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Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog lifts the Stanley Cup with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday in Tampa, Florida. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Latest in COVID and Sports:
As NHL Finishes Season, Commissioner Struck by COVID

The COVID-19 outbreak and its resulting variants from delta to omicron has forced two years of cancellations, postponements and adjustments for the sports-event industry. Events have 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 daily look […]

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Durham Bulls Athletic Park will be getting more than $10 million in renovations over the course of the next year.

Durham Bulls Athletic Park Getting a $10 Million Renovation

The home of Crash Davis is getting a more than $10 million facelift. The fictional character played by Kevin Costner in “Bull Durham” would certainly approve of the real-life renovations upcoming at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in the North Carolina destination. The changes need to come by 2025 as required by Major League Baseball to comply […]

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The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge is adding four new baseball fields that will be renovated to resemble historic MLB parks. Photo courtesy The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge

The Ripken Baseball Experience Pigeon Forge Adds Four Fields

Ripken Baseball is adding to its collection of baseball fields, which will allow the company to renovate four additional playing surfaces in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Branded as the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, the venue will be able to host teams from around the country on 10 total fields, including access to the new fields at […]

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Joe Buck

Joe Buck

Joe Buck had the good fortune of watching his father, Jack Buck, broadcast countless games as the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. But when the time came to step up to the booth, the younger Buck made the most of his opportunity. Now he is the lead Major League Baseball and National Football League announcer for Fox Sports, having just completed his 19th World Series and preparing to call his fifth Super Bowl. In his recent memoir, “Lucky Bastard,” Buck recounts his rise, one that almost came crashing down in 2011 when complications from anesthesia during a hair-plug procedure cost him his voice for nearly a year—an absence he previously attributed to “a virus.” He has since recovered to cement his status as a leading voice in sports broadcasting

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Rob Manfred

Rob Manfred

Rob Manfred

When Rob Manfred was named commissioner of Major League Baseball in 2014, he took on the role of leading the game into an uncertain future. But his history with MLB made him an ideal choice. From 1998–2012 he was executive vice-president for labor relations and human resources, negotiating three new labor agreements. He later served as executive vice-president for economics and league affairs, and chief operating officer. Now he faces a host of issues that confront pro baseball including negotiating a new player contract, reducing the length of games and engaging the next generation of fans. He has also taken a strong interest in the league’s special events, abandoning a traditional rotation for hosting the All-Star Game. In this interview with SportsTravel’s Jason Gewirtz, Manfred discusses the league’s special events,

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Ari Fleischer

Ari Fleischer

Ari Fleischer

There seems to be no shortage of sports-related scandals. Major League Baseball has been battling issues over player steroid use for years. International federations are being investigated by governments. Even underinflated footballs have caused a stir. But when those types of incidents occur, Ari Fleischer is there to help. As White House press secretary under President George W. Bush from 2001–2003, he oversaw communications for the administration’s share of crises, including the 9/11 attack. When he left, he moved to New York and formed Ari Fleischer Sports Communications to provide media training and crisis response to sports clients that have included leagues and teams and, recently, Peyton Manning in his fight against HGH-use allegations. In this interview with SportsTravel’s Jason Gewirtz, Fleischer discusses how his business began, the advice he offers athletes most and why everyone lost in Deflategate.

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Tom Ricketts
Tom Ricketts

Tom Ricketts

Tom Ricketts

When Tom Ricketts and his siblings purchased the Chicago Cubs in 2009, they knew they had challenges ahead building a winning team and finding new revenue sources at historic Wrigley Field. But the children of TD Ameritrade founder J. Joseph Ricketts have had a harder time than they imagined getting their plans moving. Wrigley’s neighboring rooftop owners have been unhappy with plans for a new advertising sign and video board that could block their coveted views. But the Ricketts family hopes to move ahead with the renovations, which also include a proposed Starwood hotel across the street. And last month, the team celebrated the opening of

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