Issue #78: February 21, 2018

West Virginia Lawmakers Consider Allowing Guns on Campus, Including School Stadiums

Earlier this month, West Virginia's House Education Committee advanced legislation to require colleges to allow individuals to carry concealed guns on campus, including at sports events. The controversial measure is headed forward for voting in an atmosphere that has become even more politically charged, given the recent school shooting.

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Destination Spotlight

Make Yourself the Home Team in Rome

It is often said that even the visiting team feels at home in Rome, Georgia. Renowned Southern hospitality is only exceeded by the quality and quantity of sporting event venues. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and its optimal location, this picturesque Southern town leaves no doubt as to why event planners come back again and again. And when in Rome, you'll find the assistance and the venues you need, from basketball to softball, from football to cycling, and from tennis to baseball. Rome also has plenty of space for indoor sports, including basketball and wrestling. There is even a fully accessible field to provide an inclusive experience. Come meet the destination even the sports director is calling "a win/win for everyone."

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Naples, Marco Island and The Everglades: Your Sports Paradise

Naples, Marco Island and The Everglades is known as the Paradise Coast for its sun, sand, luxury resorts and more, but this don't-miss destination is also a sports paradise. From field sports to pickleball (the fastest-growing sport nationwide) to triathlons and water sports, athletes win when they play in paradise.

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In other news and commentary...
Responding to IOC Challenge, eSports Ups Games Based on Real Life

The last time FIFA caught this much attention, it was not for a positive reason. Fortunately for soccer's governing body, the news that the eWorld Cup was well underway has been hailed as a big step forward. Count on it to influence generations of gamers to come.

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Tiny Houses: The Big News in Sports Accommodations

From glamping to Airbnb, large-scale sports events are getting increasingly creative when it comes to attracting attendees to come, stay and spend. Indianapolis Motor Speedway harnessed the trend of the tiny house and offered it up to those attending the Indy 500 in May.

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Snow Volleyball: Get Ready for the Next Big Thing

The Winter Olympics are raging and here's what grabbed some headlines: snow volleyball. The crusade is on to bring the sport to the Winter Games and it's making headway. And since it's inexpensive, spectator-friendly and fast-paced, winter sports planners might want to add it to their next event.

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U.S. Soccer Has Elected a New President - Now What?

Out of an eight-candidate field, U.S. Soccer has elected a new president: Carlos Cordeiro, who ran on a platform of making American soccer more globally competitive. What does his win mean for the sport in this country? Can he make soccer better for kids, particularly minorities?

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Minnesota Ice Fishing Tourism on Solid Ground, Despite Tournament Cheating Allegations

Many ice fishing tournaments have been big winners this year, thanks to cold weather. But unfortunately, controversy has cropped up, resulting in some Minnesota tournament officials noting that next year, new safeguards will lower the chances of anglers sneaking in fish and saying they were caught on the premises.

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Europe Just Added a New Racing Circuit for Electric Bicycles. Where Does the USA Stand?

Ice and snow were flying in PyeongChang, but it was a summer sport that generated a blizzard of buzz when the European Cycling Union announced it would be adding a new racing circuit for electric bikes. Planners of cycling events in the U.S. should familiarize themselves with the issue.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: National Collegiate Club Golf Association

"Live Life. Play Golf," is the slogan of the National Collegiate Club Golf Association, offered in 350-plus colleges nationwide. Operating under the umbrella of NextGenGolf, the NCCGA's goal is to keep Millennials engaged in the sport. It also offers resources for high school golfers as well as post-college play.

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USA Cycling's oh-snow-perfect Fat Bike Nationals on Feb.10 in Grand Rapids, MI, with the West Michigan Sports Commission. Competing age groups went from 11-14 to 70-plus. | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook #FatBikeNats

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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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"Even when bad things happen, you have to try to use those bad things in a positive manner."

~ Paralympic medalist Natalie du Toit of South Africa, the first female amputee to ever qualify for Olympic competition against able-bodied swimmers.






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