Author: Justin Shaw

Team USA One for all

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation Announces New Fundraising Campaign

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, has announced its largest fundraising campaign ever with a goal to raise $500 million by the time the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games begin in Los Angeles. The foundation promoted its “One for All: The Campaign […]

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Dan Butterly: Leading the Big West Conference into the Future

Dan Butterly has been the commissioner of the Big West Conference since July 1, 2020. He took the job at a time when Covid was wreaking havoc on the sports landscape and led the conference through uncertain times. Butterly has negotiated a large streaming contract with ESPN Plus and has ambitious designs for the future […]

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USBC Parade
The USBC Open Championships are a big time event for bowlers, who get a special walk-out to the lanes before each session. Photo by Justin Shaw/SportsTravel
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Las Vegas Stakes Claim as Bowling Capital of U.S.

As the parade of bowlers make their way onto the lanes for their session, “This is the Greatest Show” is blasting from the speakers. It’s an appropriate choice, because in the world of bowling and sports events in general, the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships are one of the biggest shows around. Close to […]

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March Madness

Indianapolis to Host All 2026 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, All 2028 Women’s Basketball Championships

Indianapolis will host all three NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament championships plus the NIT in 2026 along with all three NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament championships in 2028. The men’s setup in 2026 will be the first time the NCAA will host its three men’s basketball championships on one weekend in the same city since Atlanta in […]

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Southwest Airlines Partners With Southeastern Conference

Southwest Airlines will be the official airline of the Southeastern Conference after agreeing to a multi-year partnership to highlight SEC football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, gymnastics and women’s soccer. Southwest is hosting the Flex Your Fandom Sweepstakes, offering entrants an opportunity to win an experience to the SEC Football Championship. Southwest created additional […]

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Sports Facilities Companies to Operate Vicksburg Venue

The Sports Facilities Companies has been selected by the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, as the operating partner for its sports and entertainment venue, Key City Park — formerly known as Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi. SFC will manage all aspects of daily operations. The park, which opened in 2019, includes 10 baseball fields and […]

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Black Hills Nationals Wrestling Tournament Moving to Rapid City

The Black Hills Nationals Wrestling Tournament is moving to Rapid City from April 4–6, 2025, moving after 20 years in Spearfish, South Dakota. The Black Hills Nationals Wrestling Tournament, the Central States Fair, Inc., and the Rapid City Sports Commission made the announcement. The event draws 7,000 fans and participants and generates around $4 million […]

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The 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit set a record with 750,000 fans collectively showing up from April 25–27. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

2024 NFL Draft Brings Detroit $213.6 Million in Estimated Economic Impact

The 2024 NFL Draft generated an estimated $213.6 million economic impact for the city of Detroit and region, including $161.3 million from visitors coming to Southeast Michigan, according to Visit Detroit and the Detroit Sports Commission. The study of the 2024 NFL Draft was developed by Dr. Patrick Rishe, director of the Sports Business Program […]

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Ripken Baseball Partners with Walt Disney World Resort

Ripken Baseball and Walt Disney World Resort have agreed to host youth baseball experiences at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the summers of 2025 and 2026, involving four week-long tournaments each year. The first tournament will be staged June 8–13, 2025. Week 2 will be held from June 15–20; Week 3 from June […]

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Penticton, British Columbia, to Host its Final Ironman Race in 2024

Ironman has announced that Penticton, British Columbia, will host its final edition of the Ironman Canada triathlon before the event moves to its new location in Ottawa in 2025. Penticton, which first hosted the full-distance Ironman Canada triathlon from 1983 to 2012 and again beginning in 2022, will host its last Ironman event on August […]

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