#132: April 29, 2020
Shut Out of PPP Loans, DMOs Lead Call to Lawmakers

Shut Out of PPP Loans, DMOs Lead Call to Lawmakers

The recent expansion of funds for the Paycheck Protection Program is great, unless you're a destination marketing organization like a convention and visitors bureau, sports commission or chamber of commerce. Then you're ineligible and out of luck - for now. But travel industry leaders are backing a bipartisan movement to broaden the PPP's scope.

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The Future Is Now for Nebraska's Capital City

Lincoln has established its reputation as a prime sports destination, boasting great Midwestern hospitality, a small-town feel and excellent sports venues, as well as momentum that keeps building. From NCAA basketball to high school rodeo, and from roller skating to bowling, this city welcomes athletes and families, season after successful season.

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Arizona's New Top Tournament Destination

The city of Surprise has everything planners need in a sports tournament destination, with nationally recognized facilities, year-round sunshine, plenty of fun things to do and an events team committed to success. And after hosting more than 100 events and tournaments per year, Surprise has a proven track record. Find your place in the sun here.

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Virtual Tryouts Allowing Teams to Gather Athletes for Next Season

Rah-rah for COVID-19? That's a no-no. But cheer squads in the NFL, whose auditions were halted by the virus, have been instituting virtual tryouts, using Zoom, smartphone videos and other mechanisms. Colleges with competitive cheer programs have been recruiting this way for years. Learn how you can adopt it, even if your athletes don't use pom-poms.

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Sources: "Assault on Hometown Baseball" a Done Deal

Last year, the country learned of what became known as "the assault on hometown baseball," or MLB's proposal to cut 40 teams from the minors. But with COVID-19 freezing everything from the big leagues to the little leagues, the public lost sight of it. Unfortunately, MLB never did. Now, sources say a 40-team cut is coming. What will cities do?

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Up for Bid and Open for Business: NAIA Championship Events

Want some more proof the sports business economy is restarting? The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is seeking host communities for upcoming championships in fall, winter and spring sports, with deadlines as soon as June 1. If you've been looking for something productive to do with your downtime, this is your wake-up call.

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Social Distancing Madness: Who Has the Best Yardstick?

Unless you've been living in a fallout shelter, you've heard the term, "social distancing," defined as is six feet between people. But lately, destinations have been helping redefine that distance. In Florida, for instance, we're told to keep one alligator between people. In Kentucky, one thoroughbred. In Maine, one moose. You decide who said it best.

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USA Rugby Files for Bankruptcy; Will Other NGBs Follow?

The first domino to fall? USA Rugby has become the first NGB to file filed for bankruptcy. The organization has, like many, suspended all competitions and activities for the foreseeable future - but its financial foundation wasn't stable before the pandemic; USA Rugby posted a $4 million loss and incurred $1 million in legal fees in 2018 alone.

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Waiting Game: FIFA World Cup Site Decision Another Casualty of COVID-19

The FIFA World Cup in 2026 is further out than most sports commissions are looking at the moment, but they will have to wait to find out whether their cities will be hosting any of the action. Thanks (or no thanks) to COVID-19, the decision-making process is being delayed, dealing one more blow to cities who had been hoping for some good news.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: Big Bass Zone Junior Championship

Inside Events: Big Bass Zone Junior Championship

While many states are in lockdown, the Big Bass Zone Junior Championship, a virtual tournament, has been reeling in young anglers and getting them excited about the sport. B.A.S.S. is the presenting sponsor of the tournament, which is apparently an idea whose time has come. Bill Siemantel, tournament director for the BBZ, explains how it works.

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March/April 2020

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Nobody needs to be told that excellent events don't happen by themselves. On the contrary, they call for a detailed plan for excellence behind the scenes as well as what meets the eye for spectators. A strong event is supported by an excellent working relationship with the local sports commission and CVB, as well as several vendors, including photography, housing and medical planning. Other aspects adding to the overall excellence of the competition include proper marketing and the strong pursuit of athletes to participate. Learn about all those things and more in this issue.

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