May 30, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #85: May 30, 2018

New York Bill Targets Shooting Sports, Would Ban not only Gun Sports but Archery

In perhaps any other year, an attempt to ban shooting sports in high schools would be dismissed and no eyebrows would be raised. However, in the current political climate, New York's bill that would end riflery, trap shooting and archery in public schools is gaining attention, if not traction. more

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Uncovering a Sports Gem in Kentucky

There are a lot of reasons to visit Owensboro, nestled on a scenic bend of the Ohio River in western Kentucky. Music fans are attracted to the area's ties to the roots of bluegrass, including the many festivals held every year, along with the unique International Bluegrass Music Museum. If you're a fan of barbecue, there's the world-famous International Bar-B-Q Festival and Owensboro's signature barbecued mutton and burgoo. More importantly, though, if you're a sports fan, there's the fact that Owensboro, the state's fourth-largest city, was picked by Sports Illustrated magazine as its "No. 1 Sportstown" in Kentucky. This city has venues for soccer, softball, tennis, football, ice hockey and figure skating, golf and so much more. more

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Game On in The Sports Capital of TennesseeĀ®

This vibrant Southern community, conveniently located just 30 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, includes the cities of Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne, and Eagleville. Rutherford County's central location, within a day's drive of 75 percent of the United States population, free county-wide parking and award-winning services, make it your next host site. more

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In other news and commentary...
Can a New Computer Records Regulation in the EU Affect Sports Event Owners? (Spoiler: Yes)

At the end of last week, the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, went into effect in the European Union. What is it, how does it impact planners of sports events and why should you comply with it, even as a U.S.-based event? Find out here. more

MLB, USA Baseball Introduce Modified Play in Effort to Boost Fun Factor

Hit and Run Baseball is a new initiative by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, spearheaded by Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and designed to make the game more fun for youth players. Will it be a grand slam or a no-hitter? more

Will the Preakness Stay in Baltimore? Place Your Bets

While Baltimore considers the Preakness Stakes a rite of spring, its home of Pimlico Race Course is showing its age so badly that it's considered a dark horse when it comes to hosting the event after 2019. A new study has clues as to what could happen. more

Supreme Court's Decision on Sports Betting: What's Next?

We know the Supreme Court struck down a federal law limiting sports betting to Nevada. What we don't know (exactly) is what the trickle-down effect will be for other states, and for the sports business industry. Here's a recap of some of the latest developments. more

Event Owners Can Leverage Benefits of Global Running Day

It's no secret that one of the most popular, user-friendly sports events is anything running-based. Another no-brainer is the fact that spring and summer are peak times for this. A free initiative can help running event owners build excitement and attract new participants. more

Las Vegas Casino Workers' Strike Could Impact Stanley Cup Finals

A few weeks ago, the idea that casino workers in Vegas might go on strike wasn't even an issue for the sports industry. Now, however, with the Las Vegas Golden Knights unexpectedly landing in the Stanley Cup, the employees' decision to strike has casino owners panicked. more

Inside Events

Inside Events: LPGA*USGA Girls Golf

In an age where multiple sports options exist, getting the next generation involved in golf has long been a challenge - and girls are the most challenging demographic of all. The LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program aims to help players and their parents overcome barriers and enjoy the sport. more

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March/April 2018

March/April 2018

The March/April issue is all about the change of seasons. Athletes are finding their way back to fields, courts, trails and roads that have been slumbering under snow and ice - at least in many parts of the country. Planners, meanwhile, are scrambling to get ready for this spring and put contracts in place for next year's events. This issue of SDM can help, with features on soccer, golf and swimming/diving. Don't miss our articles on medical planning, housing, photography and the benefits of planning off-peak events. Start your new season here. more

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