Issue #1: December 18, 2014

Mumps and the NHL: How Safe Are Sports Teams?

In a year when Ebola has claimed center stage in health concerns, it is ironically a childhood disease that is attempting to bring the NHL to a screeching halt with, at last count, 15 players officially diagnosed. Now, it has other organizations questioning health and safety issues in sports teams. So how is it that a disease with a vaccine can cause havoc among adults?

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The Famously Hot Sports Scene of Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina's capital city welcomes sports of every kind to enjoy the Columbia championship experience. Tennis, running, baseball, soccer and rowing events all can find a home here. In addition, competitive dance, cheer and other indoor pursuits will find capital facilities. And when the games come to an end, the fun factor of Columbia kicks in. Visitors will find world-class attractions like the South Carolina State House and Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, as well as a host of others, to put the icing on the sports destination cake. With an easy-to-reach location, a host of accommodations and multiple options for dining, Columbia is a natural choice.

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In other news and commentary...
San Jose, St. Louis to Host `16 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee have announced the locations of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, with San Jose and St. Louis claiming the top spots on the podium. Hartford, which will host the P&G Event in June, is also on the leader board.

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Mobile, AL, to be Site of New Hero Games

Injured veterans will have a new opportunity for sports in 2015 as the Mobile Aerofest and Lakeshore Games will be incorporating what it calls its "Hero Games," a multi-sport event for those who have served in the military, beginning in March.

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Legal Experts: Teams Not Able to Suppress Athletes' Freedom of Speech

You talk, you walk? Perhaps not. Although a number of teams, as well as schools, athletic programs and more have either (a) forbidden athletes to discuss issues on social media, or (b) given them guidelines regarding their behavior in interviews, legal experts are now saying it's illegal to try to censor athletes' speech.

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Brazilian Judge Allows Olympic Golf Course Construction to Proceed

Environmental activists and developers are never going to be friends, but now you can add another party to the Hatfield and McCoy list: Golf enthusiasts. This scenario is playing out in Rio de Janeiro, where a battle rages over the Olympic golf course. And the latest round seems to have gone to golf and the developers.

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Inside events

United States Flag & Touch Football League (USFTL)

With increasing concerns about concussions, non-contact sports are moving front and center. Case in Point: US Touch & Flag Football League. And these days, it's more than a rec or pick-up sport. With youth and adult play, as well as national championships and travel teams, this program is poised for explosive growth.

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November/December 2014

November/December 2014

Where are some of the most exciting developments in our industry occurring? At the intersection of sports and technology. The November/December issue of Sports Destination Management has all the details. What can mobile apps do for your event? How is technology influencing the merchandising and promotional industry? How can it help you communicate if your event should have to shift into crisis mode? You can learn it all here. In addition, you'll learn about the evolution and rise of fitness competitions - currently relying heavily on social media for their promotion and branding. Plus, you'll get the latest on equestrian sports and rodeo, volleyball and tennis facilities. Learning starts now.

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