Issue #40: July 27, 2016

By the Numbers: The First US OPEN of Pickleball Exceeds Expectations

Back when summer was just a gleam in sports promoters' eyes, the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships moved into Naples, Florida. And the sports event with the funny name, the one many planners might have dismissed as a fluke, put its money where its mouth was, with outstanding results.

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In Maryland, All Athletes Can Find Their Game

With topography as varied as the U.S. itself, Maryland is primed and ready to host any event. From mountain biking and whitewater kayaking in Western Maryland, to marlin fishing in Ocean City, to soccer in the plethora of sportsfield complexes spread across the state, to cheerleading and gymnastics events in the Baltimore City and Ocean City Convention Centers, to indoor or outdoor tennis complexes to baseball in no less than nine minor league ballparks and more, the state has much to offer. It's also accessible to travelers using any mode of transportation. In short, according to Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, it's a perfect location, and one planners should be considering in their site selection decisions.

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In other news and commentary...
Is that a Pikachu in Left Field? Sports Venues & Facility Owners Ride the Pokemon Go Wave

Even if you don't understand the Pokemon Go craze, at least one thing has become very clear: It's not just invading malls, neighborhoods and more; it's showing up in sports venues. Learn how officials are responding to this new wave and what changes they're making as a result.

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FEI Cites an 83% Increase in International Competition as Youth Participation in Equestrian Sport Sees an Unprecedented Swell

It won't be replacing soccer any time soon, but if the International Equestrian Federation is correct, the big wave in youth sports will be conducted on horseback. FEI says more young people are being drawn to equestrian sport than ever, and they're hoping the Olympics gives it another push.

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Golf 2.0: More Millennials Teeing Off as Industry Adapts

Golf took a hit when some of the world's top male golfers pulled out of next month's Olympic Games because of concerns about the Zika virus. But the sport appears to be generating excitement among Millennials anyway. Learn how, where and why it is growing.

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New Platform Seeks to Legalize Race Number Switching

The problem of runners who transfer their race numbers to others (patently against race directors' rules) may see a drop if a new online platform gains traction. The website, intended to provide a marketplace for runners looking to sell or buy race bibs, still faces significant challenges, however.

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FAA Revises Drone Rules: What Will & Won't Fly

Up, up and away, within limits. The use of drones in sports is an emerging field of study and accordingly, the Federal Aviation Administration has revised its rules again. Sports event planners need to know what's new, what hasn't changed and what won't fly with the FAA.

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Millions Watch and Interact as The Basketball Tournament is Streamed on Facebook Live

If there were a marriage between sports and reality TV, and if the matchmaker were social media, the children would look like this. The Basketball Tournament, which debuted on Facebook Live, let viewers help put together real teams which then played in select locations around the country.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: National Junior College Athletic Association

Putting on a total of 48 championship events a year: Check. Live-streaming many of them free for out-of-town viewers: Check. Being the only organization that represents two-year colleges and their athletic programs: Check. Get to know the National Junior College Athletic Association and its mission.

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The inaugural US Open Pickleball Championships took place April 26-May 1, 2016, on 47 courts in East Naples Community Park in Naples, FL, with the finals televised to an estimated 50 million on CBS. Facebook

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July/August 2016

July/August 2016

This month's issue of Sports Destination Management will get you revved up for Rio. From articles on running and road sports to legal issues about sports travel, there's something here for every planner to learn from. What's the best way to work with sports commissions and CVBs? How can you effectively engage volunteers and implement a successful stay-to-play policy? What are some of the best destinations and facilities? Start your summer learning experience here.

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