Issue #34: May 04, 2016

Derby Day Numbers: The Figures Behind The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports

Really, it's all about the hats. And the mint juleps. And the horses too. And did we mention the economic impact? As Thoroughbred racing kicks off the first leg of Triple Crown season, attention will be trained on Kentucky this weekend. Expect some impressive numbers, from economic impact to percentage of women wearing hats.

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Greensboro, North Carolina: 'Tournament Town' Evolves

Greensboro, North Carolina, is called "Tournament Town" for many reasons. The ACC is headquartered here, and the Greensboro Coliseum has hosted the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament 26 times and the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament 16 times. The arena also was home to the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Regional Championship in March, and will host preliminary rounds of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. But over the past year, Greensboro tourism officials have been able to make the city an even more tempting destination for championship-level competitions in everything from volleyball and gymnastics to figure skating and wrestling.

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In other news and commentary...
NCAA's Hard Line Stance: Will It Soften the NC Governor's Decision?

Last week, the NCAA drew a hard line. It drew it in the sand of its women's beach volleyball championships, on the turf of its baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse games, and in the hardwood where basketball would play throughout March. Now, states have to redraw their own lines.

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The UK Earns a Distinctive Spot in Global Equestrian Endurance Riding

If ultramarathon and other endurance events are popular on the human side of the sport, it stands to reason that equestrian will be a part of that race. The UK is taking the lead in developing new events to go with the age-old discipline.

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Indy 500 Turns 100, and That's Not Even the Most Impressive Number

Want quiet celebrations? The Indy 500 is not the place to look for them, particularly not this year, which marks the race's centennial. And you can expect Indianapolis, the event and even the facility itself to pull out all the stops this Memorial Day weekend.

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Trying to Re-Enter Arena, World Combat Games Fighting to Survive

The most fierce conflict in the World Combat Games may be survival itself. The Games, an international multi-sport festival of combat sports and martial arts, have lost direction following political infighting. There are plans for the event to be resurrected in 2018, but whether it will is anyone's guess.

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Cricket in the Olympics? The IOC's Discussions will Lead the Way

Cricket enthusiasts around the world are hoping for positive action from the IOC when it meets, which may start the ball rolling on the inclusion of cricket in future Games. Still, much remains to be done and any positive word is a long way off.

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Arm wrestling, pole dancing & e-sports in future Games? Governing Bodies Lobby SportAccord for Recognition.

While Olympics enthusiasts wait for a decision on new sports to be allowed in future Games, the world of international governing bodies keeps expanding its horizons as to precisely what defines a sport. And at this point, it's willing to consider pole dancing and poker.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: Gran Fondo National Championship Series

The Gran Fondo National Championship Series (GFNCS) is the country's only national cycling race/ride circuit. It offers the opportunity for both recreational riding and timed riding and was organized to help fill what president Reuben Kline saw as a dearth of opportunities for beginners to race in a safe format. Learn more here.

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The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama took place April 22-24 at Barber Motorsports Park with the second-highest three-day attendance ever at 83,765. Instagram: Barber Motorsports Park Twitter: @BarberMotorPark.

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March/April 2016

March/April 2016

Want to learn how to put on the best event possible? Learn from the best! The March/April 2016 issue of Sports Destination Management has insights from some of the most well-regarded thought leaders in the industry. Learn about medical support and planning, event insurance, hotels and accommodations - even stay-to-play. Soccer, swimming and diving events and golf are covered, along with disc golf, the mountainous areas of the U.S. and a look at US Youth Soccer. Leap into spring - and learning.

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