#158: May 12, 2021
With Event a Year After Shutdown, Palm Beach Comes Full Circle

With Event a Year After Shutdown, Palm Beach Comes Full Circle

Back in March, when some event owners were just tiptoeing back into the game, Palm Beach County was hosting the Tim Rand Invite, with 850 youth gymnasts. The event was especially noteworthy since in 2020, it was the last indoor youth event to be presented before the shutdown. Learn how Palm Beach came full circle and what else it has accomplished.

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Sports Events Shine Bright In El Paso, Texas

Situated in West Texas in the foothills of the majestic Franklin Mountains, El Paso is also known as "Sun City" due to its 300-plus days of sunshine each year. The great weather, top-notch sports venues and visitor amenities attract a broad array of events and athletes, and the city's revitalized downtown with new hotels, vibrant festivals, wealth of dining and entertainment options and relaxed desert vibe add to the appeal.

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Sports Events Shine Bright In El Paso, Texas
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Play PNW Sports-Snohomish County, Washington

Play PNW Sports-Snohomish County, Washington

Snohomish County is in northwest Washington State, nestled between the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Just 15 miles north of Seattle, Snohomish stands ready to provide big-city sports venues and possibilities at a fraction of the cost. Check out the Pacific Northwest and all it offers.

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In other news and commentary...
The Upstart PGL Wants to Kick Off in 2022 But Will Destinations Host It?

Despite objections from the PGA and the distraction of 2020 as a whole, the Premier Golf League has reared its head again. And it's offering some pretty unbelievable sums to pros to become part of its new team. Will destinations in the USA line up to host the events - or will they be concerned about their long-term relationship with the PGA?

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First Weight Classes Approved for Girls' Wrestling as Sport Gains Momentum

Want proof of the growth of girls' wrestling at the youth level? The Wrestling Rules Committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations has recommended separate interscholastic wrestling weight classes for girls. That, of course, was spurred by demand since the number of young female wrestlers continues to increase. Here is a synopsis.

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With 100% Spectator Capacity, KC Monarchs Ready to Take the Field

"Take me out to the ballgame/Take me out to the crowd..." That second line is about to reverberate loud (very loud) and clear in Kansas this summer as the Kansas City Monarchs Baseball Club has announced 100 percent capacity at Legends Field. Learn what went into the decision and how the club is working to keep its spectators not just happy but safe.

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"It's Poolmageddon:" Now in Short Supply, Chlorine is the New Toilet Paper

Chlorine is the new toilet paper. Whereas last year, we had the panic purchasing of bathroom tissue and hand sanitizer, this summer's hot commodity is expected to be chlorine. A so-called perfect storm of factors (including a fire at a major chemical plant) has left the aquatics industry scrambling. Will it affect competitive swimming and diving?

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Up for Bid: The CrossFit Games

What event offers high visibility with a minimum of venue investment, creates excellent community engagement with multiple ancillary activities - and in 2018, brought in 17,000 spectators per day and a total of $28.5 million in economic impact? The CrossFit Games. CrossFit is seeking a three-to-five-year contract from 2023 on. Learn more here.

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The Real ID Act Has a New Deadline: May 2023

It's due in 2020. No, make it 2021. Oh, just move it to 2023. The Real ID Act, intended to establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards, has stalled out and moved the goalposts again. The good news is there's more time for travelers to get the correct documentation (because a lot of them don't have it yet).

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Inside Events
Inside Events: Fishers of Men-Realtree Fishing High School Angler Series

Inside Events: Fishers of Men-Realtree Fishing High School Angler Series

A little more than three decades after it first debuted in the bass fishing tournament market, the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail is branching out and spreading its message to a younger crowd. The Fishers of Men-Realtree Fishing High School Angler National Championship debuts in June on Lake Hartwell. Here are the details on the new event.

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March/April 2021

March/April 2021

In this issue, we look at golf, swimming and diving, which, along with our other featured sport, soccer, are all showcased in the Summer Olympics. This year, the Olympics will see some new sports: karate, surfing, climbing and skateboarding. And in 2024, we'll have breakdancing. Sports will continue to evolve and change. This issue helps us move with those changes, with some great articles by incredibly knowledgeable members of our industry. As move into spring, let's commit to learning, to growing and to helping our industry evolve. If we can do that, everyone wins.

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