December 02, 2015 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #24: December 02, 2015

Holiday Scheduling: Which Events Will Perform Better - Those Held the Weekend Before or After Christmas?

It's the most awkward time of the year for sports spending. Christmas lands on a Friday in 2015, and that means sports planners everywhere have a choice to make. Do you host your event the weekend before the big day, or the weekend after? Or some other time? more

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Lincoln Emerges as the 'Big Little City' That Could

A well-kept secret? Not anymore. Lincoln, Nebraska, is emerging as a world-class destination when it comes to hosting sports. The wide variety of venues it boasts, coupled with the huge array of events it hosts, prove this southeastern Nebraska city is as adept at playing home base for all the traditional sports you'd expect, as well as to many pursuits that might be considered off the beaten path, including bowling, rodeo and roller sports. In fact, it also makes it possible for athletes to hit the road, with a variety of distance races, relays and triathlons. Learn about 'the little big city that could' and all it offers to sports event planners. more

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In other news and commentary...
Hamburg Rejects City's Bid to Host 2024 Games, Leaving Only Four Candidates in Contention

Thanks, but no thanks. Emphasis on the no. Residents of the city of Hamburg, Germany, narrowly rejected the port city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics in a public referendum on Sunday. The opposition to the Games took the election with 51.6 percent of the vote, with 48.4 percent in favor of hosting. more

Debate Continues Over Permanent Sites for Olympics, World Cup, etc.

The most to host. The bribes for sites. The pay-to-bring-play. The nicknames for the distasteful industry that has become the site selection process for international-level sports events has awakened once again the discussion about having permanent sites for those events. more

Windsor, Ontario, to Create "Sports Tourism Czar"

Sports commissioner? Think of a term with a more international flavor when it comes to Canada. The City of Windsor, Ontario recently voted to hire a Sports Tourism Czar to concentrate on attracting more events and tourist dollars to the city. more

How the Sports Industry Gets Faked Out, and Why Planners Should Care

It happens at NCAA March Madness. At the World Series. Even at the Olympics. It's rampant and it's ugly and it's costing a lot of money to fight. And unfortunately, it's a fight the public either doesn't know, or doesn't care about, but sports planners need to. more

Appleton, WI, Other Cities, Raise Hotel Room Taxes for Sports Tourism

While many cities have an agenda to lure more dollars into their economy, they are often unwilling to do so at the expense of already-burned taxpayers. Economic development groups are becoming increasingly creative in finding ways to finance projects inside the city limits using revenue that originates outside the city limits. Case in point: Appleton, Wisconsin. more

United States Rugby Launches New Professional League

The Professional Rugby Organization (PRO Rugby) announced the formation of the first professional rugby league. Exclusively sanctioned by USA Rugby and World Rugby, its competitions will begin in April 2016, in time for the Summer Olympics. more

Inside Events

USA Archery

With the release of the third Hunger Games movie, the sport of archery has never had more exposure. Learn about the non-traditional sport that has exploded in popularity and find out how the national governing body is harnessing that growth to build a solid foundation for the future. more

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Malin Bayard of Sweden in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final 2015 in Barcelona. Photo FEI/Tony Parkes. #SupportYourNation

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, 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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November/December 2015

November/December 2015

This issue of Sports Destination Management has all the trends keeping sports current. Learn about the forces shaping volleyball, tennis, equestrian events and strength and fitness competitions. There's also a great profile of US Soccer and on the Midwest. You'll learn about event merchandising, hotel negotiations and using apps in event management, as well as hints on keeping an event fresh, year after year. Plus coverage of our first ever awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. We're honoring the events and partners that make our industry great and you won't want to miss a word of it. more

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