FIFA Begins Visits to Potential 2026 World Cup Host Cities
It's not your imagination - you really are seeing more announcements from sports commissions nationwide about their cities' campaigns to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. That's because the in-person inspections of venues and cities are finally underway. So what do we know about the visits? When do they conclude? And is a big announcement expected?
Pigs, Pickles and Planes in Goldsboro-Wayne County
Nestled in the heart of eastern North Carolina between Raleigh and the coast, Goldsboro-Wayne County is a destination with rich culture and a unique and compelling heritage. The area has deep military and agricultural roots - as well as legendary barbecue. In fact, destination officials sum up everything with the three big Ps: pigs, pickles and planes.
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|Streaming Scams Should Be on Event Owners' Radars|
Now taking the field: scammers. High schools and youth sports event owners, who are depending on live streams to have students seen by out-of-town family, not to mention college coaches, now find themselves having to grapple with fraudulent vendors of streamed games and other activities. Here are some tips on fighting the frauds and educating users.
|Women's Triathlon is ThisClose to NCAA Championship Status|
The varsity women's collegiate triathlon series began in early September with high hopes that 2021 might finally be the year that triathlon becomes a full-fledged NCAA Championship sport. And after officially becoming an Emerging Sport for Women in 2014, the finish line is in sight - so close, in fact, that USA Triathlon officials are losing sleep.
|Up for Bid: The 2023 3v3 LIVE National Championships|
The wave of the future is small-sided sports, responsible for teaching kids the fundamentals of the game, including, of course, having fun and playing your best. 3v3 LIVE is looking for destination partners to help it fulfill its mission by hosting the 2023 National Championships. Does your city have what it takes? There's only one way to find out!
|That's a Wrap: Successful Season Concludes at Meijer Sports Complex|
The West Michigan Sports Commission is preparing to close the books on a successful baseball/softball season at the Meijer Sports Complex. A total of 25 tournaments will have run across the fields between April and October, attracting 684 teams, 8,892 athletes and 22,230 spectators who used 5,973 hotel room nights and spent more than $5.6 million.
| Golf's Soaring Popularity Blowing Up Demands for Tee Times, Equipment|
This calls for WAY more than a golf clap. The sport's popularity is soaring. About 3 million people played for the first time last year. 6 million of the people on course are female, an increase of about 450,000. And more than one-quarter of junior players are minorities. Want more good news? Sales and rental of equipment are up as well. Learn more.
|DEADLINE TOMORROW: Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism|
SDM wants to salute events held in either 2020 or 2021 that have helped our industry not just survive but thrive. New this year is a special category, "Sports Heroes of the Pandemic" - those who managed to put on events against all odds in 2020. Click NOW to learn more (and to enter) your 2020 or 2021 event! Tomorrow is the deadline.
Inside Events: Elite Tournaments
A Memorial Day weekend tournament where more than 750 teams used 60 different fields in three separate counties, as well as 6,000 room nights...Elite Tournaments obviously has hit on the winning formula. Meet the full-service company that does everything from publicity to logistics to merchandise sales to financial management, and hear their insights.
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