Issue #114: July 24, 2019
Storming Area 51 Won't Bag Aliens But Sports and Travel Skyrocketed

Storming Area 51 Won't Bag Aliens But Sports and Travel Skyrocketed

Shoving aside the toxic headlines of the week was the refreshingly weird news that more than a million people had pledged to raid Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico in order to "see them aliens." Oddly enough, it has gone viral, spawning sports, tourism and even a spinoff excursion to the Bermuda Triangle - as well as having launched a thousand memes.

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Bryan College Station: 5 "Cushy" Digs to Host Your Next Event

The Bryan College Station sports crew is ready for YOU! With over 30 multi-purpose fields, an abundance of indoor event space and an award-winning staff, the possibilities are seemingly endless. Here is a closer look at five facilities sure to elevate your event, no matter whether it plays out on a field or on a stage, dives into a pool or runs down a track.

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Bryan College Station: 5 "Cushy" Digs to Host Your Next Event
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Play in Portland, Texas

Play in Portland, Texas

Youth sports tournaments are increasingly choosing Portland, Texas, to take advantage of outstanding venues and fabulous ocean scenery, combined with year-round warm weather, group-friendly amenities and numerous recreational activities.

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In other news and commentary...
Extreme Heat Cancels, Reschedules Sports

If you can't stand the heat…well, it's pretty obvious many people, even athletes, can't. And after plenty of news stories last summer in which athletes suffered serious heat sickness and even death, event owners are becoming more cautious, even cancelling high-profile events in recognition of dangerously hot conditions.

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Childcare During Sports Events Can Create New Marketing, Revenue Stream

The LPGA is one of a select few competitive sports organizations offering childcare services for mothers who are on the pro tour. Its goal is simple: keep performing athletes on the course. The question, of course, is whether other sports will follow suit - and whether planners should adopt the model.

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Could Water Contamination Hurt Summer Sports Events?

Talk about muddying the waters. This summer has brought a wave of concerns over Cryptosporidium in swimming pools, flesh-eating bacteria in open waters and beach-closing algae blooms. Can these threats harm swim meets and open water sports, both a staple of summer?

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Student Athletes Become Better Paid Adults - If the Lessons are Taught Correctly

Much attention has been given to reports claiming the secret to becoming a better-paid adult starts in childhood - with sports. In actuality, potential employers are more likely to favor former student-athletes, thinking they come with stronger values. Here's how event owners can help make those expectations into reality.

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Will the USWNT World Cup Victory Spur New Growth? Not Necessarily

While the prevailing theory is that little girls will hit the soccer fields by the millions in response to the USWNT capturing the World Cup, that's an oversimplification - and too much of a very direct response to hope for. Soccer is an aspirational sport - but it takes more than a World Cup win to create lasting change.

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Barry Leaves Behind Flooding, Sewage - and Plenty of Cancelled Sports

As the first major storm of the hurricane season, Barry made a terrible impression. He barged in uninvited, overstayed his welcome and left a mess behind. He also refused to provide a firm itinerary, which had plenty of destinations scrambling to figure out his path. Worst of all, he cancelled sports.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: USA Dodgeball

Inside Events: USA Dodgeball

Dodgeball, the sport everyone remembers from the playground, is being contested in leagues around the U.S., as well as on the national and international levels. With a combine coming up soon to select members of Team USA, this sport is on the grow. Learn where to find it, what it takes to host it - and why it bears no resemblance to the 2004 movie.

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On July 8, Panama City Beach's new Sports Complex, managed by Sports Facilities Management (SFM), officially opened with the 130-team United States Fastpitch Association World Series | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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July/August 2019

July/August 2019

The adage is "The more things change, the more they remain the same." But in sports, with new technologies in sports equipment and playing surfaces, and athletes who push and expand the limits, we see a continued evolution. This issue reviews both traditional sports (running and lacrosse) as well as those that continue to evolve (combat sports, quidditch and cheer). We also have excellent pieces from industry thought leaders with cutting-edge ideas on volunteer management, hotel negotiations, social media marketing and risk management. Get set to learn something new on every page.

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"Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch court, the space between your ears."

~ Golfing great Bobby Jones






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