March 20, 2024 | Sports Destination Management
#227: March 20, 2024
WBB Could Score More Attention

March Role Reversal: WBB Could Score More Attention, Revenues

Remember when (not that long ago!) the NCAA women's basketball tournament had amenities that included only a small rack of weights while men had access to full workout facilities? This year will bring a BIG sea change. For the first time in history (thank you, Caitlin Clark) the women's tournament is expected to be more closely watched than the men's. more

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The Possibilities Are Endless at Rocky Mount Event Center

The southern-charmed city of Rocky Mount, North Carolilna is located just an hour east of Raleigh. Not only does this manufacturing hub offer beautiful parks and authentic attractions but it is also home to Eastern North Carolina's premier sports and entertainment venue: the Rocky Mount Event Center (RMEC). See what Rocky Mount has in store for you. more

The Possibilities Are Endless at Rocky Mount Event Center
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It's Time You Discovered Columbus!

Discover Columbus, Georgia, where can help you host an event on our waterpark, hit it out of the park on our diamonds or anything else! more

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In other news and commentary...
With $1 Billion in Economic Impact on the Line, Cities Welcome 'Ring of Fire'

If the emails aren't hitting your inbox like asteroids, you need to check your Internet connection. The big celestial event, the total solar eclipse, is less than three weeks off and destinations have come up with promotions from branded eclipse glasses to commemorative coins. Sports, of course, will be out in full force to embrace the ring of fire. more

Shipwreck Tourism Continues While Courts Decide if Titanic Project Can Go On

It was less than a year ago that a submersible headed for the wreck of the Titanic imploded, killing all five passengers who were on board. And already, another company is trying run a new expedition, starting this year. This time, the U.S. government has filed a motion to stop it, citing a law that protects and preserves the shipwreck as a gravesite. more

A Record Number of Americans Participated in Sports, Fitness Activities in 2023

A total of 242 million people in the United States participated in at least one sports or fitness activity in 2023, making it the highest number of people that have ever participated in an activity in one year. All of this good news comes from the recently published SFIA 2024 Sports, Fitness, and Leisure Activities Topline Participation Report. more

Bringing the Negro Leagues Back to Life in Esports

Baseball is no longer segregated but through esports, the history of the Negro Leagues and the skill of its players are kept alive. Last year, MLB The Show 23, in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, brought a new feature to its game: "Storylines: The Negro Leagues." That feature was so successful that it appears again this year. more

NFHS, Fox Sports and the Fight Over Friday Night Lights

Fox Sports wants to televise college football on Friday nights. The National Federation of State High School Associations is against it. Even colleges are against it, citing problems like increased on-campus traffic, parking problems and crowding during school days. Fox is not backing down but it's not coming off smelling like a rose, either. more

Late Winter Bringing an Avalanche of Problems for Search and Rescue Personnel

Try to summit a mountain, encounter a snowstorm, realize you're out of your depth and… then what? Those who value their skin generally call 911 (if they have service) and hope for a search and rescue team. These days, states and parks are clapping back, imposing heavier penalties on those whose antics put others at risk. Here's a roundup. more

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Ripken Baseball

Ripken Baseball

Ripken Baseball has the stated goal of providing youth ball players with an experience similar to those of Major League Baseball athletes. With six purpose-built Ripken Experience facilities for baseball, a series of Ripken Select travel tournament products and the new All-Ripken Games, the brand's growth continues. Here is a quick snapshot view. more

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March/April 2024

March/April 2024

Whether we're hosting a watch party for the Women's World Cup final or sitting in the stands at a high school game, one thing remains perfectly clear: Sports have the power to unite us all. And in a world that seems increasingly divisive, it is good to find a common denominator and a way for us to stay connected. This issue brings up some ways sports can create unity, even against all odds. From our article on gaining community buy-in, to soccer, golf, swimming and baseball, there's always something good on the horizon. And that's worth cheering for. more

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