Issue #80: March 21, 2018

Baseball Without Bats or Gloves? The World Governing Body Says Yes

Is baseball as we know it - with bats and gloves - going to be a thing of the past? Maybe, if a new format being looked at by the world governing body catches on. Baseball5, unveiled by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, is gaining ground.

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Destination Spotlight

Stay Ahead of the Game in Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock earned the nickname, "The Hub City," for the five major highways that pass through town, forming a hub. That feature, along with Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB), puts Lubbock within easy reach of thousands of sports traveling families, and helps the city welcome team after team, athlete after athlete. There are venues galore for baseball (13 unique complexes), bowling (three state-of-the-art complexes including a 28-lane complex) and football (this is Texas, people) as well as plenty of others. And while stress-free transportation and outstanding service are Lubbock standards, this West Texas town knows that it takes more than that to knock one out of the park and keep those visiting teams coming back to the area.

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Featured Destination

Ridgeland, Mississippi...Sporty + Stylish...Inside + Out

Ridgeland is Mississippi's premier cycling mecca and its best waterfront destination, but there's so much more to discover and savor here. Located on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, the city makes the most of the state's beautiful weather. In short, it's great place for adventure and discovery.

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In other news and commentary...
Room Pirates: A Persistent Threat to the Sports Event Industry

While the sports event industry is constantly evolving, the threat it can't shake is hotel pirates. Pirates, also known as room block poachers, are travel agencies, housing bureaus and more, that contact event participants, claiming to be the official housing bureau and often selling selling substandard accommodations - with strings attached.

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How Will FBI's NCAA Investigation Impact March Madness?

With March Madness finally underway, the FBI's investigation into college basketball could make this year's men's basketball tournament as remarkable for what happens off the court as what happens on it. A recent bombshell concerning what is being called 'the underground economy' of the NCAA is only the beginning.

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Easter and April Fool's Day an Unprofitable Combination for Sports Events This Year

The juxtaposition of Easter Sunday and April Fool's Day sounds like the opening line for a really strange (and more than likely really irreverent) joke. So what does the sports economic landscape look like when those two holidays collide in 2018? A rotten egg, unfortunately.

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How Badly Do Cities Need Trails? Badly Enough that they're Built Illegally

The challenges facing public officials in keeping up with their constituents' desire for more recreational facilities were underlined recently when two men were arrested for building an illegal mountain bike trail in an Indiana nature preserve. It's a wake-up call for cities who are on the fence about trails.

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Will Major League Rugby Attract More Events Across the U.S.?

College rugby has been growing, and with the Rugby World Cup Sevens coming to San Francisco this year, the sport is certainly gaining traction in the U.S. That's what Major League Rugby is counting on as it launches its inaugural regular season next month.

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2018 SDM Readers' Choice Awards: The Nominations are In, and It's Time to Vote!

The Oscars. The Grammies. The Emmies. It's awards season, and SDM's new program helps the sports tourism industry to be a part of it all.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship

The next issue of Sports Destination Management has a strong focus on destinations for youth golf events. One tournament currently showcasing the star athletes of tomorrow is the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship. Learn about the event that attracts juniors from across the U.S. and around the world.

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Instagram: Edwin Evers, 11-time B.A.S.S. winner, competes on Day 2 of the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, Lake Hartwell, Greenville, SC. Photo by Thomas Allen. | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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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.

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