July 25, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #89: July 25, 2018

eSports Moves One Big, Controversial Step Closer to the Olympic Podium

In the controversy-meter of the sports world, eSports is up there with global warming and capital punishment: in the eye of a hurricane of conflicting opinions, with few able to claim ambivalence. It has never been more obvious than now, as it edges toward consideration for inclusion in the Olympics.

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Destination Spotlight

A Winning Experience in the Smokies

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Sevierville, Tennessee, area is one of America's favorite places to visit. In fact, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America's most visited national park. The area in and around Sevierville hosts nearly 11 million guests a year, who enjoy everything there is to offer, including the attractions, shopping, great food, history and more. But it's more than just a great vacation spot. Sevierville is a sports center too. With top-notch venues for any game and a convention and visitors bureau staff that helps organizers and owners with all aspects of their events, Sevierville is a prime destination for a variety of tournaments and events, and is ideal for athletes and their families.

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Odessa, Texas: The Home of Friday Night Lights Welcomes New Addition to the Football Family

The Permian Basin, an oil-rich area, brings thousands to work in the field. But the community and its passion for sports convinces them to stay. Get to know the home of Friday Night Lights - and so much more.

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In other news and commentary...
Golf By The Numbers: An Economic Snapshot of the Sport

Depending upon your source, golf's demise is either imminent or greatly exaggerated. But numbers don't lie, and those in the U.S. Golf Economy Report, published by WE ARE GOLF in May, provide a snapshot of the sport (divots and all) - as well as fun facts for the 19th hole.

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Millennial Demographic Boosts Sports League Enrollment

A recent survey showing that Millennials (who work from home and value the opportunity to combine fitness and socializing) are enrolling in adult sports recreation leagues, even outnumbering their GenX counterparts. Here's how to bring this demographic into your next event and keep it coming back.

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Shooting Sports Launch Beginner-Friendly Website to Grow Participation

Is there an echo in here? The National Shooting Sports Foundation has launched a new website, LetsGoShooting.org, intended to make shooting sports accessible and beginner-friendly. It's reminiscent of fishing's website, TakeMeFishing.org, a product of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Can it help the beleaguered sport have similar growth?

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College Club Sports Present Growth Opportunities for Event Owners

The back-to-school-way-too-early march has begun and colleges are no exception. But not all athletes are returning to varsity sports. Many will participate in club and recreational athletic programs. And for sports event owners, it's a great place to start looking if they want to recruit a younger demographic.

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Splashball - The Next-Gen's Water Polo

It's the sport where one of the fouls is 'brutality' and where athletes wear padded headgear. And now, there's a version for children. But don't worry, says USA Water Polo. It's non-contact and in shallow water. In fact, might be event owners' best bet for recruiting a younger generation.

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Against the Odds: NCAA Won't Pursue Gambling Revenue

If you were betting, you'd have lost big. Amid reports that Major League Baseball and the NBA are pursuing so-called integrity fees from organized sports gambling, the NCAA apparently has no interest in doing so. In fact, the association says individual schools can decide whether to pursue the matter.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: The National Club Softball Association

The National Club Softball Association is the only inter-collegiate club softball league in the United States, providing college women with the opportunity to play competitive, organized college softball - and to qualify for its annual World Series. Learn about this fast-growing organization, its athletes and its events.

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July/August 2018

July/August 2018

This issue of SDM covers a lot of ground. Our sports are as varied as combat, lacrosse and running, our Regional Focus covers the Southeast and there are sports insight columns on bass fishing and competitive cheerleading and dance. Add in our industry experts, who are weighing in on the essential topics and you really do have an issue that is packed with substantive content and excellent insights. From coast to coast and border to border, and throughout the entire landscape of sports and experiences available, there's always something new to try and fun to learn. This issue offers a view of that.

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