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USA Pickleball Annual Report Shows Growth Across the Board

USA Pickleball has published its annual growth report, containing important industry metrics recorded in 2022. As the sport continued to expand, USA Pickleball saw its membership increase nearly 30% over 2021. The national governing body currently has a membership base of nearly 69,000 compared to 53,110 in 2021. “The entire industry saw 2022 as an […]

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USA Pickleball Partners with Sport Court

USA Pickleball has announced a three-year partnership with sports surface company Sport Court. The agreement, which went into effect January 1, designates Sport Court as the Official Modular Tile Surface Partner of USA Pickleball. “With the demand for pickleball facilities higher than ever, we are thrilled to partner with a sports industry leader like Sport […]

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Stu Upson to Leave as CEO of USA Pickleball

USA Pickleball, the national governing body for the fastest-growing sport in the country, has announced that Stu Upson will step down as chief executive officer and will leave the organization following a transition period. Upson took on the role in December 2020 and was the first person to hold the CEO title in the organization’s history. “I have […]

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USA Pickleball Announces 2023 National Championships Series Schedule

USA Pickleball has announced the schedule for the 2023 USA Pickleball National Championships Series, culminating with the national championships from November 4–12 returning to Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. USA Pickleball and the Association of Pickleball Professionals will again partner to stage the NCS. “Heading into the new year, we are thrilled […]

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Major League Pickleball Announces Title Sponsorship With Margaritaville

Major League Pickleball and Margaritaville have announced a title sponsorship, branding the league as “MLP by Margaritaville.” It is one of MLP’s largest commercial deals ever as Margaritaville will play a large part in the branding and strategy of on-site fan activations and entertainment. The 2023 campaign for MLP begins with the airing of the […]

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Major League Pickleball Reveals 2023 Schedule With Six Events

The 2023 Major League Pickleball calendar has been released, featuring six events across Arizona, California, Florida, and Georgia with up to $5 million in prize money and payouts. The year will be divided into two “seasons” of three events. In the first season, 12 teams will compete in the MLP Premier Level (the first 48 […]

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Major League Pickleball, Vibe Pickleball League to Merge

Two of the nascent growing professional leagues for the sport of pickleball have announced plans to merge. Major League Pickleball and the Professional Pickleball Association’s Vibe Pickleball League will join forces under the Major League Pickleball brand. Major League Pickleball already announced plans to grow to 16 teams from 12 for the 2023 season. It […]

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Anheuser-Busch Hops into Major League Pickleball

Anheuser-Busch has hopped on the pickleball craze, announcing that it has purchased a Major League Pickleball team for the 2023 season in a deal that will give the beverage giant a founding partnership with the larger MLP league and control over one of the league’s expansion teams. “We have a proud and longstanding history as […]

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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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