February 25, 2015 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #5: February 25, 2015

Cuba: The New Sports Destination?

When more than two dozen elite American triathletes competed in La Habana Triathlon last month, it marked the first time U.S. athletes had represented their country in Cuba in decades - and certainly since renewed diplomatic relations with the country were announced in 2014. Is Cuba - known as the 'pearl of the Antilles' - positioning itself as the next go-to sports destination?

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Destination Spotlight

The Metropolis of Sports: Kansas City, Missouri

For more than a hundred years, Kansas City, Missouri, has been known as the City of Fountains, and it is widely known for serving up some of the world's best barbecue. But in the last few decades, Kansas City has added a new nickname to its list: City of Fanatics—sports fanatics, that is. To the long list of Kansas City accolades, Travel + Leisure Magazine recently added a new title: one of America's Top 10 Cities for Sports-Crazed Fans. After hosting a homerun World Series, Kansas City became widely known as a championship sports host. But if baseball and barbecue are all you know about Kansas City, prepare to have your sports mind blown.

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In other news and commentary...
Soccer: USA to Host Olympic Qualifying Tourney for Rio Games

The USA will again host the Concacaf U-23 Championship that determines qualifiers for the Olympic Games. Host cities have not been announced yet for the Oct. 1-13, eight-team tourney from which two teams will earn spots in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

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Secret U.S. Classic Returns to Sears Centre for Third Straight Year

The Secret U.S. Classic, the final qualifying event for women's gymnastics for the P&G Gymnastics Championships, will be staged at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, for the third consecutive time. Scheduled for July 25 at 6:30 p.m., the Secret U.S. Classic features some of the USA's top female gymnasts.

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Making a Splash: Men and Women to Compete in Synchronized Swimming

The historically female sport of synchronized swimming is getting an injection of testosterone. With FINA's recent decision to add mixed-gender events to its international championships, the door is open for co-ed competition in the 2015 FINA World Championships. It means new opportunities for events and clubs across the U.S. Just don't expect Russia to be happy about it.

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Bluegrass Sports Commission Announces Plans to Fund Study

Lexington, Kentucky, is moving closer to fewer rainouts, better sports traffic and improved facilities. The Bluegrass Sports Commission recently announced it has raised $25,000 to fund an economic impact study to build a sports complex in the area. The group hopes to have a consultant hired by the end of this month and a final report sometime this summer.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Judo

In this issue, take an inside look at USA Judo, As the National Governing Body (NGB) and member of the US Olympic Committee, the organization promotes judo and enables all United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence. And with America's first gold medal in judo in the most recent summer Olympics, USA Judo sees no reason to slow down.

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March/April 2015

March/April 2015

Your business is the business of sports - all that goes on behind the scenes to make the athletes look good and the spectators proud. This issue of Sports Destination Management includes some of the best information in the business, written by the best in the business. The articles on insurance, stay-to-play, lodging and medical planning can help you get inside information into those essential issues. You can also learn about the best facilities - and the best tips - for hosting can't-miss golf, baseball and aquatics events. You'll also find out about the best places to host a sport if you're heading out to the mountains. What else? There are updates from AAU and from US Quidditch. Altogether, it's a great issue, and you won't want to miss it. Click here to start now.

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