Packing Them In By Greg Echlin The 2014 college football season ended with a memorable festival in the Dallas–Fort Worth area revolving around the College Football Playoff national championship game in January. The events were so popular that—as any uninvited party guest would feel—others now feel inclined to be included. And so, as another season Continue Reading

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By Vanessa Hughes From the Grand Slams to the Olympics and from the U.S. Open Series to World Tennis Day, there are more options to play and watch tennis than ever before and an impressive number of developments that will continue to keep the sport in the spotlight over the next several years. As a Continue Reading

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A Chance to Impress By John Conroy Called “Invade,” the kinetic 60-second commercial highlights the excitement that organizers of the Toronto Pan American and Parapan American Games expect throughout southern Ontario this summer. In the commercial, a pair of fencers thrust and parry at Oakville Harbour. Soccer players chase balls through the forest near Hamilton. Taekwondo Continue Reading

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A Woman’s World By Neal Reid The soccer world will turn its attention to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, staged in six cities in Canada, where the sport continues to grow. When Canada was awarded the bid to this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, it scored in more ways than one. The international event, which Continue Reading

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Major Undertaking By Vanessa Hughes The four major men’s tournaments in golf all take different approaches to event management with the common goal of setting high standards. For professional golfers, the four major championships played at renowned courses across the globe are the marquee events on the PGA Tour schedule. Each of the events—the Masters, Continue Reading

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Training Ground By John Conroy Welcoming sun and the crack of ash on cowhide will again beckon millions of baseball fans to cozy stadiums in Arizona and Florida for six weeks beginning March 1. Spring training’s blend of baseball and sunny, warm climes attract millions of visitors for games, recreational activities and cultural events, pumping Continue Reading

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Seeking an Edge By Jason Gewirtz Michael Jaquet, vice-president and chief marketing officer of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, is sitting in a massive VIP structure recently built mid-mountain at the Beaver Creek Resort near Vail, Colorado, discussing the upcoming 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. On the slopes behind him, the top men’s Continue Reading

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Duet in the Desert By Jason Gewirtz The days leading up to last year’s Super Bowl in New York and New Jersey greeted visitors with frigid temperatures at every ancillary event surrounding the first cold-weather outdoor championship in modern NFL history. In contrast, this year’s game in Arizona will be anything but cold. In fact, Continue Reading

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Hockey in the Outfield By Vanessa Hughes The National Hockey League’s regular season features 82 games over a six-month period. In a non-Olympic year, the only showcase events that had historically taken place were the mid-season NHL All-Star Game and the season finale Stanley Cup playoffs. But thanks to some forward thinking by NHL executives Continue Reading

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Ready for Tipoff By Greg Echlin So much for the thought of easing Adam Silver into his new job as NBA commissioner. Between having to force Donald Sterling to sell his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, expanding the league’s footprint overseas and watching the competitive balance of the league shift as the league’s biggest Continue Reading

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