#141: September 02, 2020
In Pursuit of Scholarships, Families Moving to States Allowing Youth Sports

In Pursuit of Scholarships, Families Moving to States Allowing Youth Sports

We already know parents will take extra jobs and go into debt in order to pay for kids' sports - all in the pursuit of an athletic scholarship to college. These days, however, they're taking a bigger step: moving to states where high schools are allowing teams to play. Some school systems are encouraging this trend. Others? Not so much. Learn more.

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The Four Fathers of Ballparks of America

Ballparks of America is a sports facility with an interesting past and a bright future. The park features five replica fields modeled after Major League stadiums including Chicago's Wrigley Field, Boston's Fenway Park, St. Louis' Busch Stadium, Detroit's Tiger Stadium, and Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. And with new ownership, it can welcome the teams.

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At Cedar Point Sports Center, it's All About Sports Like No Other

Over the years, Cedar Point has thrilled visitors as "The Roller Coaster Capital of the World." And in December 2019, it unveiled an attraction of a different sort with the launch of the state-of-the-art Cedar Point Sports Center. Learn about what is in store for athletes and their families.

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Travel Basketball Generates Economic Impact for Myrtle Beach

Three back-to-back youth tournaments. 80 teams each. Five courts playing at a time. One very hardworking venue staff. And one big win for everyone involved. These were the figures from the National Travel Basketball Association's recent championship events that took place in Myrtle Beach. What's the take-away for other event owners this year?

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If NCAA's Fall Championships Move to Spring, Will Original Host Cities Have Priority?

If COVID-19 has been the big monkeywrench in 2020, the NCAA is ready with the WD-40. The organization recently announced that it would work toward hosting scaled-back fall championships in the spring for Division I. Of course, that leaves a lot of questions and many of those pertain to the hosts who had previously been selected for 2020 fall action.

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Four Reasons Sports Venues Should Consider SMART Ventilation Systems

Smartphones allow users to control everything remotely, and now the same technology can be applied to sports facilities. SMART (short for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) systems are creating better efficiency in venues, enhancing safety and enabling owner control. Oh, and it can also make venues more inviting. Learn more here.

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Women Golfers Finally Breaking the Glass Ceiling at Muirfield - Can the USA be Far Behind?

If you're searching for silver linings in the massive dark cloud that is 2020, it's worth noting that this year is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the vote. So it's fitting that this year, one of the most outdated traditions in sports - men's-only golf courses - is dying out, at least in the UK. The U.S. needs to catch up.

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SportAccord Now Taking Bids to Host World Sport & Business Summit

Want to send a strong signal that your city is back in the game and open for business? SportAccord has launched the host destination application processes for future editions of its SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit and Regional SportAccord events. All information, including links to the various bid packages and event owner background, is here.

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Masters Merchandizes 2020 Event by Offering Ticket Holders Exclusive Swag

Make no mistake: Going to the Masters gives you cred among fellow golf fans. (The fact that you can wear some of the great apparel is another great, albeit silent, statement). So this year, in lieu of having fans present, the Masters is still giving ticket holders (and nobody else) access to the exclusive swag. What can we learn from this?

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Inside Events: USA CRITS

Inside Events: USA CRITS

Criterium racing, which uses a one-kilometer closed course in a city setting, is one of the most exciting events to watch - as well as one of the most beneficial to cities who host such events. Learn about the series that can bring in between 30,000 and 40,000 spectators and generate excellent foot traffic and economic impact.

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July/August 2020

July/August 2020

This summer is a great time to gather our thoughts for the season ahead. And even as we wait for a vaccine to be developed, we're seeing an incredible amount of creativity and ingenuity, as well as unshakable optimism, in the sports event industry. From attending virtual events (hello, Zoom!) to finding smarter ways of communicating with potential clients, we're making our way through a new landscape. This issue has great information you can use now - as well as in the future. From learning how to maximize the value of internships to understanding how to minimize risk, this issue can help you move forward.

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~ Georgetown's legendary coach John Thompson, on telling his players to plan for a future outside of basketball






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