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EVENT: Playboy Scramble GolfTournament
DATES: August-October
HISTORY: 2000 is the inaugural season.
CONTACT: Chris Workman, tournament manager, (813) 265-2899, fax (813) 265-2799, clw@playboyscramble.com
THE PITCH: Top golf courses are needed to host local qualifying events for Playboy's nationwide amateur golf tournament. Amateur teams of four players register online at playboyscramble.com, where they are directed to a participating local course. Top teams progress with their course golf pro through regional rounds to a two-day finals event in Los Angeles and an accompanying "19th Hole" VIP party at the Playboy Mansion. Local host golf courses retain greens fees and benefit from grassroots promotion.


TEAM: USA Bowling
EVENT: Intercollegiate Bowling Championships
DATES: April 2002-2004
HISTORY: Wichita, Kan. (Northrock Lanes), 1998 and 1999; Grand Rapids, Mich. (Spectrum Lanes in Wyoming, Mich.), 2000
CONTACT: Cheryl Stoesser, Bowling Inc., event manager, (414) 423-3371, fax (414) 421-9188, cstoes@bowl.com, www.bowl.com/bowl/index.html
THE PITCH: 16 men's and 16 women's teams (160 participants plus coaches) compete over the three-day event from Thursday through Saturday. The bowling center must have a minimum of 40 lanes, seating for 500-plus, meeting rooms and a media office. The event attracts more than 500 spectators from local area and participating teams. 175 hotel rooms are needed for participants. A banquet room with a capacity of at least 500 people is required for the opening reception and banquet on Wednesday night, and can be held at either the bowling center or hosting hotel.


TEAM: Aggressive SkatersAssociation (ASA)
EVENT: X Games Qualifiers/Aggressive Skaters Association Tour
DATES: April 1-July 1, 2001 and 2002
HISTORY: Various cities internationally and domestically (Milwaukee, Nashville, Las Vegas, St. Petersburg, Fla., Rome, London, Tokyo, Munich)
CONTACT: Rick Bratman, president, (310) 823-1865 ext. 303, fax (310) 823-4146, rbratman@asaskate.com, www.asaskate.com
THE PITCH: An average of 30,000 spectators turn out to see 60-70 participants compete in two X Games-qualifying events over three days (Friday-Sunday). The ideal city needs 35,000 to 40,000 square feet of area to set up equipment, and should be in a high foot traffic and scenic area. An area of 15,000 square feet of smooth, uninhabited asphalt would be a major plus. The tour consists of 21 events, each one searching for a city. The city would gain extensive television coverage through ESPN and ESPN2, as well as local and regional media coverage.


TEAM: USA Badminton
EVENT:
U.S. Senior NationalChampionships
DATES: March 2001, 2002
HISTORY: Louisiana State University Field House (capacity 500), Shreveport, La., 2000
CONTACT: Barb Kissick, director of program development, (719) 578-4808, fax (719) 578-4507, usab@usabadminton.org
THE PITCH: The three-day event attracts 100-150 participants. The venue should be able to host 10-20 matches simultaneously. Events include various age divisions beginning with age 35, with increments of five years, to 70-plus. There is a national rotation on the event, with a goal of hosting at least 200 athletes. The host hotel should be able to accommodate the traveling parties for at least three nights. The bid deadline is immediately.


TEAM: Senior Softball USA
EVENT: Senior World Championships
DATES: From third week of August until second week of October, 2002-2003, depending on climate of location
HISTORY: Phoenix, 1999; Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Roseville, Calif., 2000
CONTACT: Terry Hennessey, executive director, (916) 393-8566, fax (916) 393-8350, terrhenn@aol.com or www.seniorsoftball.com
THE PITCH: Over the course of 10 days, three divisions (Major, AAA, AA) of players compete for the crown of world champion. Each division has approximately 100 teams and 1,500 international participants. An average of 400-500 hotel rooms is needed each night for the event. The ideal venue is a softball complex with four fields per division. Awards and special event ceremonies are usually held at fields or stadiums, where space allows. About 200 spectators can be expected. The championships draw heavy national and international media coverage, including South America, Europe, Australia and Japan.


TEAM: USA Badminton
EVENT:
U.S. Junior NationalChampionships
DATES: July 2001, 2002
HISTORY: Orange County Badminton Club, Orange, Calif., (capacity 2,000), 1998-2000
CONTACT: Barb Kissick, director of program development, (719) 578-4808, fax (719) 578-4507, usab@usabadminton.org
THE PITCH: The Junior Nationals are held in July annually with 200-plus participants. Events include seven age categories from ages 9-22 in boys' and girls' singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The minimum number of badminton courts is 12. The host hotel should be able to accommodate 300 rooms for at least three nights. The event is looking for immediate bids.


TEAM: Mid-South Conference (NAIA)
EVENT: Baseball/SoftballChampionship Tournament
DATES: Week of April/May that ends with first Saturday in May, 2001-2002
HISTORY: Woody Hunt Baseball Stadium, Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., 1997 and 1998; Corbin, Ky. (House Field), 1999 and 2000
CONTACT: Thomas Dowling, commissioner, (606) 526-9099, fax (606) 526-1969, tdmsc@tcnet.net, www.tcnet.net/~tdmsc
THE PITCH: This NAIA Conference is looking for a location within the boundaries of the conference (Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi) to host a combined double-elimination baseball/softball tournament. Five hundred to 1,000 fans will watch 18 teams (nine men's/nine women's) compete over the course of four days, culminating in the tournament championship, held on the first Saturday of May. Two lighted fields are needed for baseball, one for softball. The local community usually puts on a special event, which is usually held on Tuesday evening and acts as an awards ceremony. About 900 hotel rooms are needed for the week.


TEAM: Mid-South Conference (NAIA)
EVENT: Men's and Women'sBasketball Championships
DATES: Week of February/March that ends with first Saturday in March, 2002-2003
HISTORY: Farnham Dudgeon Civic Center (capacity 6,200), Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Ky., 1998-2001
CONTACT: Thomas Dowling, commissioner, (606) 526-9099, fax (606) 526-1969, tdmsc@tcnet.net, www.tcnet.net/~tdmsc
THE PITCH: This NAIA Conference is looking for a location within the boundaries of the conference (Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi) to host a combined men's and women's basketball tournament. Eighteen teams (nine men's/nine women's) will compete in 16 games during the four-day tournament, with the championships held on Saturday. Practice facilities for the teams are needed, and are usually provided by local schools. The local community retains partial income from corporate partners, ticket sales, concessions and programs.

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TEAM: Royal Canadian Golf
Association
EVENT: 2002 and 2007 Bell Canadian Opens
VENUE: Angus Glen Golf Club, Toronto

TEAM: Canadian Tour
EVENT: 2001 Panasonic Panama Open
VENUE: Coronado Hotel & Resort, Panama

TEAM: North American Hockey League
EVENT: 2001 USA Hockey Gold Cup National Championship Tournament, May 4-5
VENUE: Fox Valley Ice Arena, Geneva, Ill. (capacity 2,600)

TEAM: NCAA
EVENT: Opening round game of the 2001 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship
VENUE: University of Dayton Arena (capacity 13,455)

TEAM: LPGA
EVENT: 2001 JCPenney Classic, Jan. 12-14
VENUE: Grand Cypress Resort, Orlando

TEAM: NCAA
EVENT
: 2002 Division I Golf West Regional
VENUE: University of New Mexico Golf Club

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