May 02, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #83: May 02, 2018

By the Numbers: The Kentucky Derby

Big hats, bow ties, mint juleps and more people spouting off racing odds than you can shake a riding crop at. It's Triple Crown season and the first leg, the Kentucky Derby, runs this weekend at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Raise your julep (or your margarita since it's also Cinco de Mayo) to the renowned "most exciting two minutes in sports." more

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San Marcos, Texas: Where Sports Just Come Naturally

Nestled in the center of Texas between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos is a sweet spot for sports, with both vibrant natural beauty and plentiful outdoor amenities. From off-the-beaten-track races to collegiate level play, our facilities are a natural fit for your next tournament or event. In fact, whether your sport plays out on a diamond, a court, a mountain bike trail, a river, a grass field or a track (or just about anywhere else), we are the place to call yourself the home team away from home. After hours, San Marcos offers shopping, dining and plenty to explore. Our social media game is second to none and our level of service is top-notch. Come visit our city, see our venues, enjoy our weather and meet our staff. You'll be back! more

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Enjoy Peoria Wants to Know... Will Your Event Play in Peoria?

Located in the heart of Illinois, the Peoria Area is known as a premier sporting destination in the Midwest. The city carries a rich tradition of sports, playing host to a great number of events each year, both local and national - traditional and unique. more

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In other news and commentary...
Explosive Growth Expected as Championship Beach Volleyball Comes to NJCAA Level

When beach volleyball, the fastest-growing sport in college history, exploded on the scene as an NCAA championship event in record time, people were impressed. But a new championship - this one at the two-year college level - is coming and event directors should be ready. Even more, they should be inspired. more

Sports Fiesta! Cinco de Mayo's Saturday Date is Numero Uno with Event Owners

Americans love their margaritas and their Mexican food. They also love an excuse to party. And of course, they love their sports. So mix the Cinco de Mayo with a Saturday date and you have a perfect recipe for promotions. Event owners say it's numero uno. more

USA Wrestling Requires Reporters to Undergo Background Checks

And now for something, well, unheard-of: mandatory background checks for journalists covering a USA Wrestling championship event. It's all part of an effort to increase safety in the sport and involves online training. Will other sports, particularly in light of the gymnastics scandal, follow the lead? more

In Search of Solutions to the Referee Crisis

The nationwide shortage of referees for high school and youth sports has reached such a crisis level that it is forcing the cancellation of games. Officials are leaving in droves, citing little (or no) pay, no respect and often, violent confrontations with parents as occupational hazards. more

Baseball and Football Leading the Social Media Charge? Not According to this Study

While the USA likes to think sports like baseball and football have the worldwide lock on social media engagement, they didn't even crack the top 20. Not even close, in fact. That's the word from a report, #SportOnSocial, which tracks social media engagement of international governing bodies. more

Pro-Olympics or #NOlympics? Denver Might See Another Referendum

Denver, the first city to ever turn down the Olympics because of a public referendum, has recently heard from some officials who want to give hosting another go and are eyeing the 2030 Olympics. And just as it was before, there is opposition. Maybe even another referendum. more

Inside Events

Inside Events: Interscholastic Equestrian Association

While much has been written about equestrian sports at the college and professional levels, not as much attention is paid to where riders start. The Interscholastic Equestrian Association was formed to give athletes a forum for competition starting as early as sixth grade. Learn about this dynamic group now. more

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The Wings for Life World Run takes place worldwide on May 6. Shown here: the 2017 event in Melbourne, Australia, by Mark Dadswell for Wings for Life World Run, image from Red Bull | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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March/April 2018

March/April 2018

The March/April issue is all about the change of seasons. Athletes are finding their way back to fields, courts, trails and roads that have been slumbering under snow and ice - at least in many parts of the country. Planners, meanwhile, are scrambling to get ready for this spring and put contracts in place for next year's events. This issue of SDM can help, with features on soccer, golf and swimming/diving. Don't miss our articles on medical planning, housing, photography and the benefits of planning off-peak events. Start your new season here. more

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