Issue #23: November 18, 2015

Inaugural US Open Pickleball Championships Coming to Naples, Florida

Some sports just suddenly seem to harness the enthusiasm of the public. Rock climbing was one. Mud races were another. Now, the buzz is all about pickleball. The sport, growing exponentially with the over-50 crowd, is in clubs, in parks, even on cruise ships. And with the first US Open planned, the momentum is not letting up, so event planners had better be ready.

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Special Report

2015 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

In this issue, we introduce our awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism, with examples of quantifiable success stories resulting from the event-destination relationship. From team sports to individual pursuits and from traditional activities to the offbeat, all played a vital role in the economy of sports tourism.

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In other news and commentary...
Settlement Means No More Heading in Youth Soccer

The 'No Headers/No Brainer' campaign championed by Brandi Chastain took another step forward. The U.S. Soccer Federation announced a player safety campaign that eliminates heading for children 10 and under, and limits heading in practice for ages of 11 to 13. The settlement affects all levels of play from U-18 down, starting December 2015.

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Erie County, OH, Signs Agreement for $24 Million Youth Sports Complex

In an effort to lure more youth sports teams - and the spectators they bring - to the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, Erie County commissioners recently signed a deal with park developer Cedar Fair to build a proposed $24 million sports complex center in Sandusky, Ohio on Cleveland Road.

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Not in My Backyard: Planners See New Rules on Sports in Denver's Parks

The fun runs, benefit bicycle rides and charity walks streaming through Denver's parks weren't considered fun, charitable or beneficial to those living near the parks, and those folks complained to their local officials. As a result, the town drew a hard line, putting a complete moratorium on new events, specifically runs, walks and bicycle races.

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New for the 2020 Olympics: Driverless Taxis

The Internet of Things might become the Internet of the Olympic Rings. Japan is planning to use the 2020 Games in Tokyo to show the world it's still a tech leader. And one of those demos could attract as much attention as anything playing out in a pool, a gym or on a field.

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Memo to Sports Planners: Get Online Mobile Payment Functionality. Now.

Mobile payment transactions, meaning using the smartphone to pay for just about anything, are expected to explode in popularity. In fact, the total value of mobile payment transactions is expected to grow 210 percent in 2016. And for event organizers, that translates into an easy choice: Keep up or get left behind.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: US Masters Swimming

US Masters Swimming is made up of nearly 64,000 swimmers ages 18 and up nationwide. Benefits include insurance, a regular magazine, sanctioned events and more. USMS and its 52 Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSCs) provide support to more than 1,500 Masters Swimming clubs and workout groups. Most Masters Swimming programs have coaches on deck.

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Instagram Photo Contest

This issue's photo is from the United States Olympic Committee, courtesy of Getty Images 2015.

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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November/December 2015

November/December 2015

This issue of Sports Destination Management has all the trends keeping sports current. Learn about the forces shaping volleyball, tennis, equestrian events and strength and fitness competitions. There's also a great profile of US Soccer and on the Midwest. You'll learn about event merchandising, hotel negotiations and using apps in event management, as well as hints on keeping an event fresh, year after year. Plus coverage of our first ever awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. We're honoring the events and partners that make our industry great and you won't want to miss a word of it.

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