Issue #128: February 19, 2020
What Does the USGA's Distance Report Mean for Golf Tournaments?

What Does the USGA's Distance Report Mean for Golf Tournaments?

With much fanfare, the USGA and R&A released a Distance Insights Report, showing that hitting distances and lengths of golf courses have been increasing for 100 years. That's not exactly earth-shattering news to pros on the tour, but what does it mean for those who put on events, both at the pro level and the amateur level? Will it change the game?

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Destination Spotlight

Play Like the Pros in Harford County, Maryland

Bring your tournament to Harford County, Maryland, and get the best - the best facilities, the best location and the best team to support it all! We know world-class sports and we've got plenty of fun too. Enjoy family-friendly activities, heart-pumping adventure, accommodating hotels and natural surroundings when you plan your sports events here.

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Seven Reasons You Should Play in Edmond

Seven Reasons You Should Play in Edmond

Edmond invites athletes to utilize state-of-the-art sports facilities and enjoy the city's charm. With the ability to host all types of sports (on land or on water) and events of all sizes for all abilities, Edmond should be your first call when it comes to hosting. We've rounded up the top seven reasons why you should play in Edmond, Oklahoma!

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In other news and commentary...
What's Driving the Bidding Wars for NCAA Championships?

After months of lead-up and plenty of fanfare, the NCAA closed out its bid submission cycle for hosting of championships in the 2022-2023 and 2025-26 academic years. What seemed like mere minutes later, multiple destinations nationwide announced the impressive numbers of bids they had placed. What's driving this trend, its growth and the process?

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Spartan Working to Get Tough Mudder Running Again

The future of Tough Mudder doesn't seem quite as clear as mud as it might have a month ago. But things in the obstacle course racing world aren't back to normal, either, say pundits. Here's a quick-and-dirty update since the last report - which was more than enough to alarm destinations that had previously signed on to host Mudder events in 2020.

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Ultramarathon Events Showing More Than 1,500% Increase in Participation

The number of ultra runners, meaning those who run races that are longer than 26.2 miles, including trail and mountain runs, has increased a mind-blowing 1,676 percent over the past two decades. What's more, the overall number of women doing these runs has trended upward. Here's a quick synopsis on the long run, including travel statistics.

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Women's Acrobatics & Tumbling, Wrestling Added to NCAA Emerging Sports

Plenty of people might have been a little distracted by happenings on the football field (or in the political arena) and missed the news that two sports have been added to the NCAA's list of emerging sports for women. Acrobatics and tumbling, as well as wrestling, cleared the hurdle in the Division II and III levels, meaning an uptick in events.

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ASTM Developing Standard for Softball Faceguards - Will Players Wear Them?

With all the focus on concussions and football, it's not surprising this development slipped under the radar. ASTM International has begun developing a standard on defensive masks to be worn by female softball players, noting as its reasoning an uptick in facial injuries and a growing interest from the industry. Of course, there's resistance too.

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In the Wake of Kobe's Death, Knock-Off Merchandise is Rampant

No sooner did Nike announce it had sold out of Kobe Bryant apparel than what might be thought of as the vultures swooped in - the dealers ready to sell counterfeit apparel emblazoned with his name and likeness. Fortunately, the Department of Homeland Security has coincidentally announced a new enforcement plan to give black-marketers a reality check.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: The American Pole League

Inside Events: The American Pole League

One of the buzziest sports to be seeking international acceptance (at the IOC level, no less) is pole, governed in the U.S. by the American Pole League. Learn how this sport is moving beyond the misconceptions and into the mainstream, with a national championship to its credit, athletes competing on the global stage and big plans for the future.

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January/February 2020

January/February 2020

What's your 2020 vision? If you've yet to make resolutions for the coming year, this is the issue for you. You can learn about esports, the fastest-growing phenomenon not only in the U.S. but worldwide. We also have insights into great destinations for snow and ice sports (a few are even at beachfront locales) and some of the best basketball venues you'll see ahead of March Madness. Our feature on new and emerging markets is another great start, as are the articles on streaming, kayak fishing and adaptive sports. Your new year starts here, with some great information and insights.

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