#135: June 10, 2020
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Latest PPP "Improvements" Haven't Improved Life for DMOs

Funding isn't in the cards. Disappointment is. Sports commissions, CVBs and other economic development groups who were hoping for relief from COVID-19-related losses learned late last week that changes to the PPP would not include them. Want to join the efforts supported by SDM, Destinations International and the US Travel Association? Start here.

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The Four Fathers of Ballparks of America

Ballparks of America is a sports facility with an interesting past and a bright future. The park features five replica fields modeled after Major League stadiums including Chicago's Wrigley Field, Boston's Fenway Park, St. Louis' Busch Stadium, Detroit's Tiger Stadium, and Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. And with new ownership, it can welcome the teams.

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Play PNW Sports: Snohomish County, Washington

Play PNW Sports: Snohomish County, Washington

Though our "pause" button is on, we want you to know we are here, preparing to bring sports events back to Snohomish County when the time comes. We look forward to hitting our "Play PNW Sports" button for our great venues. In the meantime, here are the TOP 5 reasons to bring your next event here!

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CDC Releases Guidelines for Youth Sports

We've seen guidelines for how to have a safe venue. Now from the CDC, we have considerations for safely restarting youth sports. Activities are classified from low risk (drills at home) to high risk (full competitions with teams and athletes from outside one's jurisdiction). How do the guidelines fit your event, and how will you incorporate them?

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US Soccer, US Youth Soccer Clash on Allowing Travel Tournaments

Oh, boy. Talk about a buzz kill. US Soccer has released its return-to-play guidelines for youth soccer, recommending a phased-in approach with individual and small-group trainings to start – but no travel tournaments in different regions even once games can resume. Will other organizations follow the plan? US Youth Soccer doesn't plan to.

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Will Personal Stimulus Checks Go Toward Youth Sports Fees?

Americans are starting to receive their stimulus checks of $1,200 per individual and $500 for each child. So what are they spending it on? While much concern has been expressed about lost income from furloughs and layoffs, there are some indicators that parents may try to put at least a portion of that "found money" toward youth sports fees.

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With Gun Sales on the Rise, Shooting Venues are in the Right Place

In the wake of the pandemic, outdoor sports, including fishing, kayaking, cycling, hiking and running, have flourished. The opening of a new shooting sports complex in Palm Beach County is giving hope to enthusiasts and event owners for a resurgence there. Can the recent uptick in gun sales play into a new pool of contestants in shooting competitions?

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PGA Creates a Pathway to Pro Golf - But Only for Division I Students

More than 18 months ago, news swirled about PGA TOUR creating a pathway for top collegiate golfers to access pro tours. Last week, that pathway, PGA TOUR University, was announced. It will serve elite collegiate golfers, but only those in NCAA Division I universities. Still, event owners and hosts of college golf tournaments will reap the benefits.

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Want to be a Superhero to Sports Parents? There's an App for That

Youth sports and venues located near amusement parks are a natural fit. But long lines and overcrowding (the bane of the post-COVID-19 experience) can dampen the fun factor and cause kids to be turned away. Now, however, theme parks are latching onto mobile apps, which (among other things) show wait times for rides and help users find bathrooms.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: Meijer State Games of Michigan

Inside Events: Meijer State Games of Michigan's Virtual Games

Throughout the month, the Meijer State Game of Michigan is hosting its first Virtual Games with running, cycling, BMX, fishing, golfing, rowing, skateboarding and tae kwon do, complete with T-shirts and medals for participants (even outside of Michigan). Eric Engelbarts, Executive Director, discusses the event and what organizers hope to accomplish.

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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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