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TEAMS ’20 Virtual from Houston Will Connect
the Global Sports-Event Industry

Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the TEAMS ’20 Conference & Expo—the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers—will be an all-digital “Virtual from Houston” experience that connects event organizers, destinations and sports-industry thought leaders from across the United States and around the globe. Participants in the immersive online experience from October 19–22 will include the Continue Reading

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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)

The Latest on Sports and COVID-19:
Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences Cancel College Football

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. Tuesday, August 11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences Cancel College Football The Big Ten Conference became the first Power 5 conference to cancel Continue Reading

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In college towns across the country, the potential loss of football games will have a significant economic impact. Photo: Tony Ding/AP Images

College Football Towns Prepare to Call an Audible

(Editor’s note: Since this story was published on July 24, the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences have postponed fall sports, including college football.) Before you celebrate a touchdown with your friends and go crazy high-fiving strangers who feel like friends in that moment, you start with the tailgate party hours before kickoff with snacks, all Continue Reading

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Case Study: How AAU Hosted an Indoor
Tournament for 10,000 People

In a typical year, the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships will attract more than 45,000 athletes to two of the largest venues in Orlando, Florida — the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Orange County Convention Center — making it one of the largest youth sports events in the country. But 2020 is Continue Reading

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Jon Rahm of Spain won the recent Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, one of many events the PGA Tour has managed to execute since June. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Case Study: How the PGA Tour’s Aggressive COVID-19 Testing Has Kept Events Going

If you were to draw up a sport suited for social distancing, it would be hard to craft something better than golf. Nonetheless, the efforts being taken by the PGA Tour to protect its players, caddies and essential event staff at its events, which have been taking place since mid-June, are extraordinary. “We have the Continue Reading

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2021 EsportsTravel Summit to be Held in Pittsburgh

The 2021 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—will be held August 10–12, 2021, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Produced by Northstar Travel Group, the EsportsTravel Summit will be hosted by SportsPITTSBURGH at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. SportsPITTSBURGH has signed on as a multi-year sponsor of the EsportsTravel Summit, Continue Reading

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Major League Lacrosse chose Navy–Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, to conduct its abbreviated 2020 season. Photo: Anne Evans/MLL

Case Study: 5 Takeaways from MLL’s Mini Season

Last season, Major League Lacrosse staged events over a longer period of time than typical—ending its season in October instead of Labor Day—in an effort to get lacrosse fans even more aware of the product that has allowed the league to reach its 20th season. This year, the league wrapped a week-long tournament at one venue Continue Reading

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EsportsTravel Summit Reschedules to November 18–20

Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—has been rescheduled to November 18–20 in Arlington, Texas. The Summit had been scheduled for August 11–13. Concurrent with the date change, the EsportsTravel Summit announced a new five-year partnership agreement with venue design firm Continue Reading

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This photo shows a statue of Nolan Ryan in the empty plaza outside Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The Texas Rangers would have played the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, in what would have been the opening day for the new ballpark, before the season was postponed due to the new coronavirus. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

The Incredible Shrinking Venues

The coronavirus pandemic is going to have short- and mid-term impacts on the fan experience at stadiums. An enforced social-distancing policy by its very nature will likely lead to fewer people allowed in stadiums and arenas when sports return in earnest. And it remains unclear what if any long-term impact there may be on seating Continue Reading

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