April 04, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #81: April 04, 2018

With Anglers in Louisiana Tournaments Risking Arrest, B.A.S.S. Seeks Legislation

When one of the world's biggest bass fishing tournament organizers throws in the towel on a favorite destination, it's bad. When it's a quirk of the state law that means anglers risk arrest for even being on the water, it's worse. Proposed legislation could clear the waters and restore access.

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Destination Spotlight

Make Yourself the Home Team in Rome

It is often said that even the visiting team feels at home in Rome, Georgia. Renowned Southern hospitality is only exceeded by the quality and quantity of sporting event venues. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and its optimal location, this picturesque Southern town leaves no doubt as to why event planners come back again and again. And when in Rome, you'll find the assistance and the venues you need, from basketball to softball, from football to cycling, and from tennis to baseball. Rome also has plenty of space for indoor sports, including basketball and wrestling. There is even a fully accessible field to provide an inclusive experience. Come meet the destination even the sports director is calling "a win/win for everyone."

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Featured Destination

We Invite You To Play In Plano

Right smack in the middle of the great American Southwest is Plano, Texas. Plano is 75 square miles of sport fields and facilities maintained by skilled park professionals who work seamlessly with Visit Plano, the city's award-winning hospitality bureau, to keep athletes and their families happy.

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In other news and commentary...
Pop Warner Football Adopts USA Football's New Model in the Continuing Quest for Safety

Pop Warner Football made news last month with the announcement it would be implementing USA Football's American Development Model this fall. ADM is backed by the USOC, and officials say it's part of the continued process of keeping kids safe in the game.

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New Youth Basketball Includes Lower Hoops, Smaller Balls and No Zone Defense

When baseball created a kids' game by instituting tee-ball, smaller diamonds and more, it made not just a developmental pathway but in the process, a tournament empire. Will the new youth basketball guidelines promulgated by the NBA and USA Basketball have the same benefit for event owners?

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By the Numbers: Opening Day and Major League Baseball

This was the first MLB opening day to feature a full slate of games with all 30 teams but that's far from the most impressive number. You can't tell the players without a scorecard and you'd need a calculator to figure out these mathematics gymnastics.

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Why Are People Running Away from Races? A New Survey Has Some Insights

Why are people running away from road races in droves? According to a new study, a lot of reasons. Those reasons have less to do with race swag and convenient locations - and a lot more to do with the cost/value ratio and the time it takes to compete. What is the takeaway for event planners?

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United Bid Finalizes List of Stadiums but Much Remains to be Decided

The United Bid Package is a wrap. Let the waiting game begin. The list of potential U.S. host cities has been presented, but don't go throwing confetti yet. Much remains on the table before the tournament is awarded. Even then, FIFA still gets to decide which cities will host.

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Vote Now! The Nominations are in for the 2018 SDM Reader's Choice Awards!

The Oscars. The Grammies. The Emmies. It's awards season, and SDM's new program helps the sports tourism industry to be a part of it all.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: Pro-Am Beach Soccer

Beach soccer is a sport on the grow and Pro-Am Beach Soccer, with youth and adult tournaments across the U.S. as well as internationally, is on the leading edge of its development. Learn more about this vibrant sport, the venues and cities it seeks out and the reasons for its spiking popularity.

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March/April 2018

March/April 2018

The March/April issue is all about the change of seasons. Athletes are finding their way back to fields, courts, trails and roads that have been slumbering under snow and ice - at least in many parts of the country. Planners, meanwhile, are scrambling to get ready for this spring and put contracts in place for next year's events. This issue of SDM can help, with features on soccer, golf and swimming/diving. Don't miss our articles on medical planning, housing, photography and the benefits of planning off-peak events. Start your new season here.

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