November 09, 2022 | Sports Destination Management
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Parents Say Youth Sports Pose Financial Strain

Nearly Two-Thirds of Parents Say Youth Sports Pose Financial Strain

Not much is inflation-proof these days, including youth sports. Almost six in 10 parents say youth sports is causing financial strain on their family. More than 10 percent expect to take on new debt as a result. How are they coping with the overage? Some ask their kids to work, others expect sports scholarships and more are aggressively fundraising. more

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Destination Spotlight

DuPage IS The Total Package

The total package. You’ve heard those words before – maybe to describe a person, a job or a promotion. But DuPage, Illinois IS the total package in sports destinations: excellent venues, a friendly small-town ambience, plenty of accommodations and a thriving cultural scene that will keep athletes and their families happy on or off the field of play. more

DuPage IS The Total Package
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Game On In The Sports Capital of Tennessee®

Game On In The Sports Capital of Tennessee®

Rutherford County is a vibrant Southern community. Conveniently located and boasting first-rate facilities and award-winning services, Rutherford County is THE site for your next tournament or event! more

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In other news and commentary...
2022 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

Our annual awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism, is exceeding its pre-pandemic numbers. This year alone, the economic impact of all award winners was more than $2.42 billion, nearly tripling our highest number prior to the year 2020. And that’s just winners – who represent a very small fraction of the entire industry. Read on! more

Trotting Off Dinner or Collecting Canned Goods, Race Owners Are Talking Turkey

Run like a turkey. It might not be everyone’s goal but come that last Thursday in November, you’ll find people taking to the streets in all manner of races, all loosely grouped under the heading of Turkey Trots. And over the years, those races have become THE most popular in America, even overtaking those held on July 4th and New Year’s Day. more

Get Your BID On with USA Artistic Swimming’s RFP

Artistic swimming (you might remember it by its former name of synchronized swimming) is an Olympic sport. USA Artistic Swimming is seeking homes for a number of its events from the 2023-2025 period, including national events, camps, trials and convention. The right destinations stand to benefit greatly from these events. Here’s what’s in store. more

How Event Owners Can Combat Registrants’ Fears of Online Fraud

Online payment for sports events is the norm but a recent survey showed that more than half of consumers (54 percent, in fact) are concerned with being victimized by fraud as we head into the holiday season. What can event owners do to help ease those fears during the busy period of travel tournaments during school breaks? Here are some strategies. more

Five Signs it’s Time to Upgrade Your Sports Facility Signage

Technology is evolving rapidly. We see this every day in ever-more powerful cellular phones and electric, self-driving cars. The same can be said for the electronic sign industry, which is experiencing advances in technology that allow sports facility and event managers to install better displays that deliver superior results. Is your venue up to date? more

Road Races Slower to Rebound than Other Sports Events

Which sports events are having the hardest time getting back on their feet? In-person road races of the 10K-and-up distances, apparently. The Boston Athletic Association’s 2022 10K was down a whopping 35 percent in runners. Even the ever-popular (and frequently sold out) Cherry Blossom 10-Miler saw a decline of 15 percent. And yes, fees are a factor. more

Inside Events
Inside Events: Dock Dogs®

Inside Events: Dock Dogs®

Dock Dogs® is a trademarked event in which dogs (who love the water) compete in various disciplines. These include Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve. (There is also the more challenging Iron Dog competition, incorporating all three disciplines in one event). And Dock Dogs® has now made its way to national TV. Fetch more info here. more

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Thank you, Snohomish County Sports Commission! The PNW hosted the 2022 US Trail Running Conference for the first time. Photo by Peter Maksimow, the American Trail Running Association | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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November/December 2022

November/December 2022

This year, which kicked off with the Olympic Games in Beijing and wound up with the World Cup in Qatar, has been one for the books and it’s not even over yet. But wow – what a ride it has been so far. This issue includes sports that made the news in 2022 (along with great business information) but the real star is our award winners. What is our takeaway from those? That our industry is moving ahead. The economic impact for just our champions was $2.42 billion. Winners covered a wide range of sports, disciplines and abilities but they all enriched the communities that hosted them. There's a lot to learn, and a lot to celebrate. Get started here. more

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Last word...

“I just don’t think a coaching career can be complete without an undisputed National Championship. It took 17 years to do it, but we finally had one.”

~ Vince Dooley, legendary Georgia football coach, who died on October 28 at age 90.

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