Issue #60: May 31, 2017

Staying Golden: The 2017 National Senior Games by the Numbers

The National Senior Games move into Birmingham, Alabama, this weekend. In fact, the event is celebrating its 30th anniversary. And while that's a pretty impressive number, there are others (a 101-year-old cyclist who medals, for example). Here are some more great facts and figures for the sports business.

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In Maryland, All Athletes Can Find Their Game

With topography as varied as the U.S. itself, Maryland is primed and ready to host any event. From mountain biking and whitewater kayaking in Western Maryland, to marlin fishing in Ocean City, to soccer in the plethora of sportsfield complexes spread across the state, to cheerleading and gymnastics events in the Baltimore City and Ocean City Convention Centers, to indoor or outdoor tennis complexes to baseball in no less than nine minor league ballparks and more, the state has much to offer. It's also accessible to travelers using any mode of transportation. In short, according to Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, it's a perfect location, and one planners should be considering in their site selection decisions.

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In other news and commentary...
Belmont Stakes Can Miss Out on Triple Crown History, But Still End up in the Winner's Circle

With one big surge, a horse with a name born out of the Information Age has killed the chance of a Triple Crown for 2017. But don't worry, New York; you'll still see plenty of action come Saturday, June 10. It just won't go down in history.

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Competitive Logging: The Sport Planners Never Saw... Until Now

The last time we checked on the log-sports crowd, Dinty Moore Beef Stew was attempting to turn a few average Joes into lumberjacks. Actually, they were calling them 'lumbersexuals,' and it made for pretty amusing streaming. In reality, competitive logging is a growing market, and an extreme niche sport.

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NGB Makes Commitment to Stand-Up Paddleboarding

SUP is riding a wave of popularity, and NGBs are sitting up and taking notice. The latest, the International Surfing Association, has partnered with the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals World Tour, to establish itself as the sole governing body for the emerging sport.

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World's Largest Swim Lesson Means Opportunities for Event Owners

As promotional opportunities go, this might be even better than the Olympics for swimming and diving events. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson, a global initiative for water safety, is next month. Bonus: it's not just a free swim lesson; it's a world record attempt and a publicity opportunity.

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Bacteria May Close Proposed Open-Water Swim Park Before It Ever Opens

River advocates want to create an open-water swimming area near Boston, but biology isn't on their side. Frequent blooms of a dangerous bacteria are threatening the project. Planners of open-water events this summer should continue to follow this developing issue.

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If In-Flight Laptop Ban is Extended to More Destinations, Event Owners May Need to Make Special Plans

As airlines struggle to balance the need for security and its passengers' need to stay connected, the laptop is looking more and more like a casualty in the fight, something that could create major headaches for sports event owners.

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Inside Events

United States Lifesaving Association's National Lifeguard Championships

The profile of the lifeguard job gets a big boost this summer, thanks to the Baywatch action/comedy movie. In reality, lifeguarding demands multi-sport abilities, people skills and more. The United States Lifesaving Association presents its National Lifeguard Championships, an event that also helps choose Team USA's lifeguards.

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March/April 2017

March/April 2017

The more things change, the more they stay the same? Not in the fast-paced world of sports where even the sports themselves are evolving. Our issue focuses on golf, soccer and aquatics, as well as adventure racing and disc golf - and venues in the mountainous regions of the U.S. There's great information on setting up medical support for events, on stay-to-play (spoiler alert: it doesn't work for everyone) and photography of sports events. There's even an interview with NASC's new executive director. Spring into a news season of learning now.

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