Issue #42: August 24, 2016

Rio Paralympic Games By the Numbers

Rolling into Rio next month, the Paralympics are an antidote to a few less-than-stellar U.S. athletes (we're looking at you, Ryan Lochte and Hope Solo.) They're also a point of pride as the U.S. continues to grow its accessible sports. U.S. Paralympics provided these great numbers.

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With NCAA Ban Over, That Greenville Is Back in the Game

A year has passed since the Confederate flag came down and the NCAA ended its rule against championship sites in South Carolina. That opened the doors for Greenville to bid on NCAA, SEC and ACC championships. Now, the city is back in the game in a big way. There are new opportunities for Greenville, including the ability to bid on hosting any of 83 NCAA championships available between the 2018-19 and 2021-22 academic years. But don't think Greenville has been waiting around all that time; in fact, quite the opposite has been happening. The city has kept its sports venues (which are high-quality) very busy, and with good reason.

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In other news and commentary...
Coping with Flooding: Sports Events and Commissions in Louisiana Soldiering On

It was probably the thing furthest from the minds of many Louisiana residents who were scrambling to save loved ones, pets and belongings from flooded homes less than two weeks ago. But when floodwaters started disrupting sports events, planners also had to go into crisis mode.

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Little League World Series: The Compelling Backstory

The Little League World Series, a juggernaut among youth sports events, is underway in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. And as it continues to distance itself from last year's public relations nightmare concerning Jackie Robinson West, the organization is focusing on some inside stats that many spectators don't know.

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NBA Opts for More Inclusive Destination, Moving 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans

Expect there to be a bit of scrutiny when a major sports event relocates in order to get away from legislation viewed as discriminatory. Expect there to be even more when the game moves south to find a more inclusive setting.

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Parents Expect to Spend Less on Kids' Sports This School Year

Are children's sports headed to the sidelines? One study shows parents expect to spend less on their children's extracurricular activities this school year, particularly on sports. At the same time, band camp and music lessons are coming on strong, as is spending on electronic devices for kids.

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World Beach Games in California Hit Low Tide, Reschedule for 2019

The 2017 ANOC Beach Games appear to have hit low tide. The multi-discipline festival of sand and water sports announced with much fanfare to be held in San Diego, appears to have been pushed back several years and now won't make its appearance until 2019.

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Historic Use of Instant Replay Takes Place at U.S. Soccer Game

In a sign that soccer might not only be gaining a stronger foothold in the United States but also advancing the game beyond traditional rules, the first use of an in-game Video Assistant Referee (VAR) took place earlier this month. Could FIFA be next?

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Inside Events

Inside Events: Disabled Sports USA

Soon, the Paralympics will take center stage in Rio, providing an international showcase for athletes with disabilities. But before those individuals could compete in sports, they had to learn them. Disabled Sports USA has the stated mission of introducing would-be athletes to any sport they want to try.

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Philip Dutton of Team USA riding Mighty Nice in the Eventing Division at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo courtesy of the FEI through Arnd Bronkhorst | Instagram | Twitter

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July/August 2016

July/August 2016

This month's issue of Sports Destination Management will get you revved up for Rio. From articles on running and road sports to legal issues about sports travel, there's something here for every planner to learn from. What's the best way to work with sports commissions and CVBs? How can you effectively engage volunteers and implement a successful stay-to-play policy? What are some of the best destinations and facilities? Start your summer learning experience here.

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Last word...

"Although we have many differences, there is one quality we all share, one thing all of us have in common: human spirit."

~ Team USA's Rory Mackenzie, 2012 Paralympian





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