Rebellion Against the Confederate Flag and the Cost of Flying It
The call for the symbolic gesture of lowering the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol certainly has not gone unnoticed. And the ripple effect is being felt all the way through the world of sports. From NASCAR to college athletic departments, from the NFL to the souvenir shops, it's a lightning rod for controversy and for many, a call for change.
The Metropolis of Sports: Kansas City, Missouri
For more than a hundred years, Kansas City, Missouri, has been known as the City of Fountains, and it is widely known for serving up some of the world's best barbecue. But in the last few decades, Kansas City has added a new nickname to its list: City of Fanatics—sports fanatics, that is.
To the long list of Kansas City accolades, Travel + Leisure Magazine recently added a new title: one of America's Top 10 Cities for Sports-Crazed Fans. After hosting a homerun World Series, Kansas City became widely known as a championship sports host. But if baseball and barbecue are all you know about Kansas City, prepare to have your sports mind blown.
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|Spokane's Hoopfest Generates $39 Million and Broadcasts on ESPN|
In Spokane, Washington, Hoopsfest, a 3-on-3 event originally held as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, has become the largest of its kind in the world. With 7,000 teams, 27,000 players and coverage on ESPN, the tournament has a $39 million economic impact and is big enough to justify shutting off traffic to the city's downtown to allow for play.
|New Olympic Stadium Looks Like a Bird Head, or Possibly a Bike Helmet|
It's not the first time the aesthetics of a sports facility have come under criticism, and it's not the last. But right now, it's the highest-profile facility taking heat for its appearance. The design for the stadium for the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo is set to be finalized - and the reception has been the equivalent of a glassy-eyed stare.
|No Travel Required: Falmouth Road Race Goes Virtual|
Treadmill jockeys who want to run should know: there's an app for that. The New Balance Falmouth Road Race on August 16 wouldn't ordinarily generate headlines except for one detail: this year, "virtual runners" will be able to log in and participate using an interactive HD video of the actual course in new "Remote Participant" category.
United States ProMiniGolf Association
Maybe your only experience with minigolf has been trying to putt past a dinosaur during a vacation near the ocean. And maybe you thought that was all there was to this sport. Not so. It has a pro tour, a worldwide following, a Master's and a U.S. Open. Meet the United States ProMiniGolf Association (USPMGA), the NGB responsible for organizing minigolf tournaments throughout the U.S.
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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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