33 episodes

In-depth discussions with leaders in the sports-event industry.

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In-depth discussions with leaders in the sports-event industry.

    Bruce Rosenberg: Why HotelPlanner is Bullish on Sports-Related Travel

    Bruce Rosenberg: Why HotelPlanner is Bullish on Sports-Related Travel

    HotelPlanner has been around for 17 years helping organizations book group travel. Bruce Rosenberg, the company’s president of the Americas and chief operating officer, has been part of that leadership team since 2012 after a career in hospitality that included 13 years with Hilton Hotels. As the travel industry has tried to get back on its feet after a devastating 2020, one area that already is standing out is sports-related travel. Especially at the amateur level, destinations and hotels are seeing steady business in group hotel stays from traveling teams and the expectation in 2021 is that sports will continue to be a bright spot for the industry.

    HotelPlanner is certainly banking on that business. In recent weeks, the company has signed partnerships at the professional level with Harris Blitzer, owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center in Newark, but also with USA Pickleball, the USL soccer league and a promotional deal with American tennis player John Isner, all of which are based on the notion that fans of those sports will soon be returning to travel if they haven’t already. And their work isn’t just limited to traditional sports. A recent deal with Immortals Gaming Club shows evidence that HotelPlanner sees a bright future in esports-related travel as well. In this episode with SportsTravel Editor and Publisher Jason Gewirtz, learn why Rosenberg and HotelPlanner are so bullish on the role sports-related travel will play in the industry’s recovery.

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    • 26 min
    Antron Brown and Leah Pruett: Life in the Fast Lane as NHRA Drivers

    Antron Brown and Leah Pruett: Life in the Fast Lane as NHRA Drivers

    The 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing season is set to kick off March 11 in Gainesville, Florida, a 23-race schedule culminating with the season-finale near Los Angeles in November. NHRA drivers are among the fastest in the world, navigating their 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars down the track at speeds that exceed 330 miles per hour. Every ticket is a Pit Pass, allowing fans to walk through the pits and enjoy an up-close look at the cars in between rounds of racing. Fans also can walk right up to their favorite drivers to pose for a picture and get an autograph, while children 12 and under can get in for free. In this conversation with SportsTravel Senior Editor Matt Traub, three-time series champ AntronBrown and eight-time national event winner LeahPruett discuss the NHRA’s devoted fan base, how they got started in auto racing and what stands out for them when they travel across the country.

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    • 39 min
    Jenny Carnes and Lynn Holzman: How the NCAA Will Host the Women's Basketball Tournament in San Antonio

    Jenny Carnes and Lynn Holzman: How the NCAA Will Host the Women's Basketball Tournament in San Antonio

    Women’s basketball is one of the biggest growth markets in the sports event industry. The NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament has been one of the best showcases for women’s sports each year and this March’s event will be no different. Held in a controlled environment in San Antonio, the tournament — in addition to broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU — will have at least six nationally broadcast games on ABC starting with the opening day of action on Sunday, March 21, guaranteeing an audience for every one of its 63 games leading to the championship on April 4. In this conversation with SportsTravel Senior Editor Matt Traub, NCAA Vice President of Women's Basketball Lynn Holzman and Jenny Carnes, San Antonio Sports senior vice president and chief operating officer, discuss everything that is going into the planning for this year’s tournament from the viewpoint of both the tournament organizers and the host destination, and what they’re looking forward to the most about the event.

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    • 15 min
    Dan Gavitt: Planning the NCAA Men's Tournament in Indianapolis

    Dan Gavitt: Planning the NCAA Men's Tournament in Indianapolis

    The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is one of the biggest events on the sports calendar each year. But last March, as college basketball conferences were about to start their postseason tournaments, the coronavirus began to sweep throughout the United States and forced the cancellation of the 2020 event. This year the tournament will be held in a controlled environment centralized in Indianapolis with a majority of the games at four venues throughout the city along with early-round action hosted at Purdue University and Indiana University. In this conversation with SportsTravel Senior Editor Matt Traub, NCAA Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt discusses the tournament’s organization with a focus on health and safety, what went into the original November announcement that the event would be held in a controlled environment, the shifting landscape upon which this season has been held and what aspects of this year's event the NCAA may be able to use going forward at future tournaments.

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    • 17 min
    Amanda Kraus: Changing the Face of Rowing

    Amanda Kraus: Changing the Face of Rowing

    Amanda Kraus took over as CEO of USRowing in November 2020, leading the national governing body at a time of challenges across the sports-event industry. But her background is expected to help her on a number of fronts, including adding much needed diversity to the ranks of participants and the chance to fundraise for any number of projects. Before taking the helm, Kraus founded and led the nonprofit Row New York, which provided opportunities to row for those who previously didn’t have access to the sport. In this conversation with SportsTravel Editor and Publisher Jason Gewirtz, Kraus outlines her goals for the organization, her interest in USRowing, the balance between supporting the national teams and growing membership, and the outlook for the Olympic Games and the NGB’s events in 2021.

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    • 32 min
    Michael D’hulst: How Super League Triathlon is Innovating the Sport

    Michael D’hulst: How Super League Triathlon is Innovating the Sport

    Since its founding in 2016, Super League Triathlon has been working to innovate the sport. Shorter distances, new formats, incentives for athletes to win each leg, a new indoor concept — all of these have been on the league’s radar. And while the league’s events have largely been held overseas, the organization is looking at the United States to expand its events. In November, co-founder Michael D’hulst announced that the company had acquired the Malibu Triathlon in California. And before the pandemic hit, Super League Triathlon had plans to stage its first U.S. race in Tempe, Arizona. In this podcast with SportsTravel Editor and Publisher Jason Gewirtz, D’hulst describes the league’s approach to triathlon, what his interest is in races in the United States and what the outlook for the industry holds in 2021 after the most challenging year on record.

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    • 34 min

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