Issue #108: May 01, 2019
New NCAA Plan Has Huge Ramifications for Sports Business

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.

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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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Current, Future Sport Complexes Offer Numerous Options for Lincoln Athletes

Current, Future Sport Complexes Offer Numerous Options for Lincoln Athletes

Lincoln, Nebraska, continues to grow as a sports destination. The new venues proliferating across the city have set a new standard for all other hosting communities. Come for the games, celebrate the victories and revel in the midwestern hospitality.

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In other news and commentary...
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.

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City Considers Banning Unvaccinated Kids from Youth Sports

Well, this idea is spreading like, oh, the measles. But maybe this time, that's a good thing. At least one New Jersey city is considering prohibiting unvaccinated children from youth sports and other programs, following in the footsteps of a New York area. Will it work?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Inside Events
Inside Events: United States Angling Confederation

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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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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