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Ritz-Carlton's 'Black Tax' hardly industry standard
WFAE-FM
It's not often a picture of a bar receipt goes viral. But then again it's not often a hotel bar adds an automatic surcharge that's being called by some a "Black Tax." The receipt is from the Ritz-Carlton in uptown, and that extra charge was levied during the recent CIAA basketball tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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NASC launches new job board in the Sports and Athletics Career Network
NASC
The new and improved NASC Career Center launched earlier this month. The NASC joins the Sports and Athletics Career Network, which integrates Career Centers of leading industry associations, including the NCAA, NFHS, NJCAA, and NRPA.
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Annual youth soccer event disrupted by cold, impacting Virginia hotels
Richmond Times-Dispatch
It wasn't long after the sleet and snow blasted into the Richmond, Virginia region recently before hotels felt the pain. Businesses had been expecting an influx of visitors for the Jefferson Cup, an annual youth soccer tournament that was expected to bring about 12,000 people to Richmond for the first of three weekends of matches around the region.
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Visit Dallas Cycling team kicks off
Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the sponsorship of a national women's racing team, named Visit Dallas Cycling. The three-year partnership with the FCS Cycling women's team and local FCS cycling club highlights Dallas' commitment to wellness and its growing reputation as an active, outdoor city.
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Valuable lessons are learned through participation in youth sports
The Huffington Post
Sports in the United States is a cultural phenomenon. As citizens we can be divided on many fronts, yet the bond that connects us is a shared passion for sports. Sports figures are held in high regard by our society. Because of this it is only natural that youth sports continue to gain in popularity. It is incumbent upon parents to recognize the role youth sports play in the successful development of children.
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Head injuries prove bull riders need to 'cowboy up' and wear helmets
By Denise A. Valenti
Bull riding is called "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports." The goal is to pit a bucking, raging bull weighing more than 2,000 pounds against a cowboy perched on his back. Bull riding athletes get injured and die at a rate higher than any other professional sport. Studies have demonstrated that replacing the traditional cowboy hat with a protective helmet reduces the risk of significant injury to the face and head. But established competitors have been reluctant to use a helmet because it can impede their ability to compete.
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Stadium owners' lawsuit alleges poor design, construction
Global News
The owners of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' stadium allege in a lawsuit that the architect and builder should be made to pay for extensive repairs to Investors Group Field made necessary by faulty design and construction. The $210 million CFL stadium, which opened in 2013 and will host the 2015 Grey Cup, has been plagued by problems such as leaky luxury suite roofs, insufficient insulation to keep plumbing operational in Winnipeg winters and poor drainage.
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The college basketball capital of the world
The Wall Street Journal
The residents of Lexington, Kentucky have an unbeaten team in the Kentucky Wildcats. But the citizens of Louisville can claim a different title: People there watch more college basketball than any other place on the planet.
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Symetra Tour makes long-awaited return to Massachusetts
Massachusetts Sports Office
The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, announced the addition of the W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton, Massachusetts to the 2015 schedule. The event will take place the week of Aug. 10-16.
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Experts: Sports tourism is big business for Bradenton, Manatee County
Bradenton Herald
The future identity of the Bradenton, Florida region should be sports performance — that's the conclusion of local experts with impressive numbers to back up that vision. Nationally, the sports performance industry is an annual $470 billion industry. Manatee County events alone brought 39,000 overnight guests in 2014, a 27 percent increase from 2013, noted Sharon Hillstrom, president and chief executive officer of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. Economic impact reached $72 million last year, up a whopping 34.4 percent from the previous year.
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Ice bikes gain traction in bitterly cold Buffalo, New York
The Associated Press via ABC News
If it were possible for anything to be hot in Buffalo, New York this winter, it was the newfangled "ice bikes" that debuted at an outdoor skating rink. The bicycles on ice skates were an immediate hit when they glided onto the Ice at Canalside the day the new rink opened on the city's waterfront.
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Meet Minneapolis seeking Partnership Marketing Manager — Sponsorship
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Under the direction of the Partnership Marketing Director, this position is responsible for executing the sponsorship sales strategy of the sales and marketing plan to achieve Meet Minneapolis' annual goals. This role delivers results by approaching new and existing partners to sell sponsorship packages, which are negotiated for maximum value and integrated into the long-term strategies for both parties, creating real partnerships.
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Florida county looking to boost sports tourism
Pensacola News Journal
A new sports venue is just one thing that could come out of a proposed study to determine how to attract fans and recreational enthusiasts to Escambia County, Florida. Pensacola Sports Association wants the county to spend up to $350,000 to hire a consultant and study the feasibility of building a new sports venue in an effort to boost sports and recreational tourism.
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Minor league baseball team offers seating in giant beer can
Ballpark Digest
This may end up being one of the most unique seating areas in pro baseball, as the Long Island Ducks are teaming up with a local brewery to offer 12 luxury seats in a giant beer can. Sponsored by the Roscoe Beer Company, makers of Trout Town hand-crafted beer, the "Trout Town Fan Can" will be available for rental at all Ducks home games during the 2015 season.
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Biggest distributor of sports apparel, footwear and gear is in Dallas suburbs
The Dallas Morning News
If you go to a Friday night high school football game, it’s possible that every inanimate thing you see other than the turf on the field was bought from BSN Sports LLC — uniforms, equipment, benches, bleachers, goalposts, down signs and chain sets, footballs, scoreboards, water coolers, misting fans, even the paint used for the yard lines. The same holds true for just about every team sports event at every school level anywhere in America.
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