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USC running back Vavae Malepeai runs into the end zone for a touchdown against UCLA during the second half of a college football game on November 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Sports and COVID-19: The Impact on the Sports-Event Industry

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. Nearly every major sporting event has been canceled, moved or postponed. Here is a look at where things stand. Click here for the latest on COVID-19’s Effect on the Sports-Event Industry. Tuesday, March 30 COLLEGE SPORTS: No Matter the Controversy, Mark Emmert is Staying as […]

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Bally’s Becomes Authorized Gaming Operator of Major League Baseball

Bally’s Corporation has signed a multiyear agreement designating it as an authorized gaming operator of Major League Baseball. It is Bally’s third sports betting agreement with a professional sports league following its previously announced deals with the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association. The agreement provides Bally’s with access to official MLB league and team […]

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Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan and Bill Ripken Team Up For Legends Showdown

Ripken Baseball will bring its Ripken Experience tournament play to The Legends Showdown in Round Rock, Texas, from July 11–16 at Old Settlers Park in partnership with Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment. The inaugural event for ages 9–14 will feature appearances by baseball legends Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken. The family-focused baseball […]

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The San Diego Padres' downtown ballpark will continue to be called Petco Park after an extension of the company's naming rights agreements. Photo by Matt Traub/Sports Travel

Petco and San Diego Padres Announce Petco Park Naming Rights Extension

Petco Health and Wellness Company and the San Diego Padres have agreed to extend the naming rights for Petco Park through the 2027 Major League Baseball season, a two-year extension on the already 17 years that the downtown gem in San Diego has been known as. Petco Park was recognized as the best ballpark in […]

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Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Bank Extend Stadium Naming Rights Partnership

The Pittsburgh Pirates and PNC Bank have announced a 10-year extension to their current agreement, the centerpiece of which is the continued naming rights of PNC Park. Financial terms were not disclosed. With the original 20-year naming rights agreement set to expire prior to the 2021 season, the two Pittsburgh institutions agreed to extend the […]

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University of Florida Unveils New Baseball Stadium

The University of Florida has debuted its new baseball stadium, which replaces McKethan Stadium that the Gators had called home since 1949. The Populous-designed Florida Ballpark at Alfred A. McKethan Field is a $65 million project that will serve as home to the team that started the season ranked No. 1 in most national polls. […]

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New Sports Venues to Watch in 2021

As the demand for spaces to host sporting events continues to grow with an eye toward sports-related travel in a post-coronavirus world, destinations across the country are examining their inventory, identifying needs and building accordingly. Here are 15 new sports complexes to keep an eye on in 2021. Midway Central Station Bedford Park, Illinois OPENING: […]

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Globe Life Field to Host 2021 College Baseball Showdown

Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, will host six of the top 10 college baseball programs in the country at the 2021 State Farm College Baseball Showdown starting February 19 with fans to be allowed at the games. The tournament will last February 19–21 with TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Mississippi and Mississippi State participating. […]

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Williamsport Ballpark Project Receives State Grant

The city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, will be receiving a $2 million state grant toward creating a youth baseball and softball complex as part of the Williamsport Ballpark project, a seven-field athletic complex that would have construction starting in 2021. Plans for the complex have been in the works for most of 2020 after a different […]

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