Issue #32: April 06, 2016

A Canada/USA Winter Olympics? It Could Happen

Could there be a bid to host the Olympics that takes two countries to pull it together? As the Magic 8-Ball likes to say, Signs Point to Yes. Calgary, Quebec City, Vancouver and Lake Placid have been in discussions about co-hosting. And that's just fine with the IOC.

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Destination Spotlight

Elizabethtown, Kentucky - (Visitor) Experience Matters!

When it comes to consistently satisfying athletes, families and organizers, it's hard to beat the on- and off-field experiences offered by Elizabethtown, Kentucky. And at the heart of it all is the 158-acre Elizabethtown Sports Park, a state-of-the-art venue that opened in July 2012 continues its tradition of hosting national and regional events. E-town offers one of the largest youth sports complexes in the country, featuring 12 ball diamonds, 12 multi-sport fields (including two synthetic turf fields), an ADA-accessible baseball complex and much more. All full-size fields are fully lighted. The Sports Park has professional full-time management and staff and there are also offices, meeting space and officials' locker rooms available.

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In other news and commentary...
Report: Golf Adds $6 Billion Annually to the UK Economy

It's not a coincidence that the Patron Saint of Scotland, Saint Andrew, is also the Patron Saint of golf. He might also be the patron saint of economic impact. According to a new report, golf accounted for 14 percent of all consumer spending on sports activities in the UK.

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Courting Millennials, Rugby Enters U.S. Sports World with Strong Digital Game Plan

The Pro Rugby Organization opens in the U.S. this month, and organizers want to kick the door down. Although 2016 marks the Olympic debut of rugby sevens, the U.S. is largely unaware of the sport, meaning PRO has to hit the ground running and silence skeptics in time for the Olympics in August.

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New York MMA Opponents Tap Out, Clear the Way for Professional Bouts

It was quite in New York. The state said yes, at long last, to professional MMA bouts. That's right: the city with the tough-guy reputation previously disallowed MMA (one reason: it was too violent). If you need a minute to let that sink in, go ahead and take it.

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New Law Governing Fantasy Sports Puts Indiana, NCAA in Same Corner

Following last March, when the NCAA squared off against Indiana over the now-defunct RFRA, it's either refreshing or just plain weird to see Governor Mike Pence and the organization actually agreeing on something. That something is fantasy sports, which Indiana is about to regulate big-time, with no wagering on college sports. Ever.

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Shuffling Snow from Site to Site Means Winter Events Can Survive

Following a year in which the International Ski Federation has cancelled or amended many World Cup events due to unseasonably warm weather around the globe, it had come to this: storing and re-using snow in order to have enough to keep events going. Yes, even at the Iditarod.

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Infrastructure Limitations Threaten Cuba's Tourist Potential

While Cuba may be the hottest, hippest destination around, it's not making things easy for tourists. A lack of infrastructure has left the country unprepared for an influx of visitors, and sold-out hotels and price increases are commonplace. The restrictions on the travel industry aren't helping either.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA National Karate-do Federation

The hardest wait in the world is being experienced by the sports considered for the 2020 Olympics. A decision will be announced by the IOC just ahead of the 2016 Games in Rio. One of the sports under consideration is karate. Here's how officials are focusing on decision time and beyond.

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March/April 2016

March/April 2016

Want to learn how to put on the best event possible? Learn from the best! The March/April 2016 issue of Sports Destination Management has insights from some of the most well-regarded thought leaders in the industry. Learn about medical support and planning, event insurance, hotels and accommodations - even stay-to-play. Soccer, swimming and diving events and golf are covered, along with disc golf, the mountainous areas of the U.S. and a look at US Youth Soccer. Leap into spring - and learning.

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