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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith talk before Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Florida. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Latest in Sports and COVID-19:
Goodell Incentivizes Vaccinations With Forfeit Threat

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. As events come back online and as destinations, venues and event organizers determine capacity limits for fans along with health and safety protocols for their events, here is a look at where things stand. 2021 Olympics Updates: The Latest from the Tokyo Games Previous […]

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Simone Biles celebrates her performance on the vault during the women's U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials on June 25, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

At the 2021 Olympic Games, Women Rule

If you asked 100 people interested in this year’s Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo which athlete they want to see the most, it’s a safe bet the first name mentioned would be Simone Biles. Several may say Katie Ledecky. Others would say Allyson Felix, A’ja Wilson or Alex Morgan. As the 50th anniversary of Title […]

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Tennessee Titans celebrate second round draft pick A J Brown, with Eddie George at the NFL Draft on April 26, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Wagner)

The NFL’s Big Events: Potential Future Hosts
for the Super Bowl, Draft or Combine

The National Football League is far and away the most popular professional sports league in the United States and its biggest event, the Super Bowl, is often described as virtually a national holiday. In the search for ever-increasing amounts of future revenue, the NFL Draft moved out of New York, where it was held since […]

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Frank Supovitz, a veteran of events fo the NHL and NFL, was brought on as executive producer of the MLB Draft for the first time.

For its First Draft with Fans, MLB Turns
to a Pro in Organizing Events

On the screen behind the commissioner’s podium, from different angles, is the green and yellow logo of the Oakland A’s. The music of En Vogue plays on the speakers at the Bellco Theatre in Denver during a rehearsal the day before the Major League Baseball Draft. “En Vogue,” says Frank Supovitz. “They’re from Oakland.” Supovitz […]

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Letter From Tennessee: Dude Perfect,
a Hemi Engine and a Return to Travel

The email arrived in my inbox about six weeks ago with the intriguing subject line: “Chaos at the Colosseum.” The message was from Bristol Motor Speedway, a venue I’ve been fascinated by for years (enough to be on their email list at least) but had never had the chance to visit. So right away I […]

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TULSA, OK - MARCH 31: The Wanamaker trophy on a scenic tour of Southern Hills Country Club on March 31, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brooke Allen/PGA of America)

Case Study: How The PGA of America Pivoted
In Planning for the 2022 PGA Championship

The PGA Championship’s move to the weekend before Memorial Day two years ago has paid off through even more attention paid to a tournament that is one of golf’s four major championships. And that attention surged to new levels last month when this year’s event at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, was shockingly won by Phil […]

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Unbound Gravel in Emporia, Kansas, has become the premier event in the world of gravel racing, which has taken the cycling world by storm. Photo: Life Time

Roots in the Dirt: How Gravel Racing
Has Thrived in Smaller Destinations

For years, the claim to fame for Emporia, Kansas — a city of 25,000 between Wichita and Topeka — was that William Allen White, the famed Kansas newspaperman from the early 1900s, called the area home. “I love that we have that history,” said LeLan Dains, director of Visit Emporia. “But no one is pulling […]

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Pittsburgh is a hotbed for esports and will host the 2021 EsportsTravel Summit, December 14–16. The event will feature the co-location of the United States eSports Federation Annual Meeting.
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United States eSports Federation Extends
Co-Location Agreement with EsportsTravel Summit

The United States eSports Federation (USeF) and Northstar Meetings Group, a division of Northstar Travel Group, have announced a multi-year extension of the agreement that makes the EsportsTravel Summit the exclusive home to the USeF’s Annual Meeting. The USeF is recognized as the National Governing Body of esports by the International Esports Federation. Hosted by […]

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The new Lauridsen Skatepark will host the 2021 Dew Tour just weeks after its official opening. Photo: Courtesy of Dew Tour

Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines Bowls Over Dew Tour

Greg Edwards wasn’t sure how this site visit was going to go. As the new Lauridsen Skatepark in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, was under construction last winter, Dew Tour representatives came to see firsthand what would become the largest skatepark in the country. But winter being winter, the weather was not cooperating. “Here come all […]

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Dozens of Olympians and Paralympians took the stage at the opening session of Olympic and Paralympic Sportslink at TEAMS '19 in Anaheim.

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Extends
Agreement with Northstar Meetings Group

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and Northstar Meetings Group, a division of Northstar Travel Group, have announced a multi-year extension of the agreement that makes the TEAMS Conference & Expo the exclusive home to the USOPC’s annual Olympic and Paralympic Sportslink and National Governing Body (NGB) Best Practices Seminar. The USOPC’s Sportslink, which […]

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