Issue #46: October 19, 2016

By the Numbers: An Inside Look at the Economic Impact of the World Series

With playoffs in full swing and the Major League Baseball field winnowing down, the sports business world has turned its attention to the World Series. But while the pundits are worried about teams, batting averages and home-field advantage, the sports business world is all about the numbers.

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Destination Spotlight

Tri-Cities, Washington: A Desert Region in the Pacific Northwest

A dry desert region in the Pacific Northwest? Get ready for the Tri-Cities region of Washington State to shift your paradigm. The cities of Kennewick, Richland and Pasco, meeting at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers, are able to welcome outdoor sports events practically year-round. The surprising climate is made possible by the region's unique geography. The Cascade mountain range, which extends from southern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to Northern California, is located about two hours west of the Tri-Cities and protects the region from receiving large amounts of rain and snow. Most importantly, there are plenty of sports facilities and hotels as well as options for fun once the games are done. Get to know Tri-Cities and find out what you've been missing in the Pacific Northwest.

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In other news and commentary...
Sports Planners Rise to the Challenge of Planning for Hurricane Matthew's Uncertain Course

Initially, Hurricane Matthew seemed to be the original commitment-phobe, undecided in the route he would take: come inland? Stay at sea? Planners of sports events were left guessing. When the storm ultimately made landfall, event owners scrambled to decide whether to reschedule events, or just outright cancel them.

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International Ski Federation Makes Push to Draw Younger Generation

Skiing is okay for old people. That's the stereotype the International Ski Federation is fighting, and apparently it will take an all-out effort to make competitive events appeal to a younger demographic. FIS wants to get the snowball rolling with more interesting, youthful, spectator-friendly events.

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Dronies vs. Selfies: The Latest Way for Runners to Capture Race Day

In 2013, "selfie" was the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year. Given the rise of its use in sports events, "dronie" might be the one in 2017. A running event has debuted commercial drone photography to catch not just individual runners but crowd shots.

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eSports Grows to Estimated $600 Million, Dives into Travel Market

These days, eSports represent big crowds, big arenas and big money. Don't believe us? Consider that in late July, Twitter livestreamed its first eSports competition. And if viewers missed streaming the competition, held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, TBS also provided coverage.

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Sports Business Industry Watching as Election Looms

Setting aside the vitriol surrounding the 2016 presidential election, it's possible to focus on ways the outcome could influence the sports travel industry. With one candidate having traveled the world and the other having a stake in the hospitality industry, business stands to be affected.

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More Than 2 Million U.S. Kids Play Rugby? Who Knew?

Rugby is gaining popularity in the United States faster than football. What's really amazing? Rugby is one of the few tackling sports in which players wear no padding and no helmets. We can thank the Olympics, as well as a strong college club population, for the growth.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association

The all-American sport of rodeo, epitomized by groups like the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, continues to score big on the crowd-pleasing scale, but before many of its stars were winning buckles in the major arenas, they were competing at the college level. Meet the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

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Instagram Photo Contest

The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games were held in and around the StubHub Center in Carson, California, July 19-24. Competition is on to whittle down to the participants for the 2017 event. Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

We want to see you! Send your Instagram photos. Take pictures of your events, and share them with #SportsDestinations. Select photos will be presented on sportsdestinations.com, SDM Blitz and in the latest issues of Sports Destination Management magazine. We're looking for those photos that depict what you and your events are all about. Anything you think is a great representation of your event - all are welcome! Use #SportsDestinations via twitter or Instagram.

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September/October 2016

September/October 2016

With the summer Olympics in the rear-view (and what a view it was!), it's time to turn our attention to what's ahead. How do we grow the sports we have, and how do we use best practices in business? In this issue, we review what people will be talking about (gymnastics and cycling, for instance, along with water sports) and looking ahead (softball will be included in the 2020 Games.) And there's always time to sharpen our skills in business, and articles on security, transportation options, negotiations, long-term contracts and more will help you do that. Turn the page and start your learning experience.

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