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Jose Sotolongo, Director of Sports and Entertainment for the Greater Miami and Convention and Visitors Bureau, left, Victor Montagliani, FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president, center, and Colin Smith, FIFA chief tournaments events officer, right, pose for a photograph at Hard Rock Stadium during a September 23, 2021, site visit in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami will be one of the 11 U.S. cities to host games. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

What Cities Will Host 2026 World Cup — U.S., Mexico and Canada Hosts Announced

FIFA has announced the cities that will host games at the 2026 World Cup, the end of a years-long competition between dozens of cites across the United States, Mexico and Canada that were vying for the coveted spots. The U.S. cities that will host will be Atlanta, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, […]

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Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado, was the first rugby-specific venue built in the United States. (Photos by Jason Gewirtz)

For One Small City, Rugby as Economic Development

Glendale, Colorado, is the kind of city that you’d never know you were in unless someone pointed it out. At 369 acres, the enclave that is home to about 5,000 mostly apartment-dwelling residents is surrounded on all sides by the city of Denver. For years, if you knew anything about Glendale, it might be as […]

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Letter From Iowa: The State Games, the Dew Tour and the Power of Sports

Sports play a vital economic role for destinations looking to attracting visitors. They also, in their finest moments, provide inspiring examples of humanity at its best. Over the weekend of July 29–30 in Ames and Des Moines, Iowa, two events — one amateur, one professional — spoke to each of those aspects. They also served […]

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On Assignment: MLB All-Star Week Provides
Fans With Memorable Experience

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is a near weeklong star-studded extravaganza celebrating everything the sport has to offer. While the July 19 game itself at Dodger Stadium may have been the highlight, the event’s footprint continues to grow — this time to the beach as well. The MLB Draft (also held during All-Star week), […]

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Cal Ripken Jr. throws the ceremonial first pitch before the beginning of a game between two youth teams at the Ripken Experience in Aberdeen, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Ripken Baseball

Ripken Baseball Returns Home to Aberdeen,
While Eyeing Further Expansion

When Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken started organizing youth baseball camps and clinics two decades ago, the mission was simple: Pass on the teachings of how to play baseball that their father, Cal Sr., instilled in them. The two Major League Baseball veterans are baseball lifers. Cal Jr. became the Ironman, playing 2,632 games […]

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The Residences at Utah Olympic Park is one of the "in house" properties that would be utilized for a future Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games.

How to Book 24,000 Rooms for the Olympic Games: An Innovative Formula That Works for Hotels and Organizers

For the thousands of things an Olympic Games bid group must put together for the International Olympic Committee to take notice, there may be one key factor that is less high-profile than others. The IOC will never bring the Games to a site that lacks the venues, especially with its recent emphasis on venue sustainability. […]

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The Great Race features cars from several decades, including this 1909 Buick, competing against each other and the clock.

The Great Race: Old Cars, New Cities and Good Times

The Daytona 500. The Indianapolis 500. 24 Hours of Le Mans. Great races all, but none are the Great Race. The Great Race is an event that spans multiple states over the course of nine days. It features cars built in 1909 competing against 1965 Mustangs that move from city to city with the goal […]

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NCAA Beach Volleyball: Making Waves on the Alabama Coast

Walk past all the giant signage showcasing the event and through security with a couple of the 100 local volunteers screening attendees, then feel the white sand under your feet. Get a spot at the top of the temporary bleachers brought over from the local Little League fields for the event at center court and […]

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Alabama fans cheer before a game against LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa. The SEC is set to get two new teams when Oklahoma and Texas join the mix. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Why College Conference Realignment
Reshapes the Sports Tourism Landscape

College sports is amid revolutionary change that may not be surpassed in its long and sometimes controversial history. The ability of athletes — sorry, student-athletes — to earn money off name, image and likeness has turned the traditional college sponsorship model upside down. The NCAA recently adopted a new constitution that may see further changes […]

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Youth Sports in the COVID-19 Era: Why the Multi-Billion Dollar Industry Feels Positive About the Future

Over the past two-plus decades, the youth sports business has perhaps grown like no other segment not only in the sports-event industry but like few industries throughout the world. What was a collection of mostly community groups that would stage Saturday morning soccer programs in the parks, or intramural basketball before or after elementary school, […]

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