Issue #38: June 29, 2016

Cardiac Concussions: Safety Standards Event Owners Need to Know

With all the attention to head injuries, and how to diagnose and treat (if not outright prevent them), recent news about a different piece of safety equipment flew right under the radar. Sports event owners and rights holders in baseball and lacrosse, however, need to acquaint themselves with it.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Oklahoma City's Big River Future

A couple of decades ago, if you were looking for a hotbed of water sports, Oklahoma City likely would not appear on your list. Today, this passionate heartland city is not only the home of the Olympic canoe/kayak team and a stop on the 2016 Road to Rio Olympic tour, but the home of one of the finest whitewater facilities in this hemisphere. How did OKC do it? It all started with OKC's citizens and a very big love for their hometown. Learn how a quiet town became a big river city with a huge, burgeoning future and a worldwide reputation for water sports - and more.

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Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and 5Ks: The 4th and Sports

Red, white and blue. Oh, and a whole lot of green, particularly for sports event planners. The Fourth of July has patriotic festivities but there's also a distinct economic impact for those tying their event into the holiday. And statistics show that slice of the All-American apple pie is growing.

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Top Tech Trends: What Sports Planners Should Know

The intersection of sports and technology just gets tighter, closer and more essential. As planners embrace the Internet of Things and the connectivity of sports equipment to smartphones, there's less ability to opt out of tech-related issues. Here's a top-10 list of tech trends and how they'll affect planners.

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Zika and Birth Defects: What it Means to Sports

The recent release of a report by The Centers for Disease Control on Zika-caused birth defects and pregnancy losses in the United States has brought up questions about the safety of outdoor events this summer, and sports are at the top of the list.

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Midland, Texas, Rebrands Its Sport Tourism Initiative

Midland, Texas is looking for some sport tourism, and the region is taking a first step toward drumming it up: the former Midland Convention and Visitor's Bureau (CVB) is changing its name to VisitMidland and introducing to a new logo to go with the new name.

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Casa Grande, Arizona, to Welcome World-Class Motorsports Facility

Casa Grande, Arizona, is getting residents' engines revving for a 2,360-acre motorsports park. Developers say the park will be a magnet for entertainment, as well as an economic engine - and that it has the bonus of being far enough from homes to keep noise pollution to a minimum.

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In an Era of 'Resort Fees,' FTC Steps into the Breach

Last year, the FCC put several major hotel chains, sports facilities, convention centers and management companies on notice after consumers complained of hidden charges, known as 'resort fees.' Now, the Federal Trade Commission is getting involved, and it stands to affect the sports travel industry.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: World T.E.A.M. Sports

Since 1987, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able-bodied citizens, including mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, bicycling, adventure racing and more. Get to know this event that helps veterans (and many others) return to the challenges they enjoyed prior to their injuries.

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The inaugural NCAA women's beach volleyball championship was held May 6-8 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The USC Trojans took top honors, beating Florida State to bring home the title. Facebook | Twitter  #NCAABeachVB

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The Rio Games makes sports more meaningful this summer. A well-executed event gets more attention, more athlete visibility and more benefit for the host city. Want to put on a great event? We have information on senior games, keeping athletes happy, education for sports event planners and more. Plus, information on triathlons and track & field, equestrian - all the things you'll see in Rio, plus some other fast-growing sports and excellent destinations. Start your planning here and now.

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