Seed Money: Grass Seed Shortage, Inflation Hurting Fields, Golf Courses
There's a shortage out there and it's not toilet paper. It's grass seed, something needed for facilities like golf courses and sports fields. And this time of year, as baseball and softball facilities are seeding in preparation for next spring's playing season, the shortfall, and a rising price of available seed, will be evident. What's to blame?
Host in the "Hub City"
From start to finish, Lubbock knows how to plan a winning tournament. From welcoming athletes and offering excellent accommodations and restaurants ready for all visiting teams, to helping everyone relax and enjoy the game, it's an all-around win in the "Hub City." One event owner tells what the Lubbock experience was like - and why he recommends it.
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|Heating Up: Erie's Ice Hockey Action Poised for $5M Impact|
In Erie, Pennsylvania, some hot action is coming, and officials are crediting the ice. Specifically, they're looking to the five sheets (four of which have been recently renovated) that will all host tournaments between now and spring. A total of 10 tournaments will be moving into town, and an additional two took place over the summer. Learn more here.
|What Can a Robust Holiday Spending Forecast Tell Us About Sports?|
The frost is barely on the pumpkin (or anywhere else) but the headlong rush toward the holidays has begun. We're already moving from the season of pumpkin spice everything to the season of chocolate mint everything, after all. But what does an enormous forecast for Halloween spending and an even bigger one for Christmas, tell us? Find out here.
|The World Cup as a Biennial Event Is FIFA's Goal…But Not Everyone's|
There's no doubt the World Cup is a cash cow for the host; however, some organizations, including UEFA, are questioning whether tentative plans to host a men's World Cup every other year would be too much. In fact, they're saying they won't play in one. And that big pin just might be enough to take down the trial balloon that FIFA has been floating.
|Cycling Enjoys Unprecedented Participation, With New Disciplines Planned|
SDM recently reported that golf participation is strong. The next bit of good news is that cycling is enjoying record growth too. USA Cycling had a significant number of participants in its first high school festival, held over the summer. Who's not surprised? The NGB, of course, since its officials have been working to engage young riders since 2019.
|What Could FIFA's Potential Relocation to the USA Mean to Soccer?|
FIFA is never far from the headlines these days. After floating a trial plan to change the World Cup to every two years, and while visiting host venues and cities for the 2026 World Cup, the organization has let it slip that it is considering relocating its headquarters from Zurich to here. How serious are they, how likely is it, and why consider it?
Inside Events: The US Chess Federation
We've seen movies influence sports (the Hunger Games, for example, helped archery's growth in the youth market) and right now, all eyes are on the chess world, thanks to the Netflix series, The Queen's Gambit. But there's more to the growth of chess than just one show, and the US Chess Federation has been tracking those trends. Learn more here.
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