|Issue #55: March 08, 2017|
By the Numbers: The Math of March Madness
Ah, March. The only time when painting your face in school colors, wearing a mascot hat to work and screaming your lungs out at a TV is perfectly acceptable behavior. As the NCAA tournament revs up, it's time to take a look at the numbers behind the scores.
Staying at the Top of the Game in Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina, is the chosen home of a vast array of sports events, from established high-profile events like Division I Men's Basketball NCAA championships to new events like the inaugural USA Masters Games, a multi-sport, competitive event for adult athletes. When event owners are looking for a host destination with the experience, venues, attractions and environment to create the most successful event possible, Greensboro is at the top of the list. But that doesn't happen by accident. Greensboro's secret to staying on top? A simple motto: Never stop. This year alone, a number of major facility renovations and rebuilds are taking Greensboro's already renowned venues even higher.
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Inside Events: USA Softball
It's played in backyards, in schools and once again, it'll be played in the Olympics. Softball, long one of the most popular team sports in this country, is governed by USA Softball, an organization with over 160,000 teams, representing a membership of more than four million athletes.
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Team USA member Amy Wang in the Junior Girls Singles Round of 32 at the Sun International 2016 World Junior Table Tennis Championships in Cape Town, December. Image courtesy of ITTF | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
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It's an inverse equation: a disproportionate amount of time is spent planning sports events, and still they blow by us at what seems to be the speed of sound. If we've done our jobs correctly, the event has gone off seamlessly. This issue examines some of those things we invest a lot of time in, which though invisible to athletes, are essential nonetheless. We also examine hot trends in sports, such as obstacle racing and rugby, and of course, the huge draws of winter and ice sports, basketball, BMX and skateboarding. Your learning starts here
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~ Red Auerbach, basketball coach
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