February 22, 2017 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #54: February 22, 2017

Chicken Pox and Event Cancellations: What Planners Should Know

While many parents chewed their nails and worried about the Zika virus being brought home by travel teams who had visited so-called 'hot spots’ for infection, it was good old chicken pox that managed to knock some sports events for a loop. Here is what planners need to know.

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In Maryland, All Athletes Can Find Their Game

With topography as varied as the U.S. itself, Maryland is primed and ready to host any event. From mountain biking and whitewater kayaking in Western Maryland, to marlin fishing in Ocean City, to soccer in the plethora of sportsfield complexes spread across the state, to cheerleading and gymnastics events in the Baltimore City and Ocean City Convention Centers, to indoor or outdoor tennis complexes to baseball in no less than nine minor league ballparks and more, the state has much to offer. It’s also accessible to travelers using any mode of transportation. In short, according to Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, it’s a perfect location, and one planners should be considering in their site selection decisions.

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In other news and commentary...
Daytona 500 by the Numbers: Cars, Crowds and...Solar Panels?

Forget robins, Easter baskets and little flowers. The first sign that spring is around the corner includes the roar of engines and the screech of tires at the foot of a screaming crowd in Florida. The Daytona 500 is Sunday, bringing with it some awe-inspiring numbers.

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Florida CVB, EDC on the Defensive in Response to Allegations of Funding Improprieties

Despite concerns about Zika mosquitoes, it was a rapper named Pitbull who helped knock Visit Florida to its knees. Now, Governor Rick Scott is fighting to save the organization, as well as its business development counterpart, Enterprise Florida. And it’s a warning about transparency to CVBs and EDCs everywhere.

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NFL, NBA Take Stance Against Proposed Texas 'Bathroom Bill’

Super Bowl LI might have been the last time the NFL brings football’s biggest game to Texas, given the fact that 15 Lone Star State senators have pledged their support of a 'bathroom bill' similar to the one that has caused such economic loss in North Carolina.

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NBA’s D-League Bringing New Economic Opportunities to Mid-size Cities

The NBA Development League, or D-League, for short, isn't new, having entered the industry in 2001. But now, it's set for expansion, with three teams in new markets. This growth can mean new economic impact for areas not presently served by the NBA, and may fuel further sports investment.

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Medalist: Olympics are 'Slowly Dying’

An era without the Olympics? A time without the excitement, pride (and let’s face it, all-out hype) of those ancient Games? Say it ain’t so. But if one medalist is to be believed, the Olympics are "slowly dying" and will be extinct by 2040, unless dramatic reforms take place.

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No Bid? IAAF's Stance Might Be the Starting Gun for the Future

The IAAF’s announcement that it was ditching its long-standing bid process for competitive events was met with a reaction from the world of sports business akin to that of a track and field athlete suddenly confronted with a 100-foot-high hurdle: a dead stop and a slack-jawed stare.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: Drone Racing League

Described as "the real-life version of a video game," drone racing is one of the fastest-growing robotic sports. The Drone Racing League is the premier competitive circuit for elite first-person-view pilots worldwide. Learn about the unique venues for championship events (Really? Abandoned factories?) and what it takes to host.

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January/February 2017

January/February 2017

It's an inverse equation: a disproportionate amount of time is spent planning sports events, and still they blow by us at what seems to be the speed of sound. If we've done our jobs correctly, the event has gone off seamlessly. This issue examines some of those things we invest a lot of time in, which though invisible to athletes, are essential nonetheless. We also examine hot trends in sports, such as obstacle racing and rugby, and of course, the huge draws of winter and ice sports, basketball, BMX and skateboarding. Your learning starts here

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