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XP League to Launch in Central Florida in May

XP League, an youth esports organization, is launching in Central Florida this spring and compete in titles like Rocket League, Minecraft, and Fortnite. “I’ve spent the last decade working alongside community leaders in Central Florida to help establish Orlando as an epicenter for the growing esports industry,” said Sari Kitelyn, owner of Greater Orlando XP […]

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Greater Orlando Sports Commission’s Jason Siegel Earns Award

The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association will recognize Jason Siegel, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, as the association’s 2022 Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award recipient. The award — named after the first CFHLA Board of Directors Chairperson, Charles Andrews — will be presented at the CFHLA Hospitality Gala on […]

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Orlando Awarded 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials

Orlando, Florida, will host the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in marathon, it was announced today by USA Track and Field and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. The trials will be held on February 3, 2024, with the top three finishers in the male and female races who have met qualifying performance standards to be […]

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The U.S. team sings the national anthem ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C game at Kobe Misaki Stadium against England in Kobe, Japan. The U.S. will host the 2031 Rugby World Cup for the first time in program history. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

A Decade of Big Events on Tap in United States

For the next decade, there may not be a season where a sports fan cannot enjoy a major international sporting event to travel to within the United States. This past summer alone saw World Athletics host the world track-and-field championships in the United States for the first time at the renovated Hayward Field in Eugene, […]

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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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