Issue #10: May 06, 2015

Game of Drones: Spying is Coming…to a Ballpark Near You

The image of the trench-coat-wearing spy lurking in the bleachers and surreptitiously watching the opponent's practice from behind dark glasses has been replaced by the image of an unmanned aerial vehicle the size of a dragonfly that sails through the doors of the training room to spy unnoticed on game plans and coaches' conversations.

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Destination Spotlight

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.

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In other news and commentary...
Tourism Industry Throwing Increased Support Behind JOLT Act

The established fact is that tourism means dollars. Unfortunately, there's another fact: for international tourists who want to come to the U.S. to take part in sports or business events, the wait for a visa can be frustrating. And it leads to a lot of worry about the U.S. missing out on revenue. Bringing international events to the United States is huge business.

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Good as Gold: Olympic Golf Venue Nearing Completion

The path to hosting Olympic golf in Rio has been a challenging course, at best. The location, design and construction of the golf course in downtown Rio has been fraught with problems, gleefully reported upon at every turn. But now, as the venue nears completion, and with golf returning to the Summer Olympic Games for the first time since 1904, supporters are hoping the venue at Reserva de Marapendi will be the catalyst for rejuvenating the flagging sport.

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Chess: A Good Partner for Youth Sports?

While it might not be the first sport to spring to most people's mind, chess has remained a part of the youth activity landscape for decades. There is some evidence that the game, which has traditionally suffered from a bit of an image problem, is beginning to have cross-over appeal and lose some of its "geek" image.

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Football: Ready to Cross the London Bridge?

Don't go buying the season tickets or looking for the cheerleader tryouts yet, but if reports are to be believed, the Tottenham Hotspur organization is looking into making their facility football-ready. That's football, y'all. American football.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: Waupaca Boatride Volleyball/The U.S. Open of Grass Volleyball

The Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament, known as the U.S. Open of Grass Volleyball, is the world's largest outdoor volleyball tournament, with 1,000-plus teams traveling in for five days of volleyball, camping and live entertainment. The tournament includes both sand and grass play, for single-sex as well as co-ed teams, and offers divisions for juniors and adults in various skill levels.

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May/June 2015

May/June 2015

The old adage in real estate is location, location, location. In this issue, we talk about locations for soccer, fishing and track & field. There's also information on maximizing economic impact, giving athletes the star treatment, tapping into the senior athlete market, organizing multisport events - and even educational programs designed to turn out more knowledgeable professionals. You'll also learn about specific locations - such as the Mid-Atlantic area - and about some of the most promising personnel to help you put on your best event ever. It's a great issue and you won't want to miss a word.

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