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There is no wasting away in this Margaritaville, in the latest announcement from MLP last week. Quite the contrary. This is a momentous moment for both organizations. This commitment to pickleball is as significant as it comes, as the league will be known as “MLP by Margaritaville.” Why is this a relationship made in pickleball heaven? Passionate Followers Jimmy Buffett is an icon with a passionate following for all things Buffett, including his restaurants, resorts, and even dedicated communities, all branded with one of his most famous songs, “Margaritaville.” Those that have found the game of pickleball are an…

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An upcoming pickleball tournament at the United Center, home to the Chicago Bulls, may lead to a new trend in sports entertainment. Chris Clark, an avid proponent of pickleball within the Chicago community, spearheads a new effort to get the sport in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Clark has partnered with the Chicago Bulls to bring pickleball into an NBA arena for the first time, allowing hoops fans to be a part of the fastest-growing sport in the country. The tournament will be played on Dec. 30 before the Bulls take on the Detroit Pistons, encouraging newcomers and…

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Today marks an auspicious day in the history of Pickleball. Today. Is. Draft. Day. Major League Pickleball has set the stage for what could turn out to be one of the most entertaining annual events in the pickleball season. The combination of celebrity team owners, a new league format, and some of the most talented athletes in the sport’s history is sure to excite the pickleball community. And it’s all televised live on The Tennis Channel. But first, let’s look at the format of the draft. MLP Draft Explained In 2023, MLP will consist of two levels, Premier and Challenger. The…

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Pickleball continues to ascend the ranks among its racquetball relatives in tennis, badminton, and table tennis; however, this rise in popularity hasn’t come without some pushback. Many die-hard tennis players are now fighting to keep their courts from being flooded by the new wave of pickleball players. According to a recent study by The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), more than 4.8 million pickleball players are now in the United States. This represents a remarkable 39.3% growth in the last two years, making pickleball the fastest-growing sport in America. Out with the old, in with the new One of…

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New Orleans is known for innovation, so it is no surprise that the city is getting in on the ground floor of the pickleball phenomenon. In mid-2023, New Orleans will welcome The Exchange Pickleball + Bar, the Gulf South’s first pickleball venue to combine indoor and outdoor courts with food and beverages. The Exchange joins many public and private recreational facilities in the area with available pickleball courts, offering players of all ages and comfort levels the opportunity to partake in the country’s fastest-growing sport. Dink & Dine at The Exchange Redevelopment of the 70-year-old, 21,000-square-foot warehouse in the Lower…

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It’s the perfect combination: People love pickleball, and if they can sample craft foods and drinks at the same time? That’s a winning formula. Just ask Iowa-based Smash Park, a company that operates indoor pickleball venues and is firmly in expansion mode. Smash Park’s formula is now coming to the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. The company announced in November that it will begin construction on its first Twin Cities location this fall in the suburb of Roseville, Minnesota. The venue is scheduled to open in the fall of 2023. A growing company Smash Park Entertainment Group has already opened locations in…

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The TLDR; After merging with the Professional Pickleball Association’s VIBE league last month, Major League Pickleball is showing little sign of slowing down. Expansion of the league is inevitable as interest and money continue to flow into the sport. 2023 will see a 2X in the league’s size, with the number of teams increasing to 24 (from 12) and the number of events increasing to 6 (from 3). The year will also be split into 2 “seasons” and 2 “levels”. In short, 12 teams (48 drafted players) will compete in the Premier Level, and 12 (additional 48 players) will compete…

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It’s easy to see why pickleball is still sweeping the globe. With components of ping-pong, badminton, and tennis, this engrossing sport is easy to learn yet difficult to master. With millions of players worldwide, pickleball is fast rising to fame. Another fresh trend on the courts is our animal pals joining in on the action! Inspired maybe by pickleball’s beginnings, dogs are starting to appear frequently at pickleball spots, providing even more joy to this already fun sport. Pickleball looks to be accommodating of our cherished dog friends in addition to human players of all ages and ability levels. Did…

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