June 14, 2023 | Sports Destination Management
#208: June 14, 2023
Sharks in the water

You're Going to Need a Bigger Drone to Track Sharks This Summer

The increased presence of sharks is worrying beach users in New York and New Jersey, but, say marine biologists, their comeback is a good sign for water health. And through officials' use of high-tech tools to track shark activity, event owners can have more peace of mind when it comes to sports like open water swims and triathlons in affected areas.

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Fort Bend Epicenter Brings New Sports Tourism Opportunities to Houston Market

Fort Bend Epicenter opens in August, and it already looks like it's going to be the Swiss Army Knife of venues, housing everything from traditional sports (basketball, volleyball, cheer and more) to emerging and niche sports (including esports and cornhole), with the versatility to host graduations, rodeos, concerts, trade shows and community events.

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Fort Bend Epicenter Brings New Sports Tourism Opportunities to Houston Market
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It's a USA Summer in Valley Forge

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is a premier sports destination, welcoming more than 10 national events this summer.

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In other news and commentary...
Is College Pickleball the Next Beach Volleyball?

We already know pickleball is skewing younger, but now there are indicators of growth at the college level. While the NCAA has yet to sanction the sport, USA Pickleball has created a special collegiate club membership, and NIRSA has created an affiliation with a global rating system so that players and teams can see how they stack up. Here's more.

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PGA TOUR, LIV Golf Announcement Creates More Questions Than it Answers

The announcement of détente between the PGA TOUR and LIV Golf has been a long time coming but at this point, it leaves more questions than answers. How soon will change be seen? What happens to the current schedules? What new economic impact can we expect to see as a result of this paradigm shift in the sport? Here's everything we know so far.

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Up for Bid: USCAA Small College National Basketball Championships

Want to show off your hoops hosting prowess? Here's a great opportunity. The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) is looking for a home for its Small College National Basketball Championships. The RFP is open to member institutions, qualifying cities, CVBs and sports commissions. Expressions of interest are due July 1.

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Rebrand to "Short Track" Leaves Track & Field Purists Feeling Short-Changed

Indoor track & field events could have a new name but not everyone is on board with it. World Athletics, the international governing body of the sport, recently proposed a change that would term any events hosted on 200M track facilities as "short track." Some enthusiasts of the sport, however, say it creates confusion with short-track speed skating.

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One Person is Behind the National Park Service's Genius Social Media Strategy

Know whose social media content is being wildly liked, shared, retweeted and utterly viral? The National Park Service, that's who. Nobody can resist tweets like, "If you come across a bear, never push a slower friend down…even if you feel the friendship has run its course." It's hysterically funny but oddly, it also educates visitors about wildlife.

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Sportsmanship a Rising Concern at Youth Sports Events

In recent weeks, youth and high school sports organizations have become more aggressive in calling out unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of fans. Some state high school sports associations are implementing new policies (and punishments) designed to help curb issues like profanity, trash talking, negative chants and other forms of disrespect.

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There are many great things to see when studying the sports business industry: Emerging trends, the creation and growth of an alternative accommodations market, new sports and plenty more. But the one thing that never changes is that it is an industry of stories. This issue celebrates those stories, whether it's successful facilities, innovative marketing campaigns, boosting economic impact or even collaborating with competitors. We invite you to sit back and enjoy these success stories and even to get some new ideas as you write your own.

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