FIFA to Name World Cup Cities ... but When?
Okay, FIFA. You've visited the cities, you've heard the pitches, you've been to the stadiums and in some cases, you've even been to games there. What everyone wants to know now is, of course, who's going to host - and what games, and when. And we get that you're not ready to say just yet. But when can expect an announcement? It's been such a long wait.
Valley Forge & Montgomery County, PA: More Convenient, More Fun, More Help, More Facilities
It's time you met Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Easily accessed, well-appointed and just plain IMPOSSIBLE not to enjoy, this is a destination that needs to be on every event owner's radar. Come for the excellent sports venues, then stay to enjoy all the area has to offer: history, adventure, fun, learning and more. Learn more here…
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|In Shock Move, GAISF Announces It Will Close Up Shop|
The news that GAISF, an organization of more than 100 sports governing bodies, will begin the process of shutting down took the industry by surprise - and that's putting it mildly. Many GAISF members, not currently members of the IOC, will be left without a larger governing body. They are furious and striking back about the lack of transparency.
|Out of the Shadows: New Golf Organization Taking Shape|
It's coming. It's not. It's the Premier Golf League. The Super Golf League. It launches in 2022, 2023… well, you get the picture. But one of the alternative golf leagues that has existed on paper and in publicity campaigns took a step forward with Greg Norman being announced as CEO of LIV Golf Investments, with ties to Saudi Arabia. Will players join?
|Infrastructure Bill Could Complete East Coast Greenway|
The recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes increases in funding for greenways and active transportation infrastructure and improvements in bicycle-pedestrian policy, which could lead to completion of the East Coast Greenway - something that could provide more opportunities for trail events in cycling, as well as running.
|Up for Bid: Two USA Gymnastics Events|
Gymnastics, one of the most-watched sports, is seeking solid landings for two of its events. The 2022 Rhythmic Development Championships and 2022 USA Gymnastics Elite Qualifier are both currently up for grabs with a deadline of December 31. Want to host the events sure to garner spectators, media coverage and eyeballs for your destination? Start here.
|The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of the Hotel Minibar|
Sometimes, one trend can tell you a lot. Take minibars in hotel rooms, for example. While they were wildly popular upon their debut in the 70s and 80s, many hotel chains were pulling them out of rooms by 2019. They had ceased to be a profit center and the expensive contents were a source of jokes. Now, however, they're back. Learn the how and why.
|Ski Resorts Open Early, Providing a Great Omen for Winter Sports|
An early-season snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada moved up the opening date of ski resorts along the eastern edge of California, boding well for venue operators during the 2021-22 season. With fewer restrictions across the board and more streamlined operations, the winter sports industry is optimistic and so are skiers and snowboarders. Here's more.
Inside Events: SMC Soccer
In 2021, Soccer Management Company (SMC) has overseen and collaborated on 50-plus events across 10 states. Having managed tournaments since 2013, the organization prides its team on providing a professional, quality event for all athletes and their families. SDM sat down with Steve Lovgren of SMC to learn more about the organization and its goals.
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What a long, strange trip it's been. The Grateful Dead used that wording in 1977 and it is just as accurate today. We have been through 2020 (enough said) and now we're ending 2021 and ready to celebrate. But we don't just celebrate the big numbers. We celebrate our strength. Strength, we have learned, is not born out of aggression; it is a kind of peace that comes with knowing you have faced the worst and that, moving forward, you can deal with whatever life hands out. It's time to congratulate those who were instrumental in our comeback.
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"I wanted it so badly. When I first qualified for the Tour, the Masters was the one tournament that hadn't been integrated."
~ Lee Elder, the first African American to tee off at the Masters (in 1975) who died last week at age 87.
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