Innovation has always been a hallmark of the sports-event industry. During the 20 years that we have published SportsTravel magazine, we have seen innumerable new sports organizations enter the marketplace and, with them, countless new events created. Tracking and reporting on these organizations and events is our mission at SportsTravel. Similarly, staying on the leading edge of the dynamic and ever-changing sports-event industry is our primary objective as we plan the programming for our annual TEAMS Conference & Expo.

To that end, we are pleased to announce a number of new features at TEAMS ’17, which will be held October 30–November 2 in Orlando. One of the absolute hottest trends of the last several years is the incredible growth in the number of events surrounding e-sports. At TEAMS ’17, we will be devoting an entire track of programming to e-sports, both to provide insights for destinations wanting to host these cutting-edge events and for event organizers who want to learn from their explosive growth. This segment of the sports industry differs from traditional sports in many ways and at TEAMS ’17, attendees will come away with a clearer understanding of how e-sports will influence the future direction of the sports-event industry.

The e-sports track at TEAMS ’17 will be anchored by a general session encompassing all aspects of the digitalization of sports. This session will detail technologies such as VR, AR and AI and how they will impact your organization and the sporting events you organize or host.

We are also pleased to announce that one of the leading law firms specializing in sports law, Bryan Cave, LLC, will be co-locating its highly sought-after Sports Law Symposium with the TEAMS ’17 Conference & Expo. This symposium will focus on safe sport and, as such, is a must-attend adjunct to TEAMS for sports organizations concerned with this fast-developing area of legal liability for sports organizations. The symposium will include two educational sessions on the morning of Tuesday, October 31. For more information and to request an invitation to these important sessions, please call (310) 954-2504. Admission to this symposium is easily worth the cost of your trip to TEAMS ’17.

We are proud that TEAMS ’17 will serve as the location of the annual meeting of the National Congress of State Games for the second consecutive year. If you’re not familiar with the NCSG and their dozens of affiliated organizations that host statewide, multisport events around the country, you will want to make sure to meet them at TEAMS ’17 in Orlando. Both event-rights holders and destinations will have the opportunity to connect with this massive, grass-roots sports organization that attracts more than 500,000 participants each year nationwide.

For more information on any of these exciting facets of TEAMS ’17, (including details on exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities), please call (877) 577-3700. TEAMS ’17 will be the largest sports-specific business development opportunity of the year. You can’t afford to miss it—call us today!