Upcoming Event Webinars - Register Now

 Posted on: June 23 2016
Check out our line-up of event webinars, sponsored by MGM Resorts International, below and reserve your spot today! USA Curling Wednesday, June 29, 2016 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET Presented by Mike Dellemann Register Now! Join Mike Dellemann from USA Curling as he discusses what he looks for in a host city and what it takes to host their events. Mike will share details on their upcoming 2018 USA Curling National Championships which features 8-10 of the United States best men’s and women’s teams competing over a 7-day period to determine who will be crowned the National Champion. Since the introduction of Curling in the 2002 Olympic Games, Curling’s popularity has grown dramatically in the US, as shown by their membership increasing by more than 100% since 2002. Their RFP is a unique one, in that they are open to different ideas, and do not charge to host their event. Mike will discuss the arena, hotel and destination requirements. USA Curling is excited at the pros...

Registration for Strategic Planning for Successful Sport Tourism Open Now

 Posted on: June 22 2016
The NASC and Ohio University are pleased to offer the online CSEE course, Strategic Planning for Successful Sport Tourism, once again this summer. Registration*  Fee: $400 Deadline: Registration is open now and will close on June 30.  Register Now. *As a reminder; this course is Core Course 1 as outlined in the CSEE Program Redesign and is the first of three mandatory courses required for certification for those who enroll in CSEE from this point forward. If you are not already enrolled, you will be prompted to complete your enrollment during the online registration process. Enrollment is free and open to NASC members only; the registration fee for each course is $400. Timeline June 17 - Registration for Core Course 1 opens June 30 - Registration closes July 18 - Registered participants receive Ohio University student ID and Blackboard login instructions July 18 - Orientation course opens and Core Course 1 Opens August 31 - Core Course 1 Closes. Course work...

Public Speaking – Zig When Others Zag

 Posted on: June 21 2016
Last month I had the opportunity to present to the Florida State Sports Commissions’ convention. Along with nineteen other speakers, I had the chance to talk about my sport for ten minutes. As luck would have it, I got the chance to present last. Twentieth out of twenty. I was the only speaker between my audience and the Coors Light. The room was lost. So I zigged. I broke the pattern of presentation predictability. I engaged the room and got my point across. Here are just a couple tips that you can consider using when you are in a multiple presenter situation. 1.     Keep your message simple: Your audience will have seen dozens if not hundreds of slides. Most will be forgotten. So focus on one or two key points and keep your slides simple. 2.     Don’t let technology get in the way of your message: You have a video? Great. Doesn’t support your key message? Leave it at home. A misplaced video just gives your audience to check ou...

Call it the "Oprah” effect

 Posted on: June 20 2016
With all the time we spend talking about youth sports, it’s interesting to look at some of the more common sporting events that you probably see just about every weekend in your area—the charity 5K or 10K that you’ll run into (or be detoured around) on Saturday mornings. According to 2015 stats from Running USA, the number of recreational athletes completing road races declined for the second straight year in 2015. The reduction was by a more significant margin than in 2014, when finisher totals edged down one percent. For 2015, 17.1 million finishers were reported across all road race distances, a decrease of nine percent from the previous year. Between 1990 and 2013, finisher totals skyrocketed from five million road race runners to more than 19 million. But there is one group that is experiencing its own running boom—women. Women and girls, once an afterthought in the world of running, made up 57% of the 17 million U.S. race finishers last year, again accordi...

It’s NCAA Championship bid time!

 Posted on: June 16 2016
Interested in bidding for an NCAA Division I, II or III regional or final championship? Remember the date of Friday, August 12. From now until the 2021-22 season, NCAA championship sites are up for bid and for just about every sport, the deadline is August 12. Here is a listing of NCAA championships up for bid and upcoming deadlines. The NCAA will walk you through the process at http://championships.ncaa.org. Events are listed in order of when they are scheduled. Included are events for Division I, II and III: 2017-18 Beach Volleyball                             Finals                                   8/11/16 2017-18 Mixed Rifle        &n...

Upcoming Event Webinars – Register Now

 Posted on: June 14 2016
Check out our line-up of event webinars, sponsored by MGM Resorts International, below and reserve your spot today! The Color Run Thursday, June 23, 2016 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET Presented by Kent Phippen Register Now! Join Kent Phippen from The Color Run as he discusses what he looks for in a host city and what it takes to host their events. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions. If you are unable to join us on the 23rd, remember you can download the webinar recording from our Webinar Archives (login required). USA Cycling Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET Presented by Micah Rice Register Now! Join Micah Rice from USA Cycling as he discusses what he looks for in a host city and what it takes to host their events. Micah will share details on their upcoming 2018-2019 USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships, 2018-2019 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships and the 2019-2020 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championship...

Making Sports a Museum Piece

 Posted on: June 9 2016
The world-famous Children’s Museum in Indianapolis is taking its exhibits outside with plans, announced last week, to build a 10-acre attraction on the parking lot north of its building called the "Sports Legend Experience."  The site, according to the Indianapolis Star, will feature an 18-hole mini golf course, tennis, street hockey, basketball courts and two pedal cart race tracks, one an oval and the other a drag race track. According to the plans the museum filed with the city, the site also will include a soccer field, as well as track and family fitness loops, along with football and baseball fields and an event/tent space. Children’s Museum spokeswoman Leslie Olsen said in an email that the project will cost considerably more than $10 million. The city’s Metropolitan Development Commission staff recommended approving the plans, saying the exhibit will “provide both parents and children an outdoor sports experience in...

Will Changes in Waco Mean Changes for College Football?

 Posted on: May 31 2016
Baylor University Athletic Director Ian McCaw came to Waco in the aftermath of one of the ugliest scandals in college athletics. He leaves in the middle of another one. McCaw was hired in 2003 after Baylor’s basketball scandal, when student-athlete Patrick Dennehy was shot dead near a gravel pit and his former teammate, Carlton Dotson, was accused, eventually pleaded guilty and received a 35-year sentence for the murder. But that was only part of the story, as head basketball coach Dave Bliss encouraged his staff to portray Dennehy as a drug dealer to save his own job and reputation. Bliss eventually resigned after an assistant coach taped Bliss’ conversations and exposed the coverup. In the wake of that mess, McCaw came in to add respect and integrity to the program and watched head coach Scott Drew lead the basketball team to 20-win seasons, NCAA Elite Eight appearances and an NIT Championship. It’s ironic, then, that another scandal, this time involving...

May's Featured Member Benefit – NASC Playbook

 Posted on: May 25 2016
We continue our Featured Benefit for the month of May with a blog post on the NASC Playbook. The NASC Playbook is the official quarterly publication of the NASC and is mailed to each member organization. The NASC Playbook is published in March, June, September and December each year. Content includes association updates, member news, and industry trends and best practices for the sport tourism industry. In an effort to enhance the overall content of The NASC Playbook, we like to include peer-written articles in future editions. NASC members have a knowledge of the industry, which lends itself to unprecedented expertise. We encourage you to share your expertise with your peers through well-written commentary.   Submission Guidelines All content should be approximately 400 words and the author should provide a minimum of two photos (author head shot and photo for topic). Our Media Advisers at Game Day Communications can help with final edits.  For content submission, ...

Summer sports season around the corner

 Posted on: May 23 2016
For many of you, whether you’re an events rights holder or operate a sports venue, this is your Christmas season—it’s your busiest, most frantic time of the year as schools let out and summer sports organizations kick into high event gear. You’ll be working on multi-session, multi-day tournaments and won’t be able to catch your breath until the last champion is crowned. So this is a good time to remind all of us, in between cursing the rain, the broken popcorn maker and the late t-shirt delivery, why we do what we do in sports, especially youth sports. Earlier this year, Fortune Magazine published an article, “Here’s Why Women Who Play Sports Are More Successful” by Beth Brooke-Marciniak, global vice chair of public policy at EY. A study by Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports confirms what we all know—about 70% of children in the U.S drop out of organized sports before age 13. We’...
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