Issue #105: March 20, 2019
Could Ripple Effect from College Bribery Scandal Hit Sports Events?

Could Ripple Effect from College Bribery Scandal Hit Sports Events?

Unless you've been living in a fallout shelter, it's been impossible to miss the news of the college admission scandal. The question, however, is whether (and how much) it could impact sports events. And there may be that potential - just not necessarily at the college level.

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Destination Spotlight

Victory as Sweet as Our Tea

Take a vibrant, inviting Southern town like Columbia, Tennessee, paired with top-notch venues like Ridley Park Sports Complex and Chickasaw Trace Park, and you've got THE premier tournament destination for softball, soccer, lacrosse, football, mountain biking, and running, with plenty of post-game fun. Explore the classic Southern town with a kick.

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Victory as Sweet as Our Tea
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Make This Your 2019 Sports Event Destination

Make This Your 2019 Sports Event Destination

Predictably sunny days and an incredibly hardworking Experience Columbia SC Sports team pair perfectly to provide an ideal planning experience for anything from football, baseball and basketball to quidditch, lacrosse and rowing. Learn about this destination, its staff and its many satisfied visitors.

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In other news and commentary...
Massachusetts Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Youth Tackle Football

We've reached a point where it's no longer a shock when public officials propose banning youth football. The latest state to do so is Massachusetts, where a bill would prohibit children from playing tackle football in school or youth leagues before reaching eighth grade. Will it get any traction?

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Want to Know Which Sports Will Grow? This Report has Answers

For sports planners looking to capitalize on the segments of the industry that might be growing, it's imperative to look at what has shown growth recently. A new report may help provide the road map to that more productive future - if its initial revelations are any indication.

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The Golf Rule Changes and What Event Owners Need to be Ready

Nobody needs to be told that golf is a game built on tradition. So when rule changes were introduced, there was no doubt they were going to make waves - no matter what they were. Will they affect tournaments? Yes, and event owners need to be ready.

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Investing in Terrain for Cycling, Running and Climbing Means No Off Season for Ski Resorts

The announcement that Alterra Mountain Company would invest $181 million across multiple North American destinations might not have been a surprise originally. After all, upgrading facilities is key to remaining competitive. But many of those investments will benefit the off-season - and draw sports events in spring, summer and fall.

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eSports Earns a Place on the Medal Stand - Just Not in the U.S.

eSports won't be headed for the Olympic podium any time soon (at least not if Thomas Bach has his way), but they will feature prominently in another international multi-sport event. And organizers are promoting that, having just released the names of some games to be played.

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Have Passport, Will Travel? Rule Changes Will Affect International Events

Owners of events taking place outside the U.S. have been hearing the buzz about new documentation requirements that will take hold in 2021. The question, of course, is how and whether it will affect U.S. athletes, including minors. What kind of documentation is needed? Get the answers here.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: The Association of Collegiate Anglers

Inside Events: The Association of Collegiate Anglers

While professional fishing is an enormous economic driver, there has been trickle-down growth, with tournaments for younger age groups. Meet the Association of Collegiate Anglers, which puts on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, and is the longest-running collegiate bass fishing series in existence.

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March/April 2019

March/April 2019

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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