Issue #72: November 15, 2017

Pop Warner CTE Lawsuit Could Hit Youth Sports Hard

Here's something that hits close to home. A U.S. District Court judge says a lawsuit filed by two mothers against Pop Warner Little Scholars can continue. The case could force the national Pop Warner program to pay up for not protecting players and potentially could change the game forever.

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Destination Spotlight

America's 50th State Opens Its Sporting Doors to the World

Once renowned for hosting the Pro Bowl (the National Football League's annual all-star game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu for more than 30 years) Hawai'i has fast become a go-to destination for a variety of sports event planners from Mainland USA and Asian and Australian countries, too. And it's not just surfing and water sports that Hawai'i is offering; there's basketball, volleyball, futsal and golf as well as myriad other athletic events. In fact, the local CVB is "open to whatever that makes sense." From the NBA to the high school level, planners of events are discovering (or rediscovering) the islands that have it all. Meet the destination with extraordinary venues, wonderful weather and great scenery to back it up. Meet Hawai'i.

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Oklahoma City: A Whole New Landscape to Experience

Oklahoma City is a comfortably smaller market that's big on sports. With quality venues, affordable rates and a friendly atmosphere, OKC is one of the most accommodating destinations in the Southwest. And there's so much new happening these days, it's a whole new landscape to set your eyes on. Learn about the best and the most innovative features OKC has to offer.

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In other news and commentary...
D.C. Mayor Believes the Trump Image Contributed to the Loss of 2022 Gay Games

Washington, D.C., considered a favorite to win the 2022 Gay Games, came thisclose but lost out to Hong Kong. Speculation abounded that U.S. President Donald Trump's reputation may have contributed to administrators' decision, but a looming Summer Olympics and a World Cup bid could also be at fault.

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By the Numbers: Thanksgiving-Themed Sports Events Keeping Planners in the Black Before Friday

Black Friday might be the big day for shopping but Thanksgiving is when nearly one million Americans will take to the streets to participate in sports with a seasonal tie-in. Here's what planners can expect from the turkey-themed cash cows this year.

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Female Football Participation Increasing at High School Level

This fall, six female high school student-athletes competed in varsity football for public high schools on Long Island, New York, and two of them played contact positions, including cornerback. Can event owners expect to see the trend grow? Yes, because the numbers don't lie.

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Will Study Proving Synthetic Fields are Safe Finally End the Debate?

While the debate on synthetic turf is reminiscent of a zombie out of the Walking Dead - getting up and shambling along, no matter what kind of ammunition gets thrown at it - a new study shows the fields pose no risk to public health. Will it kill the debate for good?

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Sports Seen as Key to Recovery of Reputation, Tourism in Las Vegas Following Shooting

Las Vegas was home to exactly zero professional sports teams 18 months ago. Today, with at least three leagues placing franchises in the city, sports may be key to helping Vegas recover from the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 concertgoers and injured about 500 others.

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Disney is Feeling the Sting of Late Cancellation of Running Events

Mickey Mouse won't be acting as course marshal in Anaheim, thanks to the cancellation of all 2018 RunDisney events. And the late notice has left a lot of runners out in the cold, with money already spent on airfare, deposits on lodging and more. They are - wait for it - Frozen.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: National High School Rodeo Association

Rodeo is a unique piece of Americana with roots extending deep into history. It's no surprise, therefore, that the National High School Rodeo Association has some of the biggest, most popular events around. Meet the organization and learn how it's working to dispel the misconceptions surrounding the sport.

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September/October 2017

September/October 2017

The September/October issue of SDM has everything you need to hit the ground running. Where else will you find comprehensive information on venue negotiations, long-term contracts, ground transportation and the all-important topic of event security? Not only that, but you'll find outstanding information on facilities for tennis, gymnastics and open water sports. What else? Our Industry Leadership section, highlighting some outstanding venues around the U.S. If your event is looking for a new home base, you're sure to find one here. Happy reading.

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