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Sports revenue to reach $67.7 billion by 2017
North American sports industry revenue will grow at a compounded annual rate of 4.8 percent to $67.7 billion by 2017, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
PwC, based in New York, analyzed four key revenue streams — gate receipts, media rights, sponsorship and merchandise — for professional, college, minor league and some individual sports properties. Media rights are projected to increase the most, growing at a compounded annual rate of 7.7 percent to $17.1 billion by 2017.
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US Figure Skating announces partnership with Procter & Gamble
U.S. Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating announced its agreement with Procter & Gamble, a worldwide Olympic sponsor, to become the Official Beauty Care Provider of U.S. Figure Skating. The partnership, which runs through June 30, 2015, includes on-air presenting rights of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series on NBC. The 2013 Grand Prix Series, a seven-event international competition featuring Olympic- and World-level athletes, kicked off in October at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America and concludes with the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 5-8, in Fukuoka, Japan.
Dedicated staff, volunteers helped pull off big weekend at BB&T Soccer Park
Seeing every field at BB&T Soccer Park occupied on sun-splashed Saturday afternoons isn't an uncommon sight.
Staging tournaments for hundreds, if not thousands, of youth players is old-hat to the BB&T staff. But the staff usually has more than a month to plan for massive crowds.
Despite working on short notice, the park played host to simultaneous events the last weekend in October, with 28 teams playing in the NIRSA Region II tournament and 205 youth teams playing in the North Carolina Youth Academy Showcase.
City for Champions plan revised; Colorado stadium now multi-sport venue
A downtown stadium that's a critical component of Colorado Springs, Colo.'s City for Champions tourism proposal has been redesigned into a multi-sport venue — a major revision by the plan's backers as they vie for state funding. The downtown facility still could be a home for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox baseball team, as was envisioned in the original City for Champions proposal, said project spokesman Doug Price, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention Visitors Bureau.
Rob Wells named Collier County, Fla. sports marketing manager
Rob Wells has joined the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fla., as sports marketing manager. Wells will work closely with Collier County Parks & Recreation and local and national governing bodies to retain and solicit sports tourism events in Collier County. He will report to Chris O'Brien, who joined the CVB in December 2012 and now serves as senior sports marketing manager.
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USA Diving to provide support to FINA Grand Prix meet in Puerto Rico
After exploring several options for a host site for the 2014 and 2015 AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix, USA Diving has announced it will not hold the event the next two years but instead will provide support to the FINA Grand Prix meet in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix is traditionally held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., each year. The current Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex is expected to close in the spring of 2014 while a new facility is built. The new pool is expected to be open in time for the 2016 Grand Prix season.
ISKF/US National Karate Championships to be held in Cincinnati
ISKF Mid-America Region
More than 300 competitors and spectators from around the country are expected to attend the 35th annual ISKF/US National Karate Championship, Nov. 16 and 17, at the Hyatt Regency ballroom of the downtown Cincinnati Hotel. Founded in 1977, the International Shotokan Karate Federation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promulgate traditional Japanese karate-do throughout the world.
NAIA extends with women's soccer national championship host through 2015
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced a contract extension with the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission and the University of Mobile to host the 2014 and 2015 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championships. The annual event will continue to take place at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.
ACO State Championships of Cornhole
American Cornhole Organization
American Cornhole Organization announced plans to develop and coordinate annually in all 50 States, a State Championship of Cornhole. The event will initially feature a State Singles and State Doubles title. The winner(s) in each category win a $250 Golden Ticket and entry into the ACO World Championships of Cornhole.
USATF announces 2013 Hall of Fame class
USA Track & Field announced that all-time track and field greats John Godina, Kenny Harrison, Steve Williams, Eleanor Montgomery and legendary coach Bob Larsen will make up the 2013 class to be inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame. The group makes up the 40th overall class to be inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
New MGM arena to host sporting events, entertainment
As Las Vegas continues its slow but steady ascent back into being a gaming superpower, MGM Resorts International and its new business partner, L.A.-based entertainment and arena builder AEG, just unveiled the first renderings for what will be an enormous 20,000-seat stadium to be built on 12 acres situated between New York-New York casino and Frank Sinatra Drive.
'Marathons of Wisconsin' challenge to debut in 2014
Marathons of Wisconsin
Runners looking to push themselves have a new way to earn bragging rights and add to their medal collection in 2014. "Marathons of Wisconsin," a brand new challenge, asks runners to participate in five Wisconsin marathons or half marathons throughout the course of the year. Athletes who complete all five events will receive a commemorative medal for their efforts.
Olympic-size ambitions, hurdles for Boston
The Boston Globe
John Fish, who runs Suffolk Construction Co., is not so quietly leading the charge to explore whether it makes sense to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston. Fish and other powerful types, like Mitt Romney and Bob Kraft, consider it an opportunity to put sports-obsessed Boston on a world stage. Pulling it off would be an enormous undertaking requiring billions of dollars to construct everything from a showcase venue for opening and closing ceremonies to an aquatics center and an Olympic village to house 16,000 athletes.
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