Upcoming Webinars – Register Now

 Posted on: March 9 2016
National Veterans Golden Age Games - Event Webinar sponsored by MGM Resorts International Join Jeanene LeSure from National Veterans Golden Age Games as she discusses their RFP for the 2020 Golden Age Games and what they look for in a host destination. If you are unable to join us on the 14th, you can download the webinar recording from our Webinar Archives (login required). Date: Monday, March 14, 2016 Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Register Now Starting Your Own State Games - Best Practices Webinar Join Eric Engelbarts, National Congress of State Games membership chairman, as he discusses how your CVB or Sports Commission can leverage your existing sport director relationships to build an event that you own and operate that can contribute to your mission of ‘heads in beds’ and act as a potential revenue source for your organization. Engelbarts most recently started the State Games of Michigan as a signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission. The State Game...

4 Solutions to consider if you didn’t get an individual appointment you wanted

 Posted on: March 1 2016
Sometimes we request an appointment, and due to the large amount of requests made, the appointment request is unable to be scheduled. Luckily for us, there a lot of opportunities available during the NASC Symposium to meet with anyone even if you do not have an Individual Appointment with them. Solutions: Attend as many events that NASC has to offer – education sessions, opening and closing luncheons, happy hours and other activities that are offered throughout the week. While attending these events, use this as an opportunity to find the event owner you need to meet.  Mix and mingle and meet with other event owners and peers in the industry, too. They may have insight into the event you are interested in and could introduce you to exactly who you are looking for. Check out all of your opportunities here.   Contact the individual/organization you were hoping to meet prior to the Symposium and see if they have time to meet with you personally. Look at the sche...

A Win Comes with a Price

 Posted on: February 29 2016
The coach of a California high school girls’ basketball team was suspended two games for a big win. And we mean, big. Arroyo Valley High School defeated Bloomington High School, 161-2 last month. And it’s not first time Arroyo Valley had won by large margins. The Hawks had scored more than 100 points twice before, but this 159-point win created enough backlash that the school felt it needed to act and suspended Coach Michael Anderson for the two games. Not that benching the coach made much of a difference. In the first game without Coach Anderson, Arroyo Valley won, 80-19. The Hawks were coached by Anderson’s 19-year-old son. For his part, Anderson said he talked with the Bloomington head coach before the game, explaining that this was the Hawks’ last game before league play and that his team was going to play hard. “I wanted to let him know there was no harm intended,” Anderson told the Orange County Register, “and that i...

Building Community Relationships

 Posted on: February 23 2016
Building relationships within your community is essential to the success of sporting events you host.  From venue support, event management, volunteer recruitment, fundraising and sponsorships, your local community holds the resources that rights holders look for when awarding events. How do you begin? Visit all prospective venues in your area. Get to know everything about them, build a relationship with their staff and learn who books their events. Why? A venue is usually the most critical component to a successful bid. Their customers may become prospects and customers of yours. Get to know all of the local clubs and sport organizations. Where to find them? Local news Referrals Google Alerts and Search Engines Relationships with local venues Club listings on national websites (i.e. National ...

National Association of Sports Commissions elects new chair at annual meeting

 Posted on: April 7 2015
Ralph Morton, CSEE, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission was elected as the new chair of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the governing body of the $9.45 billion sport event industry, during its annual meeting held in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week. Morton has been working in the sports industry since 1988. Before serving as the Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission, he was Vice President of Events for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, where he held a leadership role on events such as the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Fours. He also served as Vice President of Operations for the Acxiom Grand Prix Du Mardi Gras and Entertainment Coordinator for Aggreko Entertainment Services. He is a University of Florida graduate, and lives with his wife and four children on Mercer Island.

National Association of Sports Commissions Names Host Cities for 2018 and 2019 Symposium

 Posted on: December 17 2014
The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) today announced the Host Cities for its 2018 and 2019 Symposium. The 2018 NASC Symposium will be held in Minneapolis and the 2019 Symposium will be in San Diego. “We are thrilled to bring the Symposium to cities that are longtime members and supporters of the association,” said Beth Hecquet, CMP, CMM, Director of Meetings and Events, National Association of Sports Commissions. "Both Minneapolis and San Diego will be fantastic hosts for our annual meeting and we are excited to begin the planning process. The site selection committee would like to thank all cities that submitted bids to host and encourages all members to consider hosting in the future." See the attached press release to read more.

Some 200 sports tourism professionals convene in Chicago for meetings held by the National Association of Sports Commissions and United States Olympic Committee

 Posted on: October 6 2014
Some 200 members of the National Association of Sports Commissions gathered here for the NASC semi-annual meeting in late September hosted in conjunction with the USOC’s Olympic SportsLink conference. Programming for the semi-annual meeting included: Fall 2014 Module for the Certified Sports Event Executives (CSEE) program, NASC Market Segment Meetings, and NASC Board of Directors meeting. See the attached press release to read more.

National Association of Sports Commissions Names Next Host Cities for Symposiums; NASC Wraps Up Oklahoma City Meeting with Record Attendance, New Board Leadership

 Posted on: April 3 2014
The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the governing body of the $8.7 billion sports events industry, celebrated record attendance for its annual symposium here this week. More than 800 attendees, including 170 first-timers, participated in this week’s NASC Symposium to elect new NASC leadership, honor members with industry awards and participate in dozens of continuing education programs led by industry leadership. See the attached press release to read more.

National Association of Sports Commissions selects Oklahoma City charity as 2014 Sports Legacy Fund beneficiary

 Posted on: October 2 2013
The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) has selected the Oklahoma Cleats for Kids program as its Sports Legacy Fund beneficiary at next year’s NASC Symposium in Oklahoma City, to be held March 31-April 3, 2014. The Sports Legacy Fund, originally developed by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission as an equipment donation program, is a way for members of the sports tourism community to make a personal and lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged youth sports programs throughout the country. Each year the NASC partners with the host city of the NASC Sports Event Symposium to donate the proceeds from the Sports Legacy Fund to a worthy organization in the community. See the attached press release to read more.

National Association of Sports Commissions unveils new capabilities for Economic Impact Calculator to measure $8.3 billion industry

 Posted on: July 11 2013
The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) announced today that it is launching an improved Economic Impact Calculator to guide its membership in measuring the $8.3 billion U.S. sports events industry. The Economic Impact Calculator model and Event Spending data are based upon studies completed by Sportsimpacts at over 50 events within the last decade spanning various market sizes and event types, and a 2011-2012 Consumer Spending study conducted by the University of Arizona Sports Management program that analyzed daily visitor spending trends at 30 events spanning various market sizes and event types. See the attached press release to read more.
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