Issue #122: November 13, 2019
Sports Parents Being Targeted by Fly-by-Night College Recruitment Companies

Sports Parents Being Targeted by Fly-by-Night College Recruitment Companies

Felicity Huffman just got out of jail. Lori Loughlin is facing new charges. And now, crimes surrounding college recruitment have hit a new low. Fake recruiters are collecting the money of student-athletes' parents, saying they can open doors to college coaches and even secure college scholarships - only to disappear. What can event owners do?

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Play Where Champions Play

At The Palm Beaches, sports organizers find a welcoming environment and premier sports facilities for all levels of play—from amateurs to professionals. Combine that with an extremely comfortable climate and 47 miles of white sand beaches, an array of attractions and convenient accommodations, and you have the makings of an elite sports destination.

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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...
Introducing the 2019 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

The legendary coach, Pat Summitt, said it best: "Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results." Meet this year's award winners, who are a testament to teamwork. With partnerships between cities, event owners and others, they leveraged more than $1 billion in economic impact.

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Is Golf Stumbling - or Getting Back to Normal?

There are a lot of puns that could be employed - golf is off-course, stuck in the rough, sub-par - but here's what you really need to know: The better part of 10,000 golfers have quit the sport over the course of one year, in Scotland, of all places. And while pro tournaments are big money, it's obvious the sport, to stay alive, needs beginners.

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With Thanksgiving Around the Corner, Time to Trot Out the 5K

While malls and merchants are gearing up for Black Friday - which is, after all, a little more than two weeks away - sports event organizers are getting ready for their big day, Thanksgiving. Not necessarily because of football, but because of running. Specifically, the 5K, and more definitively, the turkey trot, the most popular race of the year.

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Suspension of Arena Football Leaves Six Cities with the Need to Fill Indoor Space

Might want to hang a NO VACANCY sign wherever it is people go to talk about creating competitors to the NFL. Six cities that hosted Arena Football League action will likely have more venue space next year, following news that league operations have been suspended. What does it mean for event owners in those markets? How will events be affected?

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Can a New SitCom by "Big Bang Theory" Creators Make Esports Just as Cool?

Uh-oh. Someone's trying to sit in Sheldon's spot. NBC is developing a comedy called "The Squad" about a group of friends and enemies who find companionship and common ground in their mutual love of esports. Stop us if you've heard this one before. But NBC is bringing aboard some big guns from "The Big Bang Theory." It's going to get interesting.

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In the Wake of a Fire, Resort Community Pulls Together to Host Displaced Events

A fire that swept through a historic mountain inn and golf resort, displacing multiple guests and events, has also proven to be a testament to the strength of the hosting community in that region, as multiple properties - all typically competitors for the same business - stepped up to house guests, host events and work with worried planners.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: USA Football

Inside Events: USA Football

When reports showed participation in traditional football had dipped at the high school level, there was speculation that it was attributable to increased awareness of concussions - and plenty of concern that the sport might not bounce back. But USA Football has plans to bring a better, smarter game to the table, and those plans are promising.

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November/December 2019

November/December 2019

Sports have come a long way since the ancient Greeks wrestled and raced their way to glory. We've seen the evolution of new disciplines among old, familiar sports (beach volleyball and synchronized swimming, for example) - and we've also seen the emergence of entirely new sports. From drone racing to esports to competitive marching band, we are constantly redefining sports and finding new ways to host them. In this, our awards issue, we see both new and familiar sports, and we honor all of them. It's because of everyone that our industry is so strong, so vibrant and so varied.

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