Julius Robinson SportsTravel Podcast

Hotels and the Rise of Sports-Related Travel: Julius Robinson on Marriott’s NCAA Partnership and Industry Trends

The Women’s Final Four in Minneapolis was the biggest gathering in women’s college basketball since the pandemic began more than two years ago. And in the light of last year’s NCAA gender equity report, all eyes were on the destination to make sure that women’s sports were celebrated not only on the court and in […]

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SportsTravel Podcast Tom Cove SFIA

Sports Participation Deep Dive: Tom Cove of SFIA on the Latest Trends and What They Mean for Events

There is nothing quite as valuable to sports organizations and destinations that host their events than data. And one of the leading organizations that has been diving into data analysis for years is the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. The association, whose members include sporting goods and fitness brands, manufacturers, retailers and maerkters, has one […]

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Jacqie McWilliams SportsTravel Podcast

CIAA Basketball Moves to Baltimore: Jacqie McWilliams on New Beginnings

When the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association announced that it was moving its annual men’s and women’s conference basketball tournament to Baltimore after 13 years in Charlotte, North Carolina, it sent shockwaves through the collegiate landscape. The event, which attracts about 100,000 people with an estimated economic impact of $50 million has become about much more than […]

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SportsTravel Podcast Stu Upson Pickleball

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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SportsTravel Podcast Sophie Goldschmidt

How U.S. Ski & Snowboard Prepares for the Beijing Olympics: Sophie Goldschmidt on COVID Testing and Breaking Barriers

 Skiing and snowboarding have always been among the spotlight sports at the Olympic Winter Games and the 2022 Games in Beijing will be no different with Mikaela Shiffrin and Chloe Kim being among the biggest names for Team USA. But getting to Beijing and passing strict COVID protocols has been a hot topic in the Olympic […]

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SportsTravel Podcast Andrew Messick

The Ironman Group Approach: Andrew Messick on Triathlons, Competition and Trends

The Ironman Group has been a leader in mass participation events for years. The company’s portfolio now extends well beyond the Ironman triathlon series itself and includes the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series, the multi-day road cycling event series Haute Route and a strategic partnership with UTMB Group, which organizes ultra-trail running events. The company has also […]

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SportsTravel Podcast Susan Baughman

Susan Baughman: Bringing the College Football Playoff Title Game to Indianapolis

Indianapolis has hosted eight NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Fours and is known as one of the best college sports cities in the country. On Monday, January 10, it will for the first time host the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, becoming the first cold-weather city to host the event and the first city that […]

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SportsTravel Podcast Greg Cruse

Greg Cruse: Riding Surfing’s Wave of Momentum

Greg Cruse is no stranger to surfing. He’s been participating in the sport since he was middle school-aged and was on one of the original high school surf teams in Huntington Beach, California, that was part of the genesis of the National Scholastic Surfing Association. He later became active in the administration of the sport […]

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SportsTravel Podcast Fraser Bullock

Fraser Bullock: Salt Lake’s 2002 Olympic Legacy and Hopes for a Future Games

In only a few months, it will be the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, one of only three destinations in the United States to have hosted the Winter Games. The 2002 Games was Utah’s introduction to the world and was held under high security with 9/11 having […]

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