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Sports tourism may help offset low numbers at Coast hotels
WLOX-TV
Hotel occupancy numbers on the Coast are down. But, while this holiday weekend may not be as rosy as tourism leaders would like. There might be a light in an unlikely form. Sports tourism may help offset the low numbers. With the crack of a bat, this Memorial Day weekend on the Coast is filled with softball.
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Shipping can be one of the most complicated — and costly — activities for any small business. Poor or no planning can result in overpaying, as well as losing sales if the business can't provide consistent and cost-effective delivery to its customers.

Do you negotiate competitive discounts with your shipping providers? Do your purchase invoices include shipping and handling charges? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then you could very well be overpaying for your shipping.

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Hoteliers score business with sports groups
Hotel News Now
After numerous and varied experiences while traveling personally for youth sports events and completing several recent feasibility studies for hotels and resorts with sports facilities, it's clear the relationship between the sports travel industry and the hospitality industry is significant. In order to understand this relationship, trends in sports participation, with particular attention paid to trends in sports spending, need to be analyzed.
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Seat Machine LLC invites all major league and college sports teams to unload unsold tickets onto their site
PRWeb
The revolutionary new ticketing website SeatMachine.com invites all major league and college sports teams to unload unsold tickets onto their site. Seat Machine LLC, a company that's main focus is to give fans an opportunity to name their own price for Concerts, Sports and Theater tickets in the secondary ticketing market, launched the website on May 6, 2013. "We realize that many seats in sports venues remain empty and we want to fill those seats with fans who wouldn't normally have the opportunity" says Co-Owner Nick Georgakopoulos. "There is no reason why each event should not be sold out."
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Heart scare prompts push for defibrillators at youth sports venues
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Some quick thinking, a good response time and a lot of luck kept one boy's heart beating and inspired a mother to push for change. Five minutes into the game, that excitement turned to panic when Adam collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest. An emergency room doctor and a nurse on adjacent fields rushed over after hearing his mother's panicked screams. They administered CPR to the unconscious boy until Emergency Medical Services could respond.
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Sports tourism may help offset low numbers at Coast hotels
WLOX-TV
Hotel occupancy numbers on the Coast are down. But, while this holiday weekend may not be as rosy as tourism leaders would like. There might be a light in an unlikely form.

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Sports event travel continues to grow
Post-Bulletin
In 2012, 27.5 million visitors spent over $8.3 billion at sporting events in the U.S. These visitors spend money on lodging, transportation, food, etc. and it makes a huge impact on the local economy where events are held.

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Stadium innovations a priority to NFL owners
USA Today
NFL owners will meet to discuss issues involving the league, including player safety. Stephen Jones says there will be another pressing issue on the agenda: the increasing problem of getting NFL fans off the couch, away from their high-definition TVs and back into stadium seats.

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Raleigh, NC, to host Ironman triathlon
Triangle Business Journal
More than 2,300 athletes from around the world will compete in the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Raleigh, N.C., triathlon. This marks the first ever Ironman race held in North Carolina and is one of nearly 60 events to be held Sunday in the global Ironman 70.3 series. "Having Ironman come to Raleigh is a thrill," said Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. "It is such a positive event. While the economic impact is significant, we shouldn't overlook the opportunity to share Raleigh with the participants."
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Building a better racetrack is not a losing bet
Forbes
If the only time you pay attention to horse racing is during the Triple Crown, you might think that going to the races is a fairly upmarket affair. Celebrity red-carpet entrances, features on famous horse owners, and segments on fashion, hats, and fancy cocktails are pretty much de rigeur in mainstream coverage and industry PR campaigns. Day-to-day, though, the picture isn't quite as pretty.
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