Issue #3: January 28, 2015

Promoting Football to Kids? Not Ditka

Lots of parents want their kids to enjoy the same sports they did. Not Mike Ditka. In a recent interview on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumble" focusing on former pro football players who are suffering cognitive issues as a result of their days on the field, the NFL Hall of Famer said he would not, as a father, allow a son to play football these days. more

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Stay Ahead of the Game in Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock earned the nickname, "The Hub City," for the five major highways that pass through town, forming a hub. That feature, along with Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB), puts Lubbock within easy reach of thousands of sports traveling families, and helps the city welcome team after team, athlete after athlete. And while stress-free transportation and outstanding service are Lubbock standards, this West Texas town knows that it takes more than that to knock one out of the park. As longtime home to a variety of sports events, Lubbock's team knows detail and steadfast dedication to visiting teams will keep planners coming back to the area. more

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In other news and commentary...
Birmingham, AL, Tapped for World Games 2021

#Boston2024? That's so two weeks ago. Get ready for the Birmingham, Alabama, hashtag, #bhm2021. With the announcement of Birmingham as host of the 2021 World Games, a multi-sport festival similar to the Olympics, the celebrations are on - and for good reason, with a $250 million economic impact expected. more

Atlantic City Ready to Gamble on Sports Tourism

Long the home of the Miss America pageant, family vacations - and ultimately, casinos - Atlantic City's fortunes have declined through the years. So what's a resort to do? In this case, the city has turned its attention toward sports tourism and has a plan in place to bring in the teams. more

No Room at the Inn: Super Bowl Tourism Expanding Into Private Homes

Hotel rooms are booked. Bed-and-breakfasts don't even have roll-away cots left. And campgrounds? Forget about it. Those spaces were taken a long time ago. So what's left for the visitor who comes to Arizona seeking lodging during the Super Bowl? Private homes, of course. Here's a snapshot view of the market. more

Study: Cost of Sports Keeps Sidelining Kids

It shouldn't come as a surprise, really. A recent study shows the ever-increasing cost of sports participation keeps many parents from enrolling their children in teams. A total of 42 percent of parents surveyed said at least one of their school-age children participated in school sports during the 2013-14 academic year. However, there were substantial differences in participation based on household income. more

Inside Events

Inside Events: International Senior Softball Association

The International Senior Softball Association, ISSA, offers 22 tournaments a year around the U.S. Like its athletes, it's an organization showing no signs of slowing down, with participation having grown 20 percent for the last four years. Learn what is new, what is growing and what is popular with this dynamic group. more

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January/February 2015

January/February 2015

Make a resolution to start 2015 the right way. The January/February issue of Sports Destination Management has the tools you'll need to create a better bid package, promote your event through targeted social media strategies and even learn about live-streaming events. We're covering the basketball facilities you just might be seeing this March, but this issue also brings you the chance to learn about the trends shaping winter events, the facilities of the Northeast and how BMX and skateboard events are gearing up for warm weather. We also have a special section highlighting up-and-coming destinations for sports. Get started by clicking now! more

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