National Press Club

Veteran sports event manager to handicap World Cup finals, July 11

July 9, 2014 | By Mike Smith |

Bill Knight

Bill Knight

Photo/Image: Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games

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 Newsmakers news conference on Friday, July 11 at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room.

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 XXXIV Host Committee.

Today, Knight is CEO of World Police & Fire Games – the largest international multi-sport competition involving law enforcement and fire fighters. The 2015 games will be held in Fairfax and are expected to draw more than 12,000 athletes from around the world to compete in 60 Olympic-style and public safety-specific sports.

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

For more information, please contact Newsmakers Committee member Mike Smith at or 703-623-3834.