Issue #125: January 08, 2020
Tough Times for Tough Mudder Show Dark Future for Obstacle Racing

Tough Times for Tough Mudder Show Dark Future for Obstacle Racing

What happens when a giant in the industry falls? It reverberates through those left standing. Tough Mudder might not have hit the ground (yet) but it is certainly staggering. With the exit of a top exec, a rumored merger with Spartan and the inability of the company to pay its vendors, the once-proud brand proves the obstacle space is contracting. more

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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. more

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Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission: Field a Winning Tournament

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission: Field a Winning Tournament

Need a tournament host? Here's one thing to remember: all roads lead to the Midlands of South Carolina and the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission. With 45-plus competition surfaces and an onsite team of planning pros, this destination's picturesque parks and skilled planning team add up to an exceptional competition ready to score big with players and parents alike. more

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In other news and commentary...
Dog Parks are the New Sports Fields - and Cities Are Building Them Instead

Dog parks are the new sports fields, apparently. Nationwide, there are examples of cities choosing to build off-leash spaces - and giving them preference over athletic venues when it comes to funding. Whether that means converting existing ball fields or building new ones rather than adding sports venues, it's obvious that every dog has its day. more

Will the Unavailability of Freon Impact Youth Hockey Programs?

At the stroke of midnight in the new year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency put a stop to the production or importation of the refrigerant R-22, more commonly known as Freon. And that could put a deep freeze on thousands of community ice rinks throughout North America since the alternative is costly - a six-figure layout, in fact. more

Flu Roars into 2020 with Unusual Strain, High Number of Childhood Deaths

The flu season got off to an early start, according to medical researchers, and is showing no signs of a slowdown. It's also an unusual strain of the flu (the type B virus) which fortunately is covered by the current vaccine. But with hospitalizations and even deaths on the rise, and indoor sports in full swing, event owners should be concerned. more

Weakness in Participation Could Foreshadow a Stumble in Sports Travel

When the Sports and Fitness Industry Association released its annual State of the Industry Report, it was easy to become distracted by the statistics governing the growth (or lack thereof) of certain sports. Look more closely, however, and there are key points for owners and rights holders of sports competitions, all of them essential. more

Facing Lawsuit from Conservationists, NPS Backs Off on E-Bikes

Hold it right there. The National Parks Service disbanded its e-bike advisory group in the face of a lawsuit from conservationists, alleging that meetings involved secret lobbying for assisted-power vehicles on park trails. It's not the first such lawsuit, either. And as e-bikes move into cycling events, owners will need to stay on top of legislation. more

Does USA's Drop in Popularity as a Destination Signal a Recession?

While everyone is concerned about the impact of tariffs and strengthened policies governing admittance to the U.S., here is something you might not be aware of: the U.S. is currently lagging behind other countries in terms of international tourism, and that shortfall translates to a loss of $78 billion in visitor spending and 130,000 American jobs. more

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Inside Events: The Huntsman World Senior Games

Inside Events: The Huntsman World Senior Games

We already know adults over 50 make up a big portion of the sports travel market and we also know they love their senior games. Meet the Huntsman World Senior Games, the event that allows this demographic not just to challenge athletes nationally but internationally as well, and find out what its plans are when the 2020 event opens in St. George, Utah. more

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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. more

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