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America's Cup Qualifier Sails into Chicago

CONNECT SPORTS MAGAZINE

When it comes to sailing, Tod Reynolds, event director for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago event, says racing a hydrofoil—a sailboat that skims the surface—is like watching NASCAR on the water. The rocket ship-like sailboats will likely break speed records on Lake Michigan during the June 10-12 event.

When it comes to sailing, Tod Reynolds, event director for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago event, says racing a hydrofoil—a sailboat that skims the surface—is like watching NASCAR on the water. The rocket ship-like sailboats will likely break speed records on Lake Michigan during the June 10-12 event.


Although not new, the inequality between women and men in sports may have reached its tipping point.

Although not new, the inequality between women and men in sports may have reached its tipping point.


16 Sports Tourism Trends for 2016

CONNECT SPORTS MAGAZINE

Trends in sports tourism fluctuate based on weather patterns and the growth or decline of city populations. That means most members are in the Midwest and Southeast, says Don Schumacher, executive director of National Association of Sports Commissions. “That’s not going to change,” he says. “Most members are in the Midwest and people would rather see green than brown, which is why they prefer Georgia to Arizona.” To get a good pulse on what is happening across the United States, we polled a variety of industry experts. Here are 16 sports tourism trends to watch for in 2016 and beyond according to the pros.

Trends in sports tourism fluctuate based on weather patterns and the growth or decline of city populations. That means most members are in the Midwest and Southeast, says Don Schumacher, executive director of National Association of Sports Commissions. “That’s not going to change,” he says. “Most members are in the Midwest and people would rather see green than brown, which is why they prefer Georgia to Arizona.”

To get a good pulse on what is happening across the United States, we polled a variety of industry experts. Here are 16 sports tourism trends to watch for in 2016 and beyond according to the pros.


  Linda Logan, executive director for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission in Ohio, is considered at the top of her game in the sports tourism industry. That’s what makes it interesting when she points to another city as a shining example for using athletics to drive business. “Richmond is doing an excellent job of owning and operating its own events,” Logan says of the Virginia capital.   

 

Linda Logan, executive director for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission in Ohio, is considered at the top of her game in the sports tourism industry. That’s what makes it interesting when she points to another city as a shining example for using athletics to drive business. “Richmond is doing an excellent job of owning and operating its own events,” Logan says of the Virginia capital. 

 


Striking Distance

Chicago magazine

  See that chiseled pitching arm? That—and a knack for strikeouts—makes Cat Osterman the most feared woman in Olympic softball. 

 

See that chiseled pitching arm? That—and a knack for strikeouts—makes Cat Osterman the most feared woman in Olympic softball. 


Chasing Gold

Cincinnati Magazine 


Hoop Dreams

Cincinnati Magazine


  HERNANDO - Dakota Shipp's right arm rotates. His wrist snaps quickly, deceivingly, for it is his forearm that truly controls the lasso above his head.

 

HERNANDO - Dakota Shipp's right arm rotates. His wrist snaps quickly, deceivingly, for it is his forearm that truly controls the lasso above his head.


Dawn of the Season

St. Petersburg Times

Citrus football coach Rik Haines' loud voice bellows through the dark, muggy air. Despite it being nearly six in the morning, football players mill around the practice field. "You've got one minute to get out here," Haines yells towards the locker room. By his standards, it's late. Haines arrived around 4:30 a.m. It's his time to brood, to think, to ponder and plan.

Citrus football coach Rik Haines' loud voice bellows through the dark, muggy air. Despite it being nearly six in the morning, football players mill around the practice field. "You've got one minute to get out here," Haines yells towards the locker room.

By his standards, it's late. Haines arrived around 4:30 a.m. It's his time to brood, to think, to ponder and plan.


  More than four months on the road driving to every NFL stadium in the country for the ultimate NFL reporting project--and road trip.

 

More than four months on the road driving to every NFL stadium in the country for the ultimate NFL reporting project--and road trip.


  DENVER - A controversy over naming rights for the Broncos’ new stadium is swirling like the snowstorm that blanked the Mile High City before the team’s Monday night game with Oakland. Just a few hundred yards apart, the old stadium and the new stand practically side-by-side. 

 

DENVER - A controversy over naming rights for the Broncos’ new stadium is swirling like the snowstorm that blanked the Mile High City before the team’s Monday night game with Oakland. Just a few hundred yards apart, the old stadium and the new stand practically side-by-side. 


  Bob Knight is more than images of chair throwing and player confrontations. He is a father. He is a son. He is a husband. He is a Hall of Fame coach. He is arrogant, and he is passionate. He was my teacher. I was a senior in college when I took Knight’s final basketball coaching class during his last full season at Indiana University.

 

Bob Knight is more than images of chair throwing and player confrontations. He is a father. He is a son. He is a husband. He is a Hall of Fame coach. He is arrogant, and he is passionate. He was my teacher.

I was a senior in college when I took Knight’s final basketball coaching class during his last full season at Indiana University.


Dallas—Maybe this should be called the city of brotherly love. While NBA star Steve Nash has already made his mark in the big D, younger brother Martin Nash is trying to find his niche as a professional indoor soccer player for the Sidekicks.

Dallas—Maybe this should be called the city of brotherly love. While NBA star Steve Nash has already made his mark in the big D, younger brother Martin Nash is trying to find his niche as a professional indoor soccer player for the Sidekicks.


A Man Among Men

Michigan Avenue Magazine

  Seventy-five years ago, coaching legend George Halas led the Chicago Bears to the most lopsided victory in NFL history--and changed the game of football as we know it.

 

Seventy-five years ago, coaching legend George Halas led the Chicago Bears to the most lopsided victory in NFL history--and changed the game of football as we know it.


It’s one thing to run a marathon, and another to organize one as a race director. Many organizers say new planners have no idea what it takes—either in terms of money, time, talent or infrastructure—to pull off a major event like a 26.2-mile race that takes over a city. “The greatest skill set race directors can have is surrounding themselves with people who are more experienced than themselves,” says Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon for the past 29 years. “You have to think of yourself as more of a conductor than a race director, and your team is your orchestra.” We talked to several successful marathon organizers to get their tips on running an expert event.

It’s one thing to run a marathon, and another to organize one as a race director. Many organizers say new planners have no idea what it takes—either in terms of money, time, talent or infrastructure—to pull off a major event like a 26.2-mile race that takes over a city. “The greatest skill set race directors can have is surrounding themselves with people who are more experienced than themselves,” says Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon for the past 29 years. “You have to think of yourself as more of a conductor than a race director, and your team is your orchestra.” We talked to several successful marathon organizers to get their tips on running an expert event.


Fat Biking is Riding High

CONNECT SPORTS MAGAZINE

Fat isn’t a word most athletes like to hear. But thanks to extra-wide tires that have revolutionized mountain bicycles into year-round vehicles, fat bikes are booming.

Fat isn’t a word most athletes like to hear. But thanks to extra-wide tires that have revolutionized mountain bicycles into year-round vehicles, fat bikes are booming.


When the United States Snowshoe Association hosts its national championships Feb. 26-28 in and around Ogden, Utah, it will be the first time in the organization’s history it will offer a 26.2-mile marathon. It may also be the last time the association hosts a national championship.

When the United States Snowshoe Association hosts its national championships Feb. 26-28 in and around Ogden, Utah, it will be the first time in the organization’s history it will offer a 26.2-mile marathon. It may also be the last time the association hosts a national championship.


  For women in sports, 2015 has been a good year. “If you look back at the year, from a sports perspective, it was about the Women’s World Cup. It was about Serena Williams. It was about Jessica Mendoza. It was about Jen Welter,” says Rachel Epstein, espnW’s director of business operations and strategy. “It was about real dominance by women.”

 

For women in sports, 2015 has been a good year.

“If you look back at the year, from a sports perspective, it was about the Women’s World Cup. It was about Serena Williams. It was about Jessica Mendoza. It was about Jen Welter,” says Rachel Epstein, espnW’s director of business operations and strategy. “It was about real dominance by women.”


Touchdown Chicago

Michigan Avenue Magazine

  It may be baseball season, but Chicago sports fans have football on the brain this month, as the 2015 NFL Draft comes to the Windy City for the first time since 1963. As the executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission (a department of Choose Chicago), Kara Bachman was instrumental in sealing the deal.

 

It may be baseball season, but Chicago sports fans have football on the brain this month, as the 2015 NFL Draft comes to the Windy City for the first time since 1963. As the executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission (a department of Choose Chicago), Kara Bachman was instrumental in sealing the deal.


What it Takes to Host a Super Bowl

CONNECT SPORTS MAGAZINE

  The Super Bowl is biggest sporting event in the United States.  Everyone knows it’s practically a national holiday.  

 

The Super Bowl is biggest sporting event in the United States.  Everyone knows it’s practically a national holiday.

 


  CITRUS HILLS - Patient and precise, Ted Williams always waited at the plate util the ball reached a finite area in the strike zone. Operators of his public namesake, the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, hope public donors who have been holding out will do the same, and start sending money.

 

CITRUS HILLS - Patient and precise, Ted Williams always waited at the plate util the ball reached a finite area in the strike zone. Operators of his public namesake, the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, hope public donors who have been holding out will do the same, and start sending money.


Life in the Fast Lane

The Saturday Evening Post

  It is a balmy fall day just a few weeks post-Beijing Olympics. Inside the historic Hilton Hotel on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, guests and fans are swirling in a frantic frenzy like worker bees preparing the hive for its queen.

 

It is a balmy fall day just a few weeks post-Beijing Olympics. Inside the historic Hilton Hotel on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, guests and fans are swirling in a frantic frenzy like worker bees preparing the hive for its queen.


Sports on Another Level

St. Petersburg Times

  Inverness - The sun slowly sinks beneath the backdrop of goal posts and a half-filled Citrus High stadium. Former San Francisco 49 er Kevin Fagan's well-defined 6-foot-3 frame is silhouetted on the sideline of a Citrus Springs Middle School football game.  Every so often his deep voice bellows. "My Grandma Betty is faster than that."

 

Inverness - The sun slowly sinks beneath the backdrop of goal posts and a half-filled Citrus High stadium. Former San Francisco 49 er Kevin Fagan's well-defined 6-foot-3 frame is silhouetted on the sideline of a Citrus Springs Middle School football game. 

Every so often his deep voice bellows. "My Grandma Betty is faster than that."


Struggling to Breathe

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES

  A.J. Woythaler paces Citrus' goal. Dressed in a lime green jersey that looks like a turtle shell with its black patches, he dribbles the soccer ball with quick flicks of his legs. His shaggy blond hair mimics his movements. Up, down. Up, down. He does this 30 or 40 times before every game. He isn't sure when he'll be here again. This night is the last time he'll play soccer this season, perhaps for a lifetime.

 

A.J. Woythaler paces Citrus' goal. Dressed in a lime green jersey that looks like a turtle shell with its black patches, he dribbles the soccer ball with quick flicks of his legs. His shaggy blond hair mimics his movements. Up, down. Up, down. He does this 30 or 40 times before every game. He isn't sure when he'll be here again. This night is the last time he'll play soccer this season, perhaps for a lifetime.


ST. LOUIS -- Two weeks ago, kicker Scott Bentley was at home watching Monday Night Football. Now he is part of a star-studded Redskins team. Washington led 25-20 when Bentley recovered his own onside kick that helped changed the game's momentum. The trick? Not too far, not too short, just right. "If you hit any part of the ball the wrong way, it's not going to work," said Bentley. "If it doesn't go 10 yards, it's not going to work. If it goes 15 yards, it's not going to work. You have to hit in that 10- to 12-yard range.

ST. LOUIS -- Two weeks ago, kicker Scott Bentley was at home watching Monday Night Football. Now he is part of a star-studded Redskins team.

Washington led 25-20 when Bentley recovered his own onside kick that helped changed the game's momentum. The trick? Not too far, not too short, just right.

"If you hit any part of the ball the wrong way, it's not going to work," said Bentley. "If it doesn't go 10 yards, it's not going to work. If it goes 15 yards, it's not going to work. You have to hit in that 10- to 12-yard range.


  Thirty cities, 30 stadiums and 30 games. Track our Road Trippers' every move and find out what lies ahead for Brian, Dawn and Jeff as they cross the fruited plain and frozen tundra on the ultimate NFL experience. 

 

Thirty cities, 30 stadiums and 30 games. Track our Road Trippers' every move and find out what lies ahead for Brian, Dawn and Jeff as they cross the fruited plain and frozen tundra on the ultimate NFL experience. 


Crystal River High School running back Alginavon "Bam" Cleveland dropped out of school this year and will not be eligible to play football this fall, Crystal River athletic director Earl Bramlett said. But ineligibility on the gridiron is just one of Cleveland's problems. He also faces a felony drug charge, records showed, and is scheduled to be in court Monday.

Crystal River High School running back Alginavon "Bam" Cleveland dropped out of school this year and will not be eligible to play football this fall, Crystal River athletic director Earl Bramlett said.

But ineligibility on the gridiron is just one of Cleveland's problems. He also faces a felony drug charge, records showed, and is scheduled to be in court Monday.


No Holding Back

St. Petersburg Times

  Johnny Sanders is sweating and anxious. It took the stock car racer two hours to get out of bed and get dressed, and he's late getting to Citrus County Speedway.

 

Johnny Sanders is sweating and anxious. It took the stock car racer two hours to get out of bed and get dressed, and he's late getting to Citrus County Speedway.