Issue #110: May 29, 2019
Parents Putting Off Retirement to Pay for Kids' Sports

Parents Putting Off Retirement to Pay for Kids' Sports

With the idea that their children will one day get an athletic scholarship to college or wind up on the Olympic podium, parents are spending more money. In fact, many are putting off retirement and working a second job to pay for travel sports, according to a new survey.

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Play Like the Pros in Harford County, Maryland

Bring your tournament to Harford County, Maryland, and get the best - the best facilities, the best location and the best team to support it all! We know world-class sports and we've got plenty of fun too. Enjoy family-friendly activities, heart-pumping adventure, accommodating hotels and natural surroundings when you plan your sports events here.

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Play Like the Pros in Harford County, Maryland
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Play PNW Sports: Snohomish County, Washington

Play PNW Sports: Snohomish County, Washington

Welcome to PNW Sports! Snohomish County, Washington, is where dedication to your successful event is our badge of honor.

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In other news and commentary...
NCAA Passes on eSports - Gamers Relieved

It might be a first. NCAA passed up an opportunity to oversee the championships of a fast-growing and big-money collegiate sport. In fact, it opted out of governing it completely. And that puts collegiate esports in the enviable position of allowing third-party organizations to establish competitions with monetary prizes.

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Illinois Implementing Background Checks for High School Officials

Finding enough referees and umpires for high school sporting events is a challenging task for athletics administrators and in Illinois, it just got more stringent with a decision to conduct background checks on all officials starting in the 2019-2020 school year. In this case, nobody's arguing.

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Cornhole's Meteoric Rise Has Leaders Thinking the Olympic Podium's the Limit

Cornhole, the ultimate tailgate sport (hey, you can play it with a drink in one hand), would like to be considered for Olympic inclusion. And even if the sport doesn't hit the podium any time soon, it has moved forward light-years in technology and organizational structure.

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American Axes Excess Fees for Oversize Equipment Amid Requests from Athletes

Good news for owners of sports events where athletes commonly carry large and awkwardly-shaped equipment: American Airlines just eliminated its excess fees for oversized bags on domestic flights. Previously classified as "oversize baggage," such items used to carry a $150 (per piece, each way) charge.

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Convict Labor, Goats Being Considered by Schools to Keep Fields Cut

Although the ideas ultimately were discarded, it's a revealing sign of the times when a school district is considering local jail inmates and goats to keep the sports fields in the system cut to a manageable length. Supervisors say keeping grounds management employees is their biggest challenge.

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FEI Launches Fantasy Game in Attempt to Attract New Viewers

Well, that's a horse of a different color. Into the arena of fantasy baseball, fantasy football and fantasy college basketball comes fantasy horse jumping. On the international stage, no less. FEI, the governing body, is counting on it to gain new interest among dissociated viewers. Can it work?

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Inside Events
Inside Events: The City Tour

Inside Events: The City Tour

When college golfers graduate, it can often take years until they pick up another club. Meet The City Tour, dedicated to continuing the growth of golf among that Millennial crowd and helping them meet others on the course as they settle into new cities and new surroundings.

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May/June 2019

May/June 2019

This issue brings together sports we know and love - baseball, track & field and fishing - and yet still shows us we can learn something new. Our industry contributors have written about events for senior athletes, how to manage the athlete relationship, ways to build economic impact and exciting new opportunities awaiting those who want to further their education. We'll also see how triathlon and junior golf are training future athletes for success. There's even a feature on college towns and what they can offer. A new summer of sports is at hand. Let's get the learning started.

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