News from our members at the NCAA: Bid on the 2024 Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Academies

 Posted on: October 30 2023
Our friends at the NCAA have asked us to share information on the bid process for the 2024 Men's & Women's College Basketball Academies. Please see below: The NCAA invites prospective hosts to bid on the 2024 Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Academies. The NCAA College Basketball Academies give prospective men's and women's student-athletes a sample of the college basketball experience. Organized with input from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), these developmental summer academies pair high-level basketball competition with life skills instruction. In addition to basketball training, skill development, and games, participants and their parents or chaperones will attend life skills courses about NCAA eligibility and compliance; the recruiting process; name, image, and likeness opportunities; agents; the transfer portal; and the pathway to professional basketball o...

Play it Forward!

 Posted on: October 28 2023
Louisville Sports Commission, founded in 1999 originally to drive sports tourism to the community, has now grown into so much more. Recently honored by Sports ETA for the program, Kids Finish First, the program is truly changing lives. Greg Fante, the President & CEO of Louisville Sports Commission talks with Host Kathrine Nero about the efforts to help kids in marginalized communities get into organized sports and succeed in their daily lives. You won't wanna miss this episode!

Sports ETA's 4S & Rights Holder Summit Sets the Stage for Industry Advancement in El Paso

 Posted on: October 26 2023
  Contacts: Jackie Reau, Game Day (513) 708-5822 | jreau@gamedaypr.com  EL PASO, TEXAS (October 26, 2023) - Sports ETA successfully hosted its annual 4S & Rights Holder Summit this week, gathering over 150 dynamic members for an enriching two-day event focused on sharing the latest trends in sports and events tourism strategies, services, sales, and sponsorships. The bustling event was hosted by Visit El Paso, and supported by a network of sponsors, including Chattanooga Sports, Fort Worth Sports Commission, Florida’s Sports Coast, Traveling Teams, and Visit Myrtle Beach. John David, President & CEO of Sports ETA, expressed his gratitude to El Paso for playing host to the impactful 4S & Rights Holder Summit, bringing together key players in the sports events and tourism industry. "Our time in this vibrant city has been incredibly productive, with fruitful discussions on best practices, emerging trends, and valuable business prospects," he...

Terrific times in Tulsa

 Posted on: October 21 2023
Tulsa Sports Commission was recently honored by Sports ETA as the Sports Commission of the Year, (population over 500,000 category.) after it brought in an overall economic impact of $218 million dollars! Meet Joel Koester, the Director of Sports Sales with Tulsa Sports Commission and learn about the work it took to make that happen, plus, the unique events they brought to the area. Looking to make a splash in your city? Joel shares a few tricks of the trade during our chat! Tune in!

Things to do in El Paso, TX

 Posted on: October 16 2023
Need a few ideas and tips for where to go downtown while you’re in El Paso? Here’s a list of things to do in downtown El Paso while attending the 4S Summit: 1. El Paso Museum of Art: Experience European, Mexican, American, and Contemporary art collections. 2. San Jacinto Plaza: Relax and people-watch in this historic square, surrounded by shops, cafes, and local entertainment. 3. El Paso Streetcar: Take a charming ride on the vintage streetcar, connecting you to various downtown attractions. 4. Plaza Theatre: Catch a show or concert at this beautifully restored historic theater, offering a range of performances. 5. Walking Tour of Murals: Take a self-guided walking tour to admire the colorful murals that adorn downtown buildings. 6. Union Plaza Entertainment District: Experience the nightlife with a mix of bars, clubs, and live music venues. Remember to make the most of your time in downtown El Paso while attending the 4S Summit!

The best city in North America

 Posted on: October 13 2023
“The best city in North America” is quite a statement - who said it and where is it? You’ll have to tune in to find out. But here’s a hint.. It’s near one of the Great Lakes, within a few hours of a bunch of major cities and boasts a “thriving sports community” with 4 universities in the county.. Ok, fine! We're talking with Mark Jeanneret, the Executive Director of Erie Sports Commission.

"Let's Play!": Business lessons from Ohio's largest playground

 Posted on: October 7 2023
In this episode, we'll chat with Warren County CVB’s Ben Huffman and learn how hotels, restaurants & the region all benefit from tennis pros competing in the Cincinnati region.  

Sports ETA announces new partnership with Team Travel Source to recognize the sports events and tourism industry with annual awards program

 Posted on: October 1 2023
CINCINNATI (October 2, 2023) – Sports ETA, the trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, announced today that Team Travel Source will sponsor the annual Sports ETA Member Awards program, which annually honors individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the industry. "We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Team Travel Source as the sponsor of the Sports Events & Tourism Association’s annual Member Awards program,” said John David, President & CEO of Sports ETA. “This collaboration represents a significant milestone for our association, and it reaffirms our commitment to recognizing excellence in our industry. With Team Travel Source's support, we look forward to celebrating the incredible contributions of our members and shining a spotlight on the exceptional successes within the sports events and tourism community.”  Every year, Sports ETA celebrates the outstanding accompli...

What's your 'why' ?

 Posted on: September 28 2023
Meet the new President & CEO of Sports ETA , John David & learn about his ‘why’ and the work that led him here. In this episode, Host Kathrine Nero chats with John David about the new & exciting things happening within Sports ETA. John shares his ‘why’ with Kathrine and more about the work that led him to his current position. John has received numerous industry awards, most recently being named the Sports ETA Rights Holder of the Year in 2021. John and his wife Jennifer reside in Chandler, Arizona, and have three daughters: Faith, Grace, and Jolie.

Member Win: Simpleview and Playeasy Announce a “Home Run” Partnership for DMOs to Meet Their Sports Tourism Goals

 Posted on: September 27 2023
Media Contact: Stacie Wingfield VP of Marketing at Simpleview 859-206-5020 stacie.wingfield@simpleviewinc.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The companies announce a comprehensive sports tourism solution that includes a powerful integration that will better drive sports markets for destinations TUCSON, AZ — Simpleview and Playeasy have announced a partnership designed to better drive sports markets for destinations across the country. Simpleview, the leading provider of CRM, CMS, and marketing solutions for destinations worldwide, shared that after months of strategic planning with the team at Playeasy, the leading digital platform supporting sports event organizers, destinations, facilities, and events in the United States — the partnership was formed to build an integration of platforms and collaboration of thought leadership to fuel sports marketing for Simpleview customers. The primary goal of the partnership is to leverage the companies’ respect...
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