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Fans watch a 2019 Little League World Series tournament game in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

Study: $45 Billion Spent in 2019 on Sports-Related Travel

A landmark new study conducted by the Sports Events and Tourism Association shows that travel to amateur and collegiate sports events in 2019 accounted for $45.1 billion in spending in the United States, an increase of over 5 percent from the previous year. In addition, that spending generated $103.3 billion in direct, indirect and induced […]

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Virus Outbreak Golden Gate Woes
The Great American 5000 virtual race, organized by Sports Backers in Richmond, Virginia, will begin in San Francisco and chart a course to New York. Photo: Eric Risberg/AP Images

Case Study: A Sports Commission Rethinks its Events

The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on sports events at all levels. For sports commissions that organize their own events and rely on revenue from those events, the pandemic has been especially hard. That loss of events and revenue has raised a number of questions. When a sports commission exists to create events that […]

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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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Preparation Crucial to Reopening Sports Events

Representatives from two destinations that have already hosted sports events say that no matter when venues are open and sports commissions and CVBs are able to host again, making sure plans are in place and clearly communicated will be crucial to an event’s success. While those watching the Sports ETA webinar “First Out of the […]

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Virus Outbreak Sports Realistic Expectations
Wrigley Field's marquee displays Lakeview Pantry volunteer information in Chicago. With no games being played, recent sports headlines have centered around hopes and dreams — namely, the uncharted path leagues and teams must navigate to return to competition in the wake of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Panel: Sports Organizations Must Adapt for Post-COVID World

Listeners to the latest Sports ETA webinar were told that they should forgot about spending time on a five-year plan during the COVID-19 pandemic and instead focus on the intrinsic values that they bring to the areas they work and live in. Dale Neuburger and Michelle Perry of BCW Sports Practice – North America said […]

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The Cleveland Indians hosted the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field. Photo: Tony Dejak/AP Images

Panelists: Cities Have Opportunity to Innovate Post-COVID in Sports

Cities that plan never again to do business as usual will have a step ahead on others when sports events re-emerge from a post-coronavirus landscape, panelists said during the Sports ETA webinar “Seven New Directions and Opportunities for Cities in the Aftermath of COVID-19.” “Getting back to normal is no longer an option, we are […]

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Las Vegas has hosted numerous collegiate events, including the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Championship. But this bid cycle will be the first time it can bid in NCAA championships and the city is expected to be in the mix for events. Photo: John Locher/AP Images

NCAA to Announce Championship Hosts in October

The NCAA still plans to announce the hosts for more than 500 championship events in October, with sport committees sifting through the more than 3,000 applications received before this past February’s deadline. The tentative date to release the names of the hosts is the week of October 12, said Russ Yurk, president of 129 Sports, […]

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A general view through the main gates to Wimbledon as it is announced that the tennis championships for 2020 had been cancelled due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Sports Insurance, Contracts a Hot Topic in Industry

When Wimbledon and the British Open were canceled, one of the many newsworthy items after the news was that both events had purchased pandemic insurance over the past few years and will be able to get payouts from the underwriting agencies they contracted with. Whether through insurance policies or event contracts, legal issues related to […]

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A view of the March Madness logo inside the Dayton Arena, where the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was set to begin. Photo: Aaron Doster/AP Images

Sports-Event Industry Reacts to Coronavirus Challenges: “It’s Unprecedented”

In one of the most challenging stretches the sports-event industry has ever faced, industry leaders are unsure exactly what a recovery will look like—or when it will happen. But they are looking ahead. One by one, the number of major events and leagues that began canceling or postponing competitions in the wake of the COVID-19 […]

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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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