Eyeing the 2028 Olympics, NFL Plays the Long Game with Flag Football
It’s no secret the NFL wants to expand the reach of football internationally. And it believes the avenue to get it all the way to the Olympics lies in flag football. So far, it has made a good start: the game is growing in the U.S. and this summer, it will appear in the World Games in Birmingham. Learn about the NFL’s goals and its 10-year growth plan.
Valley Forge & Montgomery County, PA Can Host It All
Located minutes from Philadelphia, the Valley Forge and Montgomery County area has convenient access to major roadways, the Philadelphia International Airport, public transportation and area attractions. It’s also a great home for all the favorite sports – volleyball, baseball, hockey and lacrosse – as well as for some unique tournaments and venues.
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|Travel Returns in a Rush This Summer - Is the Industry Ready?|
As far back as last fall, we saw the demand for youth sports making itself known. Now, the next wave of the resurgence has arrived: the return of travelers who are ready to spend some time in new cities. With infection rates continuing to drop and consumer confidence spreading its wings again, tourists are expected to return to the skies and roads.
|Bid On This: ITA Division III Women’s National Team Indoor Championships|
Want to serve up college tennis? The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is welcoming bids for the 2023, 2024, and 2025 ITA Division III Women’s National Team Indoor Championships. Interested destinations, venues or hosting organizations can bid to host events taking place in one, two or all three years. All bids are due on May 9 so don’t delay!
|Earth Day is Coming Up. Which Event Owners Are Helping the Planet?|
Green is the new…well, green – as in eco-friendly. And with Earth Day less than two weeks away, it’s obvious the sports industry is getting into the spirit with cleanups and other activities. Can’t get something together in time for that date? There’s always Worldwide Plogging Day (plogging is a mash-up of Picking up Litter and Jogging) in late May.
|Is FIFA Kicking Biennial World Cup Concept to the Curb?|
The concept of a biennial World Cup has been kicked around since last year but FIFA seems to be taking a big step back from the whole thing. In fact, FIFA president Gianni Infantino went so far as to say FIFA had never proposed such an idea. (They just studied it, he maintains). With the pushback from the international community, will he retreat further?
|High School Auto Racing Revs Up; Wisconsin Leads the Pack|
Pick up the checkered flags and head for the track. High school auto racing is a varsity sport in Wisconsin. And before you dismiss it, consider this: As with all other sports, student athletes need to have a certain GPA, actively compete in sanctioned races and always display good sportsmanship. And it’s something motorsports event owners can tap into.
Inside Events: Top Threat Tournaments
Providing a platform for the nation's girls' lacrosse players and teams, Top Threat Tournaments hosts premier tournaments and showcases predominantly located on the East Coast – although the organization is always interested in learning about new venues and what they offer. Get insights into Top Threat, and into the sport, here.
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