July 29, 2015 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #16: July 29, 2015

Girls Soccer on the Rise Following World Cup Moment

Maybe it's a no-brainer. Maybe it's a natural conclusion. Whatever it is, it's good news. Girls' soccer is on the rise since the spectacular performance of the U.S. Women's National Team and the subsequent great TV ratings. And getting eyeballs on screens to watch soccer is a good thing, since currently, e-sports are being listed as a real activity for kids

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Greensboro, North Carolina - 'Tournament Town' Evolves With the Addition of First-Time Events

Greensboro, North Carolina, is called "Tournament Town" for many reasons. The ACC is headquartered here, and the Greensboro Coliseum has hosted the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament 26 times and the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament 16 times. The arena also was home to the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Regional Championship in March, and will host preliminary rounds of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. But over the past year, Greensboro tourism officials have been able to make the city an even more tempting destination for championship-level competitions in everything from volleyball and gymnastics to figure skating and wrestling.

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FISE Announces Short List to Host 2016-2018 World Series

FISE has announced the cities that have made the shortlist to host the 2016-2018 World Series featuring emerging sports, including BMX, Skateboard, Roller, Mountain Bike and Wakeboard. Among the frontrunners were Denver, Colorado, and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Oh, and Qatar and Russia too. A decision is expected later this year.

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Airbnb for Business Travel: Can Sports Tourism Options be Far Behind?

It was only a matter of time before Airbnb brought out a product to address the business travel market. It's here now (at least in beta version) and is ready to go. The next question, of course, is how long until it debuts a function for sports tourism? Probably not very, considering the explosive growth of the sharing economy.

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Immigration Drives U.S. Cricket Growth

Quick: list everything you know about cricket. If you're a native-born American, chances are pretty good that the list is short. White clothes? Check. Weird bat? Check. Running around on a sports field with markings you don't understand? Check. But with immigration, cricket is growing exponentially, leading to new facilities and events.

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Palm Beach County to Showcase Water Ski Nationals

Palm Beach County will be the epicenter for the sport of waterskiing this summer. USA Water Ski will bring its National Championships to the lakes in Okeeheelee Park on August 11-15, 2015.

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Inside Events

The American Footgolf League (AFGL)

FootGolf is a combination of the sports of soccer and golf. The game is played with a regulation soccer ball at a golf course on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. It is played throughout the world, but as a sport, it is regulated by the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG).

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July/August 2015

July/August 2015

The best things in life really are free, and you'll find them in this issue of Sports Destination Management. Not only does our Perspectives article detail the best ways to recruit and work with volunteers, but all the industry experts who shared their knowledge with us did so voluntarily. Don't miss the articles on stay-to-play, working with sports commissions, legal issues, cheer & dance and the USGA. We also delve into what makes a successful event in running and road sports, combative sports and lacrosse, and we examine the Southeast as a destination. Your summer learning starts here. Turn the page to get a jump-start.

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