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Colin Smith, FIFA chief tournaments and events officer, left, and Victor Montagliani, FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president, right, listen during a news conference at Hard Rock Stadium on September 23, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida during a series of site visits to FIFA World Cup 2026 candidate host cities. The host cities will be announced June 16. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The 2026 World Cup Host Announcement: What’s at Stake and What the Process was Like

As June 16 approaches, the fate of hundreds of millions of dollars in potential sports tourism benefits is at stake for more than a dozen destinations throughout the United States. It will be on that day when FIFA announces the cities that will host games for the 2026 World Cup in North America, the biggest […]

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Alabama fans cheer before a game against LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa. The SEC is set to get two new teams when Oklahoma and Texas join the mix. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Why College Conference Realignment
Reshapes the Sports Tourism Landscape

College sports is amid revolutionary change that may not be surpassed in its long and sometimes controversial history. The ability of athletes — sorry, student-athletes — to earn money off name, image and likeness has turned the traditional college sponsorship model upside down. The NCAA recently adopted a new constitution that may see further changes […]

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Youth Sports in the COVID-19 Era: Why the Multi-Billion Dollar Industry Feels Positive About the Future

Over the past two-plus decades, the youth sports business has perhaps grown like no other segment not only in the sports-event industry but like few industries throughout the world. What was a collection of mostly community groups that would stage Saturday morning soccer programs in the parks, or intramural basketball before or after elementary school, […]

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Greater Orlando Sports Commission Promotes Quartet

The Greater Orlando Sports Commission has promoted four of its staff members to new positions. Jennifer Lastik has been promoted to executive vice president, having joined the organization in 2007. Lastik graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania as well as West Virginia University and interned at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Lastik […]

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A large banner is raised prior to a FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the United States men's national team and El Salvador on January 27 in Columbus, Ohio. The U.S. won 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

U.S. Women’s National Team to Play in Columbus, Philadelphia; Orlando to Host Mexican Men’s National Team

The U.S. women’s national soccer team will meet Uzbekistan for the first time in a pair of friendlies scheduled for April 9 and April 12, the first in Columbus, Ohio, and the second in Chester, Pennsylvania. The first game will be played at Lower.com Field in Columbus, home of the MLS’ Columbus Crew. The second […]

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2022 Special Olympics USA Games Selects Florida Artist to Create Cauldron

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games has named Donald Gialanella the winner of the USA Games Cauldron Arts Project. Gialanella will design and produce an original cauldron that will be lit during the Opening Ceremony, kicking off the event. He was chosen by a selection committee consisting of Special Olympics Athletes Katy Wilson and Mia […]

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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to host 2021 US Youth Soccer National Events

The US Youth Soccer National League will have four national events as part of its upcoming National League P.R.O. season heading to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. The complex will host more than 200 elite boys and girls teams in the 15U-19U age groups, as […]

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USA Volleyball Selects Orlando for 2022 Open National Championship

USA Volleyball will bring the 2022 USA Volleyball Open National Championship to Orlando, the first time the city has hosted the event since 2016. The tournament will be staged May 27–June 1 at the Orange County Convention Center and will also include USA Volleyball’s annual meeting. The 2016 event drew a record 578 teams. “USA […]

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CONCACAF Keeps it Southern for Gold Cup Destinations

CONCACAF has announced the nine stadiums in six destinations that will host group, quarterfinal and semifinal matches in the 2021 Gold Cup leading to the August 1 final at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. “The announcement of these outstanding venues moves us a step closer to what is sure to be a great Gold Cup […]

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to Tampa Bay Rays' Joey Wendle during the second inning in Game 1 of the 2020 World Series in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

One Year Later: How COVID has Changed Sports Forever

Remember what it like to go to a sold-out game? Waiting in line with others for seemingly forever before getting your ticket scanned, walking into the concourse and trying to avoid bumping into other people while finding a hot dog and soda, then going to your seats to check out the early scene. Maybe you […]

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