Issue #48: November 16, 2016

Ho Ho Ho: The Numbers Show Holiday Events are Bringing in the Dough

The Thanksgiving turkey hasn't even defrosted yet but that hasn't stopped the radio stations from playing Christmas carols and every mall from working to entice shoppers. The question becomes this: What are you as a sports event planner going to do about it?

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Destination Spotlight

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Capital Improvements Make Oklahoma's Capitol City a Major Midwest Destination

Oklahoma City is a capital destination for sports and as such, it has made some capital improvements to increase its already excellent athletic infrastructure. Softball, wrestling and paddle sports play there. USA Softball is here, and the Women's College World Series returns annually. Oklahoma City University has been a pioneer in women's wrestling and a whitewater rafting and kayaking center opened in May. This destination offers cosmopolitan shopping and dining options, a wide range of hotel choices and some of the most fun diversions for families and off-duty athletes ever. It also offers somber reflections, exciting marathons and more sports facilities than you knew. Get to know Oklahoma City.

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In other news and commentary...
Sports Travel Industry Trying to Find Footing in a Post-Election World

With the election in the books (and what a long, strange chapter it was), the sports travel industry is looking ahead to ways a new administration will impact its work. And already, the guessing game has started. Here's what sports planners need to know.

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Can eSports Attain Olympic Status?

It was only a matter of time. One of the hottest segments of the travel market is eSports, and more facilities are ramping up their bids on events. But South Korea has taken it to the next level, leading the charge to make eSports an official Olympic pursuit.

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Stripped-Down Version of World Beach Games Listed for San Diego

The last time we checked in on the World Beach Games, scheduled for this coming summer in San Diego… well, it's fair to say they weren't scheduled for this coming summer any longer, and and nobody was answering any questions about it.

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Threat of Terrorism Boosting Security, Risk-Management at Marathons

It's no secret that security at sports events has gotten tighter, and the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 has resulted in increased police presence at running events. Here is what cities across the nation are doing to keep their runners, spectators and events secure.

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Sideline Safety Concerns Grow After Recent Death

It happens every season. Athletes crash into officials, coaching staff and even spectators who are crowding onto the sidelines. The question of sideline safety has never been as much in the spotlight as it is now, following the accidental death of a statistician for a prep football team.

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Passport, Flight I.D. Changes are Coming and Sports Planners Need to Be Ready

As sports travel increases, more tournaments are being scheduled internationally. But changes are ahead for U.S. passport processes. Some could slow down the process of renewing or applying for travel documentation. Here's what you need to know, and what you need to pass along to your registrants.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Climbing

Sport climbing, making its Olympic debut in 2020, is everything the IOC wants: it is exciting to watch, has the coveted youth demographic and (from a sports planning standpoint), brings an excellent economic impact. Get to know USA Climbing and find out about its plans for the future.

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September/October 2016

September/October 2016

With the summer Olympics in the rear-view (and what a view it was!), it's time to turn our attention what's ahead. How do we grow the sports we have, and how do we use best practices in business? In this issue, we review what people will be talking about (gymnastics and cycling, for instance, along with water sports) and looking ahead (softball will be included in the 2020 Games.) And there's always time to sharpen our skills in business, and articles on security, transportation options, negotiations, long-term contracts and more will help you do that. Turn the page and start your learning experience.

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