#136: June 24, 2020
SEC, NCAA Rebel Against Presence of Confederate Flag in Mississippi

SEC, NCAA Rebel Against Presence of Confederate Flag in Mississippi

When NASCAR served notice that the Confederate Flag would no longer be welcome at any aspects of its events, including its tailgate and campground area, it made waves. Now, the SEC is telling Mississippi that it will not host championships in that state, since the Confederate Flag features prominently on its state flag. And the NCAA seconds it.

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Envision Your Event at the Missouri State Fairgrounds

Want a destination that is versatile, easy to reach and fun? Meet the Missouri State Fairgrounds, a winning combination of location, flexible facilities and experienced staff. Year-round, the Fairgrounds host a diverse range of events including livestock shows, camping rallies, sporting events and more.

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Lehigh Valley, PA Offers Top Athletic and Entertainment Options

Lehigh Valley, PA Offers Top Athletic and Entertainment Options

From wide open fields to state-of-the-art indoor facilities, Lehigh Valley is the perfect destination for your next event. Located just 60 minutes north of Philadelphia, 90 minutes west of New York City, and a short road trip from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Lehigh Valley is the picture-perfect go-to destination for traveling athletes and teams.

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In other news and commentary...
Two Emerging Sports Could Bring in New Opportunities for Event Owners

Some good news for a change: Two new sports (that couldn't be more different) have been named to the NCAA's Emerging Sports for Women list. Women's Wrestling, and Acrobatics & Tumbling now begin the climb toward championship status. Expect an uptick in competitive events - and increased attention being paid to those events - as colleges adopt programs.

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Insurance for Virtual Events Proves All Rights Holders Need Protection

At first glance, the concept was surprising. Insurance for virtual events? But given the fact that many road races, duathlons and other events have switched over to remote participation for the foreseeable future, the idea isn't so unusual. Meet one of the vendors offering such a program, find out why it's needed - and why it may be permanent

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Fishing Tournaments Get Back On The Water with Precautions, PPE

From drive-up weighing of fish to wearing masks onstage, fishing tournaments are adjusting to the for-now-normal of post-COVID-19 life. Find out how they're doing and what changes they're making, as sports return to the stage and anglers take to the lakes. The good news: the fish (big ones) are still biting. That, at least, has not changed.

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BaseballBnb? Teams Finding Alternative Uses for Shuttered Ballparks

While MLB stadiums won't be hosting games until approximately late July, some organizations are certainly finding productive uses for them. From drive-in movies to fireworks watching points to turning sections into Airbnbs, teams are getting creative and tapping into at least a small revenue stream. Here's a roundup of what's currently going on.

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Up for Bid: 2022 Powerchair Hockey World Championship

The business of sports is reopening. Need proof? There's an international championship seeking a host city. The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) has launched its search for bids for the 2022 Powerchair Hockey World Championship. Those interested are being asked to respond by July 31. All the information is here.

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Reports: 2020 Minor League Baseball Season to be Cancelled

There will be a season. There won't. There will but the number of teams will be cut. Over the past months, we've heard plenty of reports but no official word on where Minor League Baseball stands. And now that we know Major League will be presented with a shortened season, hometown baseball fans are getting increasingly concerned - with good reason.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: Russian Slap Fighting

Inside Events: Russian Slap Fighting

Yes, some sports have been able to survive (and thrive) despite the advent of COVID-19. Esports is one of these. But another is Russian Slap Fighting. And this sport, in which grown men take turns slapping each other as hard as they can across the face until one passes out, gives up or fouls out, it has persevered in the face of the pandemic.

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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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