As we sprint toward the end of the year, a quick look back tells us 2018 has been quite a ride, full of highs and lows. And between all the milestones, we’ve done our jobs, each of us making up a part of the big machine that is sports tourism and the economy it has created. In this issue, we celebrate our 2018 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. We also examine growing and emerging sports (pickleball and flag football) as well as equestrian and rodeo. Our industry thought leaders have also given us some excellent insights, making this issue worth your always valuable time.
The landscape of sports is always evolving and changing. What doesn’t change: how much we love to get behind our favorite athletes and cheer for them – and how much they can benefit communities when they come to town. This issue is a great combination of long-time favorites and what have been called ‘disruptors’ in our technological lexicon. The fall sports season – a transitional time – is underway, reminding us that like it or not, this year is winding down. Make sure you’re ready for the new season and new challenges that lie ahead. Our articles, industry insights and more can help.
This issue of SDM covers a lot of ground. Our sports are as varied as combat, lacrosse and running, our Regional Focus covers the Southeast and there are sports insight columns on bass fishing and competitive cheerleading and dance. Add in our industry experts, who are weighing in on the essential topics and you really do have an issue that is packed with substantive content and excellent insights. From coast to coast and border to border, and throughout the entire landscape of sports and experiences available, there’s always something new to try and fun to learn. This issue offers a view of that.
A fascinating aspect of our industry is the way the moving parts – event owners, destinations, venues and services – create the dynamic whole. This issue bears that out, with insights from all corners. You can learn not just about sports (we’re highlighting baseball, track & field and fishing) but about hot-button industry topics (sports for senior athletes, creating the athlete relationship and maximizing economic impact). In addition, we’ve honored longtime favorites in our industry, with the Reader’s Choice Awards. Who’s being recognized? Read on to find out!
The March/April issue is all about the change of seasons. Athletes are finding their way back to fields, courts, trails and roads that have been slumbering under snow and ice – at least in many parts of the country. Planners, meanwhile, are scrambling to get ready for this spring and put contracts in place for next year’s events. This issue of SDM can help, with features on soccer, golf and swimming/diving. Don’t miss our articles on medical planning, housing, photography and the benefits of planning off-peak events. Start your new season here.
The January/February issue of Sports Destination Management will help you start your year on a positive and productive note. In addition to getting information on some of the fest venues around for winter sports, basketball, skateboard and BMX, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about recording and streaming, putting on sports events for athletes with special needs – even navigating the RFP process. What more? There’s a focus on the Northeast region as well as a feature on new and expanding markets. Start reading – and getting ahead – now.