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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is tackled by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey during a game on November 1, 2020 in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)

The Latest on Sports and COVID-19:
Outbreak Postpones Ravens vs. Steelers; Alabama’s Nick Saban Tests Positive

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. In Depth: Cities Adjust as NCAA Calls For Bubble-Like Basketball Tournament Click here to subscribe to the SportsTravel Newsletter. Wednesday, November 25 FOOTBALL: With Byes […]

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Lucas Oil Stadium will host the 2021 NCAA Final Four. But the city of Indianapolis is negotiation to host the entire tournament. (Photo: Visit Indy)

Cities Adjust as NCAA Calls
For Bubble-Like Basketball Tournament

The news that the NCAA will attempt to host its Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in one city was a tough blow for the 13 destinations that were looking to host opening and regional rounds. But as top collegiate officials continue their negotiations with Indianapolis to potentially host all rounds in a “controlled” bubble-like environment, […]

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Many sports were forced to have cardboard fans in 2020. What will 2021 bring? (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

The 2021 Outlook for the Sports-Event Industry

The year 2020 will go down as a moment where the sports-event industry was forced to pivot. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt by all stakeholders, whether they are destinations, event organizers, hotels or any number of suppliers. While there has been evidence that the industry has begun its recovery, there are still […]

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A limited number of fans, seated according to COVID-19 restrictions requiring social distancing and masks, watch in the first half a college football game between LSU and Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on September 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

How Many Fans Will Be At College Football Games This Year?

Playing sports during the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be tough when not in a bubble environment. It may be even more so for college football given the amount of traditional game-day experiences such as tailgating and team walks into the stadium. But the coronavirus has disrupted things significantly. While some schools are planning on […]

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Brave New World Series

I love sports, I enjoy travel and I enjoy traveling for sports. While I and other inveterate sports travelers endure this pandemic, I have been looking forward to a day when sports-related travel would again dot my calendar. However, in a serendipitous and mountain-coming-to-Muhammad moment, sports-related travel came to me. The announcement by Major League […]

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The Evolution of Esports Venues

When Esports Stadium Arlington opened in 2018 in Texas, it marked the dawn of a new era for esports and live events. The first esports-specific venue at a municipally owned building—a renovation of the city’s convention center—it marked a landmark in the evolution of esports and the facilities that could support live esports events. Before […]

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The CEO Fighting Game Championships at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach attracted competitors from 30 countries. Photo: Ocean Center
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Daytona Beach Will Host the 2022 EsportsTravel Summit

Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the 2022 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida, June 21–22, 2022. The announcement was made during the TEAMS ’20 Virtual Conference from Houston. The EsportsTravel Summit is being hosted by the Daytona Beach Area Convention & […]

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TEAMS ’20: A Virtual Sports-Industry
Conference Unlike Any Other

For the first time in its 22-year history, Northstar Meetings Group’s annual TEAMS Conference & Expo was held online. But the four-day conference, which took place October 19–22, was no ordinary virtual event. Instead, an entirely immersive experience was created to transport more than 700 attendees to Houston, where the gathering originally had been scheduled […]

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The NBA received a 2020 SportsTravel Award for its leadership role during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

2020 SportsTravel Awards Honor
Organizations That Gave Back

SportsTravel is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 SportsTravel Awards, which were awarded at TEAMS ’20 Virtual from Houston. The awards honored organizations that went above and beyond to help their communities and their sports during the coronavirus pandemic. The SportsTravel Awards, which typically honor the best amateur, collegiate and professional sports events […]

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EsportsTravel Summit Goes Virtual
December 2–3 From Esports Stadium Arlington

Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—will be an all-digital “Virtual from Arlington” experience and has been rescheduled to December 2–3. The Summit had previously been scheduled for November 18–20. The EsportsTravel Summit is being hosted by the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau and […]

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