Issue #22: November 04, 2015

Stormy Weather: Sports Events Cope with 2015 Hurricane Season

Hurricanes Joaquin and Patricia were perhaps the worst party crashers any sports event planner has had to deal with this fall. They showed up without an invitation, they made a huge mess and they left town without cleaning up after themselves. But they were hurricanes, after all.

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Destination Spotlight

Make Your Next Event MONUMENTAL

Want an event to be monumental? Unforgettable? Consider Gillette and Wright in Campbell County, Wyoming. Home to the all-purpose CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities, the Energy Capital Sports Complex baseball and softball complex, the Southern Campbell County Agricultural Complex, Campbell County Aquatic Center as well as state-of-the-art Recreation Centers in Gillette and Wright, Campbell County has a plethora of venues and enough versatility -- plus dependable weather -- to satisfy any planner. Outside the playing field, participants of any age will find plenty to do as Devils Tower, one of the nation's top scenic attractions, is just an hour from Gillette in addition to other family and outdoor opportunities.

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In other news and commentary...
Pediatricians: If You Can't Take Tackling Out of Football, Limit It

There have been a lot of hot-button issues in youth sports, but not many are hotter right at the moment than concussions. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a new policy regarding tackling in youth football. And it may well rankle traditionalists in the sport.

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Sports Boom: Who is Driving the Sports Travel Market?

Who's running with the ball and driving the sports travel marketplace? The baby boomers, defined as the post-World War II baby boom and born between 1946 and 1964 (although there is some leeway in that definition) are a key demographic that is continuing to influence the way events are presented.

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Event Directors: Want to 'Run' the Country? Here are the Best Cities

Event directors: Looking for the best hosts for running events? A recent ranking of 'best running cities' might provide a clue, being based on quality, access to sports medicine physicians, race numbers and more.

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Can Regulation of Drones Stop Interference with Sports Events?

When a drone aircraft flew into the grounds of the U.S. Open in early September and crashed in the stands, it did more than startle spectators and interrupt a tennis match. It highlighted the need for tighter controls on who should be able to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle and whether there should be any training for it.

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USEF Hopes to Broaden Show Jumping's Appeal

Name a sport that requires strong nerves, great balance and a whole lot of equine psychology, and you've got show jumping. Though it's an Olympic event, it's generally considered to be akin to polo: watched periodically by many but actually understood by only a few.

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Travel Industry Fighting Off Counterfeit Reviews of Hotels, Vendors

It's called 'astroturfing:' the posting of false reviews on sites that cater to the travel industry. And right now, it's a practice the industry wants to weed out. A number of new initiatives are aimed at preserving the integrity of online reviews of hotels, venues and more.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: Intercollegiate Tennis Association

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men's and women's varsity tennis at all levels: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. It also administers national and regional events, as well as a summer circuit. Get to know the group with the inside track on college tennis.

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Instagram Photo Contest

This issue's photo is from Maryland Sports, courtesy of Kevin Moore.

We want to see you! Send your Instagram Photos. Take pictures of your events, and share them with #SportsDestinations. Select photos will be presented on sportsdestinations.com, SDM Blitz and in the latest issues of Sports Destination Management magazine. We're looking for those photos that depict what you and your events are all about. Anything you think is a great representation of your event - all are welcome! Use #SportsDestinations via twitter or Instagram.

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September/October 2015

September/October 2015

The calendar is turning, and sports are moving along. It's time to start planning softball tournaments, so don't miss this roundup of some of the best diamonds in the country. The Summer Olympics in Rio will bring extra attention to water sports and to gymnastics - something else covered in these pages. You can learn about negotiating with venues, working with sports commissions and CVBs, event security and the newest trends in team travel. There are great articles on facilities in the Southwest and Pacific, and on facilities across the U.S. A new season of sports is here. Turn the page and get a sneak peek.

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Last word...

"I think the number one thing with young players, you got to get them to play hard. When you step on the court, they don't check your paycheck to see how much you make, and they don't check your ID to see how old you are."

~ Flip Saunders, longtime NBA coach, who died last week.





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