Issue #65: August 09, 2017

It's Undebatable. Football Causes CTE. Now What?

Of all the headlines, The New York Times had the most succinct: "111 NFL Brains. All But One Had CTE." The story broke in late July, confirming what many already believed, and adding to parents' worst fears. So what should sports planners know? Here's a rundown.

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Destination Spotlight

An Outdoor Sports Paradise in Northern California

When it comes to outdoor activities and adventures, Redding, California, is a paradise with endless possibilities. Located right on the Sacramento River, 160 miles north of Sacramento and about a three-hour drive north of San Francisco, Redding offers outdoor options for all ages. This beautiful location, cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, has more than 300 days of sunshine a year, cementing the town's claim to being the "sunniest city in California." The area has an abundance of state and national parks, along with all types of watersports. In fact, the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, with its miles of opportunities, is nicknamed the "Gem of the U.S. Trail System."

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Featured Destination

Watertown, South Dakota: Amazing Sports Facilities, Genuine Hospitality

Watertown, South Dakota, stands tall next to any small or medium sports destination. With more multi-purpose space, ball fields and holes of golf than almost any market its size, the city has facilities and flexibility to spare. The biggest asset, though, is the destination's ability to offer 'top-shelf' hospitality.

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In other news and commentary...
WalletHub Ranks the 100 Best Cities for Recreation

If participants in your events like to turn tournaments into stay-cations and take advantage of the host city's recreational opportunities, a new survey can provide some clues as to where you might want to investigate next. And the answers might just surprise you.

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By the Numbers: High School Sports Skyrocketing in Popularity

Travel teams may be bringing in the big money, but high school sports have some big numbers of their own. The 2016-2017 school year bears that out, with an increase of nearly 100,000 student athletes over that of the previous year. And that's just the initial figures.

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Camping Continues to Gain Favor as a Lodging Alternative for Sports Travel

As youth sports participation continues to grow, so do lodging costs. Camping is fast becoming a solution, though parents and kids aren't ready to give up all the creature comforts. Wi-Fi is a must, as is easy access to the sports venue. Here is what planners need to know.

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Youth Sports End of Season Celebrations: Entertainment Mainstay Presents Increasing Liability

We're in the season of late-summer parties to close out youth swim team, sports camps, rec programs, softball, baseball and more, just before the back-to-school rush starts. One of the time-honored traditions, the inflatable bounce house, is increasingly coming under fire from pediatricians. Here's what planners need to know.

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Name Change for Synchronized Swimming Bellyflops

The announcement that synchronized swimming would be rebranded 'artistic swimming' was received in synchro circles with as much appreciation as a bellyflop. The change, made by FINA, was booed by both the U.S. and by Russia, the sport's dominant power. Now, synchro wants an overthrow of its governing body.

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U.S., Canada and Mexico Kick Off Campaign to Secure 2026 World Cup

Maybe in all the back-and-forth over the 2024 (and 2028) Olympics, you forgot about this one: the 2026 World Cup. But the U.S., Canada and Mexico's United Bid Committee has been hard at work. Here is the Reader's Digest version of what is going on.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: The International Mind Sports Association

This is not your high school chess club. With six international federations representing mind sports including Bridge, Go, Mahjong, Draughts, Xiangqi (and yes, Chess), the organization hosts the highest level of players and is looking to expand into other areas, including eSports. Meet IMSA, the International Mind Sports Association.

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July/August 2017

July/August 2017

If your interests include not merely sports themselves but the business of sports, this issue is for you. Leading off, we have an article on planning international sports events, negotiating the stay-to-play policy, best practices in volunteer recruitment and engagement - and working with sports commissions and CVBs. There's also excellent coverage of the Southeast as a destination, road sports, lacrosse and combative sports, as well as volleyball and competitive cheer. Who could ask for more? Click here to start the learning process.

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