Issue #39: July 13, 2016

A Timeline of Rio's Problems: Snapshot View of an Olympics in Disarray

The Olympics begin August 5. Rio says it's ready, but it's hard for a waiting world to believe that statement, given the morass of problems popping up in the news constantly. From "super bacteria" to Zika scares, doping and dead bodies, here is a timeline of those issues.

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Destination Spotlight

Conway, Arkansas - Open for Business: Conway's Facilities Welcome Youth Sports Tournaments

A city of 60,000 residents, Conway, Arkansas, prides itself on several publicly-owned sports facilities that cater to youth sports teams and tournaments. Two multi-purpose athletic and recreation complexes, about two dozen baseball, softball and soccer fields and a series of signature annual events qualify Conway as an up-and-coming player on the national sports destination scene. Located about 30 miles due north of Little Rock, Conway today welcomes several athletic events every year, and has room for more. The area's current strengths are baseball, softball and soccer and in addition to great facilities, visitors will find a warm welcome and a host of amenities.

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In other news and commentary...
Opposition Brewing In Rome to 2024 Olympics Bid

There's a battle brewing in Rome and it has nothing to do with the Christians and the lions. The Italian capital's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, previously considered very strong, faces an uncertain future with the city's new Mayor Virginia Raggi adamantly refusing to back it.

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The 'Brain-Eating Amoeba' and Open-Water Sports Events: What Planners Need to Know

The recent death of a teenager after contracting a rare illness at a waterpark has put the sports community on notice. Such infections, it is noted, are rare, but in this season of open-water events, is there any way to guard against them, or to lower potential liability?

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Copa America Centenario Helps U.S. Cities Score

The dust is settling after last month's Copa America Centenario, during which new records were set for total and average attendance, television viewership, and digital and social media engagement. Economic impact indicators were good too. Want some numbers? Here are the earliest (and most impressive) you'll find.

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U.S. Becomes Home Turf for Mexican Soccer's Preseason Play

Major League Baseball has its Cactus League and Grapefruit League spring training locations. So what does that make the U.S. when it serves as the preseason destination for Mexican soccer clubs - the Stars and Stripes League? 13 Liga MX clubs spent time playing friendlies in 11 states this summer.

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Dinty Moore Pits Lumbersexuals against Lumberjacks in the 'Olympics of Timber Sports'

Not having run a marathon never stopped anyone from wearing running shoes, and a lack of knowledge of timber sports hasn't prevented guys from wearing plaid shirts, work boots and bushy beards. But Dinty Moore has a challenge for those guys: the Stihl Timbersports U.S. Pro & Collegiate Championships.

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Manchester City FC to Host Hackathon for all the Right Reasons

According to a 2015 Gallup poll, one of the crimes U.S. residents fear most is having their computer or smartphone hacked and their identity stolen. But Manchester City FC will host a hackathon this month in order to create the strongest, safest data in sports.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: National Collegiate Table Tennis Association

Not all collegiate sports are played at the NCAA level. Many are club sports that attract a diverse body of competitive athletes, stage national championships and have a post-graduate impact on the national governing body of the sport. Meet one great example: the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association.

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The Rio Games makes sports more meaningful this summer. A well-executed event gets more attention, more athlete visibility and more benefit for the host city. Want to put on a great event? We have information on senior games, keeping athletes happy, education for sports event planners and more. Plus, information on triathlons and track & field, equestrian - all the things you'll see in Rio, plus some other fast-growing sports and excellent destinations. Start your planning here and now.

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