Long Time Sports ETA Member Set to Retire - August, 2020, Fort Myers, FL

 Posted on: August 31 2020
Long time Sports ETA member Gary Ewen, CSEE, of Fort Myers, Florida, is hanging up the cleats after nearly 40 years of service. Gary was one of the first tourism professionals to recognize the value of sports in his community. In the early 90’s, Lee County was one of only 40 destinations that targeted, at that time, the “niche” market of sports tourism. There are now over 600 such agencies nationwide. In his tenure, he has served on many boards including the Sports ETA. He was an inaugural member of the CSEE program. Gary and his wife Karen have created two sports-related businesses: Pinnacle Tourism Strategies, and Southwest Florida Sports and Entertainment Group. These organizations will continue to make a lasting footprint in the sports marketing community. Gary can be reached at pinnaclets@yahoo.com, garyewen1@yahoo.com or at 239-321-1730 or his website http://pinnacletourism.com/.

Summer 2020 Playbook Available Now

 Posted on: August 27 2020
The Summer 2020 edition of the Playbook is available now. Download your copy. Inside this issue: SportsBIZ XChange Keynote Speakers A high-caliber list of keynote speakers was assembled for the inaugural SBX, including NFL wide receiver, Andrew Hawkins, CBS Sportscaster, Seth Davis, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Rohit Bhargava.   Tour Birmingham Like A Pro: A Preview of the 2021 Symposium We can't wait to see everyone at the Sports ETA Symposium, scheduled for April 26-29, 2021 in beautiful Birmingham, Alabama. If you've never been, Birmingham has lots to do and see -- but don't take our word for it, here's your personal guide to the area from Tonia Whatley!   2020 Women's Summit Goes Virtual Springtime in New Orleans for the 2020 Women's Summit turned into virtual presentations streamed to our living rooms, but that didn't prevent our attendees from hearing some of the top ...

Sports ETA CEO Appointed to International Association Board of Directors

 Posted on: July 16 2020
CINCINNATI (July 16, 2020) – Alan Kidd, President & CEO of Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA), was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Event Hosts, which represents sports tourism organizations from around the world. The International Association of Event Hosts (IAEH) exists for representatives of international destinations to collaborate together to generate the best possible value from hosting major sporting and cultural events and provide a voice for not-for-profit hosts of events. Kidd has served as President & CEO of Sports ETA for the past three years leading the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, which provides education, advocacy, and networking opportunities for its membership. Kidd joined Sports ETA in April 2017 bringing more than 35 years of advertising, sales, marketing, venture capital investing, risk management, executive leadership and non-profit experience...

SportsBIZ XChange: Former NFL Player Announced as Keynote

 Posted on: July 14 2020
CINCINNATI  (July 14, 2020) – SportsBIZ XChange presented by Sports ETA, a month-long schedule of virtual business appointments and industry networking opportunities to connect its members to sports events rights holders, announced today that former NFL player Andrew Hawkins will serve as the keynote speaker on August 10, 4 p.m. ET. Andrew “Hawk” Hawkins, is a former NFL wide receiver, sports executive, Shorty Award-winning writer, Emmy Award-nominated host, and Oscar-winning producer. At only 5’7”, Hawk’s seven-year NFL career was as improbable as his post-NFL successes in media, business and entertainment.  The former NFL team captain, who graduated with a master's degree and a 4.0 GPA from Columbia University, has become synonymous with creative cultural content, and digital media expertise and development. After retiring from the NFL, Hawk began his media career at ESPN, where he was a two-time Emmy Award-nomina...

Meet, Play, Love to Travel

 Posted on: July 6 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE RE MEET, PLAY, LOVE TO TRAVEL: Due to the current spike of COVID-19, we have set a new tour launch date. The government is working to pass “EXPLORE AMERICA” -- a $4000 tax credit to encourage Americans to travel. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your destination. Read more. Help us save the industry!  We’re doing something BIG this summer to promote the importance of tourism and hospitality and the economic impact COVID-19 has had on the industry.   We will be touring the country in an RV, to promote travel as soon as it is deemed safe.  We’ll tour 60 cities in 60 days to facilitate 60 vacation giveaways. We want to work with you! Learn how your city can host.  

CBS’ Seth Davis Announced As Speaker for First-Ever SportsBIZ XChange

 Posted on: July 2 2020
Seth Davis is an award-winning sports writer and broadcaster who covers college basketball. Since 2004, Davis has been a mainstay of CBS Sports’ studio coverage of college basketball and the NCAA Tournament. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for 22 years and is currently the Managing Editor for college basketball at The Athletic. Davis is the author of five books, including the New York Times best sellers Wooden: A Coach’s Life, which chronicles the life of longtime UCLA coach John Wooden, and When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball, which tells the story of the 1979 NCAA championship game which pitted Magic Johnson against Larry Bird. Davis’ most recent book is Getting to Us: How Great Coaches Make Great Teams. In it, he uses in-depth profiles of elite coaches such as Mike Krzyzewski, Doc Rivers and Dabo Swinney to explain how they use the PEAK profile to form winning teams. That stands for Persistence, Empathy, Authenticity and Knowledge, a concep...

SportsBIZ XChange announces CBS’ Seth Davis as speaker

 Posted on: July 2 2020
SportsBIZ XChange presented by Sports ETA announces CBS’ Seth Davis as speaker Virtual networking event will connect America’s sports events and tourism industry CINCINNATI (July 2, 2020) – SportsBIZ XChange presented by Sports ETA, a month-long schedule of virtual business appointments and industry networking opportunities to connect its members to sports events rights holders, announced today that CBS Sportscaster Seth Davis will serve as the keynote speaker on August 3, 4-5 p.m. Myrtle Beach is the sponsored host of Davis’ keynote session. Seth Davis is an award-winning sports writer and broadcaster who covers college basketball. Since 2004, Davis has been a mainstay of CBS Sports’ studio coverage of college basketball and the NCAA Tournament. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for 22 years and is currently the Managing Editor for college basketball at The Athletic. SportsBIZ XChange presented by Sports ETA will be held from August 3-21 and regi...

Sports ETA Webinar Look-Back

 Posted on: June 30 2020
Sports ETA is continuing its dedication to our members in providing resources to you during this current pandemic. Below are a few of our recent webinars you may have missed. We encourage you to go back and watch all of our webinars in our archives. Return to Play Study conducted by Grand Park Sports Campus and IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute Returning to play is something many of us have been looking forward to, but it will come with changes. Due to COVID-19, many tournaments and recreational leagues are having to put new safety measures in place. As an event venue or organization, you will have to do the same. That is why Grand Park Sports Campus in Indiana and IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute teamed up to create a survey on what adaptations players and their families would want and not want. After receiving thousands of responses, IUPUI SII put together a Kano Model using 12 adaptations (like increased sanitation, health screenings, allowing no spectators, etc.) and seei...

Get Answers to Your SportsBIZ XChange Questions

 Posted on: June 24 2020
As you know, registration for SportsBIZ XChange is now open and closes July 6. The appointment portal will be open from July 10-22. If you have already registered, thank you!   The virtual event will take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 1:30pm and 4:30pm ET from August 3 – 21. One-on-one appointments will take place on Mondays and Fridays Group meetings (similar to RFP round tables) will take place on Wednesdays Actual appointment times will be from 2-4pm ET with introductory speakers, business development lounges, and entertainment happening before and after Registration is available at www.sportsbizxchange.org. FAQs for SportsBIZ XChange Q: Will my 2020 Symposium registration be automatically transferred to 2021? A: To transfer your 2020 Symposium registration to the 2021 Symposium in Birmingham, please email info@SportsETA.org. Once your registration has been transferred, you can choose to use a credit from your 2020 ...

Mentor Spotlight: Don Dukemineer

 Posted on: June 23 2020
“Each member will get out of [Sports ETA] what they put into it, and are asked to use their passions within our industry to make us stronger.” That is exactly what Don Dukemineer does. He is the co-chair of the Mentoring & Engagement Committee and the current Sports ETA Treasurer. Don is also the Director of Sports Development at Decatur-Morgan County Tourism where he is responsible for the sales and development of attracting sporting events, tournaments or competitions to the area. For Don, that entails building relationships with city and county officials, while also spearheading efforts to build new facilities or opportunities to increase economic development within our community. Don says he’s always willing to help whether that’s giving advice or input on industry best practices or dressing up as a ‘Minion’ at a tradeshow, where he got mistaken for an actual park character. “For once in my life, maybe I was a ‘re...
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