Issue #31: March 23, 2016

Will Religious Liberty Thwart Atlanta's Super Bowl?

The passing of House Bill 757, the controversial "religious liberty" bill allowing for faith-based discrimination against gays, brought criticism from the NFL, which had been eyeing Atlanta as a possible Super Bowl host. Now, Governor Nathan Deal must decide between the bill and a shot at a lucrative sports event.

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Bryan College Station, Texas: A Reputation for Cooperation

When the convention and visitors bureau for Bryan College Station changed its name to Bryan College Station Sports + Events, it was not because of changes in its role; in fact, the organization already had a history of attracting and marketing successful sports events. Rather, it was a reflection of the area's ever-growing role as a sports destination. The dual cities of Bryan and College Station, with a collective population of about 200,000 residents, plus the student body at Texas A&M, host a wide range of diverse events, from soccer to equestrian, from basketball to softball and from lacrosse to football. Learn all about Aggieland and what it has to offer.

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In other news and commentary...
Traveling Near and Far to March Madness

While people often share their whereabouts on social media, March Madness presents one of the best opportunities to do it. It's a great way to disguise bragging about their travel destinations ("I'm in Washington State at the Hawaii/Maryland game!") as a tweet ("Aloha from @SpokaneArena - Let's do this, @HawaiiMBB")

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Prior to Olympic Selection Time, Surfing Stirring the Waters

Surfing, one potential sport in 2020, has in its favor a youthful vibe and the potential to bring in viewers. But one thing wasn't in surfing's favor: its attitude. Now, with the big decision only months away, surfing has cast aside its reservations and stepped up its game, presenting a more unified front.

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Modern Pentathlon Leaps Online and Into Social Media in Time for Games

Winding up the spin cycle in preparation for the summer Olympics is... modern pentathlon. That's right, the five-event sport with the improbable mix of fencing, 200-meter freestyle swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting and a 3,200-meter cross-country run. And it's coming soon to an online platform and to social media near you.

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USTA Now Offers a Same-Sex Couples Tournament; Will Other Groups?

Last year, even before the Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality, a trial balloon floated through one of the more conservative country-club sports in the US: tennis. It was the first same-gender couples doubles tournament. But the USTA's leap of faith turned into a big stride forward.

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Dubai Announces World's First Future Sports Games

What kind of sports does the future hold? Drone racing? Robot soccer? That's the question being asked in advance of December of 2017, when the first World Future Sports Games will be held in Dubai. The games will be the first to feature innovation and futuristic technology-based sports competitions.

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Wrestling with Problems, e-Sports Sets Goal of Global Expansion

Today, ESPN. Tomorrow, the world, or at least the Pacific Rim. While e-sports continues its explosive growth, it lacks the ability to organize events, provide referees and establish specific levels of expertise among competitors. A new alliance in China seeks to help that change, and to make the sport grow globally.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Goalball

Goalball, a sport for the blind and visually impaired, will be among those contested at the Paralympics in Rio. Unlike other sports, such as wheelchair basketball or guided running, which have been adapted for those with physical disabilities, goalball was developed exclusively for this population. Learn about the sport, its athletes and its plans.

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Instagram Photo Contest

Team USA synchronized swimmers Anita Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva have punched their ticket to Rio by qualifying in the duet event at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in March. Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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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March/April 2016

March/April 2016

Want to learn how to put on the best event possible? Learn from the best! The March/April 2016 issue of Sports Destination Management has insights from some of the most well-regarded thought leaders in the industry. Learn about medical support and planning, event insurance, hotels and accommodations - even stay-to-play. Soccer, swimming and diving events and golf are covered, along with disc golf, the mountainous areas of the U.S. and a look at US Youth Soccer. Leap into spring - and learning.

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