The SportsTravel Podcast focuses on news, insight, trends and more from some of the top event organizers and destination executives throughout the sports-event industry.
With nearly 100 episodes over the past three years, the SportsTravel Podcast has become the place to listen to interviews with event organizers of all sizes, destinations ready to host national and international events and many executives within the U.S. Olympic movement. Hosted by SportsTravel’s editorial staff, the podcast can be heard on all your favorite platforms including iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
This page is brought to you by the TEAMS Conference and Expo, the world’s largest gathering of sports event organizers and the destinations and suppliers that serve the sports-event industry. TEAMS ’23 will be held in The Palm Beaches, Florida, from October 2–5, 2023. The 25th annual edition of the conference will again feature the co-location of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sports Link program and NGB Best Practices seminar, as well as the annual symposium of the National Congress of State Games.
Published: January 23, 2023
This year’s U.S. Figure Skating national championships is in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center. Bob Dunlop, the senior director of events for U.S. Figure Skating about what goes into organizing the national championships, how the event is more than just the elite competition seen on television, working with destinations and venues over the years including during the pandemic, best practices in the business and the one event that he still wants to check off his sports bucket list.
Published: January 6, 2023
The Winter World University Games is the largest multi-sport winter event in the world, after the Olympic Winter Games. Mike Pratt, president and chief executive officer of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, and Jim McKenna, the longtime president and chief executive officer of the Lake Placid CVB, discuss not only the new venues and the logistics for the Winter World University Games but the legacy of Lake Placid’s Olympic history and how it still has an impact on sports tourism in the Adirondacks region and what hopes are for this event’s legacy both in the field of competition and beyond when it comes to sustainability in sports.
Published: December 20, 2022
This past year has been an eventful and historic one at SportsTravel as we celebrated the magazine’s 25th anniversary since its first issue. In this episode, Mannaging Editor Matt Traub, Associate Editor Justin Shaw and Executive Editor and Publisher Jason Gewirtz take a look back at 2022 from our key takeaways about the year, to story lines that resonated with us to our favorite events we saw in person. But we also take a look ahead at what trends and story lines we’re watching in 2023 and specific predictions we have for the industry and the sports world in the months ahead. So sit back and take in this discussion from the entire SportsTravel editorial team.
Published: December 14, 2022
From its signing in 1972, Title IX has become the backbone for which women’s sports have climbed from decades of inequity and ignorance to the spot they have today. Particularly for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movement, the past decade has seen the biggest names and biggest accomplishments come from the women’s teams. Indeed, women’s professional sports teams saw record attendance and ratings this season, suggesting there has been tremendous progress at the elite level of women’s sports, especially in recent years. But there of course remains considerable work ahead. Podcast sponsored by Virginia Beach Sports.
Published: December 6, 2022
Youth sports are a bigger industry than any professional sports league in the country and are valuable for destinations of all. With multi-sport venues continuing to be built around the country, the industry shows no signs of slowing, but challenges remain from keeping children safe at events to getting them engaged in the first place. In a discussion that was recorded at the TEAMS Conference & Expo, we brought together a panel of leaders in the youth sports space to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues, opportunities for sports organizations and destinations to work together, and the future of youth sports across the country. Podcast sponsored by Greater Ontario CVB.
Published: November 21, 2022
Aron McGuire was a member of the USA Bobsled national team from 2003 through 2006 and after his athletic career was completed, he worked for USA Track and Field and the USOPC, eventually becoming the senior director of Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers. He was named USA Bobsled and Skeleton Chief Executive Officer in January 2020 and has since steered the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic and a successful Olympic Winter Games performance in Beijing McGuire talks about growing the sport throughout the United States, how athletes can become part of the bobsled or skeleton national teams and much more.
Published: October 17, 2022
Chris Robb is the founder of Mass Participation World, which includes an annual business conference in the space, and is a leading advocate for the industry. During the pandemic, he leaned into his specialty of trying to unite a disparate industry, launching podcasts and webinars to help organizers get back on their feet and supporting research to show the potential impact these kinds of sporting events can have on communities. Robb discusses why mass participation races are struggling to get back on track, the root causes for what has been a slow return, the “mass participation ripple effect” and what role destinations can and should be playing to help the industry recover.
Published: October 3, 2022
In 2018, Wayne Moss was appointed the executive director of the National Council of Youth Sports, whose members serve an estimated 60 million registered participants in organized youth sports programs. The NCYS works to promote the essential role of youth sports in America, with a goal of enhancing the experience of all participants by reducing barriers and creating safe environments. Moss talks about the work the NCYS is doing on the ground, what more can be done and the challenges and opportunities that await.
Published: September 22, 2022
Max Siegel has been the chief executive officer at USA Track & Field since May 2012, making him one of the longest-tenured CEOs in the U.S. Olympic movement. During that time, USA Track & Field has remained one of the best-performing NGBs and made huge strides in the sponsorship landscape thanks to a long-term deal with Nike. Siegel discusses plans to grow the sport of track and field dramatically leading to LA28, sponsorship and branding on the NGB and individual athlete levels and much more.
Published: September 16, 2022
After being exposed to the sport of canoeing in a summer camp near the Washington, D.C., area where he grew up, Joe Jacobi found himself on the path to elite competition and eventually the 1992 Olympic Summer Games in Barcelona. After competing, Jacobi went on to administration at the then-governing body of the sport, USA Canoe/Kayak, which moved its headsquarters to Oklahoma City after that destination began a major investment in paddlesports. Now, he is back living near Barcelona as a a performance coach and author, who latest book is called “Slalom: 6 River Classes About How to Confront Obstacles, Advance Amid Uncertainty and Bring Focus to What Matters Most.” Podcast sponsored by IMEX America.
2022 Podcast Archives
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2020 Podcast Archives
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2019 Podcast Archives
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