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The NHL will this week become the latest major sports organization to launch a players-only esports competition in an attempt to stay relevant and keep fans engaged. Bob Williams reports.

Canada was the first nation to announce it would not send a delegation to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics if they went ahead as scheduled this summer. It was a 'heartbreaking' decision but the right one, says the COC

Spanish club Atlético Madrid recently acquired Canadian Premier League expansion team Atlético Ottawa. Bob Williams looks at how the LaLiga giants hope to use this move to expand its presence overseas.

Seven-team competition is first professional soccer league in Canada since 1992 Clubs have averaged 4,300 fans a game but OneSoccer digital ratings not made public

With the world's first transatlantic sports team, the Toronto Wolfpack, set to play in the English Super League from the start of the new season, Bob Williams looks into how the unique arrangement is benefiting both the club and the sport of rugby league.

Professional Bull Riders Canada next week will usher in the return of fan attendance at professional sporting events in the country in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, though in a slightly different…

Toronto Wolfpack's debut season in the Betfred Super League could be completely derailed by visa issues caused in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, it has emerged

Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) team the Fraser Valley Bandits, has signed up online contact lens supplier PerfectLens to its sponsorship portfolio

New level of collaboration marks sizable shift from sport's troubled labor history

Features

The 1988 Winter Olympics created a culture of sporting and volunteering excellence in Calgary. It’s a culture the city would look to tap should it come forward with a bid for the 2026 Games.

With the entry of Los Angeles FC and Nashville imminent, two new cities to be announced in spring, and two more by the end of 2018, Major League Soccer is in growth mode. Bob Williams investigates what makes a host city work for the league, and how LA FC and Nashville will seek to harness the culture of their respective homes.

Events – the USA's World Cup qualification debacle, the football federation's presidential election and two lower-league clubs bringing a case against Fifa to CAS – have conspired to put promotion and relegation back on the MLS agenda. Frank Dunne reports.  

Mark Bisson looks at how the race to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games is hotting up following the collapse of Durban's project to stage the multi-sport event.

Elisha Chauhan asks whether opening and closing ceremonies for major sports events should be held outside the walls of a stadium in order to truly showcase host regions and their iconic landmarks.

In the fourth in a series of five mini reports on sports event hosting, in association with the Ultimate Sports Cities rankings, we take a look at tourism and public interest. There is a discussion of the latest thinking around tourism and public interest, and case studies looking at the top five cities in the category of tourism and public interest in this year's rankings - London, Melbourne, Sochi, Copenhagen and Calgary.

Calgary was ranked fourth in the 2014 Ultimate Sports Cities rankings in the category of Event Strategy. The Calgary Sport Tourism Authority (CSTA) is responsible for bidding for sports events for the city and is reflective of the city’s pervasive sporting culture. The CSTA is a collaboration of leaders in sport, business, government and tourism who are mandated to provide advice, due diligence and strategic direction in evaluating and attracting sports events.

Calgary was ranked fourth in the 2014 Ultimate Sports Cities rankings in the category of Legacy. The 1988 Olympic Winter Games provide the best illustration of Calgary’s commitment to lasting legacy. Following 1988, and benefiting from endowment funds left for the Games’ legacy, the Calgary Olympic Development Association, now called WinSport, has evolved into a new vision for Canadian winter sport.

The Buffalo Bills have stopped playing their annual regular season game in Canada, representing a rare mis-step for the National Football League (NFL). Barry Wilner explains why.

Canadians report a surge in national pride in the afterglow of the Olympics.