#149: January 06, 2021
Survey Showing Gym Visits are Safe is Good News for Indoor Sports

Survey Showing Gym Visits are Safe is Good News for Indoor Sports

Here's something that bodes well for the rebound of sports: A new study has found that visiting health clubs with safety measures in place poses a very low risk of COVID-19 transmission. And that should come as great news to indoor sports, including functional fitness, basketball, racquetball, badminton and others. Learn what else the survey said.

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Southeastern Washington State's Dry Region Providing Year-Round Athletic Opportunities

There's a dry desert region in the Pacific Northwest (yes, really). It has plenty of space for water sports, sports fields that stay green year-round for tournaments and even a burgeoning wine scene for parents, as well as (event owners, take note) the infrastructure to host plenty of events. Welcome to the Tri-Cities region of Washington state.

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Welcome to PNW Sports! Snohomish County, Washington

Welcome to PNW Sports! Snohomish County, Washington

Though our "pause" button is on with holding sports events, we would like to let you know that we are here, preparing to bring sports events back to Snohomish County when the time comes. We look forward to turning on our "Play PNW Sports" button to host the many sports events in our great venues. Here are five great reasons to bring your event here.

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In other news and commentary...
First Beneficiary of Vaccine Will Be Tournaments for Vulnerable Athletes

As the sports travel industry navigates the post-COVID landscape, it is clear that the availability of a vaccine will be an enormous help in getting live events back on track. And one of the most profound and immediate benefits will be to sports events for vulnerable populations, such as seniors, organ transplant recipients and cancer survivors.

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Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship Writes Its Own Success Story

Golf - one of the few sports that actually grew during the pandemic - will see a showcase of its future leaderboard stars in March as the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship hits Myrtle Beach for its sixth annual iteration. Learn about the safe, smart, socially distanced event that attracts almost 100 kids nationwide, in this article.

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A Good Omen for 2021: Every IRONMAN Race is Sold Out

How tired are athletes of quarantine, home training and virtual events, and how much does the racing community want to get back in action? Enough to sell out every single full-distance IRONMAN race in the U.S. and Canada currently being offered in 2021. Hear what organizers are saying and learn about the racing community's plans for the year ahead.

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New Sports Complex Developments in Works for Post-COVID Era

Sports complexes around the country might have hosted fewer events or even remained closed throughout 2020, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. But a slew of new facilities still are slated to break ground in 2021. Many of those complexes are expected to open in 2022 and officials are hoping to do so in a post-COVID environment. Here's a rundown.

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Super Bowl Forecast: Many Changes, Still the Same Experience

What's the forecast for the Super Bowl? Well, there's a 100 percent chance of at least 20 percent of spectators, according to the NFL. Other changes are in place as well, including outdoor fan fests and exhibits. How much can we learn from plans for the biggest sports festival around the first big event of 2021? Quite a bit. Read on for insights.

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With a New Flag, Mississippi is Back in the Game

Here's something that happened on Election Day that might have gotten overlooked - at least in the 49 states other than the one where it happened. Mississippi, the last holdout of the Confederate emblem, voted to adopt its new state flag. And that clears the way for the SEC and NCAA to host their championships in the state again. See how it unfurled.

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Inside Events: Hype Nation, LLC

Inside Events: Hype Nation, LLC

One of the most popular youth sports, volleyball, is positioned to make a strong comeback in 2021. Event owner Hype Nation LLC made its bow in the market in the last months of 2020, offering youth club tournaments nationwide. Learn what it takes to host, what they hope to accomplish and what events are already on the books, in this article.

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November/December 2020

November/December 2020

As we sprint toward the end of the year, it's a good time to reflect - not on the things we can't do but on the things we have learned to do differently. Not all change is bad, particularly if it brings learning. This issue has examples. From merchandizing to app design, from recurring events to arranging accommodations, much has changed. This issue also helps you keep current on the changes in a variety of sports, including squash, football, rodeo, equestrian, tennis, pickleball and even volleyball. Finish the year strong and get set for 2021.

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