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New Major League Pickleball owner Drew Brees (left), with MLP Founder Steve Kuhn.

Super Bowl Champion Drew Brees Invests in Pickleball

Super Bowl Champion Drew Brees is moving from football to pickleball. The record-breaking former NFL quarterback has joined an ownership group of Major League Pickleball team Mad Drops Pickleball Club. Brees joins a stacked roster of high-profile owners including investor and entrepreneur Andrew Dodge; Los Angeles Lakers part-owner Jim Buss; and real estate mogul and CEO […]

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USA Pickleball Names Chuck Menke as Chief Marketing Officer

Chuck Menke has been named chief marketing officer at USA Pickleball. As as a member of the executive leadership team he will guide the revenue, marketing and communications verticals for the organization. Menke’s career within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic movement, NCAA Division I athletics and the National Hockey League includes more than two decades with […]

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The City of Gulf Shores and Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events held a groundbreaking ceremony for the highly-anticipated pickleball courts at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex. From left: Michelle Russ - Vice President of Sales, Sports & Events at Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism; Beth Gendler - President/CEO of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism; Glen Kaiser - Chairman of the board for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism; Mayor Robert Craft; Mayor Pro Tempore Phillip Harris; City Councilman Gary Sinak; Grant Brown – City of Gulf Shores Recreation & Cultural Affairs Director; Seawell McKee - Architect from McKee & Associates; Jeff Nichols - President of American Tennis Courts, Inc. (Contractor).

City of Gulf Shores Breaks Ground for New Pickleball Courts at Gulf Shores Sportsplex

Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events held a groundbreaking ceremony for their long-awaited pickleball courts. “As pickleball emerges into one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, we are excited to bring these much-needed courts to our community,” said Grant Brown, recreation & cultural affairs director. “Right […]

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Major League Pickleball Announces Team Expansion

Major League Pickleball, a professional pickleball league that showcases professional pickleball players in a unique team format, has announced an expansion to 12 teams for 2022 and new team owners including entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. Eight teams took part in the league’s first season in 2021. The league has also confirmed that the 2022 MLP Draft […]

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Punta Gorda Secures Three-Year Deal with APP Pickleball Tournament

The Association of Pickleball Professionals will return to the PicklePlex in Punta Gorda, Florida, with a stop on the tour at the pickleball-specific venue at Florida Southwestern State College. The event will be staged February 23–27 after being held at the complex in 2020 and 2021. The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau is working […]

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USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships Heading to Alabama

USA Pickleball will hold the second annual National Indoor Championships from June 7–11 at the Finley Center, part of the Hoover Met Complex in Hoover, Alabama, outside of Birmingham. The National Indoor Championships will feature five days of events featuring singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in skill and age brackets. Gold medalists from each division […]

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Pickleball Power: Stu Upson of USA Pickleball on the Sport’s Growth, Events and Venues

The Sports and Fitness Industry Association has made it official in its latest trends report: pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country. Over the past two years, participation is up 39 percent, including an increase of more than 20 percent from 2019 to 2020 when the pandemic helped drive the sport’s appeal. Leading the […]

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APP Tour Announces Three-Year Agreement to Host Event at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

The Association of Pickleball Professionals Tour has announced a three-year agreement to stage the APP New York City Open on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, home of the U.S. Open. This year’s event will take place May 25–29 and include a prize purse of […]

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Planned Raleigh Venue Announces Advisory Board

Swing Racquet + Paddle, the first-of-its-kind racquet and paddle sports and entertainment venue coming to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2024, has named a series of industry veterans as part of its advisory board. Among those joining the venture are Hans-Martin Reh, global general manager of racquet sports at Wilson Sporting Goods; Ken May, former chief […]

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Pickleball, Golf Entertainment Venue Heading to Branson

Pickleball, a pro-style golf putting course, golf simulators and a regional restaurant and bar will be part of a new sports and entertainment destination in Branson, Missouri. The Social Birdy is scheduled to break ground in early 2022 and open later this year on Branson Hills Parkway. The 9,000-square-foot social venue will include a 2,000-square-foot, […]

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