|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|Instagram Photo Contest|
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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|Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management|
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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