SportsTravel - Mike Nishi: Lessons from the Chicago Marathon

 Posted on: January 13 2022
As chief operating officer of Chicago Event Management, which organizes the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Mike Nishi has been the logistics lead for the race since 1990. What started out with 6,000 runners has grown to the one of the largest marathons in the world. In 2019, more than 45,000 people finished the race. After the 2020 race was forced to go virtual, the 2021 race on October 10 proved to be one of the most challenging in the event’s history as COVID regulations forced event organizers to operate differently than they had in the past. In doing so, the Chicago Marathon became the first of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors to be run in person since the pandemic began. In this episode, learn what it took to produce the race, how organizers handled COVID protocols, how organizers communicated with participants and what major takeaways Nishi has for event organizers and host cities staging their own events in a post-COVID world. Among ...

Sports ETA Announces William Knox to Lead Facilities Program Development

 Posted on: January 5 2022
CINCINNATI (January 5, 2022) – Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA) has named William Knox to lead Facilities Program Development. He will oversee the Sports Facilities membership and programming, a growing segment of the general membership. Knox earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Marketing with a minor in Business from Indiana University in 2000. After completing his undergraduate career, he accepted a position as the Director of Sports Marketing with the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Later, he became the Director of the Hoosier Sports Corporation. Knox moved to Hamilton County in 2009 to accept the Director of Sports Development position for Hamilton County Tourism INC, where he also served as the Director of the Hamilton County Sports Authority. Knox went on to become the Director of the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana where he oversaw the operations, marketing and business development of the 400-acre campus tha...

Civil Rights and Sport Legacy Past, Present, and Future

 Posted on: December 20 2021
As we kick-off the first in-person Sports ETA Annual Symposium in more than 18 months, the opening session will allow attendees pause to learn and reflect upon the civil rights legacy of our host destination, Birmingham. You'll hear impactful stories and learn from experts how the legacy of the area is woven into the fabric of sports events and tourism, providing important perspective to carry forward throughout the conference.

Rev Up the Engine: Sports Events and Tourism Industry Power Panel

 Posted on: December 20 2021
Cap off your first day of the 2021 Sports ETA Annual Symposium with a dynamic Q&A discussion with some of the industry's leading voices. Hear what trends they are watching and why, learn how they are innovating the industry, and bring your questions to this all-star panel.

College Athletics in a Time of Transition

 Posted on: December 20 2021
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey takes at look at college athletics in a time of transition, addressing topical issues such as conference realignment, College Football Playoff expansion, reimagining NCAA governance and the changing dynamics around student-athlete issues.

Music City to Motorsports City

 Posted on: December 20 2021
You won't want to miss industry veteran and recently named Nashville Superspeedway track President Erik Moses as he shared his experience and expertise at the Sports ETA Annual Symposium closing luncheon. Erik will inspire with glimpses of his past and his current ambition to resurrect Nashville Superspeedway in transforming Music City to a Motorsports City as well.

Driving into the Future of Event Management w/ Industry Leaders at the Wheel

 Posted on: December 17 2021
Events are changing, and we must, too. Bring your questions to this all-start line-up of industry leaders as small and mid-sized market representatives have an open and candid conversation on the future of the sports events and tourism industry, including technology, sponsorship, innovation, venues, and more.

It Takes a State: Globe Trotting with the World Games 2022

 Posted on: December 17 2021
Join The World Games 2022 Birmingham executive leadership for a discussion on how a major international multi-sport event that hasn’t been in the USA since its first edition in 1981 was awarded to Birmingham, AL. An event this size has served as a galvanizing force for the State of Alabama and the many stakeholders involved with executing this once-in-a-lifetime event. Join us as we discuss the efforts and cooperation that’s been required to deliver the upcoming World Games 2022 which is happening July 7-17, 2022.

Moving into Sustainability: Tips, Tricks and Case Studies to Leverage the Economic Impact Calculator in Your Destination

 Posted on: December 17 2021
Measuring impact of a sporting event is often difficult, but thanks to the Destination’s International Event Impact Calculator’s (EIC) Sport Module, it doesn’t have to be. Those who are curious, novice, or experienced with the EIC will learn tips and tricks from Tourism Economics’ Chris Pike, the mind behind the EIC, explore accuracies with a case study, and learn the best method for post-event evaluation during this dynamic session. Attendees will leave with a clearer understanding of what the EIC calculator is and how to use it during all phases of an event’s cycle as a valuable evaluation and advocacy tool for your destination.

RFPs, Partnerships, and Evaluation. Oh, my! The Road to Advocating for Your Sports Market Brand

 Posted on: December 17 2021
Understanding nuances of the event life cycle is key to propelling your professional development. This session will dive into three main topics with real-world examples from some of the best in the biz, and a high-level of attendee interaction putting your new knowledge into practice.
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