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Aug. 22, 2013

The hidden cost of 'free' wireless connectivity
The Huffington Post
In the social and knowledge share era, our customer's connectivity expectations are growing rapidly, challenging both IT and business models to adapt or become irrelevant. For the hospitality business, hotel guests are looking for the basics. "Wi-Fi in hotels should be like pillows: just there," said Joanna Young, CIO of UNH. For stadiums and other entertainment venues, a business driver for providing mobile connectivity is to increase ticket sales. To convince connected customers to leave their high definition living rooms and attend in-person venues, the on-premise experience must be pushed to new levels that encourage active vs. passive participation.More

Greening of sports venues in New York City
Huffington Post
New York City has long been a mecca for media, entertainment, culture, and, yes, sports. With two teams for each major sport — football, baseball, hockey, basketball — based in New York for close to half a century, there have been plenty of great sports memories tied to their iconic venues. But as those static arenas and grey stadiums get replaced by greener and more efficient facilities, there is an alliance that few sports fans know about, including this author, that is changing the way large sports complexes are designed, built, and maintained.More

Ban on ticket scalping approved in Sioux Falls
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
With multimillion-dollar event venues set to open in South Dakota's largest city, the Sioux Falls City Council has approved a ban on ticket scalping. Council members voted 6-0 to make it illegal to resell event tickets for more than face value within a half mile of the event venue. People who violate the ban could face a fine of up to $500 and a 30-day jail sentence. The move will enable the Sioux Falls Sports Authority to make bids on hosting NCAA athletic events such as postseason tournaments, authority Executive Director Wes Hall said.More

NCAA open to non-NFL stadiums hosting lacrosse championships
ABC News via The Baltimore Sun
In response to an attendance downturn at recent NCAA men's lacrosse championship weekends, the organization is now open to allowing non-NFL stadiums to serve as hosts in upcoming years. The development comes on the heels of three consecutive years of reduced attendance for Championship Weekend. Attendance at May's Division I semifinals (28,444) and final (28,224) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia was the lowest since the final four began rotating between M&T Bank Stadium, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and Lincoln Financial Field in 2003.More

NCAA Site selection and bid process update
NCAA
Click here to view the full memo from the NCAA, concerning site selections and bids.More

Palm Beach County awarded the largest amateur tennis tournament in the world
Palm Beach County Sports Commission
Palm Beach County will be home to the world's largest amateur tennis tournament. The International Tennis Federation announced that it will bring its ITF Senior World Championships to Palm Beach County. The United States Tennis Association, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and Triosports International, a Palm Beach County based sports production firm, are partnering to host one of the most prestigious international tennis events in the United States for only the third time in the past 15 years.More

Sun Belt tie-in sweetens Camellia Bowl deal
Montgomery Advertiser
The Camellia Bowl would have been a hit with city leaders in any case. Adding the Sun Belt Conference as one of the participants only sweetened the deal. With no possibility of ever landing a Southeastern Conference team in a 21,000-seat Cramton Bowl, the next best bet was the Sun Belt Conference, which includes Troy University. "It was huge," bowl executive director Johnny Williams said.More

The hidden cost of 'free' wireless connectivity
The Huffington Post
In the social and knowledge share era, our customer's connectivity expectations are growing rapidly, challenging both IT and business models to adapt or become irrelevant.More

Winston-Salem Open continues to evolve with new stadium, amenities
The Business Journal
Two years ago, Bill Oakes was scrambling to pull together the first Winston-Salem Open after coming on board as tournament director just seven months before the first match.More

Community Olympic Development Program designation awarded to Easton Newberry Sports Complex
Team USA
Easton Newberry Sports Complex, a shared-use facility that combines the Easton Foundation Archery Center with the City of Newberry Recreation Department, has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee as a Community Olympic Development Program.More

Arnold Sports Festival losing venue
The Associated Press via WBNS-TV
Organizers of the sports festival co-founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger will keep it in central Ohio despite the planned demolition of a Columbus convention facility used for the event. The venues for Arnold Sports Festival include Veterans Memorial, where a statue of the actor and former California governor is his bodybuilding prime was unveiled last year.More

Obstacle racing faces obstacles of its own
Mary Helen Sprecher via Athletic Business
A friend mentioned to me recently that the sport of obstacle racing is in its adolescence. Do you think that's accurate? Does a sport have to reach the teen years to be in its adolescence, or does 'adolescence' just describe a stage of its growth? I think in this case, my friend (she does these races) was referring to the fact that the sport is filled with promise, but going through an awkward stage.More