Issue #123: November 27, 2019
IOC/Airbnb Partnership: A Step in the Right Direction or a Can of Worms?

IOC/Airbnb Partnership: A Step in the Right Direction or a Can of Worms?

With the announcement last week of a sponsorship deal between the IOC and Airbnb, private homeowners in host cities could leverage some benefit when the circus that is the Olympics comes to town. Unfortunately, the hotel industry is opposing the deal, and saying they'll refuse to work with the organizing committee in Paris in 2024. Quelle horreur!

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Destination Spotlight

Compete at a Higher Level in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Offering tournament planners, coaches, teams and spectators a one-of-a-kind sporting event, Rocky Top Sports World adds the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to create a sport destination rivaled by no other. At Rocky Top Sports World, every event is a mountain-top experience, whether it plays out in a gym, on a field or on a mat.

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Bullhead City: The Hotspot for Sports Tourism

Bullhead City: The Hotspot for Sports Tourism

Boasting an estimated 360 days of sunshine each year, Bullhead City, Arizona, is quickly becoming the nation's hotspot for sports tourism.

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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 Anyone Watching the International Swimming League?

The International Swimming League, a series of around-the-world team competitions featuring elite swimmers, has its own TV show, a big payroll - and very little spectator interest, apparently. Attendance can charitably be called modest, at best. This is one of the most-watched sports at the Olympics, so why does the ISL seem to be swimming upstream?

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Is the Pathway Between College and the Pros Dooming Amateur Golf?

Is the ability of college women to qualify for golf's pro tournaments hurting the sport at its amateur level? There's certainly plenty of people out there who think so. At the same time, there are serious flaws in the college system - and those might be just as hard to fix. Here's why the game needs to develop a viable option for its younger players.

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Something the U.S. Should be Thankful for: Esports

We have a lot to be thankful for - before we ever sit down to turkey, parades or football. And right now, here's something that showed up as a disruptor in our sports economy - but we have plenty of reasons to be grateful it's there. Thank you, esports, for reminding us about the evolution of our industry. Why? Read on. You might find your own reasons.

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Can a Strong Holiday Forecast Bring Good Returns for this Industry?

This year's economic forecast for the holidays is off the charts - literally - and higher than it has ever been. One of the key metrics in spending is that of sports-related gifts. Not just apparel but tickets to big events and also travel to go with them. Here's how to harness the trend for good returns in the coming year.

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NATA Releases Guidelines Regarding Youth Sports Specialization

There's been plenty of debate regarding youth athletes specializing in one sport. Now, the National Athletic Trainers Association has weighed in, issuing a series of guidelines to help reduce the risk of injury resulting from early specialization. (Just don't tell parents who are sure their child is destined for college scholarships, or even the pros).

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Inside Events
Inside Events: Crappie USA

Inside Events: Crappie USA

While bass fishing gets plenty of ink, it's not the only sport on U.S. waters. Crappie USA, the first and largest crappie tournament organization in the world, organizes competitions for anglers of this popular panfish. It also offers children's fishing rodeos and presents scholarship awards. Get to know the group that is 23 years old and growing.

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Saw this one yet? Team USA (shown here on the Single Buck) won a bronze medal at the 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo: STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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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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