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SEP 2018

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September 2018 8 www.sportseventsmagazine.com t SPORTS Talk Industry USA Gymnastics President, CEO Resigns COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Gymnastics president and CEO Kerry Perry resigned her position effective imme- diately according to a written statement by Karen Golz, chair of the board of directors for the organization. Perry was hired to lead the organization last November following the resignation of the previous president and CEO. In the USA Gymnastics statement by Golz to its mem- bership, Golz wrote: "As you know, USA Gymnastics has been in the middle of a difficult and painful transition to ensure that the safety and interest of our athletes remain at the heart of our mission. While much has been accomplished over the past several months to stabilize the organization, we still face tremendous challenges as we all work to achieve fundamen- tal changes to move our sport forward." The board will begin the search for a replacement for Kerry immediately, according to the statement. United States Marine Corps Partners with the Great American Rivalry Series LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Great American Rivalry Series announced that it will partner with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) for its upcom- ing 15th season. A longtime partner with the Great American Rivalry Series, the USMC will be the presenting sponsor of 71 games across 33 states during the 2018 season. In the past 15 years, the series has covered more than 800 games in 43 states. "In 2018, we are celebrat- ing 15 years of recognizing America's great high school football rivalries and all the traditions, players, bonfires, pep rallies and parades they include," said Series founder and CEO Rick Ford in the news announcement. The winning teams earn bragging rights and the Great American Rivalry Series Championship trophy, presented by Marines. The game's most valuable player will be recognized and an alumnus from the school will be inducted into the 15th class of the Hall of Fame. A college scholarship is also awarded to the senior Scholar Athlete on each team with the highest GPA. For more information, visit greatamericanrivalry.com. MGM Resorts First to Market with Mississippi Sports Wagering BILOXI, Miss. — Two Mississippi resorts held simul- taneous events Aug. 1 as sports wagering becomes legal in states across the country. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi and Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica held the simultaneous events to become the first sports wagers in Mississippi under newly cre- ated state regulations permitting licensed casino operators to establish legal sports books. MGM took the first sports wager in Atlantic City in June and has offered sports wagering in Nevada for 25 years, writ- ing more than 4 million sports wagers each year and more than $1 billion in annual bets. The Mississippi opening was attended by legendary sports figures in the newly construct- ed sports wagering windows in the Beau Rivage and Gold Strike. The event coincided with the first casino bet made in Mississippi's Isle of Capri in Biloxi on Aug. 1, 1992. MGM officials said New Jersey regulators are reporting that sports bettors placed more than $16 million in wagers in the first two weeks that sports bets were legal in the state. Adaptive Sports USA 2018 Junior Nationals Included Record-Setting Performances FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Adaptive Sports USA 2018 Junior Nationals in Fort Wayne, Ind., included 220 athletes from 31 states ranging BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — BBVA Compass and the Houston Rockets will bring professional basketball to Birmingham for the first time in a decade when the Rockets face the Memphis Grizzlies, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The announcement for the preseason game was made by Houston Rockets legend Robert Horry. A portion of the game proceeds will go to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Birmingham Athletic Partnership. The preseason activities in Birmingham will also include basketball-themed games throughout the city that culminate Oct. 2 with a fan event prior to the showdown. The game tips off at 7 p.m. but doors open hours earlier for pre-game activities. Tickets for the Iron City Showdown start at $15 and are available at www.ironcityshowdown.com. n BBVA Compass Iron City Showdown NBA Basketball Game Slated The 35th annual Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals competition was held in Fort Wayne, Ind., and showcased 200 premier young athletes competing in eight sport disciplines.

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