Tickets For 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships At Bridgestone On Sale


Tickets for the 2022 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Bridgestone Arena go on sale Thursday (Sept. 23). The competition will run through Jan. 3-9, 2021.

U.S. champions will be crowned in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dance at the championship and junior levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive structure. Individual tickets and ticket packages are on sale now exclusively through Ticketmaster.

The U.S. Championships serves as the final qualifying competition prior to U.S. Figure Skating nominating athletes to the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team.

The U.S. Championship Schedule:

Tuesday, Jan. 4
Junior Short Programs/Rhythm

Wednesday, Jan. 5
Junior Free Skates/Dance

Thursday, Jan. 6
Championship Pairs Short Program
Championship Ladies Short Program

Friday, Jan. 7
Championship Rhythm Dance
Championship Ladies Free Skate

Saturday, Jan. 8
Championship Men’s Short Program
Championship Pairs Free Skate
Championship Free Dance

Sunday, Jan. 9
Championship Men’s Free Skate
Skating Spectacular

Turner Sports Adds NHL Game And Studio Commentary Team

Turner Sports has announced additions to its NHL broadcast team which includes Islanders play-by-play voice Brendan Burke, analyst Darren Pang, and ice-level analysis Keith Jones. They will be joined by Jennifer BotterillJackie Redmond and Tarik El-Bashir and many more.

Turner Sports signed a multiyear deal with the NHL in April to cover games including Stanley Cup Playoff games. ESPN also has rights to cover games this upcoming hockey season.

It was previously announced that play-by-play legend Kenny Albert and analyst Eddie Olczyk will be part of the Turner NHL coverage. The studio coverage will be hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside a collection of analysts including“The Great One” Wayne Gretzky, 10-year NHL veteran Anson Carter, three-time Stanley Cup Champion Rick Tocchet and hockey personality and former AHL & NHL veteran Paul Bissonnette.

Additionally, Bleacher Report has tapped Andrew ‘Nasher’ Telfer, one of the world’s preeminent hockey content creators, to be a key component of the brand’s NHL content strategy. Telfer will star in a series of interactive mid and long-form content offerings for its new NHL-specific content vertical, ‘Open Ice’, leveraging B/R’s access to NHL rights for creative across B/R and House of Highlights social channels and live streams within the B/R App.

Turner Sports is heading into its first-ever live NHL regular season action on Wednesday, Oct. 13, with a TNT prime time doubleheader beginning with the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. Later in the night, the Chicago Blackhawks will visit the Colorado Avalanche.

Kevin Lavender Named Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp Board Chair

Kevin Lavender

Banking executive Kevin Lavender has been named Chairman of the Board at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. In this role, he will lead the Board of Directors which represent sectors from both within and outside the hospitality industry.

Lavender, who is Head of Commercial Banking at Fifth Third Bank, will serve on the NCVC Executive Committee for 2022, alongside Executive Chef and Partner at Morph Hospitality Maneet Chauhan as Chair Elect; former President at Belmont University Dr. Robert Fisher as Immediate Past Chair; CEO and Co-Founder of Health:Further Marcus Whitney as Finance and Audit Committee Chair; and Frist Museum’s Director of Communications Ellen Pryor as Sales and Marketing Committee Chair.

“We appreciate these distinguished leaders for sharing their experience and expertise as Nashville returns to its prominence as a top global destination,” says Lavender. “The board’s guidance will be instrumental as the industry works through labor shortages and other challenges to come back as a strong economic engine for Nashville and Tennessee.”

Tourism has been on an upward trajectory with Nashville named a top global destination for the past decade thanks to major events like the recent Music City Grand Prix and FIFA World Cup Qualifier with USA v. Canada and upcoming Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. A record 16.1 million visitors traveled to Music City in 2019, generating a record $7.5 billion in direct visitor spending.

The 22-member volunteer board are community and business leaders in the Nashville area. The board is charged with directing the organization’s work on behalf of the city, the members of the NCVC, and the city’s hospitality industry.

The current NCVC board of directors include:
Patrick Chaffin, Senior Vice President of Asset Management, Ryman Hospitality Properties
John Esposito, Chairman and CEO, Warner Music Group
Eddie George, Head Football Coach, Tennessee State University
Jim Gingrich, Managing Partner, Elk Mountain Partners
Kevin Green, COO, Chartwell Hospitality
Ed Hardy, Hardy Media & Entertainment
Leesa LeClaire, General Manager, Hilton Nashville Airport Hotel
Ken Levitan, President, Vector Management
Kimberly Lewis, Owner, Emerson Grace
Pat Martin, Martin Investment Group
Burke Nihill, President and CEO, Tennessee Titans
Dr. Jonathan Perlin, President/Chief Medical Officer, HCA
Brian Tibbs, Partner, Moody Nolan

Ex Officio members include:
Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, NCVC
Charles Robert Bone, Partner and Attorney, Bone McAllester Norton, as Legal Counsel
Sherry Franklin, Director of Hotel Sales, Renaissance Nashville, as Chair of the Metro Tourism and Convention Commission
Sarah Trahern, CEO, CMA

Ally 400 To Return To Nashville Superspeedway In 2022

NASCAR has released its schedule for the 2022 season, and Nashville is back on the list with the second annual Ally 400 at the Nashville Superspeedway set for Sunday, June 26.

“We are thrilled to once again welcome NASCAR’s top talents in 2022 and build upon the excitement here in Middle Tennessee that started this past June,” says Erik Moses, Nashville Superspeedway’s president. “We received a tremendous response to our inaugural NASCAR Cup Series weekend and are looking forward to providing an enhanced and improved race-day experience inside and outside the grandstands.”

Ticket holders for the 2021 Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race will have the opportunity to renew their seat locations starting Wednesday, Oct. 6. Fans eligible for this option will be contacted directly by the track via email with instructions on how to do so online.

New customers looking to purchase Ally 400 tickets may have the opportunity at a later time once renewals for last year’s sold-out event are completed.

The inaugural Ally 400 race in June saw a sold-out crowd and 2021 NASCAR regular season champion Kyle Larson take home the trophy and Gibson guitar.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.

Nashville Sports Council Unveils Logo Celebrating 50 Years Of Title IX

The Nashville Sports Council and its Women in Sports Initiative unveiled its new logo commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Title IX.

Passed in 1972, Title IX is a federal civil rights law that was passed as part of the Education Amendments. It prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or other education program that receives federal money. The Council’s Women in Sports Initiative plans a year-long celebration highlighting achievements of women’s athletics.

“We’re grateful for the work of our Women in Sports committee in highlighting the importance of this anniversary,” says Scott Ramsey, President and CEO of the Nashville Sports Council. “We look forward to spotlightingTitle IX’s local impact over the next year of events.”

The committee will also host the 3rd Annual Nashville Tip-Off Breakfast at the Wellspire Center on Oct. 5. The breakfast will feature a panel of head women’s basketball coaches from Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Belmont, Austin Peay, and Lipscomb universities.

“The Nashville Sports Council and Women in Sports committee is honored to embark on the opportunity to acknowledge the significance, recognize the accomplishments, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights law,” says Sheila Gibson, chair of the Sports Council’s Women in Sports committee.

The event, hosted by WKRN’s Emily Proud, is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required.

Vanderbilt Tennis Legend Julie Ditty Qualls Dies At 42

Julie Ditty Qualls. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

Former Vanderbilt Tennis legend and Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Famer Julie Ditty Qualls passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the age of 42 after a six year battle with cancer.

Ditty Qualls, a member of the class of 2002, made huge impacts on the Commodores tennis program and went on to have an extremely successful professional career. She ranked as high as No. 89 in the world by the WTA, played in all four grand slams in both singles and doubles, and represented the United States in Federation Cup play while clinching a captivating 2009 win over Argentina.

“We have lost a legend,” former Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald says in a statement made by Vanderbilt. “Her contribution to Vanderbilt Athletics is simply remarkable. She was an ever better human being than she was a tennis player, and she was one of the top 100 tennis players in the world.”

The Ashland, Kentucky, native led the team to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 in 1998 as a freshman. It was just the second time in school history, and she became the fourth Commodore to compete in the NCAA Women’s Singles Championship. As a sophomore, she became the first Commodore to win a match in the Women’s Singles Championship. As a senior, she was the first to reach the third round of that event.

Ditty Qualls earned All-American accolades in each of her final three seasons at Vanderbilt and was named the 1999 Tennessee Athlete of the Year. The tennis program grew along with her, playing for the national championship for the first time when she was a senior in 2001.

“Our hearts are completely broken for Josh, Atreyu and the entire Ditty family,” Vanderbilt head coach Aleke Tsoubanos says. “To say her passing is devastating would be an understatement. Julie was a teammate and an incredible friend. During my freshman year, Julie led us to Vanderbilt’s first ever national championship match, which was a journey with a team I will never forget. I am so grateful for our time together. Both Vanderbilt and our tennis family have lost a genuinely amazing human being and a true legend. I wish her family and friends the strength they need during this very sad time.”

Ditty Qualls retired from the sport in 2011 and served as a volunteer assist coach at Vanderbilt for the 2012-13 season. She was inducted ingot the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 2019, and continues to give tennis lessons in Ashland up until the week before her death.

Ditty Qualls is survived by husband Josh and son Atreyu.

Nashville SC’s Aníbal Godoy and Randall Leal Called-Up For World Cup Qualifiers

Nashville Soccer Club will have two more players playing in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. Aníbal Godoy (Panama) and Randall Leal (Costa Rica) will represent their respective countries in upcoming Concacaf World Cup Qualifying matches. Last week the club announced that both Walker Zimmerman and Alistair Johnston were to play in the WCQ matches, representing the United States and Canada, respectively.

Godoy and Leal will square off against one another this Thursday, Sept. 2, at Rommel Fernández in Panama in the first match of this qualifying round. Godoy and the Panamanian squad will then take on Jamaica on Sept. 5, while wrapping up the round with a home match in Panama against Mexico on Sept. 8.

Godoy earned his 105th international cap in June as Panama faced Mexico in an international friendly at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. In his last six appearances with Panama, they have amassed a 4W-1L-1D record with their most recent win coming against Curaçao as part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier for Concacaf. This season, as a member of NSC, Godoy has appeared in 15 matches, leading Nashville to a 6W-1L-8D record and ranks second in MLS in passing accuracy percentage at 92.88%.

Leal has been a critical player for the Costa Rican National Team and has earned 20 caps since making his debut on Sept. 7, 2018. Most recently, Leal appeared in the Concacaf Nations League Finals, where he squared off against Mexico and Honduras in June before facing his club teammate Zimmerman and the USMNT in an international friendly. This season for NSC, Leal has registered an MLS career-high four goals and six assists. Costa Rica will wrap up this round of qualifying with a match against Jamaica on Sept. 8.

Former Titan And TSU Head Coach Eddie George To Host ‘Circle Back’ Podcast

Eddie George. Photo: Courtesy of Tennessee State University Athletics

Former Tennessee Titan running back and current Tennessee State football coach Eddie George is set to host a five-episode podcast, Circle Back: A New Stage, through the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC).

The podcast will share the stories from the best brand-makers in the world—celebrities that breakthrough in multiple industries and keep on building—and allows them to “circle back” to their entrepreneurial paths. George will interview a collection of celebrities-turned-entrepreneurs like Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning, country music legend Kix Brooks, and others to share the unique ways they extended their brand beyond their sports or entertainment careers and more.

Circle Back: A New Stage will showcase how celebrities develop and extend their brand into new chapters of their lives,” says Jane Allen, CEO of the NEC. “Nashville is full of celebrities and some venture into a new stage–entrepreneurship.  As one of the EC’s missions is to share the story of the local entrepreneurs, we believe it’s important to capture the stories and share with our community as there are always bits of wisdom we can all learn from. While some may know the ‘celebrity,’ we hope these shows give you insight into another facet of each person and we do believe you will learn a few things and be inspired.”

The mini series’ first episode featuring Brooks premiered today (Aug. 24) as he traces his journey from working pipeline jobs with his father in Louisiana to writing his first number one records with partner Ronnie Dunn and opening a first-of-its-kind vineyard in the heart of Tennessee.

Circle Back, A New Stage is recorded and produced in the Chase Studio, the NEC’s newest on-site production space made possible entirely by community support. Episodes will be released twice a month and can be found on all podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn.

Upcoming Episodes:
Sept. 7 – John Rich, American country music artist & one-half of the duo Big & Rich
Sept. 21 – Michael W. Smith, three-time Grammy Award winning American musician
Oct. 5 – Cliff Goldmacher, Grammy-recognized songwriter, music producer & educator
Oct. 19 – Eli Manning, former New York Giants quarterback & Super Bowl champion