|Issue #45: October 05, 2016|
In Maryland, All Athletes Can Find Their Game
With topography as varied as the U.S. itself, Maryland is primed and ready to host any event. From mountain biking and whitewater kayaking in Western Maryland, to marlin fishing in Ocean City, to soccer in the plethora of sportsfield complexes spread across the state, to cheerleading and gymnastics events in the Baltimore City and Ocean City Convention Centers, to indoor or outdoor tennis complexes to baseball in no less than nine minor league ballparks and more, the state has much to offer. It's also accessible to travelers using any mode of transportation. In short, according to Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, it's a perfect location, and one planners should be considering in their site selection decisions.
|In other news and commentary...|
|And the Next Extreme Sport is… Polo|
First, professional bull-riding began working to rebrand itself as extreme sport. Now, get ready for the next riding sport to try to gain a faster, flashier reputation: polo. According to reports, polo wants to showcase itself as "the grandfather of extreme sports," while appealing to a Millennial demographic.
Inside Events: Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships
The inaugural Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships, held in Naples, Florida, in 2016, brought in 800-plus athletes from seven countries and 39 states. It also attracted about 12,000 spectators and generated $2.5 million in economic impact. Learn about this event and how it's evolving.
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USA Fencing demonstrates the sport at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Clubs from the Bay Area have been onsite to bring fencing to the public after the Olympics. #AlwaysSF Also follow USA Fencing on Twitter | Facebook
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With the summer Olympics in the rear-view (and what a view it was!), it's time to turn our attention 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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