NCAA Still on Track to Announce Championship Host Sites in October
The news appeared a year ago: NCAA was putting out its RFPs for championships for multiple sports, to be hosted between the 2022-23 and 2025-26 academic years. Enormous interest followed. NCAA expected to release the big announcement in October 2020. Much, obviously, has changed since then but NCAA says it is keeping to its original schedule.
Sports Events Shine Bright In El Paso, Texas
Situated in West Texas in the foothills of the majestic Franklin Mountains, El Paso is also known as "Sun City" due to its 300-plus days of sunshine each year. The great weather, top-notch sports venues and visitor amenities attract a broad array of events and athletes, and the city's revitalized downtown with new hotels, vibrant festivals, wealth of dining and entertainment options and relaxed desert vibe add to the appeal.
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|From Coast to Coast, #LetThemPlay is Gaining Traction - and Volume|
Right now, there's no telling whether the #LetThemPlay campaign will be enough to convince the powers-that-be to allow youth sports to resume. There's no doubt, though, that it is catchy - or that it is something we're going to be hearing a lot more this year as parents, coaches and kids try to straddle the line between caution and courage.
|Challenge Daytona Kicking Sand in COVID's Face with Family-Friendly Event|
Over in Daytona Beach, they're planning to kick some sand in COVID's face with a family-friendly and spectator-welcoming festival of sports that includes not only the motor sports ambience (this IS Daytona) but triathlon, duathlon, junior events and a pro-am. Learn about Challenge Daytona and how smart measures are keeping athletes and families safe.
|As NCAA Continues to Ignore Esports, Other Organizations Forge Ahead|
While NCAA dithers about whether or not to recognize esports, other collegiate organizations are forging ahead. The National Junior College Athletic Association has not only been holding competitions, it has begun making sponsorship arrangements. The National Christian College Athletic Association is on board too. When will the NCAA wise up?
|NAIA Seeking Hosts for Men's Volleyball Championships|
Looking to bring in some business? Want something that is being held in the next two to three years? You're in luck. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has opened the bid process to host both the 2022 and 2023 NAIA Men's Volleyball Championships. All the information you need is here. All you need to supply is your destination.
|Airlines Trying to Win Travelers Back with Consumer-Friendly Skies|
The times they are a-changin' - and that includes in airline practices. In trying to bring people back to the skies, air carriers have taken a number of user-friendly measures, slashing and eliminating penalties and extra fees. That could mean that travel tournaments will have an easier time convincing participants to make trips around the country.
|Pathogen Playbook: NASA Technology Making Indoor Athletic Facilities Safer|
As sports venues continue to reopen, a two-part challenge is at hand: satisfying local health requirements and reassuring visitors that they are safe. New technologies are helping to clean and purify the air in buildings where crowds gather. Learn about these options, how they work and how they can make athletes, families and spectators feel safer.
Inside Events: World Jigsaw Puzzle Federation
One side effect of quarantine has been the revival of interest in jigsaw puzzles. The World Jigsaw Puzzle Federation, which puts on its international championship each year, has noted the uptick, and Alfonso Alvarez-Ossorio, its president, spent some time with SDM to discuss this phenomenon and what it means to the organization and its events.
|Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management|
If we have learned anything over the past few months, it's that we're never alone. Even at a time when all the things we normally anticipate each fall, like local 5Ks, city marathons, high school sports and the sprint toward the World Series, have been knocked out of kilter, we still have each other - our colleagues in this industry, who are sharing their knowledge. And this issue is a great example. There are peer-written articles on risk management, security, transportation and business development, some of the most timely and relevant topics around. We are stronger together than we ever could be independently. Let us continue to lean on and learn from one another, as we move toward a brighter future.
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