May 17, 2023 | Sports Destination Management
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Pickleball Court

Pickleball Players Taking Legal Action Following Closure of Courts

In this corner: Pickleball players. In that corner: People complaining about the noise. And in the middle: A judge. It may well come to that in Denver, after a park said it would remove pickleball courts, based on noise complaints from neighbors. Now, a lawyer has filed an appeal on behalf of pickleball players. Get ready for the on-court action. more

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Come Play PNW Sports: Snohomish County, Washington

Located in northwest Washington State, nestled between the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains, and 15 miles north of Seattle is Snohomish County. Here, you'll have big-city amenities but never lose the small town welcome. It's where dedication to your successful event is our badge of honor. more

Come Play PNW Sports: Snohomish County, Washington
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Cabarrus County: A Winning Combination for Sports

Cabarrus County: A Winning Combination for Sports

With versatile venues, affordable accommodations, exciting attractions and more, North Carolina's Cabarrus County offers a winning combination. more

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New Little League Policy: If You Harass the Ump, You Become the Ump

A New Jersey Little League organization is giving new meaning to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes." Only this time, the walking is replaced with standing behind the batter's box to call balls and strikes in front of a jury of parental peers. That's right: Any parent or other spectator who harasses the (volunteer) umpires will have to do the job. more

Having Topgolf as Medal Sport in Special Olympics Might Broaden Golf's Appeal

This is a first, and it's something event owners need to know, particularly those whose athletes have developmental challenges. The Special Olympics has added Topgolf as an official sanctioned event beginning in 2024. This makes it the first branded sport and broadens golf's accessibility for Special Olympics athletes whose mobility may be limited. more

$25M Negro Leagues Museum Plan Mirrors Players' Perseverance and Triumph

Back in the day, star players in the Negro Leagues played in as many as three games per day - and earned $400 each month, tops. Many did not have parks to call their own and played in stadiums used by white teams - but only when those teams were on the road. Now, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has announced plans for a $25M home in Kansas City. more

Sustainability Best Practices at Stadiums and Arenas

Because of the sheer scale of operations at sports venues, green initiatives are not only imperatives, they are opportunities. Here are some best practices (including innovative waste diversion, energy efficiency and water conservation programs) that enable them to reduce harm to the environment and promote sustainability in their communities. more

Thanks to Multi-Faceted Plan, Field of Dreams a Reality in Rantoul

Thoughtful planning, quality workmanship, good fiscal management and smart marketing drive success in sports tourism. In this case study, the Rantoul Family Sports Complex, a 60-plus-acre outdoor sports facility located in east central Illinois, started as the proverbial field of dreams; with the help of Visit Champaign County, it moved to reality. more

Get Your BID On: Major League Quadball

If you have the fields, Major League Quadball (the sport formerly known as quidditch) has an opportunity for you. MLQ is bidding out its MLQ Championship, North Division Championship, all regular-season series and all regular-season SuperSeries. Bids for the 2024 MLQ season are due by September 15, 2023 so there's still time to ask questions. more

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Inside Events: Pro Padel League

Inside Events: Pro Padel League

Pro Padel League, North America's first professional padel league, has kicked off its inaugural season on Florida's Sports Coast at the Sarah Vande Berg (SVB) Tennis & Wellness Center. Padel, a court-based paddle sport, is showing promising growth in the USA, and has an enthusiastic worldwide following. Find out about the league and its goals. more

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May/June 2023 Issue Cover

May/June 2023

There are many great things to see when studying the sports business industry: Emerging trends, the creation and growth of an alternative accommodations market, new sports and plenty more. But the one thing that never changes is that it is an industry of stories. This issue celebrates those stories, whether it's successful facilities, innovative marketing campaigns, boosting economic impact or even collaborating with competitors. We invite you to sit back and enjoy these success stories and even to get some new ideas as you write your own. more

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