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Pickle4 Announces Professional Showcase Exhibition and Ultimate Fan Access for Upcoming Inaugural Ballpark Series™

The Ballpark Series at Fenway and Oracle Park features the only professional pickleball events in Boston and San Francisco in 2023

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NAPLES, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Pickle4America™ (Pickle4™), a rapidly emerging organization dedicated to building the best ecosystem in the sport of pickleball through iconic events and a robust digital community, today announced an enhanced fan and player experience for its inaugural 2023 Ballpark Series, including the Professional Showcase Exhibition.

The Ballpark Series at Fenway and Oracle Park are the only pro pickleball events in Boston and San Francisco in 2023

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Professional Showcase Exhibition

The Professional Showcase Exhibition will feature incredible matches in singles and doubles with top-ranked professional players in Boston and a top-world-ranked all-women exhibition in San Francisco. The action will take place in two sessions at each event – including Friday night under the ballpark lights and early Sunday afternoon – and is open to fans and spectators at Fenway (purchase tickets here) and Oracle Park (purchase tickets here). Players renting courts who are already on-site can attend the Professional Showcase Exhibition for free.

  • Fenway in Boston: The first event in the inaugural Ballpark Series will also be the only time fans in Boston can watch professional pickleball players at an event in 2023. Highlighting the July 14 and July 16 women’s lineup are the reigning 2023 US Open Pickleball Championships (“US Open”) Women’s Doubles champions, Simone Jardim and Parris Todd, top-ranked player from the Professional Pickleball Association (“PPA”) Tour, Jorja Johnson and Association of Pickleball Players (“APP”) tour member Milan Rane.

    On the men’s side, top-ranked PPA Tour player, JW Johnson, is joined by Andrei Daescu, reigning 2023 US Open Men’s Doubles champion, Hunter Johnson, reigning 2023 US Open Men’s Singles champion and Rob Nunnery currently on the APP Tour.

    All of their matches will play under the backdrop of the famed Green Monster. Tickets for all days including the Friday and Sunday Pro Showcase Exhibitions at Fenway may now be purchased here.
  • Oracle Park in San Francisco: The following weekend, the Pickle4 Ballpark Series delivers the only time fans in San Francisco can watch professional pickleball players in an event in 2023. The Pro Showcase Exhibition features an incredible all-women’s lineup headlined by number one ranked women’s player in the world, Anna Leigh Waters (member of PPA), and joined by top-ranked PPA Tour competitors Anna Bright, Lea Jansen and Meghan Dizon. Simone Jardim and Parris Todd, reigning 2023 US Open Women’s Doubles champions, also join at Oracle Park in San Francisco on July 21 and 23 to comprise a historical and elite women’s lineup.

    Tickets for all days including the Friday and Sunday Pro Showcase Exhibition at Oracle Park may now be purchased here.

Pickleball fans and players unite at iconic ballparks

The Ballpark Series brings together pickleball amateurs, fans, and professionals all in some of the most iconic ballparks in America.

“We received overwhelming interest from pickleball amateurs across America since we announced the Ballpark Series last month, which is why we are excited to unveil several new updates to enhance the overall player and fan experience,” said Mike Dee, Chairman of Pickle4. “This event series is about bringing the pickleball community together, and I am excited that giving fans access to these top professionals will reignite even more passion among pickleball players from coast to coast.”

Pickleball fans can now purchase tickets to the Professional Showcase Exhibition by visiting Pickle4.com or going directly to RedSox.com/pickleball and SFGiants.com/pickleball. Several ways to watch and experience the event are available – from cheering on your friends and family during the day, to watching some of the world’s top pickleball professionals on center stage.

The Ballpark Series will also feature amateur tournaments as well as open play, which will take place on the field alongside two of the most scenic pickleball showcase courts ever constructed. Amateur players can still sign up to compete in Oracle Park.

Ballpark Series coming to TV

As part of this latest round of updates, Pickle4 also announced a deal with CBS Sports. The new deal includes nine hours of total live programming on CBS Sports Network, with programming on both Friday and Sunday for consecutive weekends.

Coverage for the Ballpark Series at Fenway begins on Friday, July 14, with live programming from 7-9 PM, ET, and continues on Sunday, July 16 from 1-4 PM, ET.

The following weekend, CBS Sports will air the Ballpark Series at Oracle Park live on Friday, July 21 from 10 PM-12 AM, ET, and Sunday, July 23 from 5-7 PM, ET.

Support for Pickle4 expands

In addition, Pickle4 also announced major partnerships with the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and Franklin Sports that both feature unique elements.

As part of their partnership, Pickle4 and the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism will collaborate to expand the tournament series to the Caribbean. 

“The USVI is excited to partner with Pickle4America on this year’s Ballpark Series, which puts the sport center stage at some of the country’s most iconic sports facilities,” explains Joseph Boschulte, U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism. “The expansive growth of pickleball makes this an ideal time to join in and expand the sport into the Caribbean by way of our destination.”

Franklin Sports’ sponsorship includes providing Red Sox and Giants team-branded paddles for all open play athletes in the respective cities. In addition, Franklin Sports will be the Official pickleball of the Ballpark Series amateur competition & Professional Showcase Exhibition.

For more information, visit pickle4.com.

SOURCE Pickleball for America, Inc.

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Life Time Opens its First Ground-Up Pickleball Destination Featuring 8 Indoor and 7 Outdoor Courts on April 8

Chanhassen, Minn-based development offers 15 courts, viewing areas, bar and lounge, and luxurious dressing rooms all surrounded in a luxurious experience and adjacent to full-amenity club

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CHANHASSEN, Minn. /PRNewswire/ — Life Time (NYSE: LTH) is celebrating National Pickleball Month with the opening of its first dedicated, ground-up pickleball development on April 8, 2024.

Life Time Chanhassen Pickleball is located adjacent to the Life Time Chanhassen, Minn., athletic country club and the Company’s headquarters. Spanning a total of nearly 46,000 square feet, the club features eight indoor and seven outdoor courts with accompanying viewing areas, a bar and lounge, dressing rooms, retail and more.

In 2021, Life Time committed to quickly become the premier destination for pickleball in the United States.
Life Time Chanhassen Pickleball is located adjacent to the Life Time Chanhassen, Minn., athletic country club and the Company’s headquarters. Spanning a total of nearly 46,000 square feet, the club features eight indoor and seven outdoor courts with accompanying viewing areas, a bar and lounge, dressing rooms, retail and more.

In 2021, Life Time committed to quickly become the premier destination for pickleball in the United States. Since that time, the company has grown as the largest owner and operator of pickleball courts, with more than 630 across more than 130 athletic country clubs. Life Time saw staggering growth in members embracing the sport from 2021 through 2023, and the popularity of pickleball continues to grow exponentially nationwide with more than 36.5 million pickleball players today. 

To continue Life Time’s efforts to elevate the profile, programming, leagues and community of tennis and pickleball, the Company created the Life Time Pickleball and Tennis Board in February 2024. Led by tennis legend and pickleball enthusiast, Andre Agassi, and Bahram Akradi, Life Time Founder, Chairman and CEO, the board will serve to further advance a vibrant racquet sports community within Life Time clubs and across the country by fostering awareness, excitement, and support for the sports among people of all ages and skill levels. Life Time already boasts lessons, leagues, clinics, tournaments and more for kids and adults.

Life Time members with a Premier membership will have the opportunity to experience the new destination’s pickleball open play, leagues, tournaments, skill building and much more. A limited number of memberships are available.

In Minnesota, Life Time operates more than 84 pickleball courts across 15 locations. For more information, including membership details, visit the Life Time Pickleball website.

Pictures of Life Time Chanhassen Pickleball can be found linked here.

About Life Time®
Life Time (NYSE: LTH) empowers people to live healthy, happy lives through its portfolio of more than 170 athletic country clubs across the United States and Canada. The Company’s healthy way of life communities and ecosystem address all aspects of healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment for people 90 days to 90+ years old. Supported by a team of more than 37,000 dedicated professionals, Life Time is committed to providing the best programs and experiences through its clubs, iconic athletic events and comprehensive digital platform.

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SPACEMOB Expands Reach Into Sports Programming, Live Events

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — SPACEMOB, the global media company focused on distributing streaming content and FAST channels, is gearing up for an exhilarating year of sports entertainment. With an eye on the future, SPACEMOB is poised to revolutionize the streaming landscape with its pioneering approach to sports programming.

In the coming year, SPACEMOB will have an array of groundbreaking sports entertainment initiatives, including exclusive partnerships and live events. As the convergence of streaming and sports continues, SPACEMOB is at the forefront of this dynamic shift.

Recent projections indicate a significant rise in the number of US viewers streaming sports events, with estimates surpassing 90 million by 2025. This substantial increase underscores the growing demand for accessible and engaging sports content in the digital age.

Over the past few years, the fusion of major sports and streaming platforms has become increasingly prevalent. Notable examples include:

  • NFL Thursday Night games on Amazon Prime
  • WWE Raw migrating to Netflix
  • MLS games on AppleTV

In addition to the streaming platforms zeroing in on live sports, advertisers are keen on the opportunity as well, with The Trade Desk’s 2024 CTV Report declaring ‘this is the year of streaming live sports’ and citing that forty-nine percent of advertisers plan to increase their budget for programmatic live sports in 2024.

SPACEMOB is embracing the trends and has formed exclusive partnerships with two esteemed sports entertainment brands The Harlem Globetrotters and Monster Jam. Additionally, SPACEMOB has secured exclusive distribution partnerships for FAST Channels featuring professional pickleball on PickleTV, classic wrestling from the Savoldi wrestling archive and Ultimate Classic Wrestling, and Major Arena Soccer League action.

Moreover, SPACEMOB is ramping up its live sports programming, offering viewers an unparalleled experience with events like Tuesday Night Pickleball, a variety of MASL season matches, and live broadcasts from Globetrotters and Monster Jam events throughout the year.

Since 2020, SPACEMOB has witnessed an extraordinary trajectory in streaming. It boasts five active channels, three in development and more than 2,500 titles of TV programming that collectively had viewership reaching nearly 1.5 billion minutes in 2023. The implications of these partnerships are profound, with the potential to reshape the landscape of sports entertainment in streaming and offer fans unprecedented access to their favorite sports and events.

About SPACEMOB
SPACEMOB is a global media company – built in the age of streaming-with a focus on creating original content, distribution, and FAST channel development. For inquiries, please contact: Danielle Bourassa Head of Distribution and Partnerships danielle@space-mob.com

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Pickleball Kingdom Location Announced in Hendersonville, Tennessee

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn., /PRNewswire/ — Pickleball Kingdom, the nation’s leading indoor pickleball franchise, is delighted to announce its second Tennessee location at 90 Volunteer Dr., Hendersonville, TN 37075. This marks a significant stride in Pickleball Kingdom’s ambitious plan to establish 20 premier indoor pickleball facilities throughout the state.

Steven and Jaclyn Kilbas, esteemed franchisees of this new location, are poised to bring the joy of indoor pickleball to Hendersonville. Their dedication to the sport and commitment to fostering community engagement make their Hendersonville club a beacon for pickleball enthusiasts and novices alike.


Ace Rodrigues, Founder and CEO of Pickleball Kingdom, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This expansion is monumental. With the Kilbas family at the helm of our Hendersonville location, we are confident that this team will continue to benefit and transform the pickleball community in Tennessee.”

A New Hub for Pickleball in Hendersonville
Pickleball Kingdom’s newest facility in Hendersonville boasts approximately 39,000 square feet and 12 state-of-the-art indoor courts tailored to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels. With a focus on inclusivity and accessibility, the venue aims to serve as a focal point for pickleball enthusiasts. Some of the offerings of the club will include leagues, open play sessions, tournaments, and professional instruction.

“Pickleball is more than just a sport; it’s a community,” said Steven Kilbas. “Our vision is to establish an inviting environment where everyone, from beginners to seasoned players, can enjoy the game. Hendersonville is the perfect location.”

Invitation To Prospective Franchisees
As Pickleball Kingdom continues to expand to new locations around the country, the company invites driven individuals to consider joining its franchise family. Prospective franchisees will benefit from a unique opportunity to be part of the rapidly growing sport, with comprehensive support from the Pickleball Kingdom team.

“This is an unparalleled opportunity to be at the forefront of one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation,” commented Rob Streett, COO of Pickleball Kingdom. “The potential for growth is limitless, and first mover advantage is still available in many markets.”

For more information about franchise opportunities with Pickleball Kingdom, visit www.pickleballkingdom.com/franchise

About Pickleball Kingdom
Pickleball Kingdom is the premier indoor pickleball franchise in the United States, dedicated to promoting the sport of pickleball through high-quality facilities, instruction, and community engagement. With a vision to create a nationwide network of pickleball venues, Pickleball Kingdom is poised to redefine the landscape of recreational sports.

For up to date information about the Pickleball Kingdom Hendersonville location, follow them on social media.
Facebook: Pickleball Kingdom Hendersonville
Instagram: Pickleball Kingdom Hendersonville (@pickleballkingdom.hendersonvil)

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