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Al Kidd Announces Retirement from Sports ETA

Al Kidd, who has served as president and chief executive officer of the Sports Events and Tourism Association since 2017, will retire from the position, effective June 30, 2023. Searchwide Global has been retained to conduct the search for the next executive of the sports-events industry association. Kidd joined Sports ETA as only its second […]

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup Trophy on display before a press conference at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
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Behind the Scenes of the 2026 World Cup Bid Process

They gathered in different ways. Some had big, public parties. Others gathered in a conference room as a small group. One watched from a villa in Tuscany. Watching at home, John Kristick was able to reflect. When Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in December 2010, it was at the expense of the United […]

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Jose Sotolongo, Director of Sports and Entertainment for the Greater Miami and Convention and Visitors Bureau, left, Victor Montagliani, FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president, center, and Colin Smith, FIFA chief tournaments events officer, right, pose for a photograph at Hard Rock Stadium during a September 23, 2021, site visit in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami will be one of the 11 U.S. cities to host games. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

What Cities Will Host 2026 World Cup — U.S., Mexico and Canada Hosts Announced

FIFA has announced the cities that will host games at the 2026 World Cup, the end of a years-long competition between dozens of cites across the United States, Mexico and Canada that were vying for the coveted spots. The U.S. cities that will host will be Atlanta, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, […]

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The 2021 Division I NCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship match at Nationwide Arena featured a sellout crowd watching Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Title IX at 50: Progress Made, But Progress Still Needed

There are phrases in sports, whether on the field or off, that become legendary and shared among players, coaches, officials, parents and fans. And you can make the case that the seven most historic words in sports were signed into law on June 23, 1972: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis […]

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Harris County-Houston Sports Authority Celebrates 25th Anniversary

First organized because of a professional sports team that left the city, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority will spend September celebrating its 25th anniversary with events that highlight the series of stadiums built in part because of what happened in the past. The HCHSA was formed after the Houston Oilers left town to become the […]

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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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Sports ETA Approves New Board Members, Changes Bylaws

Members of the Sports Event and Tourism Association elected a new board at the first annual membership meeting held since the start of the pandemic. Members also adopted several new bylaw changes that will give more equal benefits to rights holder and industry partner members, and created a new individual membership category. The annual meeting […]

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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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Mima Ito and Hina Hayata of Japan play against Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu of China during their women's doubles final match of the World Table Tennis Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in 2019. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)

Houston to Host Table Tennis World Championships in November 2021

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships, the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority has announced that it will host the event November 23–29, 2021, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It will be the first time the United States has hosted the tournament. The rescheduled event will […]

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TEAMS ’20: A Virtual Sports-Industry
Conference Unlike Any Other

For the first time in its 22-year history, Northstar Meetings Group’s annual TEAMS Conference & Expo was held online. But the four-day conference, which took place October 19–22, was no ordinary virtual event. Instead, an entirely immersive experience was created to transport more than 700 attendees to Houston, where the gathering originally had been scheduled […]

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