September 14, 2022 | Sports Destination Management
#191: September 14, 2022
Esports is Fastest-Growing High School Sport

Scholarships Helping Esports Become Fastest-Growing High School Sport

Some seemingly unrelated pieces of sport news emerged in the same week. First, we heard that more than $2 billion is awarded in athletic scholarships for DI and DII schools alone. Then, the National Federation of State High School Associations let us know esports is the fastest-growing youth sport. Put it all together and you have some great data. more

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Rocky Mount Event Center: Situated for Success

Located just an hour east of Raleigh, North Carolina is the southern-charmed city of Rocky Mount. Not only does this manufacturing hub offer beautiful parks and authentic attractions, it is also home to Eastern North Carolina's premier sports and entertainment venue: the Rocky Mount Event Center, a 165,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. more

Rocky Mount Event Center: Situated for Success
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Valley Forge Sports to Host Region

Valley Forge Sports to Host Region's Largest Esports Event

GXL Colossal, the tri-state area's biggest gaming conference, comes to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania this October. more

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In other news and commentary...
Supply Chain Issues Put the Squeeze on Sports Equipment, Events

It's no secret that football helmets are in short supply but coaches are also saying that other endangered species are uniforms, cleats, baseball and softball gloves, pads and the chips that help keep video boards up and running. It's all tied up with supply chain problems. There's some good news, though: The great chicken wing shortage is over. more

Leaves are Falling But Hotel Prices Are Not. Here's Why

Fall has traditionally been the time when hotel room rates drop. Only this year, say industry pundits, those prices are not dropping. In many cases, the per-night price of hotels is predicted to remain the same, or even go up, from its vacation-season high, when pent-up demand brought prosperity to accommodations. How might it affect sports travel? more

School District to Fund Venue Improvements - Could it Improve Sports Tourism?

What do you do when your high school's sports facilities are the punch line of jokes statewide? If you're the Board of Ed at Bowling Green High School, you allow the funds that athletes pay in order to participate in sports to be used to improve facilities and pay for current uniforms (rather than go into the general fund). Can sports tourism grow? more

How Could a Freight Rail Strike Disrupt Passenger Sports Travel?

One of the side effects of the pandemic was the movement of travelers away from airlines, and toward other forms of transit, one of which was rail. With fewer regulations concerning baggage, carry-ons and documentation, regional rail travel spiked. Now, a possible strike is looming. What could it mean to sports tourism? Here are some scenarios. more

The Venue du Jour? Pickleball, with Facilities Popping up Nationwide

Pickleball facilities are everywhere. Literally. Even in conjunction with "eatertainment." The sport seems to have permeated society at all levels, in all cities, for all age groups. Even The New Yorker Magazine ran an article, asking "Can Pickleball Save America?" and Stephen Colbert has assembled a star-studded, comedic pickleball tournament. more

Enter NOW: Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

SDM has opened nominations for its awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism, to recognize events held over the past year that have helped our industry continue to be the nearly $50 billion force that it is. We know you have questions, and we've tried to answer them in advance. Read here to learn more and to enter your event! more

Inside Events
Inside Events: The U.S. Adaptive Open

Inside Events: The U.S. Adaptive Open

The inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open, held in June, served as a source of inspiration not just to those with disabilities who might take up golf as a result of the coverage in the media, but to those at the pro level, who were blown away by the stories of each of the players. Learn about what the USGA's goals were, and how they accomplished them. more

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Jennifer Kupcho won the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in a sudden-death playoff. The tournament was held in mid-June at the 94-year-old Blythefield Country Club. Photo-Cy Cyr | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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September/October 2022 Issue

September/October 2022

The great summer of 2022 is in the rear-view mirror and make no mistake, it was pretty great. Now, the road ahead of us is open for business and we're ready to make the most of it. Football has kicked off, baseball is winding down and fall sports are in full swing. We have the World Cup in Qatar to look forward to (and then the one in the U.S., Canada and Mexico), the Olympics in Paris (and after that, the Games in L.A.) as well as plenty of other highlights. This issue covers not just sports but the business issues you'll need to know. more

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Last word...

"The strong take from the weak, but the smart take from the strong."

~ Motto of Pete Carril, the Ivy League Hall of Fame basketball coach whose system of play was known as the Princeton Offense. Carril died recently at 92.

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