NEW YORK, July 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Tennis icons John McEnroe and Andre Agassi return for the Pickleball Slam, and will be joined by Stefanie Graf and Maria Sharapova, two of the greatest female tennis players of all time. The four legends will compete in SLAM 2 for a total prize purse of $1 million. Created and produced by Horizon Sports & Experiences (HS&E) and InsideOut Sports & Entertainment (ISE), SLAM 2 will be televised live in primetime, exclusively on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024 at 8:30 p.m. (EST) from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL.
Tickets for SLAM 2 go on sale today, July 18, at noon and start at $46. Tickets are available at myhrl.com and Ticketmaster. All seats are reserved. Doors open one hour before the event. Additional fees may apply.
SLAM 2 will be highlighted by an electrifying doubles match featuring the duo of McEnroe and Sharapova, who have a total of 12 Grand Slam singles titles between them, facing off against Agassi and Graf, who earned a combined 30 Grand Slam singles titles during their respective careers.
The inaugural Pickleball Slam showcased McEnroe, Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Michael Chang competing for a $1 million purse, the largest tournament purse in pickleball history. The event was broadcast live on Sunday, April 2, 2023 on ESPN before a record-breaking capacity crowd at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. A first-of-its-kind event, the afternoon telecast was the highest-rated competition in pickleball history.
“Following the success of the inaugural Pickleball Slam, we’re excited to once again partner with and return to the Hard Rock and present SLAM 2 in primetime on ESPN, an ideal timeslot coming out of the network’s coverage of the NFL Pro Bowl and a NBA regular season game,” said David Levy, Co-CEO of HS&E. “It’s great to have both John and Andre return for SLAM 2. In pairing them up with Stefanie and Maria, two of the greatest and most competitive players in the history of tennis, there’s sure to be no shortage of incredible action and entertaining moments on the court.”
“We are incredibly excited to partner with Horizon Sports & Entertainment and InsideOut Sports again for the return of the Pickleball Slam to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.,” said Keith Sheldon, President of Entertainment for Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming. “The inaugural event last April was a resounding success, with Hard Rock’s desire to be entertainment first-movers paying massive dividends. This time around, we’ll build on our initial success with John McEnroe and Andre Agassi, by also adding Steffi Graf and Maria Sharapova to the lineup – arguably two of the best players of all time in racquet sports. To have all this in The Guitar Hotel live in primetime on ESPN; it’s going be a special evening of pickleball.”
“After Andy and I took home the hardware at the first Pickleball Slam, I said I would be playing pickleball as long as I can walk – that’s how much I enjoy this game. Naturally, I am so excited to share this experience with one of the best tennis players, my wife,” said Agassi.
“When I watched the inaugural Pickleball Slam in April and stepped onto the court, I was hooked. Andre and I can’t wait to get back out on the court together to face off against Maria and John,” said Graf.
AMATEUR SLAM CHALLENGE RETURNS
The weekend will once again feature the Amateur Slam Challenge on Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb 3, 2024. The amateur tournament will include doubles teams competing for a cash prize and the opportunity to play against the tennis legends.
For more information and to register for the Amateur Slam Challenge, visit www.thepickleballslam.com.
Andre Agassi is one of the most successful and recognized players in the history of tennis, capturing eight Grand Slam titles during his Hall of Fame career, including the career Grand Slam for winning each of the four major professional tennis tournaments – Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the French Open and the U.S. Open at least once. He also captured the gold medal at 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
In 1988, Stefanie Graf earned tennis immortality when she became the first player to win all four major singles titles and the gold medal during the Summer Olympics. Widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, she won 22 major singles titles during her Hall of Fame career and was ranked the number one women’s singles player in the world for a record of 377 weeks.
Recognized as one of the greatest players in the history of professional tennis, John McEnroe won 17 Grand Slam titles, including four singles titles at the U.S. Open and three Wimbledon titles. He captured a remarkable 77 single titles, as well as 77 doubles titles, and is the only male player in tennis history to simultaneously hold the world number one ranking in both singles and doubles. During his illustrious Hall of Fame career, he also contributed to five Davis Cup titles for the U.S. and was a team captain.
Considered one of the best competitors of her generation, Maria Sharapova is one of only 10 women to achieve the career Grand Slam. During her stellar career, she also won a silver medal in women’s singles at the 2012 London Olympics.
ABOUT HORIZON SPORTS & EXPERIENCES (HS&E)
Horizon Sports & Experiences (HS&E) is an affiliate of Horizon Media, the largest U.S. media agency according to AdAge Data Center 2022, and provides a unique and complementary combination of sports, experiential marketing, and media capabilities. HS&E has a core focus on IP creation and monetization, strategic advisory and consulting, media rights, sponsorship, sales, and experiential, Metaverse, and Web3.0 strategy and activation. HS&E is led by co-CEOs David Levy and Chris Weil.
ABOUT INSIDEOUT SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT (ISE)
InsideOut Sports + Entertainment (ISE) is a Los Angeles based independent event producer founded in 2004 by former world No.1 and Hall of Fame tennis player Jim Courier and former SFX and Clear Channel executive Jon Venison. InsideOut owns and operates numerous proprietary events and promotions including Champions Series Tennis, the Legendary Night Series, The World Series of Beach Volleyball, Major League Pickleball and numerous customized private and public outings. To date, InsideOut has produced over 300 events in 44 states and 12 countries and is committed to a strong charity tie-in with every public event it owns or produces. Since inception, InsideOut events have contributed over $5 million to various charitable causes.
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is South Florida’s premier entertainment venue. An investment of more than $125 million, the 7,000-person capacity indoor venue features clamshell-style seating, offering guests an intimate experience. In 2023, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood won an Academy of Country Music Award in the Casino of the Year – Theater Category. Hard Rock Live also ranked No. 5 worldwide in 2022 gross revenue for both Pollstar Magazine and Billboard in its respective categories. Designed by Scéno Plus, the 225,000-square-foot facility is equipped with state-of-the-art, in-house sound and lighting, large HD viewing screens and mobile-stage technology. With its advanced capabilities, Hard Rock Live can support some of the entertainment industry’s biggest performers, as well as nationally and internationally televised awards shows, sporting events and more. A-list entertainers to perform at Hard Rock Live include The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Maroon 5, Billy Joel, and Dave Chappelle, among others.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship-integrated resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion in 2019, highlighting the debut of the world’s first and only Guitar Hotel. Between three hotel towers, the resort boasts 1,271 luxury guestrooms. Amenities include a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; an 18-acre recreational water experience; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 20 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with more than 2,700 slots, more than 200 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. Hard Rock Live, ranked No. 5 worldwide in 2022 gross revenue for both Pollstar Magazine and Billboard in its respective categories, highlights A-list entertainers and performers, sporting events and live broadcast productions in an intimate 7,000-person capacity setting. Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441). For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com call (800) 937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.
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Moose Games Serves Up Dill-lightful Family Fun with New Pickleball Blast; First-of-its-Kind Board Game Based on America’s Fastest Growing Sport
KANSAS CITY, Mo. /PRNewswire/ — Since 1972, Select Registry has curated a portfolio of quality-assured and handpicked properties representing the gold standard in craft hospitality. 22 properties were welcomed into membership in 2023. These 22 new members represent independent properties across the U.S. from 14 different states and one new member in Canada. Our newest members include:
- A’ Tuscan Estate Bed & Breakfast McMinnville, Oregon
Located in the heart of the beautiful Willamette Valley, Oregon Wine Country, this property offers guests six rooms and a gourmet, three-course breakfast each morning of their stay.
- Bottger Mansion of Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico
Located in the Old Town Albuquerque historic district of New Mexico, discover the vibrant culture, fabulous cuisine, and a garden oasis at this lovingly restored inn.
- Brass Lantern Inn Stowe, Vermont
This historic inn is set on an acre and a half of outdoor space, with spectacular views of Mt. Mansfield. It is carefully managed to provide all of the creature comforts of today within the unique character of a brick farmhouse.
- Christopher Dodge House Providence, Rhode Island
Built in 1858 and renovated into a bed and breakfast in 2003, this Italianate Mansion is full of charm and original touches. Found in the heart of Providence, within walking distance of attractions, local shops, restaurants, and universities.
- Cuthbert House Inn Beaufort, South Carolina
This gracious historic mansion dates back over 230 years and is located near beaches and surrounded by Lowcountry salt marshes. Offering an ideal location, this property is just a short walk from a vibrant downtown, with restaurants, boutiques, museums, and galleries.
- The Everett Hotel Bryson City, North Carolina
This renovated bank building offers ten luxuriously appointed rooms with upscale baths, a rooftop terrace with an open fireplace, and beautiful mountain views. The on-site restaurant features contemporary American cuisine and signature craft cocktails.
- Farm Road Estate West Dover, Vermont
Nestled on 32 acres in Southern Vermont, this property is just minutes from the renowned ski resort at Mount Snow. Guests will enjoy world-class winter skiing, inspiring fall foliage, and fine dining during their stay.
- Forsyth Park Inn Savannah, Georgia
Overlooking the largest and most popular park in the historic district of Savannah, this circa 1893 Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast brings the best of the old world with the conveniences of a modern hotel.
- GraceNote Inn & Spa Bethel, Maine
Conveniently located near Sunday River Ski Resort and surrounded by an abundance of hiking trails in the mountains of Western Maine. This Bethel Maine inn offers luxurious accommodations, a restaurant and bar, as well as an on-site spa.
- The Grand Hacienda Abiquiu Lake, New Mexico
Found on a mesa top overlooking beautiful Abiquiu Lake in New Mexico, this memorable lodging experience is found in the heart of Georgia O’Keeffe country. A step through the ancient wooden gate leads you to jaw-dropping views and a pathway to your private retreat.
- Harwelden Mansion Tulsa, Oklahoma
An English Tudor masterpiece, this property dates back to 1923 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests will enjoy stunning architecture, elegant decor, and manicured gardens overlooking the Arkansas River.
- Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast West Bend, Wisconsin
Nestled on more than 20 acres of wooded bliss in West Bend, Wisconsin, Hidden Serenity offers guests use of the in-house spa, regulation-size pickleball court, wooded trails, and made-from-scratch three-course breakfasts.
- Inn of the Turquoise Bear Santa Fe, New Mexico
Located just a 15-minute walk from Santa Fe’s historic plaza, this property features private acres of lush gardens with towering pine trees and mountain views. Enjoy abundant, multi-course plated breakfast featuring innovative comfort food at this estate dating back 200 years.
- Justin Trails Resort Sparta, Wisconsin
Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast with 14 miles of wide grassy trails mowed for hiking and two championship Disc Golf courses. A hearty breakfast highlighting local, organic, and sustainable food is included with lodging.
- Lindenwood Inn Southwest Harbor, Maine
This thirteen-room bed and breakfast is located in a quiet village near Acadia National Park on the coast of Maine and is just a short walk to restaurants, bike and kayak rentals, and boating adventures.
- The Lodge at Moosehead Lake Greenville, Maine
This elegant bed and breakfast is located on Moosehead Lake in Greenville, Maine. Surrounded by woods, fields, and stunning lake and mountain views, guests will enjoy this ultra-private, year-round lakefront destination with fine dining at 368 Maine Restaurant.
- Maple Cove B&B & The August House Leonard, Michigan
This secluded Michigan retreat is in a modern farmhouse setting. Located on 14 acres, there is plenty to do on the property– take a dip in the pool or meander the expansive grounds.
- McCully House Inn Jacksonville, Oregon
Nestled in the heart of Oregon’s Rogue Valley this boutique hotel offers five distinctive guest rooms and four luxurious suites. This pet-friendly property is in the heart of Jacksonville’s historic district and dates back to 1860.
- Old Manse Inn Brewster, Massachusetts
Found on picturesque Cape Cod, this historic sea captain’s manor dates back to 1801. Offering 12 deluxe rooms, an expansive garden, and thoughtful amenities, it is just a short stroll to Breakwater Beach.
- Pillow & Paddock Bed and Breakfast La Grange, Kentucky
Located in the heart of Oldham County, Kentucky, this tranquil six-acre property is surrounded by picturesque rolling hills, lush pastures, beautiful estates, and thoroughbred horse farms and is just a four-minute drive from Historic Main Street La Grange.
- Springbank House St. Catherines, Ontario
Dating back to 1910 this property is nestled in St. Catharines’ historic downtown district in Ontario, Canada. It offers guests a choice of three suites with modern character ensuites, ultra-soft linens, and fireplaces in adjoining sitting rooms.
- Top of the Ridge Farm Bed & Breakfast New Durham, New Hampshire
Situated on a quiet country road with sweeping views of Mt. Washington, this inn features four spacious rooms, each with a private bath and deck. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning, as well as cooking classes.
“We are so pleased to welcome these 22 new members into our portfolio of quality-assured properties,” said Select Registry CEO Mark Reichle. “Each is distinctive, but all exemplify our promise to deliver excellence in craft lodging to their guests. We are thrilled to see our collection grow and proud to represent the best in the industry.”
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Select Registry-certified properties exceed service standards because of our rigorous quality-assurance program. Prior to membership, all properties must be evaluated with the industry’s leading inspection program, covering everything from cleanliness to hospitality.
Our curated bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels, and inns provide unique experiences with locally sourced food and personalized recommendations from knowledgeable innkeepers. Lodging types range from full-service inns, lodges, rustic cabins, boutique hotels, stately mansions, and manors that stretch across the U.S. from the San Juan Islands to the Smokies, and beyond. Come for the quality accommodations, stay for the story.
About Select Registry:
For over 50 years, Select Registry has set the standard for excellence in personal hospitality at independently owned inns and bed and breakfasts. Today, our craft lodging properties include over 260 boutique properties. They’re located everywhere from backcountry roads to big-city neighborhoods, along coastlines, and in heartlands across the United States. Learn more at www.SelectRegistry.com.
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Sleeves Senior Pickleball Report: Bread & Butter Loco Paddle Review with Hot Sauce Bonus!
“Dive into the latest episode of Sleeves Senior Pickleball Report as Michael Sleeves Sliwa reviews the Bread & Butter Loco paddle and its hot sauce perk!”
In the latest episode of Sleeves Senior Pickleball Report, Michael Sleeves Sliwa takes a swing at reviewing the Bread & Butter Loco paddle, stirring up excitement among pickleball enthusiasts. Delving into the intricate details, Sliwa dissects the paddle’s performance, maneuverability, and overall impact on the game. Beyond the technical analysis, he sheds light on the enticing promotional perks that come with purchasing a paddle from Bread and Butter. Notably, the Loco Paddle steals the spotlight by offering a unique incentive—a complimentary bottle of hot sauce. This fiery addition adds a flavorful twist to the purchase, making it an appealing choice for players looking to spice up their game on and off the court. With Sleeves’ expert insights and the sizzle of hot sauce, the Bread & Butter Loco paddle emerges as a must-have accessory for pickleball aficionados seeking both performance and piquancy.
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Get in the Game: PickleRage Announces Investment Opportunities into their Pickleball Clubs
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — PickleRage, an exciting new pickleball club concept, is excited to present accredited investors with the opportunity to invest in its nationwide clubs. Strategically positioned to leverage the surging demand of pickleball, PickleRage offers investors the opportunity to capitalize on the sport’s unprecedented growth.
PickleRage’s investment strategy focuses on providing accredited investors with the potential for attractive returns through passive ownership. With a minimum investment of $50,000, investors can co-invest with PickleRage in their choice of high-performing indoor pickleball clubs in states including Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
“Investors have the unique opportunity to participate in PickleRage’s nationwide expansion while also profiting from a high-growth industry,” shared Carter Jones, Director of Investor Relations at PickleRage. “We believe our innovative club concept, strategic site selection, and robust revenue model, positions us for success and project significant returns for our investors.”
With its “player-first” concept, state-of-the-art facilities, and prime locations, PickleRage caters to a growing market. Its recurring revenue model, fueled by membership fees and various income streams, allows for the potential for stable returns. If you’re interested in investing, please visit: www.invest.picklerage.com.
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