Issue #19: September 09, 2015

L.A. Faces Changes in Sports Planning Landscape for Olympic Bid

The last time Los Angeles bid to host the Olympics, the term 'sports tourism' meant going to the Super Bowl. A sports commission was defined as a royalty for the vendor who sold the ticket. But with Los Angeles as the official U.S. nominee city for the 2024 Olympics, a new economic landscape faces sports planners in the area.

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Destination Spotlight

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Oklahoma City's Big River Future

A couple of decades ago, if you were looking for a hotbed of water sports, Oklahoma City likely would not appear on your list. Today, this passionate heartland city is not only the home of the Olympic canoe/kayak team and a stop on the 2016 Road to Rio Olympic tour, but it is also preparing to open one of the finest whitewater facilities in this hemisphere. How did OKC do it? It all started with OKC's citizens and a very big love for their hometown. Learn how a quiet town became a big river city with a huge, burgeoning future and a worldwide reputation for water sports - and more.

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In other news and commentary...
Frisco Cited as Favorite to Host the National Soccer Hall of Fame

Frisco, Texas, is the front-runner to host the National Soccer Hall of Fame, which is currently without a home. The area is considered an outstanding candidate because of its pedigree which includes an exclusive negotiating agreement with U.S. Soccer, as well as the presence of Toyota Stadium and the fact that it is the headquarters of U.S. Youth Soccer.

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Rhode Island's International Tennis Hall of Fame is the Destination for All Things Tennis

Todd Martin, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, has a plan to transform the facility into a global Mecca for all things tennis. Martin, a former tennis champion, has been at work trying to amp up the sports tourism appeal of the Hall of Fame, and make it a sports fan's 'must-see.'

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon Had $254 Million-Plus Impact

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon continues to be a shot in the arm to Chicago's economy, with the 2014 race delivering an estimated $254 million in total impact to the city. An economic impact study shows the event directly contributed an estimated $102.2 million to the main sectors of the tourism industry, which includes travel, lodging, entertainment and transportation.

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Singapore Mixes Lifestyle and Sports Events In $1.3 Billion Sports Hub

Singapore, which relies in part on visitors from abroad for its economic prosperity, has been leading the way in the charge to pair entertainment and lifestyle sectors with sports tourism in an effort to pull even with bigger venues in Australasia such as Hong Kong, Dubai and Sydney. The area already has a significant tourism infrastructure.

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Inside Events

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a governing body of small athletics programs for intercollegiate athletics. The NAIA, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has a membership of 260-plus colleges, universities and conferences. It represents 60,000 student-athletes who are engaged in 17 sports and 23 national championships - all while endorsing character development. Learn more about this dynamic, growing organization.

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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 the next season's softball tournaments and travels, so don't miss this issue's 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 some of the most outstanding facilities across the U.S. A new season of sports starts here and now. Turn the page and get a sneak peek.

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