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Social-networking developer sees future in amateur sports
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Amateur sports is a $20 billion U.S. industry and some 2.3 billion people participate in amateur sports worldwide. In Las Vegas alone, thousands of people, young and old, play soccer, kickball, football, softball, baseball, basketball and more. Now a startup company from England, with help from venture capital group Vegas Tech Fund, is moving to Las Vegas to launch a social networking website/app designed to make it easier for the various amateur sports groups to organize, inform and update players on everything from practice schedules to game times. More

Pool and darts are big business
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Minnesota winters are traditionally very cold and dark. Stuck inside most days, some residents look for things to do until the weather warms. Recently they found the fun and activities of the Minnesota Operators of Music and Amusement State Pool and Darts Championships, which were held at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Approximately 4,000 players came to Rochester over the four-day weekend to compete in a variety of single, doubles and team events; all hoping to earn titles that included cash payout and trophies. The entire Mayo Civic Center was utilized to have enough space for 120 pool tables and one hundred electronic dart boards set up in a unique and festive looking setting. More

Cultivating fans all year long: The Strategy behind off-the-field engagement
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The concept of the 'off season' in sports is becoming as archaic as your first cell phone. The more 'insider' access fans have to their favorite teams or sporting event, the more likely they are to stay loyal and, consequently, the more likely they are to buy tickets, merchandise, memorabilia, etc.

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$21 million sports complex planned for Lemont, Ill.
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The Lemont Village Board in Illinois has approved a preliminary bond ordinance to finance a $21 million indoor/outdoor sports facility proposed for the village's downtown area. Mayor Brian Reaves predicts ground will be broken on the Lemont Sports Complex sometime in March — and hopes the project will be completed before 2014. Reaves projects the Lemont Sports Complex will bring 650,000 visitors to Lemont each year — attracting traveling teams and spectators from miles around. More

Warmth again posing threat to pond hockey tournament
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Once again, the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament held in Buffalo, N.Y., may have to delete the word "pond" from its name this year and substitute a daylong street hockey event. The culprit, of course, would be the second straight warmer-than-normal winter in these parts. More

Baltimore officials try to woo Volvo race organizers
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Volvo Ocean Race officials were whisked to the top of the World Trade Center, honored as guests at a reception and squired to the grassy expanse of Fort McHenry during a 24-hour courtship meant to seal the deal to make Baltimore the event's only U.S. port of call in 2015. More

Sports tourism is a driving market for Oro Valley, Ariz.
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Tourism itself is a $2 billion industry for the Tucson, Ariz., region. To reap the potential benefits of such a powerful industry, the Town of Oro Valley has been partnering with the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau for the past 10 years. The MTCVB provides a comprehensive sales promotion and advertising program to attract an increasing number of convention delegates and vacationing tourists to the town. More

Bay to Breakers, longest consecutively held footrace, races to find new sponsor
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Bay to Breakers, the irrepressible foot race held in San Francisco every spring, has found itself in a pickle. The event has lost its primary corporate sponsor. Redwood City-based printing company Zazzle has dropped out as the race's top-line sponsor. More

Columbus, Ohio, will host Gay Softball World Series
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The Gay Softball World Series held in Columbus, Ohio, in 2010 was a grand slam. "There was such a good response that wherever we go for tournaments now and people find out we're from Columbus, they tell us it was the best tournament they've ever been to," said B. Keith Speers, spokesman for the Columbus Gay and Lesbian Softball Association. It is expected to attract more than 5,000 players from 46 cities in 20 states and Canada and generate about $5 million in visitor spending. More

Houston awarded USA Half Marathon Championships
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USA Track & Field and the Houston Marathon Committee announced that the 2014 and 2015 men's and women's USA Half Marathon Championships have been awarded to Houston. Houston has a strong history of hosting national championship events, including the men's and women's 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials-Marathon, the women's 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials and 12 U.S. Half Marathon Championships since 2005. More

Georgia Dome to host soccer's Gold Cup
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Atlanta has been chosen as one of 13 U.S. cities to host this year's Gold Cup. Atlanta's round will be played at the Georgia Dome in July. Natural grass will be installed for the event. The regional tournament matches 12 teams from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. The tournament will feature national teams from the U.S., Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadalupe, Jamaica, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Cuba and Guatemala. More



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