Virtual Learning for YOU

 Posted on: April 9 2020
Virtual learning isn’t just for the kids. While in quarantine, maybe you should consider taking an online course or two. There are some great classes and webinars out there, some of them even free, to continue your education. For those who want to grow their skills in the sports tourism area, Sports ETA hosts great weekly webinars. Members lead the discussion on different topics such as how to thrive during COVID-19 or a deep dive into contracts. Plus, if you missed one, as a member, you can go back and watch the webinars on your own time. If you are looking to dive back into a college course or two, Coursera is offering some of their online courses for free through May 31, 2020. Choose from courses on career development, cloud technology or mental health, featuring the popular Yale course The Science of Well-Being. For the more visual people, there are several great online courses. Adobe has an Education Exchange which is filled with courses geared towards students, tea...

COVID-19 Insurance claims and policies

 Posted on: April 8 2020
Uncertain times come with a lot of questions. One area of concern that raises questions is insurance claims and policies. Buchalter, a law firm based in Los Angeles, focused on that topic in a recent webinar. The webinar focused on different insurance issues including… Event cancellations (10:10 & 29:20) What are my options if my event was canceled? Fall events (16:25) What steps can I take to protect my future events? Premium payments (7:20 & 40:20) What if I can’t make a payment? Contaminated property (46:20) What can I claim as COVID-19 contaminated property? Future of insurance (58:15) What will future insurance policies look like? This is a complicated time for all of us. We hope that this webinar and other resources found on our website will help answer questions you may have in our COVID-19 section.

The Pulse - March Event Losses Recap

 Posted on: April 8 2020
The Pulse reveals the economic losses of our industry in the month of March due to the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you to all members who participated in the industry survey.

Letter to Roger Dow - US Travel Association

 Posted on: April 8 2020
Sports ETA Members: Below is a copy of the letter that Al Kidd, President and CEO, Sports ETA, sent to Roger Dow of the US Travel Association earlier this week. The letter is in regard to our concerns about the current state of the stimulus and various relief packages being offered. April 7, 2020 Roger Dow U.S. Travel Association 1100 New York Avenue, NW Suite 450 Washington, DC 20005 Dear Roger, On behalf of Sports ETA, I would like to personally thank you for all your hard work on behalf of the travel and tourism industry during these times of crisis. Today, I am writing on behalf of our nearly 1,000 member organizations representing sports commissions, CVBs, sports events rights holders and allied partners to express our urgent concerns about the current state of the stimulus and various relief packages being offered, which to date have largely left our member organizations behind. I am deeply concerned that the CARES Act does not go far enough to protect o...


 Posted on: April 3 2020
We live in a world of uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing that is certain is the strength of the human spirit and we at Sports ETA want to see it! What are you or your organization doing to brighten the days of other people? How are you engaging your community while following social distancing guidelines? We want to know about it. Include us in the conversation by using #SportsTourismStrong or email us at and we’ll spotlight you on social media and our website. Interested in a destination/event/company spotlight blog?? Answer the questions below and we will post a blog highlighting your destination/event/company. Please send question responses to  1. What is your name, title, and how long have you been with the company? 2. What is the business' main objective? 3. What facilities, amenities and hotel options does your destination offer? 4. What makes your destination a great and unique option for spor...

Ease the transition to working remotely

 Posted on: April 2 2020
Are you like the thousands of employees who have found themselves working remotely during this COVID-19 pandemic? If so, how’s it going? It can be challenging if you’ve never worked from home. The remote team of Lindsey Pollak and Eileen Coombes recently gave a few tips to keep your team’s productivity and morale high. Cut yourself a break. Working from home is a transition. Find what works for you whether that is setting scheduled “in-office” hours and break times, turning on a white noise machine or app to reduce noise, or buying new furniture for your office to make you the most comfortable and productive. Overcommunicate. As the author says, it’s their “default advice on communication in general, but it’s even more important when you are working remotely.” It starts with how your team can reach you (email, call, text, Zoom, Slack, Skype, etc.) and when (in the morning, evening, weekend). Clarify Expectations. T...

No April Fools Joke Here -- CSEE is Coming To You!

 Posted on: April 1 2020
Mark your calendar, Sports ETA education is coming to YOU! Registration is extended, and ANYONE – regardless of whether you are currently enrolled in the CSEE program – can participate. CSEE Courses scheduled for Monday, April 20 in Kansas City are moving to a virtual format: Performance Mindset™ (Symposium Afternoon CSEE Course)* Now being held in a 3-part webinar series on the following dates and times: Monday, April 13 from 3-4 pm EST Monday, April 20 from 3-4 pm EST Monday, April 27 from 3-4 pm EST If you already registered for this course, your registration will be automatically rolled to the online format. If you have not registered, you can do so here ($400 member rate applies). All participants will now also receive access to Vision Pursue’s Performance Mindset™ program and if completed, will earn a Mindset certificate under Sports ETA’s new Sports Tourism Learning Institute. Must atte...

What are your biggest challenges in advocating for sports events and tourism within your organization/destination?

 Posted on: March 31 2020
During these unprecedented circumstances, Sports ETA wants to make sure we're listening closely to what our members are facing and the resources they need. With that goal in mind, we have reformatted our Pulse micro-research campaign to reflect the current COVID-19 situation. A new Pulse survey topic will appear each week at the top of the Get in the Game e-newsletter, and on our website. The short survey will be open from Thursday through Monday. Results will be available in the next week's Get in the Game e-newsletter. We care about you, and we are here for you every step of the way. Take The Survey Here


 Posted on: March 27 2020
SFA/SFM Webinar COVID-19 Response: MOney Saving Measures for Owners & Operators Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET Panelists Include: Jason Clement, Sports Facilities Management, LLC  Lori Moore, Sports Facilities Management, LLC  John Sparks, Sports Facilities Management, LLC    The COVID19 quarantine is having measurable, devastating financial effects on sports, recreation, and wellness facilities across the country. As current operators and developers of 20+ facilities, SFM is leading the response and recovery for owners and operators across the country. In this 1 hour webinar, CEO and Founder of SFM, Jason Clement, SFM Account Executive Lori Moore, and SFM Account Executive John Sparks will provide real-world solutions and ideas for cost containment, team leadership, maximizing operational efficiency, and planning for a strong rebound post-pandemic. Join SFM leaders on March 31st at 12pm EST for this no-cost educational webinar.&nbs...

Mentor Spotlight: Russ Yurk

 Posted on: March 27 2020
From two Olympics to the NCAA and state games, event planning his Russ Yurk’s specialty. Along with being a great Sports ETA mentor, Russ is the president of 129 Sports LLC. His company provides world-class event planning and project management to clients. Russ leads the NCAA Championships host bid process. He’s also planning a U-18 world championship for USA Baseball in 2021. On the side, he’s the commissioner of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. They are a Division I/II conference that receives one of five automatic bids into the NCAA tournament. After working at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Russ hopes to work on one more summer Olympics before he retires saying, “there is nothing better. International events are an amazing experience.” Russ speaks to groups about his experience in event planning and when he does, he asks this ice-breaker question- if you could attend any s...
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