31 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.

    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
    Rob Higgins: Inside Tampa Bay's Plans for Hosting Super Bowl LV

    Rob Higgins: Inside Tampa Bay's Plans for Hosting Super Bowl LV

    Florida has been the center of nearly every major sports event in the past year. That has included serving as home to the bubble setups for the NBA and Major League Soccer in Orlando and as home to the College Football Playoff in Miami. But Tampa Bay has seen some of the most significant action when it comes to its professional sports teams. The area is home of the current Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning as well as the home of the American League champions Tampa Bay Rays and the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers. And now it will be home to one of the biggest events of all — the Super Bowl. In this podcast with SportsTravel Senior Editor Matt Traub, we chat with Rob Higgins, the executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and president and chief executive officer for the Tampa Bay Host Committee for Super Bowl LV, which is scheduled to kick off on February 7 at Raymond James Stadium. Higgins discusses what's on tap in the region around the game, what the past year has been like and how he and his team have kept their optimism in the face of challenging circumstances.

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    • 20 min
    Nicole Pike: The Latest Research on Esports-Related Travel

    Nicole Pike: The Latest Research on Esports-Related Travel

    All evidence has suggested that esports have gained fans during the pandemic as people who have been home have discovered new forms of sports and entertainment. But will those fans travel to events when they return? New research suggests that not only will they travel, but they’ll spend money when they get there. In this podcast with SportsTravel Editor and Publisher Jason Gewirtz, we chat with Nicole Pike, the global sector head of esports and gaming for YouGov, one of the leading international research firms. Data from the company provide some encouraging statistics and trends for destinations, venues and event organizers as they plan for a post-pandemic future of live esports events.

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    • 34 min

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