New NCAA Plan Has Huge Ramifications for Sports Business
While it doesn't spell it out, the NCAA's strategic plan to improve its women's basketball program in all three divisions isn't something the organization can do without the sports business industry. In particular, changes are needed at the level of the cities with plans (or hopes) of hosting.
Stay Ahead of the Game in Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock's nickname, the hub city, is for the five major highways through town, creating a hub. That and Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport puts Lubbock within easy reach of thousands of sports traveling families, and helps the city welcome team after team, athlete after athlete, while its hospitality knocks it out of the park each time.
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|What Went Wrong - and How Event Owners Fixed It|
It's every running event director's nightmare: an error leads to an athlete's performance being taken out of consideration for something bigger and reflects badly on the event. It happened at the 2019 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, but organizers' responses can serve as an example for others.
|Are Homeschooled Students and Teams the New Market for Event Owners?|
Some obvious takeaways from recent developments in Texas: The first is that contacting your state lawmakers works. But the second is something event owners need to know: plenty of homeschooled kids want to play sports, which with better marketing, could lead to increased tournament registration and better opportunities for athletes.
|Livestreaming Youth Sports Could Become Big Business|
As TV coverage of youth sports dips (with the exception of international championships like the Little League World Series), event owners are turning to livestreaming to help pump up publicity and give fans at home a chance to watch. One startup is on the leading edge.
|Game of Drones: Stadium Regulations are Coming|
Drones continue to create a buzz (and not always a good one) in cities with high-profile sports teams. Now, Homeland Security is involved, along with the FAA. Here's a quick recap of what's going on around the U.S. and how it's affecting event owners.
|Senator: U.S. Figure Skating Needs 'Immediate Change'|
With so much attention focused on USA Gymnastics and the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, it may have been easy to miss the U.S. Center for SafeSport's recent characterization of a culture within U.S. Figure Skating as "allowing grooming and abuse to go unchecked for too long."
Inside Events: United States Angling Confederation
With widespread participation and media attention - and an attempt at IOC recognition in the works - fishing is riding a wave of popularity. Meet the United States Angling Confederation, the organization that selects and trains the U.S. national teams and promotes the sport at all levels and in all disciplines.
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