February 07, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #77: February 07, 2018

NCAA Opens Membership to Mexican Institutions

There's stepping into the fray and there's jumping in headfirst with no parachute. NCAA most assuredly took the latter path when, in the midst of a polarizing national immigration debate, it voted to allow colleges in Mexico to apply for inclusion in Division II.

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Destination Spotlight

Welcome to America's Sports & Family Fun CapitalĀ®

The sports event planner's wish list might include lush, green field space for outdoor sports. It might also feature excellent indoor facilities and function space. And there are plenty of professionals seeking a lake for fishing or other water sports. Then, of course, everyone likes an abundance of sleeping rooms in various price points, beautiful vistas and some family-friendly attractions for visitors to enjoy when they're not competing. Having all that in an easy-to-reach, well-connected area is also desirable. What hasn't been too common, though, is the ability to find all of the above in one place. Until, that is, the planner discovers Lake Erie Shores & Islands in northern Ohio, known as America's Sports and Family Fun CapitalĀ®.

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Huntsville, Alabama: We've Got the Space

Huntsville is known as the Rocket City, being the home to Space Camp (the movie, too) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (also Alabama's #1 top paid attraction). We still have that space-age focus, and we're ready to put it on your next sporting event.

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In other news and commentary...
New Era Set to Begin for U.S. Soccer on the Eve of Its Presidential Election

In just a few days, U.S. Soccer will elect a new president. That person, who will take the reins from Sunil Gulati, will have an impact on the course of the sport in this country. Two candidates seem more youth sports-focused. Here's an inside look at the ballot.

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Athletes on Living Through False Alarm on Hawai'i: 'We Thought This Could be It'

For the contiguous states, the false missile alarm in Hawai'i was a blip on the news radar. For some college teams who happened to be competing in the islands at the time, it was, well, earthshaking. Here are some firsthand accounts from athletes and coaches.

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Spring Training Ready to Descend Upon Florida and Arizona, But at What Cost?

This Valentine's Day packs more than heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. It brings a sweetheart deal for areas in Arizona and Florida. In many areas, that's the day pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. But is it a guaranteed economic home run for hosting cities?

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Red Hearts Putting Sports Events in the Black

Valentine's Day lands on an unromantic Wednesday this year. But its positioning, right in the heart of the week, has given sports event planners the option to do tie-ins on two separate weekends. The fact that the day before is Mardi Gras means additional cause for celebration (and spending).

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By the Numbers: The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

In two days, the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, will begin, bringing not just outstanding athletic performances but all the drama we've come to expect of these Games. And having 3,000 athletes - all in search of at least one medal - has made for some great analytics.

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SDM Readers' Choice Awards: Nominations Are Open

The Oscars. The Grammies. The Emmies. It's awards season, and SDM's new program lets the sports tourism industry be a part of it all.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association this year celebrates the 125th anniversary of black college football in the U.S. The CIAA conducts championships in multiple sports, attended by 150,000-plus fans nationwide. Its largest event is its basketball tournament in Charlotte, NC. Get to know the CIAA, its goals and values.

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The 2018 Tournament of Champions wrapped up at NYC's Grand Central Station. Americans Olivia Blatchford and Amanda Sobhy lost in the second round. Instagram | Facebook | Twitter  #toc18  #psaworldtour

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January/February 2018

January/February 2018

The January/February issue of Sports Destination Management will help you start your year on a positive and productive note. In addition to getting information on some of the fest venues around for winter sports, basketball, skateboard and BMX, you'll have the opportunity to learn about recording and streaming, putting on sports events for athletes with special needs - even navigating the RFP process. What more? There's a focus on the Northeast region as well as a feature on new and expanding markets. Start reading - and getting ahead - now.

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