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AUG 2018

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August 2018 4 If you're thinking of upping your game with sponsorships this year, Selena Chavis' article: "Sponsorship A-Game: Best Practices to Secur- ing and Retaining Sponsors," provides solid tips to engage business partners and deliver what was promised. Technology, creativity, savvy negotiations and a digital footprint are just some of the things needed to build valuable partnerships. See page 16. On the youth sports front, Tammy Leytham looks at the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and its rising popularity. Known as pankration, the sport limits contact striking and emphasizes technique and sportsmanship – a far cry from the images seen on the adult and professional level of United Fight Club (UFC) matches where athletes defensively cover their heads while being straddled by an opponent who is throwing blood-spattering strikes. With 3.4 million kids age six and older participating in pankration each year and more than a million of those kids competing in sanctioned events, this is one sport that is literally fighting for acceptance. Two states, California and Florida currently allow organized competitions, but the perception of locking kids in cages and letting them fight it out to the end makes lawmakers reluctant to legalize youth mixed martial arts matches in their states. With strict rules, regulations, education, certification and a focus on core disciplines, this sport may soon come out of the shadows and into an arena near you. See page 37. As always, I hope you find something in each issue that starts a conversation, provides helpful tips or even reminds you that our industry is still growing and thriving. SportsEvents is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is mailed under standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO SportsEvents Subscription Office, P.O. Box 16868, North Hollywood, CA 91615. Editorial ideas and manuscripts are welcomed. However, all unsolicited manuscripts and photographs must be sent with return postage; otherwise SportsEvents cannot be responsible for returning them. Copyright 2018 by Covey Communications Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher is strictly forbidden. EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2001 West First Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 968-5300 / Fax (251) 968-4532 MAILING ADDRESS P. O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 E-MAIL WEBSITE PUBLISHER J. Talty O'Connor MANAGING EDITOR Sherri Middleton DIRECTOR OF SALES Shellie Kichler ADVERTISING Kelsey Carpenter EXECUTIVE SALES & MARKETING Amy Peebles COORDINATOR DESIGN SERVICES Kelly Williams MANAGER MANAGER, TRAFFIC Stephanie Eckman & PROMOTIONS FINANCE MANAGER Mandi Morrison CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashley Strickland CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Beth Kujawski Paige Townley Tammy Leytham Selena Chavis EDITORIAL Jon Butler, ADVISORY BOARD Pop Warner Little Scholars Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports Jamie Adams, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Alicia McConnell, U.S. Olympic Committee James Parker, Amateur Athletic Union Jon Schmieder, CSEE Huddle Up Group EDITOR'S PLAY•BY•PLAY From Pankration to Sponsorships, We've Got You Covered! Managing Editor

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