January 24, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #76: January 24, 2018

Flu Epidemic Putting Sports Event Planners on Notice

Chicken pox. Measles. Mumps. Zika. Legionnaires Disease. Even plague. They've all threatened sports events over the past five or so years. Now, it's something much more commonplace, but no less threatening: the flu. And it's hitting schools - and youth sports events - with a serious punch.

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Destination Spotlight

Play in the Land of Possibilities

The domain name of "www.playportlandtexas.com" says it all. "We want people to Play Portland because we have so much to offer," says Mona Gandy, director of marketing and communications for the City of Portland, "and this is a wonderful place to be." With two outstanding venues, Municipal Park and the Sports Complex, the area is suitable for a variety of activities and chock-full of amenities that can guarantee a great sports experience. In the off-field hours, athletes and their families can explore Portland and the surrounding Texas coastline and its white-sand beaches, as well as swimming, fishing, beach-combing, windsurfing, camping, bird-watching and more, including golf with scenic views, a skate park, racquetball courts and more.

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Featured Destination

Open Up to Adventure: Snohomish County

Open yourself up to adventure in Snohomish County, Washington. It's the perfect backdrop for any sports event, and it's perfectly accessible as well: 15 miles north of Seattle, less than 100 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.

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In other news and commentary...
Eight Cities, One Goal: Final Four

Eight cities. Four years. One goal: Final Four. As the NCAA winds up to March Madness, it's also winnowing down the cities to host future events. The recent announcement of eight destinations shortlisted to possibly host the Women's Final Four from 2021 through 2024 has caused a storm of guessing.

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'Hacking is the New Juicing:' Even the Olympics Have Fallen Prey

The biggest latest threat to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang isn't North Korea/South Korea tensions. It isn't doping. It isn't even politics. It's hacking. And it's a recurring problem. In fact, one newspaper article recently carried the headline, 'Hacking is the New Juicing in Sports Industry.'

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The Career Conundrum: Race Director Business Survey Shows Rough Road Ahead

Have we actually had a snapshot view of our industry from the employment side? Didn't think so. But Road Race Management, an organization of race directors, running club officials, and other running industry luminaries, just finished taking a selfie, using its Race Director Compensation Survey. The results are sobering.

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Outstanding in their Field: Minor League Stadiums Find Ways to Keep Busy During Winter Months

Finding uses for baseball and softball parks between seasons isn't always easy. After all, a purpose-built facility may not lend itself to much outside of the playing months. Some venues, however, have begun diversifying their portfolio by attracting other sports events. Here are some outstanding suggestions.

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The Big Game By the Numbers: Super Bowl in Minneapolis

It's time for office pools, overhyped halftime shows and the best commercials anywhere. And that means the Super Bowl. Yes, it's a domed stadium. Yes, the weather outside will likely be frightful. But who needs to worry about that when there are a lot of fun numbers at stake?

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Catching the Bad Guys: Fishing Derbies Help Communities Fight Spread of Invasive Species

Sometimes, we all need to see a villain in handcuffs. That's the impetus for local officials creating fishing tournaments to help rid waters of invasive species. And whether that means Asian carp in Illinois or Northern Snakeheads in Maryland, it gets everyone from raw amateurs to professional fishermen hooked.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: National Collegiate Equestrian Association

In 1998, Equestrian was identified by the NCAA and the Committee on Women's Athletics as an emerging sport for women. The mission of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association is to make it a full championship sport. Here's a full progress report on the sport, its athletes and its activities.

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@usskiteam had this amazing shot of Team USA's @ted_ligety crushing the giant slalom at Alta Badia over in Italy. You'll see him next in PyeongChang. (Photo courtesy @alexisboichard) | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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November/December 2017

November/December 2017

The November/December issue not only heralds the end of one year and the beginning of another, but it brings the pinnacle of our work: the announcement of the winners of our annual awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. Whether enormous tournaments or smaller niche sports, each award-winning event has a common denominator: they're good for the local economy. We have an excellent issue to showcase them as well, including features on tennis, volleyball, equestrian and rodeo. Open the issue and let the inspiration begin.

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