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MLB draft to Omaha? Discussions are underway
Omaha World-Herald
Major League Baseball is apparently considering moving its draft location. And Omaha, Nebraska might be an option. Why? Since some of the best college players are already in one place for the College World Series, the thought is that maybe those talents would attend the draft and add some intrigue to an event that could use more pizzazz.
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You work hard as an event host to bring in events, tournaments and meetings that you think will be perfect for your space. Yes, you may wish you had mega-complexes with dozens of fields, courts and diamonds so you could attract just about any organization that might want to come your way. That doesn't mean you can't bring in top-notch events to your area.
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Washington city scores tourism points with squash championship
The Seattle Times
In November, Bellevue, Washington's Meydenbauer Center will feature a luminous glass court surrounded by 3,000 international fans for the 2015 Men's World Squash Championship. It will be the first time the competition has been in the United States and, for many locals, will serve as an introduction to the intimate, fast-paced racket sport that's played by about 20 million people around the world. It will also be a coming-out party for what will be a $12.5 million renovation of Bellevue's convention center as well as a ramped-up effort by the city and its tourism marketing organization, Visit Bellevue Washington, to showcase the city and attract leisure and convention visitors.
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Tennessee panel: Repurpose coliseum, build youth sports complex
The Commercial Appeal
In what could be considered a win for both city of Memphis, Tennessee officials and Mid-South Coliseum supporters, a panel of national development experts said the city should redevelop the Fairgrounds as an amateur sports and retail complex, with a repurposed Coliseum at its heart, for $184 million. The independent Urban Land Institute panel trotted out a procession of changes to the city's $233 million conceptual plan — including adding a 10-acre family-focused water park — but ultimately upheld its nexus: a sports complex anchored by a $37.5 million multipurpose facility, with basketball courts inside and multiuse fields outside.
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California ballparks get creative to conserve water
The Associated Press via ABC News
All around California, ballparks are trying to come up with ways to conserve water as the state faces a historic drought. Cities and towns and even agricultural areas in the farming-rich state have been told to cut back on water. Sports venues are finding it's taking some creativity and a lot of experimentation to find ways to do their part.
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Pope Francis calls for youth sports shakeup
The Huffington Post
Overlooked in Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical concerning the environment is his advocacy of youth sports as a means of respecting children's dignity and of helping children to climb out of poverty. Emphasizing the critical influence that coaches have on their players, he directed sports leaders to open their organizations to the children who are typically excluded and who can benefit the most from being on their teams.
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Paralyzed Veterans of America, Department of Veterans Affairs recognize Dallas Sports Commission as a host sponsor of Veterans Wheelchair Games
Dallas Sports Commission
Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs are proud to recognize the Dallas Sports Commission as one of the national host sponsors of the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year's Games, scheduled for June 21-26 in Dallas. As a national host sponsor, the Dallas Sports Commission has provided invaluable assistance to the Games locally and will serve as an event host sponsor for the boccia and power soccer competitions.
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Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau announces realignment of Sales & Services Department; promotions, new sales staff
New Hanover County Touri sm Development Authority via NASC
Kim Hufham, president/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority, announced the promotions of two longtime employees and the addition of two new employees to the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau team of destination sales professionals.
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Kent County Regional Sports Complex 'The Turf' moving forward
Delaware Sports Commission via NASC
Delaware is moving ahead in its efforts to open one of the most versatile sports complexes in the Mid-Atlantic in fall 2016, when The Turf all-weather, 12-field facility is scheduled to begin hosting tournaments just outside of Dover. A nationwide search for an executive director is the next step in the project to create the lighted, all-weather and practically weatherproof center. Also known as the Kent County Regional Sports Complex, the facility is designed to accommodate tournament play, and is quickly adaptable to a variety of sports, including lacrosse, soccer, football, field hockey and ultimate Frisbee as well as other non-sports-related events.
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Why not replace tackle programs with flag football?
Philly.com
Parents, school officials, and anyone else involved in tackle football for kids 18 and under need to ask themselves a question: Why not flag football? Let's be honest. The violence and sheer brutality are a big part of tackle football's appeal.
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New Jersey might require defibrillators at youth sports leagues
Courier-Post
Youth sports leagues in New Jersey would be required to have defibrillators — and people trained to use them — at every game and every practice starting in September, under legislation advancing in the Legislature. Automated external defibrillators are already required at schools to diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmias. Legislation to expand that mandate to recreation departments and nonprofits could make it to Gov. Chris Christie's desk this month.
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Columbus to host one of USA Volleyball's signature events in Boys' Junior National Championships
Columbus Sports Commision via NASC
USA Volleyball will host the 2015 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in Columbus June 28-July 5 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The event, which was awarded to the Greater Columbus Sports Commission and the Ohio Valley Region of USA Volleyball is estimated to generate nearly $13 million in visitor spending.
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Canadian city sees big dollars from selling ads at sport fields, city buildings
CBC News
Sudbury, Ontario city councillors want advertisers to know that city space is for sale. Staff suggested trying out some banners on the fences at the James Jerome sports complex for maybe as much as $3,000, including the $500 cost of printing the ads, and then spreading the program to other city properties. Ski hills, rink boards and swimming pool walls were also mentioned as possible ad space.
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Why green spaces are good for childrens' brains
The Washington Post
When it comes to the physical and psychological benefits of being exposed to nature — and especially to scenery that is filled with lush plant life — the evidence lately has been rolling in. In what appears to be the first study of its kind, a team of researchers find myriad additional benefits for schoolchildren who go to schools that feature lots of green spaces and natural scenery. Kids exposed to more greenery — as measured by satellite imagery of their schools and neighborhoods — showed not only better attention, but also superior working memory.
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Pele made Cosmos debut 40 years ago, molded US soccer as we know it
ESPN
Forty years ago this week, Pele made his official debut for the New York Cosmos. They lined up against the Dallas Tornado and the best-known American player at the time, Kyle Rote Jr., at Downing Stadium on Randall's Island. The game was nationally televised on CBS, and the decrepit stadium had been spruced up for the occasion. In fact, it's become part of the folklore of Pele's time in the U.S. that the dirt patches on the field had been painted green for the cameras, prompting a worried Pele to return to the locker room at halftime fretting that he'd picked up a fungal infection. That those cameras were pointed at the field at all was something of a miracle.
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Project Director, Sioux Falls Sports Authority
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Chief Operating Officer, Omaha Sports Commission
The C.O.O. of the OSC is a new position within the organization. The successful applicant will move into the President/Executive Director role upon the pending retirement of the incumbent (timeframe TBD). The C.O.O. will have the primary functions of managing and directing the OSC staff and the OSC strategic plan during this interim phase, while the President is managing the 2016 Olympic Trials — Swimming until August 2016.
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Executive Director, Kent County Regional Sports Complex
The Executive Director shall be responsible for the overall financial and administrative management of the KCRSC and its contracts, projects, programs and recruitment of tournaments. The Executive Director shall report directly to the Board of Directors and have the necessary authority to carry out this responsibility, subject to the policies adopted by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director shall be an ex officio member of the Board and Executive Committee.
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Risky outdoor behavior gives kids better physical, mental health
Medical Daily
Children who lead a rough and tumble lifestyle tend to have parents with a great deal of trepidation. While many parents don't approve of too much horseplay, the unhealthy side effects of physical inactivity are pretty well-defined. A recent study conducted at the University of British Columbia has found that risky outdoor play can improve a child's physical and mental health.
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In college baseball, big hits are back, back, back
The New York Times
The American flag in center field at TD Ameritrade Park hung limp when Rhett Wiseman, the junior right fielder for Vanderbilt, the defending College World Series champion, stepped in on for his turn in batting practice. Ten minutes later, the left-handed-hitting Wiseman counted six balls that had cleared the fence in right and right-center. Last year, Wiseman said, the higher-seamed baseballs used by the NCAA never would have traveled that far.
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