Issue #126: January 22, 2020
Ban on Athlete Protests at the Olympics Could Filter Down to Youth Sports

Ban on Athlete Protests at the Olympics Could Filter Down to Youth Sports

U.S. athletes have long used employed right to free speech when it comes to making political protests. The IOC, however, has ruled that on its playing field, there is no freedom for athletes from the consequences of their speech. Will a new crackdown on political protests on the international sports stage filter down the amateur and youth levels?

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Destination Spotlight

Victory as Sweet as Our Tea

Take a vibrant, inviting Southern town like Columbia, Tennessee, paired with top-notch venues like Ridley Park Sports Complex and Chickasaw Trace Park, and you've got THE premier tournament destination for softball, soccer, lacrosse, football, mountain biking and running, with plenty of post-game fun. Explore the classic Southern town with a kick.

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Arizona's New Top Tournament Destination

The city of Surprise has everything planners need in a sports tournament destination, with nationally recognized facilities, year-round sunshine, plenty of fun things to do and an events team committed to success. And after hosting more than 100 events and tournaments per year, Surprise has a proven track record. Find your place in the sun here.

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In other news and commentary...
MLB Has Legalized Cannabis Use - Will Other Sports Follow?

In the waning hours of 2019, Major League Baseball reversed its longstanding policy and took cannabis off its list of banned substances. The question, of course, is what 2020 will bring. Will other pro leagues follow suit? What can it mean for amateur sports, particularly those traveling to states where marijuana is legal? Here are some predictions.

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Sports Tourism Helping Puerto Rico Weather Physical, Economic Aftershocks

We've already seen sports tourism as a key to helping Puerto Rico come back from disaster, including crippling debt in 2015 and Hurricane Maria in 2017. Now, it will be called upon again as the island struggles to recover from a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. Here are some of the events planned for the island and what they might be able to accomplish.

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The U.S. Military Leaves Super Bowl on the Sidelines

The game-day lineup for the 2020 Super Bowl includes a squishy green fruit, a ton of beer and several political candidates, as well as lots of cars. But it won't have the U.S. military. The Navy, a longtime football advertiser, is putting its money into a different game that plays out on a digital field. That, it says, is where its target market hangs out.

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Virtual Events Bringing in New Registrations, Revenue

While we've seen plenty of virtual races in the marketplace, 2020 marks one of the most high-profile competitive events so far. Virtual fitness platform Zwift, a marriage between esports and activity that takes place IRL, has already kicked off its 2020 Tour de Zwift. Last year, nearly 120,000 athletes took part and 2020 looks to be even bigger.

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Merch Madness: Counterfeiters vs. Customs Agents at the Super Bowl

Super Bowl fever is in high gear. But playing out in a shadow economy, not far from the Hard Rock Stadium, is another battle: the stealth game of the dealers who sell cut-rate merch from China, and the solid defense of U.S. governmental agencies. The shock bottom line is that it stands to affect the host cities and legitimate merchants there.

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Running Event at Auto Show Making Huge Strides

World marathon record-setter Meb Keflezighi won't be there. Neither will anyone on Team USA, in all likelihood. But a goofy promotion in the form of a run is garnering national attention and social media impressions in an (ahem) runaway fashion this week. What can we learn from Miles Per Hour, the running event debuting at the Chicago Auto Show?

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Inside Events
Inside Events: The World Cube Association

Inside Events: The World Cube Association

Not everyone is good at ball, strength or speed sports; some gravitate toward puzzles and other mind sports. One of the most prolific groups, in competitions sanctioned, is the World Cube Association. With events held globally (and recently at Rocky Top Sports World), there's obviously more to the WCA than the Rubik's Cube. Unlock the answers here.

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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.

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