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The Big 12 Conference and Kansas City have extended the men's and women's basketball tournaments in the city through 2027.

Big 12, Kansas City Sports Commission Announce Extension for Basketball Championships

The Big 12 Conference and Kansas City have built a strong relationship when it comes to the conference’s basketball tournaments. The Missouri city has been the site for the men’s basketball tournament since 2010 and with a recent extension, it will remain there until at least 2027. The women’s tournament returned to the area in […]

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Dates Announced for 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City

The Kansas City Sports Commission and NFL have announced that the 2023 NFL Draft will take place April 27–29, 2023. “This will be one of the biggest and most-anticipated professional sporting events our city has hosted,” says Kathy Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Visit KC. “Not only […]

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Kathy Nelson to Lead Visit KC and Kansas City Sports Commission

Kathy Nelson, the longtime president of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation, will also become the leader of the city’s convention and visitors bureau, Visit KC, effective January 1, 2022. Nelson will lead both organizations after being at the helm of the sports commission for the past 10 years. In her expanded role, she […]

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2026 World Cup Host Cities Race Heating Up

There are events that any destination would love to host, and then there are events that could transform a destination not only ahead of their arrival but for years to come. The 2026 FIFA World Cup promises to be one of those events and 17 cities throughout the United States are under consideration for 10 […]

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Big 12 Basketball Tournament Staying in Kansas City

The Big 12 Conference has announced a one-year extension through 2025 with the city of Kansas City, Missouri, to serve as the host site for the Phillips 66 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. Kansas City was the initial host of both championships from 1997–2002, and again in 2005, 2008 and 2010–2012. The men’s postseason event […]

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Sports ETA Moves Symposium to Virtual Event

Sports ETA will cancel its annual in-person symposium that had been planned for Kansas City in August 2020 and launch a virtual month-long series of programming instead. The next in-person symposium will take place April 26–29, 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama. The Kansas City event had initially been planned for April 2020 and was later rescheduled […]

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Kansas City Sports Commission Forms Esports Coalition

The Kansas City Sports Commission has formed the Kansas City Esports Coalition with the mission of using gaming for good by developing, advocating and enriching esports culture in the region. The goal is to provide an environment for gamers, entrepreneurs, businesses and educators to connect and exchange ideas plus foster events and cultivate relationships throughout […]

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Industry Leaders Praise Event Ownership Model

Being able to have an event that you own outright is even more important during the uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic, panelists agreed during a Sports ETA webinar on March 27. “We probably had 15 events that were scheduled in the March-April-May time frame,” said Ray Palmer, president of Pensacola Sports. “Five of those […]

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NFL Awards Future Drafts to Cleveland and Kansas City

The NFL has awarded Cleveland the 2021 Draft and Kansas City the 2023 Draft as it continues its push to spread the showcase event around to cities across the country. The 2021 event in Cleveland will be staged at iconic downtown locations around FirstEnergy Stadium, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well […]

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Kansas City Selected to Host 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships

USA Gymnastics has announced that the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, for the first time since 1987. The event will be staged August 8–11 at Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City. The event determines the men’s and women’s U.S. champions and U.S. National Team for the junior and senior elite levels. […]

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