Issue #18: August 26, 2015

FCC Cracks Down on Blocking Wifi Access by Sports Venues

First Marriott, now the world. With less than a year since the Federal Communications Commission smacked down the giant hotel chain for its attempt to block wi-fi hotspots at convention centers, you'd think the sports and hospitality market had learned not to try to force consumers to pay exorbitant prices for connectivity. But you'd be wrong.

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Destination Spotlight

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Facilitating Great Sports

When you add up everything you want in a sports event site -excellent sports facilities, plenty of hotel and restaurant options and amazing entertainment and activities for visitors young and old-the answer you get is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, an area where sports planners and organizers know their tournament or event will be a success. Thought it was just a destination for golf and tennis facilities? Think again. It has those, plus a whole lot more. Get to know Myrtle Beach, South Carolina., where all the pieces come together to create an excellent destination for any event.

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Cities Jumping on the Sports Tourism Bandwagon: Too Much, Too Soon?

There's no doubt that more kids are playing sports than ever. There's also no doubt that the sports tourism market is booming. The problem is that there are areas that are seeing sports complexes as a panacea, and are pushing through measures to build them - without getting community buy-in, leading to disgruntled residents - and a great deal of pushback.

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Ahead of Olympic Selection, Potential New Sports Rev Up the Spin Cycle

Eight sports are fighting for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Eight sport federations have met with Japanese organizers to state their case. The IOC will make a final decision on which sport or sports will be added in August 2016, when it meets ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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High School Sports Participation Tops 7.8 Million

Are travel teams and club sports going places? Not if you ask the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The organization's annual High School Athletics Participation Survey for 2014-2015 shows that high school sports is the place to be for teenagers, with record-breaking growth in multiple sports.

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More Money to Go Around: Playoff Officials to Help Cover Family Travel

College Football Playoff officials started 2015 by announcing they'd pay travel expenses for parents and guardians of athletes. That was well received, to say the least. Now, CFB is starting a new school year with even better news for family members.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)

The National Christian College Athletic Association is an intercollegiate athletic association serving Christian colleges and universities in North America. It conducts 25 national championships for its 103 member institutions.

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July/August 2015

July/August 2015

The best things in life really are free, and you'll find them in this issue of Sports Destination Management. Not only does our Perspectives article detail the best ways to recruit and work with volunteers, but all the industry experts who shared their knowledge with us did so voluntarily. Don't miss the articles on stay-to-play, working with sports commissions, legal issues, cheer & dance and the USGA. We also delve into what makes a successful event in running and road sports, combative sports and lacrosse, and we examine the Southeast as a destination. Your summer learning starts here. Turn the page to get a jump-start.

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