Issue #44: September 21, 2016

A Fed-up NCAA Pulls its Championships from North Carolina

NCAA announced last week that it will remove all its championship events, including the opening rounds of March Madness, from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. "The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections."

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Destination Spotlight

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Capital Improvements Make Oklahoma's Capitol City a Major Midwest Destination

Oklahoma City is a capital destination for sports. Softball, wrestling and paddle sports play here. USA Softball is here, and the Women's College World Series returns annually. Oklahoma City University has been a pioneer in women's wrestling, and a whitewater rafting and kayaking center opened in May. Thanks to an epic decades-long capital improvements plan, Oklahoma City has moved well beyond its cowboys and Indians heritage - although it's been home to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for more than 60 years - and now hosts a wide variety of sporting events every year.

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In other news and commentary...
Adventure Travelers Seeking More Destinations

The next wave of sports travel might be destination hiking, cycling, kayaking and more, according to studies. In other words, the journey is as important as the sport, and it all adds up to good economic impact, provided planners know how to leverage it.

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Corporate Sponsorships May Spearhead Golf's Resurgence

Zika might scare golfers, but nothing scares golf sponsors. Worldwide spending on golf is expected to total $1.82 billion in 2016, up 5.1% from 2015, according to research, with spending including significant sponsorship of professional and amateur sanctioning bodies and tournaments, charity fundraisers, endorsement deals and corporate hospitality.

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Rockford Revived a Wacky Tradition and 20,000 People Showed Up

Whatever floats your boat, particularly in Rockford, Illinois, where a homegrown raft race raised $9,000 and brought in nearly 20,000 spectators to watch the offbeat procession of goofy watercraft. And honestly, with T-shirts reading "Get Your Ship Together," what wasn't there to love?

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Scrambling to Reroute Marine Corps Marathon Following Transit Problems

Thousands of runners and 100,000-plus spectators are tinkering with their schedules, thanks (or no thanks) to train mass transit problems that have resulted in changes to the Marine Corps Marathon. But it's not the first time big events have suffered, and planners have scrambled, trying to accommodate last-minute problems.

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Pop Warner Association in New Jersey Plans a Comeback

In New Jersey, the Pop Warner football association that canceled its season after losing many players to flag football (thanks, or more likely, no thanks to concerns over concussions and other injuries), is making a concerted effort to get back on the field.

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Getting the Word Out on an Indoor Sport

Olympic inclusion is a big deal, sure, but one sport is celebrating its first inclusion in a multi-sport event without Olympic rings. It's floorball, a form of indoor hockey, and will be seen at the World Games. Oh, and it's looking for host cities for its next championship events.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Fencing

USA Fencing walked away from Rio a winner with four medals, and immediately embarked on a nationwide tour to help build excitement about the sport. Get to know this sport, its goals and what it takes to host one of its fast-growing events.

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Hawaii natives Bakio and Brian Downes participated in the Surf City Surf Dog event, coming to Huntington Beach/Surf City USA on Sept. 25. Participants include Puppies Make Me Happy. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

We want to see you! Send your Instagram photos. Take pictures of your events, and share them with #SportsDestinations. Select photos will be presented on sportsdestinations.com, SDM Blitz and in the latest issues of Sports Destination Management magazine. We're looking for those photos that depict what you and your events are all about. Anything you think is a great representation of your event - all are welcome! Use #SportsDestinations via twitter or Instagram.

 

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July/August 2016

July/August 2016

This month's issue of Sports Destination Management will get you revved up for Rio. From articles on running and road sports to legal issues about sports travel, there's something here for every planner to learn from. What's the best way to work with sports commissions and CVBs? How can you effectively engage volunteers and implement a successful stay-to-play policy? What are some of the best destinations and facilities? Start your summer learning experience here.

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