Smart Cities & Sport 2021 - Building Partnerships

 Posted on: November 30 2021
What is the future of major event bidding and hosting?

Renew Your Sports ETA Membership for 2022

 Posted on: November 29 2021
Thank you for your membership with Sports ETA! Without your loyalty and support, this association would not be able to continue growing and evolving.  A few years ago, we coined the term “EARN” to define the work of our association: Education, Advocacy, Resources, and Networking. As you know, all of these pillars have been re-imagined and activated through the pandemic. Take a look at the programs and services implemented for the sports events and tourism industry. As a reminder, 2022 membership dues will be increased at the following levels based on the outcome of an extensive membership dues review conducted by your Sports ETA Board of Directors. Destinations – $1,195/organization Industry Partners - $1,195/organization Rights Holders - $250/organization Help us continue the momentum and sustainability of your association. For more information on the membership dues increase review click here.   Currently, you...

PitchSide From the Plex

 Posted on: November 24 2021
PitchSide From the Plex is back for season 2 and will be focusing on Women in Sports.

2022 Chief Executive Summit

 Posted on: November 22 2021
Are you the president, CEO, or executive director of your organization? If so, we want to see you in Las Vegas this January at the 2022 Chief Executive Summit! What is the Chief Executive Summit? The CE Summit equips Sports Events and Tourism CEOs with the tools necessary to advance the mission of your organization. CEOs of sports destinations and sports events are invited to learn from industry experts addressing high-level topics including office culture, leadership and management, crisis management, achieving goals, and more. REGISTRATION Sports ETA Member Rate: $499 Non-Sports ETA Member Rate: $699 (contact info@sportseta.org to register) The registration deadline is January 21, 2022. Register Now HOTEL The Signature at MGM Grand 145 Harmon Avenue  Las Vegas, NV 89109 The online reservations portal will open on December 1, 2021. The hotel room block closes on December 27, 2022. Official accommodations for the 2022 Chief Executive&n...

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...
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