January 11, 2017 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #51: January 11, 2017

Guns in Stadiums? Industry Sectors Weigh in on Incendiary Topic

Last year, the talk was all about whether individuals could carry guns in parks. Problem was, many kids' sports events were held also there. This year, the conversation moves to stadiums, with three lawmakers in Washington proposing an end to the ban on weapons in pro venues.

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Annual Awards

2016 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

In each issue of SDM, we examine the unique relationship between event organizer and host city. In this issue, we celebrate it. Our Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism awards program highlights great success stories born out of the event-destination relationships. Some are long-standing events and some are new. All are excellent and we are proud to showcase them.

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In other news and commentary...
By the Numbers: The USTA's "New Home of American Tennis" in Orlando

With a big first serve, the USTA has opened its new facility in Orlando, Florida, dubbed the 'home of American tennis, slated to host events at all levels. But really, it's all about the numbers, and this facility has them in spades - or perhaps in aces.

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Break Dancing Joins Youth Olympic Games Lineup

Shades of the 1990s (or was it the 1980s?) Either way, everything old is new again. Break dancing was one of three new medal events added last month to the Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games (along with karate and sport climbing).

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After Bad Blood, International Cricket Council May Welcome USA Back to the Fold

In the run-up to the Rio Olympics, the sports business public might have missed something that happened stateside. The International Cricket Council suspended the USA Cricket Association in June 2015, citing concerns about its governance. But following a recent meeting, relations may be on the mend.

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Planners Get Ready - Real ID Act Effective as Soon as 2018

We're a year out from implementation of the Real ID Act, which means it's time for sports planners to begin reminding travelers in earnest that a driver's license might no longer be good enough to gain passage on the nation's airlines.

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Can Traveling Be Made Easier for Athletes with Disabilities?

Athletes with disabilities have (obviously) overcome obstacles. How can planners for their events help alleviate, the barriers they still can encounter in travel? The USDOT has been working to increase access. It may be the first step toward a better experience in moving from Point A to Point B.

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The Hoopla: Happy 125th Birthday, Basketball

Amid the excitement of college football bowl games and the NFL Playoffs (not to mention the upcoming inauguration and oh, yeah, March Madness), it was easy to overlook the 125th anniversary of basketball on Dec. 21. Sports planners will recognize an excellent opportunity to help promote their events.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Volleyball - Sitting Volleyball

Volleyball is something many Americans are familiar with, but this Paralympic version (the USA women's team brought home the gold medal in Rio) takes athleticism and determination to the next level. Learn about the sport, its athletes and USA Volleyball's work to expand awareness and grow the game.

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Instagram Photo of the Week

The USA Bobsled four-man team turned in a silver medal performance in the World Cup race in Lake Placid in December. Team USA has pocketed five medals overall. Photo-Molly Choma/USA Bobsled & Skeleton | Instagram | Facebook |Twitter

We want to see you! Send your Instagram photos. Take pictures of your events, and share them with #SportsDestinations. Select photos will be presented on sportsdestinations.com, SDM Blitz and in the latest issues of Sports Destination Management magazine. We're looking for those photos that depict what you and your events are all about. Anything you think is a great representation of your event - all are welcome! Use #SportsDestinations via twitter or Instagram.

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November/December 2016

November/December 2016

This issue of Sports Destination Management has all the trends keeping sports current. Learn about the forces shaping volleyball and tennis, as well as equestrian and rodeo. There's also a great section on the CrossFit Games, as well as U.S. Figure Skating - and on America's heartland, the Midwest. You'll learn about event merchandising, hotel negotiations and using apps in event management, as well as hints on keeping recurring events fresh. Plus there's our awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. Click here and start learning.

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