May 18, 2016 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #35: May 18, 2016

Economic Impact of the Preakness Stakes on the Road to Consecutive Triple Crowns

Will there be back-to-back Triple Crown wins? The Preakness Stakes this weekend in Baltimore provides the next steppingstone on the path. Whether Derby winner Nyquist will wear the black-eyed Susans is a question for the oddsmakers. In the meantime, here are some numbers to chew on. more

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Peoria, Illinois - Will It Play in Peoria? Yes!

Will it play in Peoria? The answer is a big YES. Peoria, together with its sister city across the Illinois River, East Peoria, has not only great sports venues, but a level of hospitality and service that athletes, event owners and organizers, as well as families, find extremely attractive. Peoria is still a microcosm of America, and over the last 80 years it has been awarded "All-American City" honors four times. It offers a home-town welcome to go with its many advances. Here's the inside track on a city with multiple facilities and a warm, comfortable atmosphere. more

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In other news and commentary...
Like Mom and Apple Pie, Memorial Day Events Popular With Sports Planners

Memorial Day weekend will bring cookouts, pool openings and parades. It'll also bring sports. And not just the big guns like the Indy 500 but the smaller, community-oriented events. Think 5Ks, fun walks and more, all intended to get people outside and moving. more

ACC Aligns Itself with NCAA Non-Discrimination Policy

When the Atlantic Coast Conference stalked into the same corner of the ring as NCAA and announced that it too would require hosts for conference championships to prove non-discriminatory practices, it was not a question of whether other conferences would follow suit. It was a question of when. more

Puerto Rico Feels Sting of MLB Game Cancellation Over Zika Fears

In baseball terms, it was a game-ending foul in the ninth inning. The cancellation of a scheduled two-game series in Puerto Rico over fears of Zika virus has not been received well by the island's tourism agency. Meet Puerto Rico says that MLB moved the series without noting the work that had been done to remedy the problem. more

Is Running Out of Gas? Studies Show It's Slowing Down

Is running out of gas? It would appear it's slowing down. The so-called 'second running boom' is on the wane as trends in exercise shift to those with more variety, including yoga, CrossFit and more. Millennials and aging Boomers are leading the charge away from the roads. more

FIFA Ready to Return to New and Improved World Cup Site Selection

Nearly a year after news of FIFA corruption broke, the organization is ready to return to business, specifically, the business of site selection for the 2026 World Cup. The U.S. is seen as an early favorite, and a number of changes in the decision-making process were announced. more

Facing Too Many Obstacles, U.S./Canada Olympics Bid Falls Apart

The thought of having a U.S./Canadian-hosted winter Olympics is over. The original concept, proposed in early April, called for having Quebec, Calvary and Vancouver, as well as Lake Placid, all bid together for the 2026 Olympics. However, Quebec has stepped back, and other challenges have doomed the proposal. more

Inside Events

Inside Events: The National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair multi-sports event in the world and it's coming up at the end of June in Salt Lake City, Utah. Get to know this inspiring event and what it takes for organizers to put it on each year. more

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Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund are officially on the Rio 2016 US Paralympic Sailing Team following the US Sailing Paralympic Athlete Selection Series in the Sonar three-person keelboat. Instagram: USSailing

We want to see you! Send your Instagram photos. Take pictures of your events, and share them with #SportsDestinations. Select photos will be presented on, SDM Blitz and in the latest issues of Sports Destination Management magazine. We're looking for those photos that depict what you and your events are all about. Anything you think is a great representation of your event - all are welcome! Use #SportsDestinations via twitter or Instagram.


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March/April 2016

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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. more

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