|Issue #66: August 23, 2017|
NOMINATIONS OPEN: 2017 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Awards
It's time for Sports Destination Management to recognize sports tourism leaders who have contributed to the industry of sports tourism. We need your help to salute those who have helped sports tourism grow to be a $10 billion industry. We are looking for successful events that have made an outstanding economic impact. This includes all types of sports events, at all levels of play.
Odessa, Texas: Friday Night Lights and So Much More
Drive through any small town in Texas on a Friday night and you'll find the local football stadium is a hub of excitement. Odessa is like that (after all, this is the origin of Friday Night Lights), but also holds the claim of being a hub for almost any sport. Discover Odessa, its first-class facilities and its warm welcome.
|In other news and commentary...|
|By the Numbers: Breaking Down The World Games|
The World Games, held the year after each summer Olympics, just wrapped up in Poland. The big news is they'll be in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2021. Here's the kind of numbers that city will be able to expect when the Games come to town.
|IOC to Examine eSports as a Medal Event in 2024|
With the 2024 Olympics almost certainly taking place against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, France wants to create the most innovative Games ever. And even bigger than open-water swimming in the Seine River (unlike Rio, Paris did clean up its water) is the prospect of eSports being featured.
|LGBT Powerlifting Seeks to Increase Global Presence|
The inaugural LGBT International Powerlifting Championships might have been held in London, but they are a sign of the increasing presence of LBGT athletes in strength competitions held in the U.S., particularly in light of the recent formation of the LGBT Powerlifting Athletes' Union.
|44 North American Cities Vying for 2026 World Cup|
The FIFA fallout hasn't stopped (in fact, a recent report on criminal activities will probably throw gasoline on the fire, considering FIFA compiled its own report) but something else that hasn't stopped is planning for the 2026 World Cup. Here's an update on the venues in the Canada / Mexico / USA bid.
Inside Events: The Supergirl Gamer Pro eSports Tournament
eSports is becoming an influential player in the sports event industry. But while there's a nearly 50/50 split among male and female players, female tournament registration remains low. The Supergirl Gamer Pro competition wants to change that. Learn about the event, its organizers and its goals for the future.
|Instagram Photo of the Week|
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|Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management|
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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