FIFA's Delays Announcing 2026 Schedule Creating Problems for Cities
Officials in cities named to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup 2026 are still waiting to find out who will host which matches and when, and it is creating hardships. FIFA is promising answers this year (which could mean anything). The governing body also has announced 2030 World Cup hosts, as well as a bidding change that shook up the hosting scene.
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| IOC Exploring Plans for Olympics Esports Games |
We've had a lot of news that registers pretty high on the Richter Scale this week: Information coming out of FIFA about World Cup bidding requirements and the news about the five showcase sports for Los Angeles. But the biggest, breaking this week, was the IOC's announcement that it is exploring plans for the creation of Olympic Esports Games.
| Drones vs. Drone Slayers: The Sky is Limited in the Sports Venue Landscape |
The problems between those who fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones) and those who own venues and sports events came into sharp focus when a man was charged after allegedly sending a drone over Ohio Stadium during the recent Ohio State-Maryland football game. But it's not the only place where countermeasures are being taken.
| Five Showcase Sports Teed Up for Los Angeles in 2028 |
With a final vote by the IOC, we now know for sure that the LA 2028 Olympics will have five showcase sports: flag football, baseball/softball, cricket, lacrosse and squash. And that could mean some real boons for those sports in the USA in years to come, particularly for those sports still in the emerging stages: cricket, flag football and squash.
| Get Your BID On: NAIA Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championships |
Got indoor facilities? (Of course you do.) Ready to host a sport that will garner spectators and media attention, plus bring in a lot of great athletes at the collegiate level? The NAIA is looking for a home for its Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championships. Everything you need to know in order to host can be found right here in this article.
| Winter Sports Event Owners, Venue Operators Eyeing Climate Change |
After seeing a boom in the most recent winter sports season, operators of venues and events are bracing for a downturn. El Niño is poised to return in full force, having major implications for the North American ski season. With that in mind, the snow sports industry is taking a more active role in bringing awareness to, and combatting, climate change.
| Funding Restored for School Archery Programs and Other Shooting Sports |
Here's good news for school-based archery and shooting sports and teams. New legislation requires the Department of Education to restore school districts' ability to use federal resources for school archery, gun safety and hunter education programs. But as you might have guessed, not everyone is happy with the change, and there's a lot being said.
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As we tiptoe into a new school year, we're seeing plenty of changes. This issue can help face them head-on. Our articles cover safety and security preparations and negotiations between vendors and event owners, as well as an update on bus and motorcoach travel. There are features on destinations that can host events in softball, gymnastics and water sports. Additionally, there are insights from the president of AAU and the founder of the Gran Fondo National Series, and a roundup of great sports venues. Get started on the new season right here.
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