East-South Central


Mobile to Host Gymnastics Meet

March 14, 2018

The USA Gymnastics Alabama State Optional/XCEL Meet will be held March 16th-18th in Mobile, Alabama. more >>


GSOBSC Springs Forward with Sports Events

March 12, 2018

Sports tourism starts with local athletics, and in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, there is a full calendar of events, plus some facility updates. more >>


Gulf Coast Challenge Football Game Announced

March 12, 2018

The inaugural “Gulf Coast Challenge Powered by the Mobile Sports Authority” football game will be held on September 22 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. more >>


Pigeon Forge Announces Indoor Snow Resort

March 7, 2018

Sports planners will find new venues in 2018 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. more >>


Pace Rolls Into Knoxville, Offering Modern Dockless Bike Sharing To City’s Residents, Students & Tourists

March 12, 2018

Pace, the dockless bike share service of choice for America’s smart cities and colleges, has launched in Knoxville, Tennessee. more >>


Sports Turf Managers Association Announces 2017 ‘Field of the Year’ Winners

December 11, 2017

Outstanding in their field? These facilities are. Meet the award winners for 2017. more >>


MSA Reports Another Successful Year

November 6, 2017

The Mobile Sports Authority attracted, supported and/or hosted a total of 30 sports events, generating an estimated $17.5 million. more >>


Pigeon Forge Receives Record-setting 25 International Events Awards

October 2, 2017

The Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) Department of Tourism claimed 25 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA). more >>


Huntsville, Alabama: We've Got the Space

February 2, 2018

Huntsville is known as the Rocket City, being the home to Space Camp (the movie, too) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (also Alabama’s #1 top paid... more >>


Coast In For the Win

November 20, 2017

With top-notch sports facilities, roomy accommodations and a central location, the Alabama Gulf Coast is a sports destination like none other. more >>

Destination Spotlights

blank Case study | July 24, 2017
Uncovering a Sports Gem in Kentucky   

By: Peter Francesconi

There are a lot of reasons to visit Owensboro, nestled on a scenic bend of the Ohio River in western Kentucky. Music fans are attracted to the... More>>

DS_Sevierville1 Case study | May 1, 2017
"Best Small Town to Visit" Serves Up Volleyball, Gymnastics, Baseball and More   

By: Michael Popke

Already a popular vacation spot with such major attractions as Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Dollywood, Sevierville, Tennessee, also has... More>>

blank Case study | May 20, 2016
Sevierville, TN: Where Sports Events Reach Their Peak   

By: Juli Anne Patty

When planning a sports event, organizers have a lot of, but one thing encompasses all the rest: satisfaction. When a destination can make not just... More>>

White Papers

Whitepaper | November 20, 2012
Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics 2011-12 Research Grants Initiative   

In May 2011, the Knight Commission announced a new initiative to fund research on policy issues in college sports. The program was intended to... More>>

Whitepaper | February 13, 2012
Sports Betting and Corruption   

The glorious uncertainty of sport and the honesty and upright image of athletes are popular and motivational values that risk being undermined unless... More>>

Whitepaper | January 20, 2010
College Sports 101: A Primer on Money, Athletics, and Higher Education in the 21st Century   

This report offers an overview of the business and economic landscape of intercollegiate athletics, with a particular focus on the Football Bowl... More>>



MascotwKid Article | November 29, 2017
One Year Later: Fire-Ravaged Tennessee Destinations Have Message of Hope for California

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

As residents and business owners take stock of the fire damage to California’s wine country, a sports destination in Eastern Tennessee is watching...   More>>

blank Article | November 20, 2017

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Sports Destination Management is proud to announce the 2017 “Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.” The nominees this year were...   More>>

blank Article | November 20, 2017
Played on Three Surfaces, Played by All Ages

By: Tracey Schelmetic

Thanks to the Olympics, interest in volleyball remains strong. That it can played anywhere, from a grassy backyard to a gymnasium to a sandy beach,...   More>>

blank Article | September 26, 2017
Your Home-Field Advantage Starts Here

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Much has been written about home base and home-field advantage. What about when you’re looking for all that in a home away from home? If your...   More>>

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