NPC Newsmakers: Veteran Sports Event Manager Bill Knight to Handicap World Cup Finals, Detail Largest International Multi-Sport Competition to Hit Washington, DC

Jul 09, 2014, 10:47 ET from National Press Club

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With popular support for USA Soccer at an all-time high and the World Cup semi-final and final matches set for this weekend, World Cup Soccer fever is sweeping the nation. Veteran sports events manager Bill Knight will offer some predictions and perspective on Brazil's success with the 2014 games – and discuss Washington DC's Olympic bid and the biggest multi-sport event to hit the DC metro area – at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Friday, July 11.

Knight served for three years as Vice President of Venues for World Cup Soccer, managing nine venues across the U.S. He was also General Manager of Venues for the Atlanta Olympics and Vice President of Business Operations for the Super Bowl 34 Host Committee.

Today, Knight is CEO of World Police & Fire Games ( – the largest international multi-sport competition involving law enforcement and fire fighters – which will be held in Fairfax, VA in the summer of 2015. Last year, the games were held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fairfax 2015 will draw over 12,000 athletes from around the world, competing in some 60 Olympic-style and public safety-specific sports. Fairfax 2015 is expected to generate over $80 million in direct and indirect economic benefit to the National Capital Region.

This NPC Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for Friday, July 11 at 10 a.m. in the club's Zenger Room, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 5429 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045.

Like all Newsmakers events, this news conference is open to credentialed media and club members at no charge. No advance registration is required.

Mike Smith, Newsmakers Committee

Herb Perone, NPC Newsmakers Chair

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SOURCE National Press Club