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Major League Pickleball Announces Team Expansion

Major League Pickleball, a professional pickleball league that showcases professional pickleball players in a unique team format, has announced an expansion to 12 teams for 2022 and new team owners including entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. Eight teams took part in the league’s first season in 2021. The league has also confirmed that the 2022 MLP Draft […]

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Punta Gorda Secures Three-Year Deal with APP Pickleball Tournament

The Association of Pickleball Professionals will return to the PicklePlex in Punta Gorda, Florida, with a stop on the tour at the pickleball-specific venue at Florida Southwestern State College. The event will be staged February 23–27 after being held at the complex in 2020 and 2021. The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau is working […]

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Pickleball Power: Stu Upson of USA Pickleball on the Sport’s Growth, Events and Venues

The Sports and Fitness Industry Association has made it official in its latest trends report: pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country. Over the past two years, participation is up 39 percent, including an increase of more than 20 percent from 2019 to 2020 when the pandemic helped drive the sport’s appeal. Leading the […]

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Pickleball, Golf Entertainment Venue Heading to Branson

Pickleball, a pro-style golf putting course, golf simulators and a regional restaurant and bar will be part of a new sports and entertainment destination in Branson, Missouri. The Social Birdy is scheduled to break ground in early 2022 and open later this year on Branson Hills Parkway. The 9,000-square-foot social venue will include a 2,000-square-foot, […]

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Pickelball Central

NHL Hurricanes Owner Invests in Pickleball

Pickleball Central has announced a majority investment from Dallas-based investment firm Dundon Capital Partners LLC, owners of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and Callaway Golf Company, as the sport continues to see considerable growth. The deal includes Pickleball Central’s retail equipment business as well as its affiliated PickleballTournaments.com software and event management solutions. The new round […]

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Atlantic City to Host Large Indoor Pickleball Tournament

The Atlantic City Convention Center will be home to the Atlantic City Pickleball Open Indoor Championships, which is billed as the world’s largest indoor pickleball tournament, September 19–24, 2022. The event is being staged by the Atlantic City Sports Commission in partnership with Pickleball Entertainment Consultants as part of a three-year deal to hold the […]

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Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events to Build Pickleball Courts at Sportsplex

Gulf Shores, Alabama, along with the Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events, plan to add 12 pickleball courts at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex in an attemp to draw further sports tourism to the destination. The 12 courts will be built at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex in an unused grassy area next to a […]

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Legacy Sports USA Hosting Pro Pickleball Association Tour Event Starting in 2022

Legacy Sports USA is partnering with the Pro Pickleball Association to host a PPA Tour event as part of a five-year agreement starting in February 2022 at Legacy Sports Park, which is set to open in January 2022 in Mesa, Arizona. The PPA Tour will kick off its new partnership with Legacy Sports USA next […]

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New Sports Venues to Watch in 2021

As the demand for spaces to host sporting events continues to grow with an eye toward sports-related travel in a post-coronavirus world, destinations across the country are examining their inventory, identifying needs and building accordingly. Here are 15 new sports complexes to keep an eye on in 2021. Midway Central Station Bedford Park, Illinois OPENING: […]

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USAPA Pickleball

Stu Upson Named USA Pickleball CEO

USA Pickleball has announced that sports industry veteran Stu Upson will become its first chief executive officer, effective December 14. Executive Director Justin Maloof will stay with the organization in his current role. Upson has more than 25 years of senior management experience, most recently as the chief operating officer of the International Tennis Hall […]

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