Issue #104: March 06, 2019
The Next Wave of Data Protection Regulations is Here. Are You Ready?

The Next Wave of Data Protection Regulations is Here. Are You Ready?

If you thought the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, would stay on its side of the Atlantic without having an impact on your recordkeeping practices, think again. New regulations at the state level governing data privacy, protection, disposal and more should be in event owners' need-to-know file.

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Destination Spotlight

Play in Portland, Texas

Many youth sports tournaments are choosing the Texas coast to take advantage of outstanding sports venues and fabulous ocean scenery, combined with year-round warm weather, group-friendly amenities and numerous recreational activities. It's the perfect coastal get-away for sports on any surface. Portland, Texas, in the Coastal Bend Region, on Corpus Christi Bay, is a go-to for all this and more.

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Loudoun County, VA: An Ideal Location for Any Tournament

Loudoun County, VA: An Ideal Location for Any Tournament

Located less than an hour from Washington, DC, Loudoun County is home to Dulles International Airport. Far enough north for winter sports, yet far enough south for outdoor tournaments, Loudoun is an ideal location for any type of sports tournament, offering both great venues and spectacular views.

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In other news and commentary...
New Water Polo Championship Shows Sport is Winning the Growth Game

Water polo keeps winning the growth game. Following its successful introduction of a kid-friendly version of the sport, it has shown epic gains at the collegiate level, and just announced a national championship for D-III schools. And that can mean more attention to the sport - and its events.

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Will Baltimore Pony Up the Money for a Track Rehab or Will the Preakness Move?

In early 2019, Baltimore was feeling the angst over the possibility that the Preakness Stakes might move from its longtime home, Pimlico Race Course, and never return. At issue: the more than $400 million price of renovating the track. Find out the latest on the iconic race here.

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No Baseball, No Softball, No Squash: Who Didn't Get into Paris 2024 and Why?

With the announcement of the four showcase sports for Paris 2024 (climbing, surfing, skateboarding and breakdancing), some sports, like baseball, softball and karate, were left on the sidelines. Here's a rundown of the sports that didn't get in (and why) and what their chances area for future Games.

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Bringin' in the Green with St. Patrick's Day Tie-Ins

St. Patrick's Day lands on Selection Sunday this year. But since traditional activities often include green beer, green beads and drinking enough of one to engage in inadvisable activities to obtain the other, the question arises as to whether anyone actually wants to think sports. Rest assured, they do.

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Hartford Yard Goats Are First Pro Sports Team to Ban Peanuts

"Buy me some kale chips and dried fruit snacks...?" Nope, sorry, it just doesn't have the same ring. Dunkin' Donuts Park (home of the MiLB Hartford Yard Goats) will no longer serve peanuts at the old ball game, making the two-year-old stadium the first peanut-free sports venue in the country.

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Hosting Shake-Up: L.A. Out as Base for 2019 World Urban Games

The last time this happened to a multi-sport event, it was called 'the worst snub in Olympic history.' Depending on who you ask, though, this might be a blessing in disguise. The 2019 World Urban Games, awarded to Los Angeles last November, have been switched to Budapest, Hungary.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: The National High School Golf Association (NHSGA)

Inside Events: The National High School Golf Association (NHSGA)

High school golf, despite the fact that it serves as a bridge to the collegiate game (and then to the adult game) has been largely underserved. The National High School Golf Association aims to change all that. Read about the organization ready to tend to and grow the teen player population.

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March/April 2019

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This issue is a testament to our readers' knowledge. Many articles here, on topics such as choosing a photographer, planning for medical support and the benefits of hosting events at off-peak and off-season times, were written on a volunteer basis. They contain great insights and we hope you benefit from them. Also in this issue, you'll find features on golf, soccer, swimming and diving, as well as sport climbing and disc golf. There's also an excellent "who's who" feature on our industry. We're headed into spring and into a new season of sports. This issue provides a great head start. Enjoy!

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