Matt Swenson, a editorial director at Connect Meetings.
Ray Ezelle, vice president of sales and services at Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, says a metro-mountain mix is a recipe for success for sports groups.
It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since Annika Sorenstam hung up her golf clubs for the last time as a professional. Now, she is one of
National Senior Games is estimated to have a $38 million economic impact on Fort Lauderdale.
Visit Frisco earns rave reviews for rewriting the playbook on college basketball tournaments.
Matt Libber leaves the family business and events operations to run the well-regarded Maryland SoccerPlex.
Bree Nidds leaves Virginia’s Blue Ridge to join former boss Alex Michaels at Discover Lehigh Valley.
The Connect Sports Diversity Events Summit was about raising the bar through sports. Here are our takeaways.
Greg Economou, head of sports for Ticketmaster North America, discusses what's ahead for ticketing in the future.
Don Dukemineer, chairman of Sports Alabama, takes over as the new face of Foley, Alabama’s sports tourism effort.
Las Vegas and MGM Resorts will play a big role in nascent Alliance of American Football.
Neighboring Greenville and Anderson, South Carolina, hosted the 2018 Bassmaster Classic that set attendance records in March.
Two-time Olympic champion Michele Smith, keynote at our Women in Sports Tourism Forum, shares how a major accident changed her path.
Anthony Holman, the NCAA’s managing director of championships and alliances, playing rules and officiating, discusses what’s ahead for the organization.
Industry veteran Alex Michaels inherits a booming destination in Lehigh Valley that has rebuilt its identity through urban redevelopment.
Bree Nidds, director of sports development at VBR Sports, has made it her job is to increase sports tourism opportunities in and around Roanoke.
Bree Nidds, a varsity sailor at the University of Hawaii, drives to take Virginia’s Blue Ridge to the next level in sports.
USA Roller Sports Executive Director Eric Steele says running the NGB is a lot like his past work at the Boy Scouts of America.
Board gives the green light to begin construction on the 13-field facility designed to attract more sports to Panama City Beach, Florida.
Losing a leg could have derailed Mike Schultz’s athletic career. Instead, he’s become a champion adaptive snowboarder going for gold at the Paralympics.
Mike Cullina, newly appointed chairman of the board at U.S. Club Soccer, discusses the key issues the next U.S. Soccer president will face.
Bree Nidds, director of sports development for VBR Sports, will coordinate with five jurisdictions to enhance sports tourism in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Jamie Adams, one of the most esteemed leaders in sports tourism, will become assistant athletic director at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.
The preparations for next week's college football title game between Alabama and Georgia are a dry run for the other championships coming soon to Atlanta.
Tate Stensgaard, sports sales manager at the Sioux Falls (South Dakota) CVB, discusses what sets the destination apart for hosting events.
Florida State junior Josh Williamson’s unlikely journey to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Team Trials included winning a reality TV competition.
Angela Adams Suggs, president and CEO of Florida Sports Foundation, says her job is to help the state’s sports organizations work together.
The upcoming World Rowing Championships are expected to have a $25 million impact on the Sarasota region.
Discover Long Island Sports Development Manager Jennifer Rothman, CSEE discusses the benefits of the revamped Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The 2017 Visit Myrtle Beach Basketball Tournament was once again one of the major highlights from Connect Sports.
Almost 5,000 athletes are scheduled to compete in September during the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Moguls superstar Shannon Bahrke Happe shares her rise and fall—and rise again—on her memorable path to winter Olympic glory.
Joel Koester is sports market manager at Chicago Southland CVB. As a 2017 Connect Sports Game Changer, Koester discusses his passion for sports tourism.
Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, a global race series for corporations, will be run in San Francisco for the first time this week.
Hours after the World OutGames were called off in May, athletes and Miami Beach officials scrambled to make the most out of nothing.
Champion off-road racing star RJ Anderson makes a pit stop with Connect Sports to discuss the grass-roots sport's growing popularity.
EVP Island Championship came together after a fateful meeting last year at Connect Sports in Grapevine, Texas.
Craig Mackay, sports development manager at Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, impresses industry veterans early in his career.
Scripps National Spelling Bee Program Manager of Events Beth Hecquet says it takes a village to put on the event and that CVBs can be part of the process.
Gulf Shores, Alabama, prepares to host the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship again knowing the event will remain there through 2022
Dallas Sports Commission Executive Director Monica Paul discusses marketing the Women’s Final Four to maximize exposure and awareness.
Visit Salt Lake Vice President of Sales Mark White discusses how the destination is still reaping the benefits of hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Modern Pentathlon World Cup at Fairplex marks the sport’s first international competition in Southern California since 1984.
Sports planners can hit a home run and join other world renowned sporting organizations this year by hosting events in Puerto Rico.
The Brazilian-born Pedro Meloni brings Olympic experience to his role as USA Weightlifting’s new senior manager of events.
The world of sports tourism is all about building relationships. That’s why Connect Sports produces this list of industry leaders for you to get to know.
In our inaugural Game Changers feature, we honor 15 individuals and one destination surpassing expectations to better the sports tourism industry.
Learn more about the USA Weightlifting American Open in Orlando, Florida, this week.
CSM and LeadDog, leading events and marketing agencies, are merging to become a global leader for engaging fans at major sporting events.
Wesley Hall, executive director of Omaha Sports Commission, credits a race manager in Virginia for sparking ideas that pay off today.
The new North Houston Bike Park helps Houston land another major event.
Beth Porreca, director of events at USA Football, offers advice for acting pink as she continues her recovery from breast cancer
The NCAA announced the Men’s Basketball Tournament will return to Greenville, South Carolina, for the first time since 2002.
Some of Chicago’s top sports executives discuss key industry challenges at the inaugural Chicago Sports Summit in early October.
After a complete renovation and rebranding this summer, Sarasota BMX Supercross will host the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup finals Oct. 8-9.
The opening of U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, has resulted in several events coming to Minneapolis.
The National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas, drew more than 55,000 fans, a 25-percent increase from 2015.
Ron Radigonda, executive director of the softball division of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, discusses why softball will hit a homer in Tokyo.
Speedskating legend Derek Parra is cultivating a new generation of skaters leading the events side of the Utah Olympic Oval, the very site of his greatest
The Battle at Bristol is being billed as college football’s biggest-ever game. To put it in perspective, we’ve broken down the event by the numbers.
The Connect Sports All-Stars stood tall in the Visit Myrtle Beach Basketball Tournament in Grapevine, Texas. (
Named the “No. 1 Food City in the U.S.” by Zagat and an “up-and-coming foodie city” by Kayak, Pittsburgh is living up to its lofty accolades, one
After overcoming coming cancer and financial obstacles, Jamie Whitmore will compete at the Paralympics in Rio.
Connect Sports Marketplace is off to a fast start. But Thursday’s action is only the beginning of the sports tourism industry’s most attended conference.
Experience Kissimmee (Florida) has struck a first-of-its-kind deal to be an official partner with West Ham United Football Club, a London-based squad in
A $500 million development project is underway on the campus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Amanda Polk held down multiple jobs to stay afloat financially while pursuing her dream.
Zach Garrett's path to the 2016 Games meant leaving home to train in Chula Vista, California.
Gold medal gymnast Carly Patterson, emcee at Olympic SportsLink, discusses how her remarkable career continues to shape her life.
Thomas Lee. Visit Charlotte's national sales manager for sports, says the city is ready to open events with open arms.
The rising star in the sports tourism industry discusses how her competitive nature has led to a successful career in a male-dominated industry.
Football University’s Top Gun Showcase was always destined to make its way to Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Maryland-based companies expand partnership with Northern Virginia tournaments.
Oklahoma City used a qualifier for “American Ninja Warrior” at its State Capitol as a showcase event.
Drivers like Go Puck founder Blake Fuller look to make history at the 100th anniversary of the historic race.
LakePoint unveiled the centerpiece of its south campus on June 1, cutting the ribbon on its Champions Center. The $36 million, 170,000-sq.-ft. indoor facility
The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins series allows the host cities to promote local establishments through friendly wager.
Lacrosse semifinals and finals are returning to Massachusetts in 2017 for the first time since 2012.
The opening of the 16-field sports facility opens new doors for events to make Salt Lake City home.
Greenville and South Carolina celebrate a symbolic victory less than a year after the Confederate flag’s removal.
Chattanooga Sports Committee President Tim Morgan discusses turning the destination into a burgeoning sports hub.
Sarasota, Florida, aims to increase its global profile through international events like the British Rowing Championships.
Kissimmee, Florida, looks to raise its profile though a partnership with the Prince Harry-led Invictus Games May 8-12.
Ahead of April's Quidditch Cup, the Fields at Saluda Shoals underwent a magical transformation from industrial park to sports hub.
Tulsa steps up with a $15 million project that will put USA BMX’s major assets under one roof.
Biloxi Shuckers co-owner Tim Bennett hopes the venue is a sports tourism MVP for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The Federation of Gay Games announced it was breaking off talks with the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association about the proposed One World Event.
Sports tourism officials credit Ricketts for the growth of Virginia Beach as a destination.
WrestleMania, a former single-day arena event, has morphed into a weeklong celebration bringing $100 million to a host region.
After four years building a model sports tourism program, Corey Peterson switches from the destination side to event organizer/vendor.
TrackTown USA president and U.S. men’s track coach Vin Lananna says the IAAF event could help transform the sport in the U.S.
Visit Anaheim launches a sports-centric division that’s already notching major victories for the city.
These incredible numbers explain why destinations are biting to host the “Super Bowl of bass fishing.”
The director of conference sales at St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches (Florida) Visitors and Convention Bureau also served decades in hotels.
Columbia, South Carolina partners with Bolen Motorsports and driver Jordan Anderson to sell the destination to event owners across the U.S.
Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III discusses Daytona Rising, which transformed the iconic track into a first-of-its-kind racing
Tournament executive director Bonnie Goldberg discusses the volleyball event’s massive growth as it enters its 10th year.
Preparations and development for the 2017 Super Bowl will benefit planners long after the final kick.
The founder of the GLISA North America describes how his partner’s illness drove him to a life combining activism and sports tourism
The Rams’ return to L.A. opens the door for the city to host mega-events in the near future.
Blake Anderson, the school’s assistant director of sports turf operations, proves he is a cut above his peers with the care of Baum Stadium.
With memories of the French attacks still fresh, federal and local officials work to keep attendees safe at the College Football Playoff National Championship
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will play host to World League Tournament a month before the Summer Olympics.
The 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship and 2020 Final Four have already been awarded to Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Mowing patterns contest spotlights the workers behind the creative designs at ballparks.
On Veterans Day, we asked Collinson Media & Events' VP of Marketplaces Patrick Higgins to reflect on the impact his military service has today.
The destination wins its third major USA Volleyball event in this decade.
Joel Koester grows above and beyond the call of duty—including growing beards—to bring events to Chicago’s Southland.
US Club Soccer and LaLiga North America’s friendship will continue forward as the two sides announced a long-term extension earlier this year.
Jennifer Todd, co-founder and executive vice president of strategic partnerships of The Basketball Tournament, explains her unlikely path to TBT.
David Siegel, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Sports Council and Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, talks life after the Dodgers.