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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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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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USA Volleyball Sunshine Classic Set for Orlando

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, will host the USA Volleyball Sunshine Classic Girls Qualifier from 2002–2025. The 2022 edition is scheduled for April 1–3. The Sunshine Classic is one of 12 qualifiers for the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championship. The 2022 national championship will be June 23–July 4 in Indianapolis with […]

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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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Clermont, Florida, to Host Olympic Swimming Qualifier

Union Americana de Natación, an international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics, has announced that Orlando Health National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, will host the FINA-sanctioned 2021 UANA Tokyo Olympics Swimming Qualifier. The event will be staged April 29 – May 2, 2021, in partnership with Azura Aquatics, Montverde Aquatic Club, […]

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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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Orlando to Host Inaugural NGA National Gymnastics Festival

Orlando, Florida, will host the National Gymnastics Association’s inaugural National Gymnastics Festival at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. The event, which will be staged June 9–13, 2021, will include a national championships for men and women, an education and wellness summit, and a supplier marketplace. “We are excited to be working with the Greater Orlando […]

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Orange County Convention Center to Host Three Summer Basketball Tournaments

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, will be transformed this summer with three events starting in late July as part of the Summer Elite Grassroots Basketball tournament series. “As one of the first venues to resume convention operations, our success is testament on how modified sporting events can be hosted safely, responsibly and […]

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Orlando Area Lakes to Host B.A.S.S. Championships

The Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida has been selected to host two B.A.S.S. championship tournaments in 2020. The first event, the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, is scheduled for October 29–31. The second event, to be held December 9–12, will the Bassmaster Team Championship and Classic Fish-Off, with […]

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