Issue #68: September 20, 2017

Latest Stats Show Fishing Reeling in More Participants Than Ever

Step aside, sport climbing and soccer. What is bringing in kids and adults these days is a sport that has been around for, well, millennia: fishing. The key finding in a new report is this staggering statistic: fishing has 1.5 million more participants than it did last year.

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Destination Spotlight

An Outdoor Sports Paradise in Northern California

When it comes to outdoor activities and adventures, Redding, California, is a paradise with endless possibilities. Located right on the Sacramento River, 160 miles north of Sacramento and about a three-hour drive north of San Francisco, Redding offers outdoor options for all ages. This beautiful location, cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, has more than 300 days of sunshine a year, cementing the town's claim to being the "sunniest city in California." The area has an abundance of state and national parks, along with all types of water sports. In fact, the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, with its miles of opportunities, is nicknamed the "Gem of the U.S. Trail System."

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Featured Destination

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission: Field a Winning Tournament

Need a tournament host? Here's one thing to remember: all roads lead to the Midlands of South Carolina and the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission. With 45-plus competition surfaces and an onsite team of planning pros, this destination's picturesque parks and skilled planning team add up to an exceptional competition ready to score big with players and parents alike.

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In other news and commentary...
NOMINATIONS OPEN: 2017 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Awards

It's time for Sports Destination Management to recognize sports tourism leaders who have contributed to the industry of sports tourism. We need your help to salute those who have helped sports tourism grow to be a $10 billion industry. We are looking for successful events that have made an outstanding economic impact. This includes all types of sports events, at all levels of play.

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Hurricane Irma's Impact Felt on Sports at All Levels

For the second time in as many weeks, professional, college and high school sports were forced to make major adjustments in the wake of Mother Nature's fury. Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida and worked its way up the south half of the East Coast, making a significant impact.

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IOC President Open to eSports but Prefers the Types of Games that Promote 'Peace Among People'

And you thought the idea of eSports in the Olympics was just going to cause grumbling among purists who rejected its classification as a sport. Get ready for grumbling from players when they learn that any eSports to be hosted in 2024 will have to be those without violence.

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Report from Philadelphia: NFL Draft Brings $94.9M Economic Impact

A quarter-million people. Nearly a billion-dollar impact. Football always had great numbers but the impact on Philly during the 2017 NFL draft was astounding. Here is just a sampling, as well as a glimpse of why just about any city would want to host this event.

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Ski Resorts Reporting a Blizzard of Economic Impact, Even in the Summer

Fall is moving in and for once, ski resorts aren't in any rush to see the snow fly. With the off-season (May through October) not even fully over, venues and communities are already reporting revenues up to 90 percent of their entire off-season in 2016.

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Soccer Official: Only 'Crazy Action' By Trump Could Thwart U.S. World Cup Bid

How secure do the organizers of the Canada/Mexico/USA World Cup bid feel? Confident enough to go out on a limb and say that only a "crazy action" on the part of the president could undermine the effort. Here's a look inside that audacious statement.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: Huntsman World Senior Games

The Huntsman World Senior Games, an international multi-sport event for athletes age 50 and up, is held in St. George, Utah, next month. It includes 29 medal-eligible sports, as well as health screenings, social events, concerts and dances, for a unique visitor experience. Learn about the event that brings in 11,000 athletes from around the world and has nearly a $17 million impact on the city.

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July/August 2017

July/August 2017

If your interests include not merely sports themselves but the business of sports, this issue is for you. Leading off, we have an article on planning international sports events, negotiating the stay-to-play policy, best practices in volunteer recruitment and engagement - and working with sports commissions and CVBs. There's also excellent coverage of the Southeast as a destination, road sports, lacrosse and combative sports, as well as volleyball and competitive cheer. Who could ask for more? Click here to start the learning process.

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"You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four."

~ Dan Birdwell, formerly of the Oakland Raiders, on the mindset necessary for professional football






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