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."
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!
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|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?
|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.
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.
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|Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management|
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.
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