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Nominate Now: SDM’s Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

We know sports tourism is a $128 billion industry, and we know you have played a role in building that number. Our question to you is this: Don't you ...

Increasingly, hotels are eliminating small plastic bottles of shampoo, lotion, body wash and conditioner in favor of larger containers affixed to countertops and shower walls that housekeeping staff can refill when needed. But what used to be just an eco-friendly move is now becoming law in several states. Here’s a look at the hospitality landscape.

Upping the Sustainability Game by Outlawing Mini Bottles of Toiletries

Increasingly, hotels are eliminating small plastic bottles of shampoo, lotion, body wash and conditioner in favor of larger containers affixed to coun...

Birdies and Birdwatching: Golf Courses are the New Home of Protected Species

Birdies and Birdwatching: Golf Courses are the New Home of Protected Species

Where can you score a birdie and birdwatch at the same time? Golf courses. Many facilities are becoming known for their habitats for not just local an...

Cities Battling Lifeguard Shortages Turn to AI to Boost Water Safety

Battling Lifeguard Shortages, Cities Turn to AI to Boost Water Safety

In the last issue of the SDM Blitz, we heard that drownings are on the rise, a consequence of the heat wave that is driving many, even those without s...

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Regulate ‘Em: Ebikes Grow in Popularity (and Scrutiny)

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Regulate ‘Em: Ebikes Grow in Popularity (and Scrutiny)

It’s a sign of the times: Mackinac Island, Michigan (that famously car-free town that was the setting of the 1979 cult classic, “Somewhere in Time”), ...

Scam of the Summer: Phishing Emails from Hotel Room Poachers

Scam of the Summer: Phishing Emails from Hotel Room Poachers

Event owners are finding themselves in the unenviable position of having to send emails to registrants, advising them to ignore urgently worded “make ...

Summer baseball in many cities includes a fireworks display at the end of the game. Big tournaments and pro football games also like to use pyrotechnics to underscore goals and sometimes celebrate the finale of an event. But increasing scrutiny over noise, pollution and safety, as well as PTSD, has caused some to reevaluate. Drone shows, anyone?

Out with the Bang: A Sports Summer Staple, Fireworks Fall Out of Favor

Summer baseball in many cities includes a fireworks display at the end of the game. Big tournaments and pro football games also like to use pyrotechni...

Hurricane Beryl: How to Help Those in Need

Hurricane Beryl: How to Help Those in Need

Hurricane Beryl tore into Texas and Louisiana and left a mess in her wake, including widespread destruction, loss of power and several deaths. Many ar...

Reality bites. So do sharks. Summer brings surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, open water swims, triathlons and other more into the ocean – and potentially, bring athletes into the path of some of nature’s most feared creatures. Yes, attacks are rare but they’re still scary. New technological development could help keep ocean-goers one step ahead.

Coastal Sports Events Examining Ways to Combat (or Prevent) Shark Attacks

Reality bites. So do sharks. Summer brings surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, open water swims, triathlons and other more into the ocean – and potentia...

Competitive climbing will be joining the podium sports being offered at the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. Para climbing, as the sport is known, checked all the boxes officials want: It is open to both genders, has a strong youth following and is fully inclusive. The response from athletes has been nothing short of wildly enthusiastic.

A New Sport Climbs into the Paralympics in 2028

Competitive climbing will be joining the podium sports being offered at the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. Para climbing, as the sport is known...