#144: October 14, 2020
Scientific Studies of Youth Soccer Show Low (or No) Risk to Players

Scientific Studies of Youth Soccer Show Low (or No) Risk to Players

The youth sports industry just got several formidable weapons to aid in its ability to move past the setbacks posed by COVID-19. Even better, they include credible scientific studies proving the risk of contamination among athletes, even in contact sports, is low to nonexistent. And as states continue to reopen for business, that's welcome news.

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Sports Events Shine Bright In El Paso, Texas

Situated in West Texas in the foothills of the majestic Franklin Mountains, El Paso is also known as "Sun City" due to its 300-plus days of sunshine each year. The great weather, top-notch sports venues and visitor amenities attract a broad array of events and athletes, and the city's revitalized downtown with new hotels, vibrant festivals, wealth of dining and entertainment options and relaxed desert vibe add to the appeal.

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Sports Events Shine Bright In El Paso, Texas
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Seven Reasons You Should Play in Edmond

Seven Reasons You Should Play in Edmond

Edmond invites athletes to utilize state-of-the-art sports facilities and enjoy the city's charm. With the ability to host all types of sports (on land or on water) and events of all sizes for all abilities, Edmond should be your first call when it comes to hosting. We've rounded up the top seven reasons why you should play in Edmond, Oklahoma!

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In other news and commentary...
Caddyshack Meets Sports Tourism as Venues Confront Stubborn Wildlife

When soccer parks, ball fields and recreational areas all fell silent at once this spring, it allowed for a revitalization nobody expected. Canada geese, groundhogs, deer and other forms of wildlife moved in and set up housekeeping. And now that sports are trying to regain their foothold, venue managers are attempting to evict wildlife. Here's how.

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NYCRUNS Hits the Ground Running with Comeback 5K

While most event owners were still presenting virtual runs, NYCRUNS broke the mold late in the summer, putting on its first event in months, a 5K (with shirts reading "NYCRUNS Put on Its First 5K Since the Pandemic and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt."). Laughs aside, that event is a case study in careful planning and smart risk mitigation measures.

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"Assault on Hometown Baseball" a Done Deal as League Contractions Begin

We first heard the term, "assault on hometown baseball," back in late 2019, as word of elimination of Minor League teams began to filter through. Although the league attempted negotiations, it looks like 40 teams may be eliminated (or at best, stripped of their MLB ties) and venues are scrambling to fill their schedules with everything from BMX to movie nights.

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Up for Bid: International Cycling Championships from UCI

Bicycling has grown exponentially in 2020 and with it has come an increased interest in professional cycling. Cities that want to capitalize on this should look into hosting one of the UCI's championship events, currently up for bid with a deadline of December 1. Events in a wide range of disciplines are looking for hosts. Learn more here.

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As Colleges Cut Teams, USA Loses Prospective Olympians

As colleges reel from the impact of COVID, sports that have been deemed "non-revenue" are being dropped. But, say industry leaders, many of those cuts will impact the U.S.'s ability to field quality Olympic teams down the road – particularly in sports like gymnastics and water polo where almost all Team USA athletes competed in college.

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Surfing Riding a New Wave of Popularity

With water sports events benefiting from a degree of natural, built-in safety and health that many other sports can't yet offer, surfing has, to paraphrase the Beach Boys, caught a wave and it's sitting on top of the world. Add in the fact that there's generally no charge to surf in open water (even rivers) and you have a case study for success.

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Inside Events: Professional Bull Riders

Inside Events: Professional Bull Riders

Maybe the bulls were tougher than COVID. Professional Bull Riders (PBR) was the first sport to get back on television and continue having competitions, even as other activities remained closed. As a result, its TV ratings soared, and its fan base grew. Additionally, it became a model of how to handle live sports intelligently, safely and successfully.

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September/October 2020

September/October 2020

If we have learned anything over the past few months, it's that we're never alone. Even at a time when all the things we normally anticipate each fall, like local 5Ks, city marathons, high school sports and the sprint toward the World Series, have been knocked out of kilter, we still have each other - our colleagues in this industry, who are sharing their knowledge. And this issue is a great example. There are peer-written articles on risk management, security, transportation and business development, some of the most timely and relevant topics around. We are stronger together than we ever could be independently. Let us continue to lean on and learn from one another, as we move toward a brighter future.

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