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USOC selects Boston as applicant city for 2024 Olympic, Paralympic Games
United States Olympic Committee
Boston will represent the United States in its bid for the opportunity to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the United States Olympic Committee announced. The decision followed a spirited discussion and more than one round of voting. Ultimately, the Boston bid received the unanimous endorsement of the USOC's board of directors.
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1st College Football Playoff a success; but what about next year?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Before we close the book on the 2014 college football season and start looking ahead to spring practice, here are five burning questions about the future of the College Football Playoff.
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College Football Playoff final sets ratings record for ESPN, cable TV
Los Angeles Times
Someone should have thought of this whole College Football Playoff thing a long time ago. The overnight TV viewer ratings for the inaugural championship game are in, and they're sensational.
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The college football national championship game in Indy?
The Indianapolis Star
Indiana Sports Corp. officials left Dallas and the first College Football Playoff championship game believing that the event might be a good fit for Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium. But there was no formal announcement of a bid for the game in 2018, 2019 or 2020 at a news conference recently at the Sports Corp. offices.
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Kershaw, Trout named 2014 Sportsmen of the Year
Los Angeles Sports Council
The Los Angeles Sports Council has named Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw as the 2014 Sportsmen of the Year. Each player won the Most Valuable Player Award in their respective league, which is the first time an Angel and a Dodger have been so recognized in the same year.
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Flurry of Walleye Winterfest events pumped up to $11 million into Toledo-area economy
The Blade
Toledo, Ohio-area tourism officials said that the slate of events tied to Walleye Winterfest likely pumped $9 million to $11 million into the local economy. Organized by the Toledo Walleye, the 10-day event featured more than a dozen outdoor hockey games at Fifth Third Field, including a match pitting the U.S. National under-18 team against Adrian College, a Bowling Green State University match, and two Walleye contests on the schedule.
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Harris County — Houston Sports Authority seeking 3 new full-time employees
Houston Sports Authority via NASC
Houston Sports Authority is seeking three new full-time employees. Positions include events manager, marketing and public relations manager and community relations manager. You can view detailed job descriptions for each of these positions on the NASC job board. All interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by email to Chris Massey, Director of Events at cmassey@houstonsports.org. For more information visit http://www.houstonsports.org/employment-opportunities/.
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Sports teams deliver gold medal business for Brevard
Florida Today
Rusty Buchanan says it's easy to sell the Space Coast to groups looking to hold amateur sports events — if you know how to approach things. And Buchanan, who has been doing this for more than two decades, knows just what he is doing, according to local tourism officials, and is playing a major role in bringing major youth, high school and college events to Brevard County, Florida.
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USA Badminton names Huddle Up Group founder to national board
Huddle Up Group
USA Badminton, the recognized National and Olympic governing body for the sport, has named sports industry leader Jon Schmieder to its Board of Directors. Schmieder is the founder and CEO of the Huddle Up Group, a Phoenix-based sports tourism consulting company.
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Off and running: 6 startups to watch in 2015
Fresh Water
While it takes a good idea, a lot of hard work and, ideally, some strong financial support and mentorship to get off the ground, some businesses take off faster than others. Here are six companies started in the last year that are poised for rapid growth in 2015.
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Cycling race's delay due to soggy Texas parks sparks riders' outrage
Austin American-Statesman
Austin's decision to postpone a national cyclocross competition at Zilker Park recently set off a firestorm of outrage among local and out-of-state cyclists, who accused parks officials of poor planning and hypocrisy. The third and final day of the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships was pushed back after Austin parks officials determined that allowing the event to continue after a night of heavy rainfall could cause serious damage to the park's trees and terrain.
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Sports seen as major draw for Atlantic City
The Inquirer
Amid the fallout of casino closures and tumbling employment, Atlantic City, New Jersey, officials announced recently a sports-related tourism plan that they hope will put the resort back in the game. The nonprofit Meet AC, formed in April with $8 million in backing from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to attract more conventions and meetings to Atlantic City, announced the creation of the Atlantic City Sports Commission.
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Gymnastics invitational expected to draw 1,500
Erie Sports Commission
The 14th Annual Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Invitational runs Jan. 16-18 at the Bayfront Convention Center. The invitational is the largest co-ed gymnastics competition in Pennsylvania, and featured over 1,400 competitors in the 2014 event.
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Texas city's council approves $13.3 million competition swimming pool
El Paso Times
The El Paso (Texas) City Council voted during a special meeting Monday to move forward with the 50-meter competition swimming pool at a cost of about $13.3 million. Although the pool will be built in the West Side next to the Polly Harris Senior Center on Wallenberg Street, it will be for the use of the entire community, West Side city Rep. Ann Morgan Lilly said.
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Losing Rams would be blow to St. Louis' pride, not economy
The Associated Press via Columbia Daily Tribune
If St. Louis loses its NFL team, experts say it'd have a "small potatoes" economic impact. The blow to region's psyche, they say, would be far greater.
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