#137: July 08, 2020
Tournaments are ON - Here's Where They're Flourishing

Tournaments are ON - Here's Where They're Flourishing

It started out as a tough week, even for optimists. IRONMAN cancelled its Muncie, Indiana event. COVID-19 kicked enough sand in the face of the North American Sand Soccer Championships that it rescheduled its Virginia Beach tournament for 2021. But then came a huge reason for optimism - and it emerged from the Midwest, the proverbial heart of America.

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Sports Events Shine Bright In El Paso, Texas

Situated in West Texas in the foothills of the majestic Franklin Mountains, El Paso is also known as "Sun City" due to its 300-plus days of sunshine each year. The great weather, top-notch sports venues and visitor amenities attract a broad array of events and athletes, and the city's revitalized downtown with new hotels, vibrant festivals, wealth of dining and entertainment options and relaxed desert vibe add to the appeal.

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Sports Events Shine Bright In El Paso, Texas
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Seven Reasons You Should Play in Edmond

Seven Reasons You Should Play in Edmond

Edmond invites athletes to utilize state-of-the-art sports facilities and enjoy the city's charm. With the ability to host all types of sports (on land or on water) and events of all sizes for all abilities, Edmond should be your first call when it comes to hosting. We've rounded up the top seven reasons why you should play in Edmond, Oklahoma!

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Can College Club Programs Help Boost the Sports Economy?

First came the news that a few colleges here and there were dropping sports programs because of COVID-19-related shortfalls. Then a few became dozens and dozens became more than 100. Critics say it can hurt the sports economy all the way down to youth programs. But it's also likely that club and rec programs can pick up the slack and save the day.

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Youth Baseball Organization Breaks into Locked Fields to Host Games

We've heard about kids defying "no trespassing" orders to play on fields and fish in steams but this is a new one. Baseball games (complete with coaches, umpires, spectators and multiple teams) are being held on locked fields in defiance of local ordinances. And as you might expect, officials are not happy about it. Here's what happened.

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Spiking COVID-19 Cases Cause the Cancellation of Some Early Events

Hurry up and wait. The first states in the U.S. to adopt aggressive reopening protocols are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases that is forcing postponements and cancellations of sports events that were unfortunately, planned to show, "We're stronger than coronavirus." So what are event owners doing and where are they moving their events instead?

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Open for Business and Up for Bids: NAIA Championships

Hope for the future is a click away. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is requesting bids from interested cities and venues on its 2022 and 2024 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, as well as its 2022 and 2023 Women's Lacrosse National Championships. Bids are due on September 1 and the info you need is here.

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Quarantine Play of Backyard Games Could Shape Tournament Landscape

While there have been plenty of quarantine-induced jokes about "Taking my next vacation in Puerto Backyardo," the truth is that a lot of people are starting to explore backyard games like cornhole, kubb, bocce and others. Will they lead to an uptick in competitive play? Hard to say. But interest is strong and so are equipment sales.

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Preakness to Stay in Baltimore, Pimlico May Also Host Field Sports Events

The races are reordered, and Belmont ran without spectators but the pursuit of horse racing's fabled Triple Crown is underway. After Tiz The Law won to deafening silence last month, the calendar is devoid of racing until the so-called LaborDerby (on September 5). Then the action moves to Pimlico - which we now know will remain the home of the race.

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Inside Events: American Darters Association

Inside Events: American Darters Association

If your vision of darts is limited to a smoky bar, it's time you met the American Darters Association. The ADA, the sanctioning body for a nationally controlled dart league, puts on an annual championship that rotates around the U.S. and promotes the sport at all levels. Learn what they look for in a host venue and what the future of darts can be.

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May/June 2020

COVID-19 might be the most formidable opponent the sports tourism industry has ever faced. In an instant, we have learned that our so-called "recession-proof" industry...wasn't. But our industry is nothing if not nimble and adaptable. And everything in this issue is proof of that fact. From industry writers who speak about new ways of doing business, to sports venues that will be there when we return to play, this issue has what we need. It also has something we can't sell and can't buy but can only find in one another: hope. As we head into the summer's warmth, we want it to bring hope to you as well.

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