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Dan Gavitt: Planning the NCAA Men’s Tournament in Indianapolis

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is one of the biggest events on the sports calendar each year. But last March, as college basketball conferences were about to start their postseason tournaments, the coronavirus began to sweep throughout the United States and forced the cancellation of the 2020 event. This year the tournament will […]

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Amanda Kraus: Changing the Face of Rowing

Amanda Kraus took over as CEO of USRowing in November, leading the national governing body at a time of challenges across the sports-event industry. But her background is expected to help her on a number of fronts, including adding much needed diversity to the ranks of participants and the chance to fundraise for any number […]

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Michael D’hulst: How Super League Triathlon is Innovating the Sport

 Since its founding in 2016, Super League Triathlon has been working to innovate the sport. Shorter distances, new formats, incentives for athletes to win each leg, a new indoor concept — all of these have been on the league’s radar. And while the league’s events have largely been held overseas, the organization is looking […]

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Nick Carparelli: What to Expect from the 2020 Bowl Season

 Nick Carparelli was named executive director of the Football Bowl Association in December 2019, which in retrospect is a fascinating time to begin a job overseeing the college football bowl structure. One of his first goals was to launch an effort to rebrand the trade association whose members include the more than 40 bowl […]

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Al Kidd and Jennifer Stoll: The $45 Billion Case for Sports-Related Travel

  For more coverage of the State of the Industry report, click here. For years, the Sports Events and Tourism Association (formerly the National Association of Sports Commissions) produced an annual state of the industry report in an effort to gauge the economic impact of the sports tourism industry. But association leaders were quick to […]

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Carlos Silva: How World TeamTennis Held a Season with Fans in the Stands

 World TeamTennis has been around for years and has certainly has had to adapt over that time. But the recently completed 45th season was the most unusual one yet. Instead of playing matches in the league’s nine home markets, the league co-founded by Billie Jean King played the entire season at the Greenbrier Resort […]

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Lisa Baird: Staging a Monthlong Tournament During a Pandemic

Few commissioners of professional sports have had to undergo the immediate challenges that faced Lisa Baird when she took over the National Women’s Soccer League. While her professional background included a decade as chief marketing officer of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and a similar role before that at the National Football League, not […]

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