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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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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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Portland's Diego Valeri takes a corner kick during the MLS is Back Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. In the background are a series of massive blue screens that the league used for broadcasts to show virtual fan parties and sponsor logos during the tournament.

Case Study: How Major League Soccer
Has Pulled Off Its 25th Season

Major League Soccer began in 1996 with 10 teams. Now in its 25th season, the league has 26 teams as Inter Miami — with world superstar David Beckham as owner — and Nashville SC debuted as the newest expansion franchises. The league was planning a season unlike any other in 2020 to celebrate its silver anniversary, […]

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So, What Happens to College Football’s Bowl Season?

Last year’s college football season was historic — the 150th anniversary of the sport became a season-long celebration culminating with one of the modern era’s most dominant teams ever, LSU, crushing Clemson to win the College Football Playoff championship game. This year’s season will be perhaps even more historic … and not for celebratory reasons. […]

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A new survey shows esports fans are willing to travel to live events and spend the night at a hotel. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Study: Esports Fans Will Travel to Live Events

As live esports events have matured into ever-more sophisticated productions, destinations have had the same question: Do these events cause participants to travel and spend the night in host cities as traditional sports have done for years? A new survey conducted by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International and the Esports Entry Advisory set out to […]

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Youths take a shot on goal during a pregame activation at London Stadium in 2019 before a game between hosts West Ham United and Manchester City. Experience Kissimmee is the Official Destination Partner of West Ham United. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

How Florida Became a Presence in the Premier League

The Premier League is the most-watched sports league in the world, broadcast to over 200 countries each season. With more than $11 billion in global media rights agreements each year, its growth the past three decades is the envy of every league or sports organization in the world. Being able to partner with a Premier […]

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The Purdue Boilermakers face the Davidson Wildcats during the 2018 Charleston Classic. (Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images)

Early-Season College Basketball Tournaments Wait for NCAA’s Decision

Last year’s college basketball season ended with a COVID-induced thud and no championship to speak of. Like every other sport on the collegiate landscape, basketball spent the summer full of uncertainty. And as its scheduled start date for practices loom, a sport that bridges both the fall and winter seasons — finishing in the spring […]

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