|Issue #120: October 16, 2019|
Could Sports Tourism Help Save the Preakness?
It's moving. It's staying. It's being cancelled. The middle jewel in thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown has been the subject of much debate, as fans of the Baltimore location, Pimlico, have tried to get the city to renovate the dilapidated, outdated venue in order to keep the race in town. The latest plan, announced last week, includes sports tourism.
Victory as Sweet as Our Tea
Take a vibrant, inviting Southern town like Columbia, Tennessee, paired with top-notch venues like Ridley Park Sports Complex and Chickasaw Trace Park, and you've got THE premier tournament destination for softball, soccer, lacrosse, football, mountain biking and running, with plenty of post-game fun. Explore the classic Southern town with a kick.
|In other news and commentary...|
|Navigating the Course of the Biggest Merger in Bass Tournament History|
When Major League Fishing announced last week that it would be acquiring competitive bass giant FLW, the news hit the sports event industry like a slap upside the head with a trophy fish. And across the board, event owners, destinations and anglers were left wondering the same thing: Will we see changes? Spoiler alert: Yes. You can bet your bass on it.
|High School Association to Parents: Keep Kids Out of Travel Teams|
The National Federation of State High School Associations recently spoke out against club sports and travel teams, citing higher costs and also claiming a lack of media coverage and smaller fanbases than high school sports. One stat NFHS can't ignore, however, is the huge percentage of NCAA basketball athletes who did play on club and travel teams.
|One Year Out, REAL ID Act Already Presenting Real Problems for Sports|
Sometimes, it's INH2MS (It'll Never Happen to Me Syndrome). Sometimes, it's a lack of basic awareness. But less than a year away from the October 1, 2020, implementation of REAL ID, nearly three-quarters of all Americans who travel don't know if they have compliant documentation. And that could even lead to sports families stranded in airports.
|Will the Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Change Races on the Hometown Level?|
It finally happened. One man ran a full marathon in less than two hours. No, it wasn't a major marathon and yes, it was under controlled conditions. But Eliud Kipchoge's 1:59:40.2 time in Vienna is going to be enough to awaken interest in road races - as will the new world record set by Brigid Kosgei at the Chicago Marathon, in the same week.
|The Food Fight is On in Dallas - What Does It Take to Be at the Table?|
There's a food fight going on and Dallas is in the teeth of it. The World Food Championships, the largest competition in food sport (yes, that's a thing), has rolled into the big D. The WFC is an Olympics of sorts, bringing together champions of previous cooking events to compete for titles and monetary prizes. Here's a glimpse inside.
|Costumes, Candy and Cash: Halloween Events Bringing Economic Impact|
Halloween lands on a Thursday this year. For kids, it's a school night and that's a grave problem (see what we did there?) but for sports planners, it's an chance to choose between two great weekends - one before and one after the holiday - to generate plenty of economic impact. Either way, the forecast is good, with plenty of treats for event owners.
Inside Events: The National Small College Rugby Organization
Rugby is a sport that is gaining prominence at both the collegiate and club level. One of its drivers is the National Small College Rugby Organization, which organizes play for nearly 400 schools at the Divisions III and IV levels. NSCRO offers regional qualifiers as well as national championships - and it also has a strong focus on giving back.
|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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