March 07, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #79: March 07, 2018

Student-Led Boycott of Florida for Spring Break Could Hurt Sports Events

The Parkland school shootings took place almost a month ago and the reverberations are still being felt. Now, the tourism industry has found itself in the crosshairs. A call from surviving students to boycott Florida as a destination for spring break could, if heeded by others, have serious ramifications for the sports tourism industry as well. more

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Destination Spotlight

Play in the Land of Possibilities

The domain name of “” says it all. “We want people to Play Portland because we have so much to offer,” says Mona Gandy, director of marketing and communications for the City of Portland, “and this is a wonderful place to be.” With two outstanding venues, Municipal Park and the Sports Complex, the area is suitable for a variety of activities and chock-full of amenities that can guarantee a great sports experience. In the off-field hours, athletes and their families can explore Portland and the surrounding Texas coastline and its white-sand beaches, as well as swimming, fishing, beach-combing, windsurfing, camping, bird-watching and more, including golf with scenic views, a skate park, racquetball courts and more. more

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Featured Destination

San Marco, Texas: Where Sports Just Come Naturally

Nestled in the center of Texas between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos is a sweet spot for sports, with both vibrant natural beauty and plentiful outdoor amenities. From off-the-beaten-track races to collegiate level play, our facilities are a natural fit for your next tournament or event. more

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In other news and commentary...
USA Could Lose the 2026 World Cup to Morocco

Is the USA’s chance of hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup falling apart? The buzz in the sports world says yes – bad news for the cities that had planned to be part of the bid, expected to bring upwards of $5 billion in economic impact to North America. more

The Newest Indoor Trend: Hosting Fantasy Sports Draft Action

Venue owners who want to capitalize on indoor facilities during a down-time can look to hosting fantasy sports drafts. It’s a growing trend as fantasy sports move outside the rec room and into the big time. Getting participants outside the office conference room can mean good returns. more

Going Green Can Keep Event Owners in the Black this Month

The beer is green, the shamrocks are green and event owners and rights holders will be doing the counting of the green, provided they take advantage of this particular St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday falls on a Saturday, meaning merchants are doing a jig. more

Play Ball...Safely. Pro, College Stadiums Expand Netting to Protect Spectators

As the number of spectators injured by batted balls continues to make news, safety netting has continued to creep across ball parks. MLB’s announcement that this season, all 30 teams will extend netting in their ballparks to the far end of each dugout maintains the trend of risk management. more

Report: Warmer Winters Costing Winter Sports Industry Over $1 Billion

Climate change is a hot-button topic, so new research on the economic effect of warmer winters and skimpier snow on winter tourism destinations may be even more explosively received, particularly since it claims poor snow winters have cost the downhill ski industry approximately $1.07 billion over the last decade. more

With Adult Competition Series, U.S. Figure Skating Harnesses Grown-Ups’ Passion for the Sport

The Winter Olympics are well known for jump-starting interest in ice and snow sports among kids, but here’s something you might not have known: U.S. Figure Skating offers an Adult Figure Skating Program, with age groups ranging from 18-20 to 66 and older. more

Inside Events

The Sea Otter Classic

There’s a lot to be learned from an event that started as a regional mountain bike race and grew into the largest cycling festival in North America. The Sea Otter Classic, held each April in Monterey, attracts more than 9,500 athletes and 72,000 spectators and has a $30 million impact. Get to know this event and find out how it grew organically. more

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January/February 2018

January/February 2018

The January/February issue of Sports Destination Management will help you start your year on a positive and productive note. In addition to getting information on some of the fest venues around for winter sports, basketball, skateboard and BMX, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about recording and streaming, putting on sports events for athletes with special needs – even navigating the RFP process. What more? There’s a focus on the Northeast region as well as a feature on new and expanding markets. Start reading – and getting ahead – now. more

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