Could the USA Host Another FIFA World Cup? It's on the Table
Looks like FIFA has its eye on the USA all over again. According to multiple sources, the United States is among the contenders to host the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup, after agreements could not be reached with either Abu Dhabi or China. FIFA has yet to confirm whether the tournament will go ahead, but the week of February 6 is under consideration.
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When Hosting, The World Equestrian Center-Ocala Doesn't Horse Around
The World Equestrian Center-Ocala is situated on 6,000 acres of gorgeous rolling hills in the heart of North-Central Florida, a locale known as the Horse Capital of the World, so named because Ocala/Marion County is home to more horses and ponies than any other county in the United States. But it's so much more than a riding destination. Find out why.
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| Competitive Hunt of Lionfish Helping Balance the Florida Ecosystem |
Ah, the ever-present problem of invasive species and the havoc they can wreak on an ecosystem. To get rid of nuisance species, we've seen carp tournaments, snakehead fishing derbies, even goldfish abatement. Now, in Florida, venomous lionfish are an enormous problem, with a body count of 5,000 native animals per year. Learn about the competitive cull.
| Driving Business Downtown with Roller Disco |
Great sports promotion alert! In 2021, the Rochester Downtown Alliance in Minnesota wanted to drive business back into the area with a quirky hybrid sport: Roller Disco. It brought 11,000-plus people into the business district, with music, fun, party lights - even the requisite mirrored disco ball. Learn about how the event is Stayin' Alive in 2022.
| Will Saudi Arabia Emerge as a Viable Olympics Host? |
As the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar approaches (the first matches will be played in less than three months), another Middle Eastern country is kicking around the idea of hosting an international event. It's Saudi Arabia, where a number of other (admittedly smaller) multi-sport events have been held. Allegations of "sportwashing" are flying, however.
| Barriers to Trail Implementations and How to Overcome Them |
Trails can benefit communities. However, it is essential to understand there are barriers that need to be prioritized. Through this process, it is possible to seek out strategies, propose solutions and develop a timetable for success. Much like a to-do list, identifying barriers and understanding their significance will guide the path forward.
| Tactics for Mitigating the Risks of Monkeypox and Other Viruses |
A surge in monkeypox cases globally and the declaration of a new public health emergency in the U.S. - hot on the heels of the pandemic-poses another frustrating health challenge for sports event organizers to manage. Large sports events, by their nature, have an exceptionally high spreadability risk. Here are ways to mitigate that risk.
| Inside Events |
Inside Events: Chicken N Pickle
The "eatertainment" venue, coupled with sports, is a growing trend nationwide. From golf (Topgolf, Puttshack) to ping-pong (Spin, Ace Eat Serve) to axe throwing (Bury the Hatchet, Urban Axes), consumers are gobbling up sports with a side of food (and bar drinks). Taking advantage of the pickleball movement (and hosting tournaments) is Chicken N Pickle.
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The great summer of 2022 is in the rear-view mirror and make no mistake, it was pretty great. Now, the road ahead of us is open for business and we're ready to make the most of it. Football has kicked off, baseball is winding down and fall sports are in full swing. We have the World Cup in Qatar to look forward to (and then the one in the U.S., Canada and Mexico), the Olympics in Paris (and after that, the Games in L.A.) as well as plenty of other highlights. This issue covers not just sports but the business issues you'll need to know.
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| Last word... |
"It's not how you start the season, it's how you finish. If you wind up helping the team make the playoffs, that's what you play for."
~ Albert Pujols, MLB first baseman and designated hitter
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