Issue #49: November 30, 2016

NHL's Threatened Pullout of the Olympics Could Put Sports Events on Ice in 2018

There just might be a different face on the Olympic hockey teams in 2018, thanks (or no thanks) to disagreements between the NHL and the IOC. And it's something planners of winter sports events will need to be watching.

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Annual Awards

2016 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

In each issue of SDM, we examine the unique relationship between event organizer and host city. In this issue, we celebrate it. Our Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism awards program highlights great success stories born out of the event-destination relationships. Some are long-standing events and some are new. All are excellent and we are proud to showcase them.

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In other news and commentary...
World Series Loss Still Financial Windfall for Cleveland

You can lose and still win. Just ask Cleveland, whose loss in Game Seven of the great Cubs/Indians World Series still managed to make an economic impact on the whole city. In fact, multiple reports are suggesting the income from the Series was unheralded.

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The Expanding Market of Events Designed for Athletes with Physical Challenges Proves Room to Grow and Need for Specialization

As the Paralympics and National Veterans Wheelchair Games have demonstrated, there's a strong market for events designed for athletes with physical challenges. And with a brand-new event, this just for female athletes with disabilities, sports planners will need to be ready to demonstrate their cities' accessibility.

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FEI Seeks IOC Approval for Key Changes to 3 Olympic Disciplines: Jumping, Dressage & Eventing

For a rider, turning a horse is one thing. But for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), changing directions at the Olympic level of the sport is akin to turning a battleship: a process, rather than an event. But following a key meeting of the FEI, the lead is changing.

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London Retains Title of World's Top Sports Destination

There's plenty of negative press about hosting the Olympics. But London, which continues its reign as the Top Global Sports City, isn't complaining. The city, which enjoyed the distinction for the fifth consecutive year, is also excelling in other areas. Is there a lesson for other cities?

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Is Live Sports Ready for an Amazon Takeover?

Amazon introduced drones to the public and provides same-day delivery service in many American cities. Is there anything the online retail giant can't already do? Well, it can't broadcast live sports. But that could change soon and event owners should be ready.

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Looking to Understand the Arc of Women's Sports? Here's a Primer

Those who know sports tourism know that each year, women play an ever-increasing role in not just the sports themselves, but in the business end of the industry. But until now, finding all that information in one place has been REALLY hard to do.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: The Blind Judo Foundation

An organization in which blind athletes can compete against those without such challenges, using the same rules? It's happening across the U.S., thanks to the Blind Judo Foundation. BJF's Paralympic program trains elite athletes, but its grassroots work builds the sports in communities across the country.

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Instagram Photo of the Week

Lutsen Mountains in Minnesota opened its ski season on Thanksgiving weekend, offering free lift tickets on Black Friday, and tying in with REI's #OptOutside campaign. More than 1,500 people participated in #OptOutside at Lutsen, eschewing the mob scenes at malls and big-box stores. Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

We want to see you! Send your Instagram photos. Take pictures of your events, and share them with #SportsDestinations. Select photos will be presented on sportsdestinations.com, SDM Blitz and in the latest issues of Sports Destination Management magazine. We're looking for those photos that depict what you and your events are all about. Anything you think is a great representation of your event - all are welcome! Use #SportsDestinations via twitter or Instagram.

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November/December 2016

November/December 2016

This issue of Sports Destination Management has all the trends keeping sports current. Learn about the forces shaping volleyball and tennis, as well as equestrian and rodeo. There's also a great section on the CrossFit Games, as well as U.S. Figure Skating - and on America's heartland, the Midwest. You'll learn about event merchandising, hotel negotiations and using apps in event management, as well as hints on keeping recurring events fresh. Plus there's our awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. Click here and start learning.

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