Issue #118: September 18, 2019
Can Recruitment's Image Be Saved After Admissions Scandal?

Can Recruitment's Image Be Saved After Admissions Scandal?

When USA Cheer recently noted that it had formed a relationship with college recruiting software and resource company, CaptainU, it signified a growing trend among governing bodies and organizations trying to help youth athletes get noticed by colleges. Schools and event owners may see such platforms as a way to leave behind the Varsity Blues scandal.

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Destination Spotlight

With a Renovated Athletic Complex, Lubbock Kicks It into High Gear

There are sports destinations. There are popular sports destinations. And there are sports destinations that get so popular their venues need some well-deserved R & R before they welcome back the players. In Lubbock, Texas, the Berl Huffman Athletic Complex has gone through a renaissance and is about to kick the door down on the soccer complex world.

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With a Renovated Athletic Complex, Lubbock Kicks It into High Gear
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Game On In The Sports Capital of Tennessee®

Game On In The Sports Capital of Tennessee®

Rutherford County is a vibrant Southern community. Conveniently located and boasting first-rate facilities and award-winning services, Rutherford County is THE site for your next tournament or event!

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In other news and commentary...
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2019 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Awards

DEADLINE IS APPROACHING for nominations from those leaders who have contributed to the industry of sports tourism in 2019.

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Is Competitive Wiffle Ball the Next Big Travel Phenomenon?

The game you played as a rambunctious six-year-old is all grown-up - and has a championship of its own. Just ask anyone who recently played in the National Wiffle League Association Tournament, held in Michigan, or the World Wiffle Ball Championship, hosted in the Chicago suburbs. The sport is taking off and it's incredibly competitive. Find out more.

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Esports Championships to be Hosted at the JuCo Level - Why is NCAA So Far Behind?

NCAA who? Esports continues to permeate the college landscape and the most recent announcement shows the growing phenomenon isn't slowing down. The latest to catch the wave is the National Junior College Athletic Association. With competitions underway and championships being planned, the program could also entice a new demographic to colleges.

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Mosquito-Borne Illness Forces Race Postponement: Should Event Owners Worry?

Mosquitoes are hungry, and despite the season, they're not craving pumpkin spice. In fact, they're still causing big concerns for sports event owners. With the cancellation of a 5K in Massachusetts and the death of an individual in Maryland, rightsholders are questioning what steps they can (and should) take to help prevent insect-borne diseases.

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Can Student Athletes in College Make Money? The Saga Continues

The debate over whether college athletes should be able to make money off their own name, image and likeness took a sharp turn when California allowed it - and the NCAA fired back. What can it mean to destinations and event owners in the area - and is it a harbinger of more pushback from states to come? Here's a breakdown of what's happening.

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What Event Owners Need to Know About E-Bikes' Push into National Parks and Competitive Events

On the heels of USA Cycling's note that electrically-powered or -assisted bicycles (e-bikes for short) are finding their way into sanctioned competition, a controversial new law will allow the vehicles to be used on trails in national parks. And that has enthusiasts talking: could e-bikes one day be included in the Olympics? Here's a rundown.

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Inside Events
Inside Events: Cracker Barrell National Battle of the Bands

Inside Events: Cracker Barrell National Battle of the Bands

After spending years in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Cracker Barrell National Battle of the Bands, a showcase of marching music by Historically Black Colleges and Universities, moved to Houston. The new site was a success, with the event establishing itself as the largest African American event in Texas. Learn about the competition's evolution.

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September/October 2019

September/October 2019

This issue is a testimonial to all that goes on behind the scenes, long before spectators fill the stands and athletes take to the field. And while it all goes under the heading of due diligence, it is made even better by the fact that every single contributor to this issue is sharing ideas born out of their years of experience in the industry. The articles on venue negotiations, transportation, contingency planning and security all represent essential steps event owners must take into account before competitions go on. We invite you to read on, and to learn from their insights.

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