Issue #2: January 14, 2015

Jamming the Signal? Marriott is Paying the Price

It's a first-world problem that is getting a lot of attention in the group travel market. A hotel chain's work to jam its wi-fi networks for conference attendees -- and charges users $250 to $1,000 per access point -- has created some big-name enemies. It also has the whole industry taking notes - and its competitors marketing furiously.

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Destination Spotlight

Okaloosa County, Florida - The Magic of the Emerald Coast

Some say there's something magical about the power of three. In our culture, combinations of three are everywhere, including in sports: three strikes and you're out, three goals form a hat trick, the three top finishers in a race receive medals. You'll find your sports event enhanced by the power of three when you come to the sugar-white beaches and emerald green water of Northwest Florida. Three distinct destinations -- Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island -- are all situated on a 24-mile ribbon of coastline in Okaloosa County, all ready to host sports and each offering its own unique identity.

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In other news and commentary...
Spartan Race Selects Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, for 2015 Championship

Spartan Race has chosen Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, to host the annual Reebok Spartan Race World Championship, held October 3 - 4, 2015. Obstacle racing's ultimate test of endurance and strength will run on the same hallowed ground that once tested athletes' mettle when it hosted the Winter Olympics. Now, it hosts a whole new breed of challenger.

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2014 Baltimore Running Festival Creates $40.2 Million Economic Impact

The Baltimore Running Festival generated an estimated $40.2 million in economic impact, according to a recent study by RESI, an economic research and consulting firm located at Towson University. The 14th event attracted 25,872 runners from 50 states and 23 foreign countries. And the event hasn't even hit its 15th anniversary yet.

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Parents Get a Ticket to Ride to Playoffs

In Ohio and Oregon, parents are getting a ticket to ride, and parents and officials are nothing short of ecstatic. The NCAA granted a waiver that allows the College Football Playoff as well as Final Four basketball to provide a reimbursement of up to $1,250 per parent or guardian to help cover hotel accommodations, travel and meals.

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Build It and They Will Come? It's a Gamble, At Best

In Los Angeles, the stadium story seems to be all about location, location, location - and not at all about the move. Nor even the promise of a move, much less a tenant. And if that's not a gamble when it comes to professional sports, it might be the next closest thing.

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Inside events

Inside Events: US SQUASH

From being a leading Olympic contender to finally having its first U.S. player crack the international top 10 (and she's an Ivy League college student), squash is moving front and center as America's rising powerhouse sport. Learn more about the racquet sport that is poised to become the next growth market, starting at the junior level.

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January/February 2015

January/February 2015

Make a resolution to start 2015 the right way. The January/February issue of Sports Destination Management has the tools you'll need to create a better bid package, promote your event through targeted social media strategies and even learn about live-streaming events. We're covering the basketball facilities you just might be seeing this March, but this issue also brings you the chance to learn about the trends shaping winter events, the facilities of the Northeast and how BMX and skateboard events are gearing up for warm weather. We also have a special section highlighting up-and-coming destinations for sports. Get started by clicking now!

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