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The University of Oregon is nearing completion on a complete rebuilt of historic Hayward Field that was set to host the 2020 Olympic Trials. Rendering: TrackTown USA

A Sport Staying on Track

Life moves fast in the running world, and that’s as true in 2020 as ever. More than 30 million Americans compete in track and field, and there are plenty of spruced-up and new venues to keep running organizers inspired. In Japan, robots are taking over—at least when it comes to some Olympic activities once reserved for Continue Reading

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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 Continue Reading

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Major League Fishing launched in 2019 as the newest circuit in professional bass fishing. Photo: MLF

Fishing Goes High-Tech

The sport of competitive bass fishing is making advancements in the areas of technology and television while also reeling in a younger group of anglers. Three major professional organizations—Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, better known as B.A.S.S.; Major League Fishing (MLF) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW)—are the trendsetters. Each have been focusing on expanding their digital Continue Reading

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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 Continue Reading

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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 Continue Reading

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The American Flag Football League has used advanced technology in its flags to determine the precise location a flag comes off a player. Photograph: AFFL

Flag Football Takes Hold of Its Future

Flag football is quickly becoming a popular alternative to its more traditional counterpart. Players young and older, amateur and pro, are starting to play this fast-paced, former schoolyard game while tackle football is dealing with rule changes intended to make it safer. Organized flag football leagues are surfacing throughout the country, with hundreds of thousands Continue Reading

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The free Formula One Festival at Bayfront Park in Miami provided fans with entertainment. Photograph: Red Bull Media

Formula One Gains Traction in the U.S.

Formula One racing is proud of its standing as the most popular form of international motorsports. Now the sport’s leaders have their sights set on conquering a long-elusive market: the United States. In the two years since the Formula One Group (valued then at $8 billion) was bought by Liberty Media, one of its goals Continue Reading

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USAPA-sanctioned tournaments continue to expand. Photograph: USAPA

Pickleball Rallies Support

Say the word “pickleball” and people either get quizzical looks or immediately say, “I love pickleball!” Given the way the sport is growing, you’ll probably be hearing more of the latter. Pickleball—one of America’s 10 fastest-growing sports, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association—is currently played by about 3 million people on more than Continue Reading

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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 Continue Reading

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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 Continue Reading

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