Marketing & Sponsorships

SDM Blitz Named Regional Finalist in Azbee Awards of Excellence

5 Mar, 2020

Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, is proud to announce its bi-weekly e-newsletter, the SDM Blitz, has been named a regional finalist in the 2020 Azbee Awards of Excellence program.

The awards program, produced annually by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), recognizes excellence in business-to-business media, recognizing outstanding work by B2B, trade, association and professional publications.

One of the most competitive award programs for trade media, the Azbees highlight editorial, online and design excellence within magazines, newsletters and digital media.

The competition required two issues of the SDM Blitz, as selected by its editorial team. The two issues chosen were as follows:

May 29, 2019: Parents Delay Retirement to Fund Kids’ Sports | NCAA Passes on eSports - Gamers Relieved

June 26, 2019: Cheating in Fishing Tournaments Spawns High-Tech Safeguards | Esports Bubble Ready to Burst?

Editorial team members contributing to these issues of the SDM Blitz were Scott Swoger, Publisher; Mary Helen Sprecher, Managing Editor; Carl Benson, Director of Digital Publishing; Derek Gaylard, Creative Director; and Michael Popke, Contributing Editor.

“These issues were selected on the basis of their popularity with readers,” noted Scott Swoger. “The content, which spanned multiple sports at a variety of levels, appealed to our readership and made these among the most-opened issues of our e-newsletter. The SDM Blitz is an excellent publication and we are honored to have been named a finalist in the Azbee Awards of Excellence program.”

Azbee Awards are given both regionally and nationally in the Print, Online, and Design divisions. The level of regional winners — gold, silver or bronze — will be announced at regional banquets across the United States starting in April. National gold, silver and bronze winners and the Overall Excellence winners will be announced at the National Azbee Awards of Excellence banquet, held in conjunction with the 2020 ASBPE National Conference in Chicago on May 5-6, 2020. 

About the SDM Blitz: SDM Blitz reaches over 9,500 of Sports Destination Management’s most dedicated readers every other Wednesday. Focusing on hot topics and best practices, SDM Blitz delivers the latest sports tourism news for tournament directors and sports event planners in a brief, entertaining format.

Sponsorship opportunities deliver valuable exposure to this audience of decision makers seeking host destinations and services.

About Sports Destination Management: Sports Destination Managementis written for the largest audience of sports event managers and tournament directors in the sports tourism market and maintains a focus on the important issues surrounding event location decisions and event management. With content from experts and thought leaders, SDM provides in-depth coverage of sports event planning and execution through incisive and relevant articles as well as insightful, real-world case studies showcasing best practices and successful event production.

In addition to the publication, SDM offers extensive digital resources through, providing decision support tools for organizers to ensure successful events at all levels of play.

About Due North Media: Due North Media, a division of Due North Consulting, Inc., is a niche business-to-business publisher providing media services to executives within specialized vertical markets impacting economic development including corporate site selection, business development, market-to-market events and sports tourism via publications, digital media, qualified list marketing and custom publishing.

Founded in 2001, Due North Consulting, Inc. has helped niche marketers obtain their goals for a decade and a half. The principals of the company have over 40 years of business-to-business advertising and marketing experience. It has been their mission to serve readers, clients and employees with integrity, humility and a continuing quest for the achievement of excellence.


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