Entries for 2024

Meet Marketing Campaign of the Year Award Winner

 Posted on: February 24 2024
Tulsa Sports Commission

Sports ETA’s Chief Executive Summit Draws Record Crowd of Industry Leaders

 Posted on: February 22 2024
SAN JOSE (February 22, 2024) — The 2024 Sports ETA Chief Executive Summit, the intersection of sports leadership and technology, wrapped up here yesterday and shattered records with an unprecedented turnout of the top leaders in the sports events and tourism industry. Hosted by the San Jose Sports Authority, it wasn't just an event – it was a pulsating celebration of the synergy between sports tourism, professional development, and the transformative impact on communities and economies. Sports events and tourism leaders representing CVBs, sports commissions, rights holders, and industry partners gathered from February 20 and 21 to share trends and learn best practices on various topics, including technology, business, and management. Attendees enjoyed an evening at the SAP Center, where they were surprised with an appearance by NFL legend and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. Not only did he pass around his impressive collection of rings, but he also shared the im...

RECORDED - Event Owner Webinar: GCAC 2025 Women’s Softball Championship

 Posted on: February 21 2024
On Wednesday, February 21 at 2 PM ET Don Staley shared what it will take to host the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference 2025 Women's Softball Championship. The GCAC is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The conference is made up of members representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and is only one of five in the United States across all intercollegiate sports made up of HBCU institutions.   VIEW RECORDED WEBINAR

2024 Sports Legacy Fund - Donate Today!

 Posted on: February 20 2024
The Sports ETA Sports Legacy Fund awards an annual grant and sports equipment donation to an organization in need in the host city of the Symposium. We are proud to announce we have donated over $200,000 to programs in need, since the Sports Legacy Fund was established in 2003. The program was originally developed by the St. Petersburg/ Clearwater Sports Commission as an equipment donation program. The Sports Legacy Fund is a way for members of the sports events and tourism industry to make a personal and lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged youth sports programs throughout the country. An emphasis is placed on donations to not-for profit organizations that provide individuals, particularly at-risk youth, veterans, or physically or intellectually disabled individuals, opportunities to participate in sport and encourage healthy lifestyles. This contribution is part of the legacy the Sports ETA leaves in each host city. 2024 BENEFICIARY: SHE FLIES ...

Meet Board Member, Frank Lett

 Posted on: February 17 2024
Learn from Frank as he chats about his experience (decades!) in the sports tourism industry and his advice for teams and small towns!

MEMBER WIN: Visit Delaware, announced the launch of the Delaware Sports Tourism Capital Investment Fund!

 Posted on: February 15 2024
For Release Feb. 12, 2024 Delaware Tourism Office Contact: Allyson Ennis, Allyson.Ennis@Delaware.gov Delaware Tourism Office Launches the Delaware Sports Tourism Capital Investment Fund Applications Accepted Beginning March 1  DOVER, Del. (February 12, 2024) – Today, the Delaware Tourism Office announced it will begin accepting applications on March 1, 2024 for the Sports Tourism Capital Investment Fund. Established through the FY24 Bond and Capital Improvements Act, the fund provides financial support to new or existing sports facilities that hold events throughout the year to attract out-of-state visitors and contribute to the state and local economy.  “Sports tourism is a growing industry in our state and the surrounding region, with millions of dollars spent each year by event participants, their families, and other attendees,” said Governor John Carney. “This fundwill help keep Delaware’s sports tourism industry compe...

Event Owner Webinar: GCAC 2025 Women’s Softball Championship

 Posted on: February 14 2024
Join us on Wednesday, February 21 at 2 PM ET as Don Staley shares what it will take to host the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference 2025 Women's Softball Championship. Register Now. The GCAC would like to host this event in a southeastern city of the United States ideally from April 15-19 or 23-27, 2025 (potential dates). The Host Requirements include: Complimentary rental of college regulation softball stadium/complex Hospitality Area for Staff and Officials Scoreboard Operator and Statistician Coordinate Athletic Trainers Host Press Conference prior to Championship EMS/Ambulance-add on site. Seven (7) Staff Hotel Rooms for Six (6) Nights Welcome reception for up to 250 guests. Bid Fee of $12,000 (negotiable) to the GCAC. Group booking rates for GCAC member institutions. Public Relations/Marketing- create excitement to get attendance at games. Create a Local Organizing Committee to mobilize community support for event. In connection wi...

MEMBER WIN: Sports ETA members, USA Artistic Swimming - The first U.S. artistic swimming team to qualify for the Olympic Games since 2008!

 Posted on: February 14 2024
  HUGE congrats to Sports ETA members, USA Artistic Swimming - The first U.S. artistic swimming team to qualify for the Olympic Games since 2008!! 👏 Congrats on this epic win, we can't wait to see you in Paris! #MemberWin #SportsBiz Check out this reaction video 👉 https://www.facebook.com/USAArtisticSwimming/videos/1068560954195536/

Member WIN: Sports ETA member, KemperSports, recently announced they were selected to manage a new sports complex, in Saraland, AL - "The Land"!

 Posted on: February 13 2024
January 31, 2024 EXPANSIVE PROPERTY TO FEATURE PREMIER INDOOR AND OUTDOOR MULTI-SPORT AND EVENTS FACILITIES NORTHBROOK, Ill. and SARALAND, Ala., Jan. 31, 2024 – KemperSports Venues, a division of KemperSports, has been selected as the property manager by the City of Saraland, Alabama, for “The Land,” the City’s expansive new multi-use sports and recreation complex, overseeing venue coordination and event operations. “We retained KemperSports earlier this year to serve as design, development and marketing consultant for The Land, and we’re thrilled to expand our partnership with them as the complex’s property operations manager and venue coordinator,” said Saraland Mayor Dr. Howard Rubenstein. “KemperSports’ proven track record of success in managing and enhancing premier sports venues, along with its hospitality-driven approach, aligns perfectly with our vision of providing Saraland with a top-tier...

Help Shape Our DEI Community

 Posted on: February 13 2024
We are excited to announce the reinvigoration of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) community! After a period of reflection and planning, we are back with renewed energy and a commitment to fostering a more inclusive environment for all. As we embark on this journey together, your active engagement is crucial. We want to ensure that our initiatives and discussions are meaningful and relevant to you. That's why we're inviting you to participate in a brief 2-minute survey. By sharing your thoughts and perspectives, you'll help shape the direction of our DEI efforts and ensure that we address topics that matter most to our community. Whether it's discussing challenges, sharing experiences, or proposing solutions, your input will guide our actions moving forward. Your responses will remain confidential, and the information gathered will be used solely for the purpose of enhancing our DEI initiatives. We value your honesty and appreciate your time in complet...
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