Issue #6: March 11, 2015

Public Health Officials Dispute NBC's Report of Health Risks Associated with Synthetic Turf

Those who are arguing that synthetic turf fields aren't safe just got a reminder not to believe everything they see on television. A report released by the Connecticut Department of Public Health has found "no relevant health risks" to children and adults playing on synthetic fields.

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'Do It All' in Deschutes, Oregon

Deschutes Fair and Expo Center, with its amenities and capabilities, has planners thinking outside the show ring and past the rodeo image. This multi-purpose arena located in Redmond, Oregon, can host everything from wrestling to motor sports, from gymnastics to basketball and much more. In fact, not only does the Deschutes Fair and Expo Center have surprises at every turn but its Central Oregon location has its own share of delights in store for event owners and organizers, athletes, families and fans. "Our slogan is, 'We really can do it all!'" says Roxia Thornton Todoroff, director of sales for the Deschutes Fair and Expo Center. "Sports events organizers will be amazed at everything we have to offer."

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In other news and commentary...
Massachusetts Mandates Background Checks on School Sports Officials

While coaches of youth sports have long been subject to background checks, other jobs -- and those who apply for them -- have slipped through the cracks. Massachusetts youth sports referees and umpires are about to come under the same provisions.

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Soccer: The New American Pastime?

While football may remain the undisputed king of American sports, soccer takes the crown for the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. in terms of viewership. At the last World Cup soccer event, a total of 15.9 million Americans tuned in to watch the US-Ghana match on television. Soccer broadcasts average around four million viewers per game: an increase of 23 percent from 2010 alone.

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U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship to Debut in 2018

The United States Golf Association announced the establishment of the U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship, in 2018. Officials said factors including the international strength of the LPGA and the increasing number of age-eligible quality competitors from around the world, as well as the growth of women's golf, are key to this new event.

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Bassmaster Classic To Return To Tulsa in March 2016

The world championship of bass fishing - the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro - will return to one of its most popular destinations in 2016, B.A.S.S. and the event's Oklahoma hosts announced today. And for the first time, the "Super Bowl of Bass Fishing" will be conducted in early March instead of February. The economic impact of the first Tulsa Classic was $22.7 million.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Racquetball

USA Racquetball is the national governing body of the sport, which plays out nationally and internationally, in all age groups and in all sectors. Find out what's new, what's growing, how site decisions are made and what to expect from the sport that is "in it for the long haul," according to Bob Bodor, its manager of membership.

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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 feel proud. This issue of Sports Destination Management includes some of the best information in the business, written by the best professionals in the business. Learn about insurance, stay-to-play, lodging and medical planning, as well as updates about the AAU and US Quidditch. You can also learn about the best facilities - and the best tips - for hosting can't-miss golf, baseball and aquatics events, as well as some great venues if you're planning a sports event in the mountain states. Click here to start your learning experience now.

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