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| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Gary Bettman

Gary Bettman was named commissioner of the National Hockey League in 1993, making him the longest-serving leader of the major North American sports leagues. In that time, the league has expanded to 30 teams and will add a new franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, next season. In the meantime, the NHL has created a popular outdoor series of events and in September launched a revamped World Cup of Hockey with eight international squads. That move came as the league was deciding whether to send players to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, as it has for every Games since 1998. In April, Bettman announced the league

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Pittsburgh Wins Big  With NCAA Bids

Pittsburgh Wins Big With NCAA Bids

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

After receiving in excess of 3,000 bids, the NCAA in April announced more than 600 host sites for championship events through the 2021–2022 season across Divisions I, II and III. No city fared better than Pittsburgh, which landed 22 events, including such prizes as the 2019 Division I wrestling and volleyball championships and the 2021 […]

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| April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nick Horbaczewski

Nick Horbaczewski learned a number of things about growing a sport and building a loyal fan base at Tough Mudder from 2013–2015, serving in roles that included chief revenue officer and senior vice-president of revenue and business development. But in 2015, he took those skills and turned his attention to drones, founding the Drone Racing League. The league features pilots controlling drones at 80 mph on courses that wind their way through checkpoints in some considerably nontraditional venues. And quickly, the league and the sport have taken off. The first season of five races aired on ESPN in 2016 and the next season begins in June

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Water Polo Scoring Big in Participation

Water Polo Scoring Big in Participation

| April 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

While some sports may be struggling with participation and membership, water polo is not one of them, according to recent data released by USA Water Polo and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The national governing body, based in Huntington Beach, California, has seen membership grow 25 percent in the last five […]

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| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mary Wittenberg

For 17 years, Mary Wittenberg was involved in every aspect of the New York City Marathon during her time at New York Road Runners. From 2005–2015, she was president and CEO, overseeing a period of enormous growth for the race. But now she has the opportunity to launch a new series of events from scratch. In May 2015, she was hired as global CEO—Chief Exercise Officer—for Virgin Sport, created as part of Richard Branson’s empire with a goal of motivating people to get fit through sports. The first series of events were recently announced with three planned in London and one in San Francisco in 2017. Virgin’s plan is to organize mass participatory events that will include running

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| February 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Benita Fitzgerald Mosley

At the 1984 Olympic Summer Games, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley became the first African-American woman and second American ever to win a gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles. But she never stopped succeeding. After working for Special Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics organizing committee, she spent eight years as president and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications. From there, she became chief of sport performance for USA Track & Field, helping the team to win 29 medals at the 2012 Games, and served as chief of organizational excellence for the U.S. Olympic Committee. In 2016, she was named CEO of Laureus USA, a foundation that is part of a global

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Jump to the Finish

Jump to the Finish

| February 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Executives at Vermont’s Killington Resort had more than a year to market and create buzz around what would be the first FIS Ski World Cup in New England in 25 years. While early signs pointed to strong interest for the International Ski Federation event, held over Thanksgiving weekend, resort officials still weren’t sure exactly what […]

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IPC Rebrands 10 Paralympic Sports With New Names

IPC Rebrands 10 Paralympic Sports With New Names

| February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ten sports governed by the International Paralympic Committee have been given new logos and new names, a significant shift designed to increase awareness of the sports and allow host cities to better capitalize on their association with championship events. The move takes the acronym “IPC” out of the names of 10 Paralympic sports that the […]

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| January 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Joe Buck

Joe Buck had the good fortune of watching his father, Jack Buck, broadcast countless games as the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. But when the time came to step up to the booth, the younger Buck made the most of his opportunity. Now he is the lead Major League Baseball and National Football League announcer for Fox Sports, having just completed his 19th World Series and preparing to call his fifth Super Bowl. In his recent memoir, “Lucky Bastard,” Buck recounts his rise, one that almost came crashing down in 2011 when complications from anesthesia during a hair-plug procedure cost him his voice for nearly a year—an absence he previously attributed to “a virus.” He has since recovered to cement his status as a leading voice in sports broadcasting

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| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tom Penn

Tom Penn has the chance to do what few get to do in professional sports: build a team from the ground up. But it’s not just the launch of LAFC, the new Major League Soccer team in Los Angeles, that he’s overseeing. Penn is also helping develop a new downtown stadium set to debut in 2018 when the team begins play. Penn previously spent four seasons as vice-president of basketball operations and assistant general manager of the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers and seven years as assistant general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies in addition to serving as an NBA analyst for ESPN. But in building LAFC, he has had to engage a range of sports and entertainment luminaries as co-owners while convincing new fans to jump on the team’s bandwagon. In this interview with SportsTravel’s Jason Gewirtz, Penn

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