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Issue #30: March 09, 2016

The Math of March Madness

Even for those who don't typically follow college basketball, March Madness is entertaining. It's a festival of great games, funny commercials and the chance to see some of the most entertaining antics in the entire history of ever put on by those sitting on the bench. more

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Small Town, Big Sports: Conway, Arkansas

Those who choose to base their sports events in Conway, Arkansas, enjoy a number of advantages, such as a small town atmosphere with big-town facilities and amenities. But they also benefit from this town's recent growth. Conway is not only one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., with a vibrant, youthful population that embraces visitors and tourism, but it's extending that growth to its sports infrastructure. This 'City of Colleges,' as it is nicknamed, due to its proximity to three institutions of higher learning, offers championship facilities as well as a bonus round - new shopping, retail and dining options for visitors. Learn all about this dynamic, growing destination, starting now. more

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In other news and commentary...
MMA as an Olympic Sport? UFC Co-Owner Says It Will Happen

Mixed martial arts as a podium sport in the Olympics? The opinions on both sides of this argument might just be the strongest yet. UFC co-owner Lorenza Fertitta has claimed it will happen, citing interest from various National Olympic Committees, with MMA's appeal to youth noted as a potential lure for the International Olympic Committee. more

St. Patrick's Day Races Show Event Owners the Green

It's the time of year for all things ersatz-Irish: green beer, green beads and the opportunity to consume enough of the former to engage in inadvisable activities in order to obtain the latter. For sports event planners, it's an opportunity for tie-ins with one of the biggest party holidays of the year. more

Equestrian's Rough Ride to NCAA Acceptance

It's still an NCAA emerging sport for women - at least for now. But if it is to remain on that list, it has a hard trail ahead. The sport isn't beach volleyball or triathlon, though; it's equestrian. And part of its battle is dispelling misconceptions about what it entails. more

USA as a Host for the 2026 World Cup? It's Back on the Table

One of FIFA's first actions in the wake of the raid on its Switzerland headquarters and the subsequent arrest of seven officials was to put the brakes on site selection for the 2026 World Cup. Now with a new president and sweeping reforms, it's time to head back to the drawing board. more

Are Drones the Next Step for Sports Planners' Response to Emergencies?

Drones, the newest technology to find lost hikers in Switzerland, could be the best thing to happen to an off-road sports event stateside. Researchers have developed a method to program UAVs to find lost hikers in the Alps. And it could make mountain biking, trail running and other events a whole lot safer. more

Chambers Bay Golf Course Still Reaping Benefits of U.S. Open

Nothing raises the profile of a golf course faster than hosting a world-class golf event. For the publicly-owned Chambers Bay golf course on Puget Sound near Tacoma, Washington, hosting the 2015 U.S. Open has put the course on the map. And officials say the impact is still being felt. more

Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Field Hockey

USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for sport of field hockey in the United States and is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Its mission includes promoting and growing the sport, enabling the U.S. to achieve sustained competitive excellence and providing services for members. more

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USA Water Polo hosted youth players at the Dare To Dream 10U Festival at the William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, CA. Photo courtesy of USA Water Polo #waterpolo Facebook Twitter: @USAWP Instagram: usawp

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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. more

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