September 15, 2021 | Sports Destination Management
#167: September 15, 2021
Rodeos Becoming the Cash Cow for Local Communities

Rodeos Becoming the Cash Cow for Local Communities

Who knew rodeo was such a cash cow for communities? (Rodeos, that's who). As we head into fall (the traditional end of the season for those bull riding, barrel racing and bronc-busting events), cities nationwide are writing big success stories and using rodeos to do it. Houston, for example, is looking to 2022 when its $227 million rodeo will return.

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Destination Spotlight

Find Your Place in the Sun in Asheville!

If you haven't considered Asheville, North Carolina, as your next host site, you're missing out. In addition to our great weather and warm southern hospitality, this area is a dynamic destination, filled with ideal venues and a backed by a welcoming community filled with nice surprises for those who visit. We want you here and we're ready to host.

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Springfield, Illinois: The Place Where Legendary Events are Made

Springfield, Illinois: The Place Where Legendary Events are Made

Springfield, Illinois is nestled in the heart of the Midwest and situated along the iconic Route 66. It is a place where families experience one of America's most beloved presidents, Abraham Lincoln - and where sports are a year-round tradition. From ice hockey to horseshoe pitching and from cheer to motorsports, Springfield is your all-season athlete.

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In other news and commentary...
Spikeball Contributing to the Sports Tourism Bounceback

Headlines in SDM's news seem to have a common theme. Spikeball National Tour Comes to Monroe, Washington. Spikeball Tournament Series to Debut in Erie This Weekend. State Games of Michigan Announce Addition of Spikeball to Lineup. Spikeball is bouncing up everywhere (including ESPN), and on every playing surface. It's also a factor in the rebound of sports.

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Why is High School Football Moving Out of State?

More away games? Most likely. A number of high school football teams have made headlines recently as they shift away from regularly playing others in their area and seek out of state opponents. The reasons for moving are as varied as the areas they represent but one thing's for sure: the trend (sometimes including hotel stays) comes at a price.

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With Esports, AAU Has Hit the Ground Running

When AAU launched its first esports event, held in conjunction with its Junior Volleyball National Championships in 2019, people noticed - but more attention was focused on the competition itself. Then came 2020 and 2021 and throughout it all, AAU has been building its esports program, even debuting its own discord server. What's next? AAU weighs in.

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Is Golf a Long Shot for the 2028 Los Angeles Paralympics?

Now that golf is back in the Olympics, golfers with physical challenges would like to see it added to the Paralympics. Whether it will is up for debate at the moment, since the roster of adaptive sports for Paris in 2024 is complete. So that leaves LA 2028 as the next logical point. Of course, much needs to be done to get it there. Here's an update.

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Up for Bid: SportAccord's Two Events

Ready to host a gathering of some of the most influential sports figures in the world? Check out the RFPs for the 2023 SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit and the 2022 Regional SportAccord. Both events bring together representatives of international sports federations and offer host cities unique opportunities. Get on the start line here.

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Nominate NOW for 2020 & 2021 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

SDM wants to salute events held in either 2020 or 2021 that have helped our industry not just survive but thrive. New this year is a special category, "Sports Heroes of the Pandemic" - those who managed to put on events against all odds in 2020. Click here to learn more (and to enter) your 2020 or 2021 event!

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Inside Events
Inside Events: National Travel Basketball Association

Inside Events: National Travel Basketball Association

The National Travel Basketball Association (NTBA) hosts tournaments across the country for boys and girls from 3rd through 12th grades. With the tagline, "The Road to the Top Begins Here," NTBA has held events that are successes for both athletes and destinations. NTBA's president sat down with SDM to discuss the organization and its events.

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The 2021 Kayak Point Open, one event in the PackEx Cup, came to Stanwood, Washington's Kayak Point Disc Golf Resort from June 26-27. Photo courtesy Snohomish County Sports Commission | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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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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