NCAA Football: CFP National Championship Game-Alabama vs Georgia
Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; View of the confetti falling as Alabama Crimson Tide wins the game in overtime against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 CFP national championship college football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

The Latest on Sports and COVID-19:
CFP Considers Expanding
To 12 Teams, No Automatic Bids

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. Attendance Limits at NBA Arenas | Attendance Limits at MLB […]

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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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How Sports Betting is Changing the
Game for Destinations and Venues

The U.S. Supreme Court has had more than a passing influence in the world of sports. Whether it was the 1972 Curt Flood case that upheld Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption, a 1984 antitrust case involving the NCAA that allowed conferences to sell their own TV rights and paved the way for gigantic media rights […]

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to Tampa Bay Rays' Joey Wendle during the second inning in Game 1 of the 2020 World Series in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

One Year Later: How COVID has Changed Sports Forever

Remember what it like to go to a sold-out game? Waiting in line with others for seemingly forever before getting your ticket scanned, walking into the concourse and trying to avoid bumping into other people while finding a hot dog and soda, then going to your seats to check out the early scene. Maybe you […]

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Northstar’s Sports Division Launches
Bid Process for Marquee Events

The Sports Division of Northstar Meetings Group has launched a formal bidding process to identify potential host-city partners for the TEAMS Conference & Expo and the EsportsTravel Summit. Northstar is seeking hosts for TEAMS in 2025, 2027 and beyond and for the EsportsTravel Summit in 2023 and beyond. TEAMS and the EsportsTravel Summit are the […]

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Climbing Gyms Struggle to Remain on Top

Alice Kao got into climbing at the end of a relationship 10 years ago that left her seeking an outlet for something new. “I walked into a climbing gym in London,” she said, “and it changed by life.” In the decade since, that passion led to meeting her now husband and business partner, and the […]

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The Local Organizing Committee for the 2021 EsportsTravel Summit includes the Pittsburgh Knights, the professional esports team based in the "City of Champions."
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EsportsTravel Summit Reschedules to December 14–16

Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the 2021 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—has been rescheduled to December 14–16 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Concurrent with the date change, the EsportsTravel Summit announced a new multiyear partnership agreement with CSL, the leading advisory and planning firm specializing in providing consulting services to the sports, entertainment, […]

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