lacrosse League

A Turning Point for Lacrosse

Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, and it’s making gains internationally as well. On the global front, lacrosse has grown to 62 nations fielding programs in 2018, up from the 18 that participated in 2002, according to Jim Scherr, CEO of World Lacrosse. And it’s been one of the fastest-growing […]

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Chores within the Big Vision Foundation's community service program include grooming a baseball field. Photograph: Big Vision Foundation

Work to Play

Youth travel sports enjoy huge popularity, with cities and towns across the United States building sports complexes to lure teams and tournaments and the big bucks they attract. However, the growth of the multibillion-dollar industry has come at the expense of thousands of children who would love to bat, shoot, pass and tackle but lack […]

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USA Hockey has seen success in 8U participation through a program that shortens the rink for young players. Photograph: USA Hockey

Young and Resting?

Baseball, take a dugout curtain call. Hockey, throw your sticks in the air. Soccer, you need a team meeting and a pep talk. A snapshot of U.S. youth sports in 2018 reveals that the industry has some bright spots but is struggling to overcome a variety of challenges, including the growth of pricey travel sports, […]

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The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission hosts events across the city. Photograph: Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission
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Grand Experiment

CVBs and sports commissions often get the stiff-arm from local universities when it comes to using campus venues for sports events. By contrast, the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission in Colorado has been received with open arms by Colorado Mesa University. In fact, the university had a major hand in establishing the sports commission in […]

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The University of Michigan has hosted some of the largest soccer matches in history at its football stadium. Photograph: Tony Ding/AP Images
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Town and Gown Relations

In 2014, Manchester United defeated Real Madrid 3-1 at Michigan Stadium before 109,316 fans. It was the largest crowd in U.S. soccer history. Two years later, Real Madrid returned to the fabled Big House in Ann Arbor for another International Champions Cup match, this time defeating Chelsea 3-2 before 105,826. It was the second-largest soccer […]

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The NBA 2K League Tip Off Tournament was held at Brooklyn Studios in Long Island City, New York. Photograph: Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images

The Franchising of Esports

The owner of the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution is one of a growing number of major sports franchise CEOs entering the esports realm. In October 2017 the Kraft Group launched the Boston Uprising, one of 12 teams competing in the international Overwatch League. The league emulates traditional sports leagues with city-specific […]

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Keys to a Good Venue

Destinations considering building a new multisport complex have a lot to consider. Here are three key elements that make up a successful youth sports venue, according to Dev Pathik, founder and CEO of Sports Facilities Advisory. 1. The destination itself. Both SFA’s sports complex in Myrtle Beach, one of the largest tourism destinations in America, and […]

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