|Issue #119: October 02, 2019|
With a Severe Flu Season Predicted, Should Youth Sports Require Vaccines?
After a relatively mild flu season last year, health officials are predicting a backlash for 2020; in fact, one child has already died – and the current school year is barely underway. But as temperatures cool and events head indoors, flu cases (and complications) will increase. The question, of course, is whether (and how) event owners will respond.
Perry, Oklahoma: A Baseball Oasis on the Central Plains
Sports are an important part of the fabric of communities and Perry, Oklahoma, fits tournaments into that fabric seamlessly and perfectly. With excellent baseball venues, plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation and a historic downtown filled with possibilities for after-hours exploration, Perry should be at the top of any event owner’s list.
|In other news and commentary...|
|Can Concussions Really Lead to Erectile Dysfunction?|
Former professional football players who experienced concussion symptoms are more likely to report low testosterone and erectile dysfunction, according to recent research. Doctors don’t know why; however, they do see a strong and compelling link. This and plenty of other neurological and sports news you might have missed is here.
|Cancellation of PGA TOUR Event Shows the Need for a Game Plan for Protests|
When the PGA TOUR cancelled its October tournament in Hong Kong because of concerns over players’ safety in the area, it sent a clear message to organizers even at the local level: athletes are more important than income. Amid violent protests in an era of rising tensions between police and special interest groups, when is it time to pull the plug?
|Parks, Stadiums Banning E-Cigarettes as Vaping-Related Death Toll Grows|
More people are becoming aware of the dangers posed by vaping, and with deaths mounting, the e-cigarettes are being outlawed in public areas, including stadiums and parks. The national governing body of high school sports says the issue has reached a crisis point. And oddly, one vaping industry company has noted it won’t lobby against a proposed national ban.
|Surfing Riding the Olympic Wave|
Surfing makes its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games and, being an iconic American sport, it is expected to be featured in summer 2028 when the Olympics come to Los Angeles. We’ll also see it in 2024 in Paris – and with a nearly 10 percent growth of the sport, it apparently appeals to those eager to shed material interests and embrace beach life.
|Rich Team, Poor Team? States Might Level the Economic Playing Field|
We’ve all heard the complaints: kids enrolled in sports teams at schools in lower-income areas don’t have access to the same coaching, staffing and equipment their wealthier counterparts do – and wind up with demoralizing losses and season-ending injuries. Now, at least one state is examining the idea of trying to create new divisions to put kids on equal footing.
|Can a Sci-Fi Quest Lead to Increased Outdoor Recreation? It Already Has|
In the futuristic book, Ready Player One, a teenager and his friends are scrambling to find three keys hidden in a virtual universe. The individual who manages to complete the quest first becomes the sole heir to the fortunate of the deceased creator. The book is sci-fi but in real life, there is a quest – and it’s bringing people outdoors.
Inside Events: The FLW/TBF High School Fishing Circuit
College bass fishing is big – thanks in huge part to the opportunities available to teen anglers these days. The FLW/TBF High School Fishing Circuit offers students at more than 23,000 high schools across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to compete in club, state, conference and national bass tournaments for the chance to earn college scholarships.
|Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management|
This issue is a testimonial to all that goes on behind the scenes, long before spectators fill the stands and athletes take to the field. And while it all goes under the heading of due diligence, it is made even better by the fact that every single contributor to this issue is sharing ideas born out of their years of experience in the industry. The articles on venue negotiations, transportation, contingency planning and security all represent essential steps event owners must take into account before competitions go on. We invite you to read on, and to learn from their insights.
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