March 04, 2020 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #129: March 04, 2020
IOC Has Cancellation Timeline for Olympics if Coronavirus Can't Be Controlled

IOC Has Cancellation Timeline for Olympics if Coronavirus Can't Be Controlled

For the first time, the IOC is speaking publicly about what nobody wants to face: the ugly possibility (and the logistics) of cancelling this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo. A timeline of late May is in place for a decision to be made. Here is the latest news, along with some frequently asked questions about hosting, postponement and cancellation. more

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Myrtle Beach: Not Just a City…It's a Destination!

Successful sports tourism made simple means having excellent venues in a great location and plenty of lodging and dining options in all price points. Myrtle Beach touches all those bases and is good for the extra innings as well. If you have a game, we have a home for it, with attractions, fun and nightlife. And then there's that beach… more

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At Cedar Point Sports Center, it

At Cedar Point Sports Center, it's All About Sports Like No Other

Over the years, Cedar Point has thrilled visitors as "The Roller Coaster Capital of the World." And in December 2019, it unveiled an attraction of a different sort with the launch of the state-of-the-art Cedar Point Sports Center. Learn about what is in store for athletes and their families. more

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In other news and commentary...
Creating ADA-Compliant Event Websites (and Avoiding Predatory Lawsuits)

While many sports events are held in areas with parking and restrooms that are handicap-accessible, one obstacle to registration may be something owners don't know about: their website, where potential participants obtain information about the event. Is yours compliant with ADA? How do you know? The answers are far from clear - and may surprise you. more

Failing Golf Courses Becoming Targets in Development Land Grabs

In an increasingly landlocked society, failing golf courses are becoming fair game for developers looking for acreage. This brings them into conflict with golf enthusiasts as well as the HOAs bordering the communities and sets up a fight for green space. Many municipal courses are prime targets. What does it mean for efforts to grow the game? more

Can Economic Development Corporations Score Big Wins with Pro Golf?

We're used to seeing pro sports events sponsored by sports commissions and CVBs. The Lake Charles Championship and the Visit Knoxville Open, both current events on the PGA TOUR, spring to mind. But when an economic development organization takes out title sponsorship, it's literally a whole new ball game. The Live + Work in Maine Open is proof. more

Events Using Recruitment Software to Avoid Admissions Scandal Stigma

The release of Olivia Jade's (a.k.a. Lori Loughlin's daughter's) fake profile, alerting USC to her bogus skills as a coxswain, was a damning (and fascinating) bit of intel. In light of the college admissions scandal, organizations and events want to identify real prospects and remove themselves from scrutiny. Software platforms are helping. more

Climate Change Affecting Snowsports Events, Business

Some elected officials still may be in denial regarding the effects of climate change, but they need only look at the snowsports industry to witness the impact of warmer temperatures. From Austria to France to the United States, a lack of snow has delayed the start of ski season in such iconic competition destinations as Colorado, Utah and Vermont. more

Officials: MLB Players Can Participate in Tokyo Olympics

There's no crying in baseball, particularly right now. Not only is baseball coming back to the Olympics this summer but it's bringing Major League players with it. The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced it had reached an agreement to permit players on MLB 40-man rosters to qualify and to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. more

Inside Events
Inside Events: King Kat Tournament Trail

Inside Events: King Kat Tournament Trail

Bass aren't the only fish in the competitive circuit sea. With a nationwide tour and an impressive range of economic impact, the King Kat Tournament Trail, the most well-known competitive catfish angling event series, is making a splash as well. Here's the update on this discipline that runs almost all year long and appeals to a variety of ages. more

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In 2019, elite division cyclists lined up for the US Open Fat Bike Beach Championshipin Wrightsville Beach, NC. The event returns from March 27-29. Photo courtesy Robert B. Butler | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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January/February 2020

January/February 2020

What's your 2020 vision? If you've yet to make resolutions for the coming year, this is the issue for you. You can learn about esports, the fastest-growing phenomenon not only in the U.S. but worldwide. We also have insights into great destinations for snow and ice sports (a few are even at beachfront locales) and some of the best basketball venues you'll see ahead of March Madness. Our feature on new and emerging markets is another great start, as are the articles on streaming, kayak fishing and adaptive sports. Your new year starts here, with some great information and insights. more

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