The Pulse - Volume 1 Edition 2 November 2021

 Posted on: November 10 2021
The Pulse data dashboard is powered by EventConnect’s™ industry-leading tournament solution software. The Pulse is a part of the Sports Tourism Research Institute, a product of Sports ETA. Data is drawn from the more than 4,000 sporting events in the platform, pulled together, and analyzed at a holistic level. The comprehensive data is then segmented into these eight data visualizations representing a snapshot of key sports events and tourism industry metrics reviewed year-over-year and month-to-month. Data ranges from number of events held in each state and events by sport to number of hotel registrations made by team and average length of stay.   View Full Report

PODCAST: Greg Sankey, SEC Commissioner

 Posted on: November 8 2021
A podcast by SportsTravel.

Sports ETA Wraps Up Successful Symposium

 Posted on: October 28 2021
Contact: Jackie Reau Game Day (513) 708-5822 jreau@gamedaypr.com Sports ETA Wraps Up Successful Symposium 700+ Sports Events and Tourism Leaders Gather in Birmingham BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (October 28, 2021) – Sports ETA, the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, held its annual Symposium here from October 25-28, 2021 with more than 700 sports events and tourism industry leaders in attendance. Keynote presentations were made by Civil Rights Activists Dr. Martha Bouyer and Lisa McNair, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and Erik Moses, President of Nashville Superspeedway. “Sports events and tourism industry leaders convened from around the country in Birmingham for the Symposium designed to connect destinations to event rights holders for new business opportunities,” said Al Kidd, President and CEO of Sports ETA. “Birmingham was the perfect host for our largest annual event for our membership.” Numerous education prog...

Mike Millay inducted into the Sports ETA Hall of Fame

 Posted on: October 26 2021
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (October 26, 2021) – Mike Millay, the longtime executive at the ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex in Orlando, was inducted into the Sports ETA Hall of Fame today at the Association’s Annual Symposium held here. The Sports ETA Hall of Fame was established in 2017 to honor those who have played a vital role in the success and promotion of the Sports Events Tourism Association and have contributed significantly to the advancement of the sports events and tourism industry. Since his retirement from the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Millay is actively involved in three sports-related businesses in sports tourism industry, where he serves as the Managing Partner of Clancy’s Sports, a strategic planning company working with municipalities and facilities around the country. He is also a partner at 3D Institute, an online coaching education platform serving coaches and administrators, both domestically and internationally. Additionally, he serves as ...

Denny Gann inducted into the Sports ETA Hall of Fame

 Posted on: October 26 2021
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (October 26, 2021) – Denny Gann, the longtime executive director of the Sioux City Convention Center, Tourism Bureau and Siouxland Sports Authority, was inducted into the Sports ETA Hall of Fame today at the Association’s Annual Symposium held here. The Sports ETA Hall of Fame was established in 2017 to honor those who have played a vital role in the success and promotion of the Sports Events Tourism Association and have contributed significantly to the advancement of the sports events and tourism industry. Gann attended the University of South Dakota and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1969-1979. He began his career as the City Manager for the cities of Neligh, Tilden and South Sioux City in Nebraska, and also served as a commercial real estate developer in Sioux City. While serving as executive director of the Sioux City Convention Center, Tourism Bureau and Siouxland Sports Authority, Gann created the first sports commission in Iowa...

Sports ETA Honors Industry Leaders with Member Awards

 Posted on: October 26 2021
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (October 26, 2021) – Sports ETA, the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, presented its member awards today to honor industry leaders at its Annual Symposium held here. The eight award honorees included: Ariana Tyler, STS, Senior Business Development Manager, Greater Columbus Sports Commission, was honored as Young Professional of the Year. Luchie Javelosa, STS, Director of Tucson Sports, Visit Tucson, was honored as Young Professional of the Year. Frank Lett, STS, Senior Associate Executive Director, Director of Sports Marketing, Visit Kingsport, was honored as the Trailblazer of the Year. Bonny Bernat, STS, Senior Sports and Events Sales Manager, Visit Winston-Salem, was honored as Woman of the Year. Adam Andrasko, CEO of USA Artistic Swimming, was honored as Rights Holder of the Year. John David, STS, CEO of USA BMX, was honored as Rights Holder of the Year. Additionally, Denny Gann, the longtime executi...

2021 Symposium Education Information

 Posted on: October 19 2021
We’ve got a great line-up of education sessions in store for you in Birmingham! Check out these seven quick facts to maximize your education experience at Symposium. Bye, bye “One Size Fits All” track sessions – Our new education session format will feature content specifically intended for cross-sections of our membership with common interests - these are called Community Groups. Here’s the schedule.   Something for Everyone – From young professionals, small/mid-markets and event impact calculator users to industry partners, large markets, and state associations, we’ll have 10 engaging sessions featuring a wide range of topics and speakers categorized by Community Groups.   Created by you for you – Leaders from each of our Community Groups were actively involved in designing the topic and content scheduled for their group’s session based upon feedback and input from you, our members....

Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols at 2021 Symposium

 Posted on: September 23 2021
Sports ETA Attendees: Sports ETA would like to announce the following health and safety protocols for our upcoming Symposium in Birmingham, AL October 25 - 28, 2021: All attendees must provide proof of vaccination showing the final dose received on or before October 10th or a negative PCR/Rapid-Antigen or home test taken between October 22nd and prior to your arrival in Birmingham.   Sports ETA is partnering with Fern Health Check for a digital portal to upload required documentation. You will receive an invitation to this portal, as well as additional details, in mid-October.  Please note that admittance to Symposium, as well as ancillary Summit events, will only be allowed with this documentation.   Daily temperature checks will be required for entry into the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.   Sports ETA is implementing touchless check-in for registration, which limits contact for all attendees.   Masks will be ...

Podcast: The Future of High School Sports

 Posted on: September 7 2021
Episode seven of our Life In the Front Office podcast series is now available! Listen now to hear from Mark Koski, CMO, National Federation of State High School Associations, featuring a discussion around the future of high school sports, the NFHS Network, and much more!  Special thanks to our sponsor, Breinfuel - a Cerebral Beverage helping you push the boundaries of what you thought possible. Use the code "LIFO15" at checkout for your 15% discount.   Listen Now

Podcast: The Future of High School Sports

 Posted on: September 7 2021
Episode seven of our Life In the Front Office podcast series is now available! Listen now to hear from Mark Koski, CMO, National Federation of State High School Associations, featuring a discussion around the future of high school sports, the NFHS Network, and much more!  Special thanks to our sponsor, Breinfuel - a Cerebral Beverage helping you push the boundaries of what you thought possible. Use the code "LIFO15" at checkout for your 15% discount.    
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