Issue #121: October 30, 2019
USA Football Announces Inaugural National Flag Football Championship in 2020

USA Football Announces Inaugural National Flag Football Championship in 2020

At almost the same time a pubic service announcement was equating youth tackle football with encouraging children to smoke cigarettes, USA Football announced it would host a national flag championship for children and adults in 2020. Learn more about this event, known as "The One," that is coming to Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, next summer. more

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It's a Whole New Ball Game in Panama City Beach, Florida

With 27 miles of sugar white sand, turquoise waters and a plethora of options on-site and off-site, your players and teams will be able to play their favorite sport while bonding over experiences they'll never forget in Panama City Beach. Come for the new Sports Complex, with its fields, shade structures and multiple amenities - and stay for the fun. more

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Burlington, Washington: Where the Grass is Greener

Burlington, Washington: Where the Grass is Greener

Burlington, Washington, situated between islands, mountains - and even Canada - is the greener side of the PNW, where tulips and daffodils bloom each spring and sports venues welcome athletes of all types. more

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In other news and commentary...
Faked Out: Bogus Sponsorship Deals Plaguing Event Industry

As if it weren't challenging enough to gain sponsorship for tournaments, event owners are now being faced with a new problem: keeping local businesses safe from scammers who collect money for bogus sponsorship deals, saying they're working on behalf of the event owner. Here are some preventive steps event owners can take - and recommend to others. more

After USA Triathlon's Announcement, Get Ready for More NGB/CBD Partnerships

How surprising was the announcement that USA Triathlon had a partnership with a CBD brand? Not that surprising. Increasingly, cannabis has been infiltrating the sports business space and affecting the larger tourism industry as a whole. It's also generating plenty of economic impact. Here's a recap of what has happened - and what's on the horizon. more

Seeing the Light: When Sports Venue Lighting Creates Problems in Neighborhoods

Cities want to leverage fields and stadiums to attract sports tourism. But as the arms race to build better facilities and improve current ones heats up, there is one amendment to venues that tends to get neighbors really upset: lighting. Advancements in technology have defused many problems but it continues to be a hot issue. Here are the facts. more

U.S. Back at the Bidding Table for Another Global Multi-Sport Event

Long before the lights go on in L.A. to host the Olympics, the U.S. is hoping it'll have another big international event under its belt. The World University Championships, put on by the International University Sports Federation is looking for hosts in 2022 and 2024 - and the U.S. is interested in bringing it to one longtime favorite, Lake Placid. more

Fly-by-Night College Recruitment Companies Targeting Events, Parents

Felicity Huffman just got out of jail. Lori Loughlin is facing new charges. And now, crimes surrounding college recruitment have sunken to a new low. Fake recruiters are collecting the money of student-athletes' parents on the pretense of helping ensure visibility to coaches and even secure college scholarships - only to disappear without a trace. more

When Colleges Start Co-Opting Friday Night Lights, High Schools Fight Back

Really, college football? The National Federation of State High School Associations can pretty much be heard grinding its teeth over statistics on the ever-increasing number of high-profile university games being scheduled on Friday nights, traditionally reserved for high school ball. Here's an update - and ideas event owners can use to help. more

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Inside Events: U.S. Youth Cricket Association

Inside Events: U.S. Youth Cricket Association

Growing a sport usually means starting at the youth level. U.S. Youth Cricket Association is doing just that. In addition to organizing two annual championships, USYCA is active in grassroots development, having placed cricket sets in schools, youth programs and community associations. Meet the organization growing the sport from the ground up. more

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September/October 2019

September/October 2019

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. more

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