October 17, 2018 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #95: October 17, 2018

Rash of Embezzlements Driving Push for Transparency in Youth Sports

After a Little League administrator embezzled funds, a New Jersey lawmaker has initiated legislation designed to bring more transparency to youth sports. And judging from a number of similar incidents that have made the news recently, it's an idea whose time has come.

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Winning With a 'Very Valdosta' Sports Culture

Valdosta, Georgia, is a city that has reinvented itself and these days, as a haven for sports teams, it's making sure all venues are up to par. Among sports facilities receiving added investment and attention are baseball/softball diamonds, multi-purpose fields and tennis courts. In addition, the area's conference center, which in the past hasn't been used for athletic events, will now be looking to host appropriate indoor sports and activities. The year 2019 will bring 23 championship tournament diamonds -- the better to keep on welcoming the national and regional youth, adult and senior tournaments Valdosta has already seen. One of the most valuable amenities of all is a friendly hometown that embraces all those visiting teams. Meet Valdosta.

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Sports Tourism is on Fire in Maryland!

Maryland is the heart of sports and the place to play. With venues for lacrosse, basketball, soccer, beach volleyball, triathlons, martial arts, quidditch, cricket and more, we have opportunities for everyone not only to host their next event in Maryland, but to take it to the next level.

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In other news and commentary...
Catastrophic Injuries from Golf Balls Raising Concern Among Event Owners

One of the hazards of golf tournaments has nothing to do with water or sand. Instead, it has to do with errant balls that strike spectators and even other players, often causing catastrophic injury. Here's what's happening with some current cases and why event owners should take precautions.

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Social Media Sharing Leading to Abuse of Outdoor Venues

Social media has become the reality show for anyone not noteworthy enough to have a reality show - and it seems the outdoor sports world has become the riskiest stage of all for anyone looking for their 15 minutes of fame. Unfortunately, venues are paying the price.

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Baseball Postseason Play, eSports Style

The National League, the American League - and the eSports league. It means baseball just found a way to monetize several things at once: teams that didn't make the playoffs, retired players who are looking for some action - and eSports. Get ready for the new Fortnite postseason.

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As Hurricane Michael Moves Out, Community Organizations Rush to Help Florida's Victims

Multiple sports destinations in Florida and adjacent areas were affected by Hurricane Michael - and likely have had to cancel or reschedule events. Currently, that might be the least of the worries. Others who can count themselves lucky at not facing the large-scale disaster can find ways to help here.

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Want Apparel that Resonates? Think Brand Names, Sustainability, Local Sources

The T-shirt, that accepted (even expected) aspect of sports event swag, just got put on notice. Today's athletes expect name brands. They may even expect sustainable or locally-sourced clothing. As an event organizer seeking a younger demographic, you'll want to read this article if you want to score points.

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Winter Volleyball is Coming, Says World Governing Body

First, it was an anomaly being presented for entertainment value in PyeongChang. Now, snow volleyball has taken a formal step onto the world stage, having been approved by the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) to attempt to increase the chance of the sport entering the Winter Olympics.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: National College Club Football Association

As varsity programs become increasingly competitive, college club sports are proliferating. The National College Club Football Association offers students a chance to play tackle football at the collegiate level. Along the way, it teaches commitment, responsibility and more. Meet the organization that is shaping leaders as well as athletes.

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September/October 2018

September/October 2018

The landscape of sports is always evolving and changing. What doesn't change: how much we love to get behind our favorite athletes and cheer for them - and how much they can benefit communities when they come to town. This issue is a great combination of long-time favorites and what have been called 'disruptors' in our technological lexicon. The fall sports season - a transitional time - is underway, reminding us that like it or not, this year is winding down. Make sure you're ready for the new season and new challenges that lie ahead. Our articles, industry insights and more can help.

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