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Thieves Targeting Tournament Boats

Thieves Targeting Tournament Boats

When a boat owner's alarm went off earlier this month, it was a signal that someone had illegally entered the charter vessel he used for deep sea fishing tournaments. The good news: nothing was stolen. The bad news: thefts of expensive electronic equipment from boats are on the rise, a factor of the chip shortage. What are boat owners doing to combat it?

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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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Game On In The Sports Capital of TennesseeĀ®

Game On In The Sports Capital of TennesseeĀ®

Rutherford County is a vibrant Southern community. Conveniently located and boasting first-rate facilities and award-winning services, Rutherford County is THE site for your next tournament or event!

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In other news and commentary...
Cities Grappling with Tennis vs. Pickleball Conflict

"We can't play this game any longer, but can we still be friends?" Todd Rundgren's 1978 smash single could be the soundtrack of the tensions today as tennis and pickleball players jockey for position on the courts. The rapid growth of pickleball has created a demand for court time, worrying many in the tennis crowd. What are cities doing?

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Panama City Beach Sports Complex Announces Summer Economic Impact

What's hot in Florida? Panama City Beach, apparently. As the weather cools, economic impact is being calculated, and some great numbers are rising to the top. The Panama City Beach Sports Complex hosted 20 youth tournaments and events between April and July 2021. The estimated economic impact is greater than $50 million. And that's just the beginning.

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Fueled by Girls' Interest, Skateboarding Market (and Events) Poised for Growth

Once stigmatized as a fringe activity for kids who skipped school, skateboarding's momentum started building in 2020 and its Olympic debut saw the sport catch new air. The market is experiencing stratospheric growth as more athletes (particularly girls) take up the sport and hit local skate parks. Their next stop? Local and regional competitions.

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Up for Bid: Three International Multi-Sport, Multi-Disciplinary Events

If your city welcomes multi-sport activities, here are three can't-miss opportunities. The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) has RFPs for The World Combat Games, The World Urban Games and The World Mind Games. Each attracts contestants from around the world - and garners media coverage and economic impact. Learn more here.

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Strategies to Avoid Athletes Suffering from Hotel Oversells

"Walk policies" (in other words, the hotel practice of overselling and then having to turn away those with reservations) have long been a source of contention. And as travel tournaments get more active, event owners have to deal with the problem again. What are some measures to take that can help keep your athletes and families from being walked?

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How Can Event Owners Guard Against Sponsorship Scams?

Here's a strange scenario. A high school athletic director received a box of T-shirts imprinted with the names of local businesses as "high school sports sponsors," with instructions to throw them into the crowd at Friday Night Lights. Turn out it was a scam. No money came to the school from the "sponsorships." And it's not an isolated incident.

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Inside Events
US Youth Soccer Rocket League

US Youth Soccer Rocket League

US Youth Soccer recently announced a new esports event, the Rise of Champions Rocket League tournament, with preliminary games starting this week. (For those not in the know, Rocket League is a sports-based video game with some fantasy elements (competitors use rocket-powered cars to move the ball). US Youth Soccer official explain how the program works.

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September/October 2021

September/October 2021

The finish line for this year is in sight. We made it through 2021 but we didn't do it alone. All of us worked together to rebound and succeed. And when you really think about it, our industry isn't made up of sports or events; it's made up of people. It's those people who have helped and inspired us. Let's continue to be there for one another. This issue showcases how much it means to have a thriving, supportive industry.

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