Sports ETA recognizes industry leaders with the President’s All-Star Awards

 Posted on: January 29 2020
CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release) – Sports ETA, the leading association for the sport tourism industry, announced the honorees of its inaugural President’s All-Star Awards. The new award, selected by staff, is recognition for support and dedication to Sports ETA and the sports events and tourism industry. Honorees were chosen for the work performed above the normal call of duty and in supporting staff to implement programs and services to the sport tourism industry. The All-Star Team recipients are as follows: Kathy Nelson, President/CEO, Kansas City Sports Commission, for her work on the Branding Committee Matt Dunn, Executive Director, Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches, for his work on the Branding Committee John Gibbons, Executive Director, Rhode Island Sports Commission, for his work on the 4S Summit Karl Schmitt, President/CEO Louisville Sports Commission, for his work on the Chief Executive Summit Janis Burke, CEO,  Harris County-Hou...

Sports ETA names Janis Ross as VP of Events & Experiences

 Posted on: January 6 2020
CINCINNATI (January 6, 2020) – Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA) has appointed Janis Ross, CMP, CSEE as VP of Events & Experiences. In her new role, Ross will oversee the association’s major events and programs including the annual Symposium, Women’s Summit and 4S Summit, among other programs. Ross previously served as Executive Director for the Eugene Cascades & Coast Sports Commission for 15 years, where she developed the region into a premier sports event destination through strategic partnerships and the development of new facilities and events to drive tourism. Additionally, Ross was an active board member of Sports ETA for five years serving in various leadership roles including Chair of the Education Committee. She is also active as a board member for Oregon Track Club and a member of the MPI Meeting Executives Advisory Board. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of business administration from Portland Stat...

Celebrate your win with us - We'll shout it from the rooftops!

 Posted on: July 31 2019
Do you have a new facility or sports complex? Did you just win a big award or event? Looking for a shoutout? How about celebrating a big win for your organization or city? Celebrate with us and other members! With your Sports ETA membership, you can be added to our weekly e-newsletter, Get in the Game eNews. The email, sent out every Thursday, includes press releases, articles and news about our members and the world of sports tourism and events. It’s a great way to celebrate your accomplishments.  It’s very easy to be included in the Get in the Game eNews. Just submit your content to by noon ET every Wednesday. Don’t forget to also subscribe to the newsletter here. You can also check out past editions on the archives page here:

Become Safe Sport Trained Today!

 Posted on: June 26 2019
Abuse Prevention Training to Benefit the Full Spectrum of the Sports Events and Tourism Industry The U.S. Center for SafeSport Teams Up with Sports ETA to Grow Nationwide Access to Critical Resources DENVER (June 26, 2019) — Two leading sport organizations, the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center), a national nonprofit dedicated to ending all forms of abuse in sport, and the Sports Events and Tourism Association (Sports ETA), announced a new wide-reaching partnership today. Through the alliance, the Center is providing its abuse awareness and prevention training which will be promoted and distributed by Sports ETA to their 800+ members and affiliated organizations which include sports commissions, major rights-holders, sports facilities and sport events owners, convention centers, visitors bureaus and multi-sports organizations and state tourism departments. The training will benefit countless athletes, coaches, volunteers, referees, staff and others attending events hos...

National Association of Sports Commission’s Women’s Summit addresses women and sports during the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa

 Posted on: April 15 2019
TAMPA (For Immediate Release) -- A capacity crowd attended the second annual Women’s Summit hosted by the National Association of Sports Commissions in Tampa during the NCAA Women’s Final Four. Numerous female business leaders representing professional and collegiate sports along with government, financial services, marketing, public relations, and hospitality shared advice and tips to attendees of the Women’s Summit, which was first hosted in Columbus, Ohio during last year’s NCAA Women’s Final Four in partnership with the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. Two new awards were presented during the Women’s Summit as well. Linda Logan, Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, was honored with the firstever Trailblazer Award for her industry leadership, and the Rising Star Award was presented to Meaghan Hughes from Ann Arbor Sports Commission for her volunteerism efforts. “The Women’s Summit hosted by the Nati...

Relationship Building - Importance of Mentorship

 Posted on: March 12 2019
A mentor is someone that will guide you along the path you have chosen, someone that will help you overcome challenges and build your character, while being motivated to support you and being a positive influence on your journey. Have you identified important individuals that have had a positive impact on your life? These individuals could be friends or advisers that you haven’t talked to in years, but they are still mentors to you. Reach out to them, thank them and start up that new dialogue. For me, it was a college professor at Ohio State in 2003, and I never realized how important he was to helping create who I am today and why I ended up in the sports tourism industry in 2012. After nine years of working in a variety of roles in professional sports – from interning and working full-time for a Minor League Baseball team, to spending time selling sponsorships for a PGA golf tournament and then moving into event operations for a golf contractor, then finally landing...

NASC and Stoll Sports Strategies announce new partnership

 Posted on: December 19 2018
CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release) – The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) and Stoll Sports Strategies, led by Jennifer Stoll, has formed a partnership to launch new research and educational initiatives for the sports tourism trade association, beginning January 1, 2019. Stoll, who led the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission for the past five years and has been a long-time member of the NASC, will work with NASC leadership and members as well as tourism industry partners to create the Sports Tourism Learning Institute, a new research service and education arm for the organization. Additionally, she will produce industry reports and white papers to share with the NASC membership. “Jennifer will be a key leader in assisting a revamp of the NASC education products and services in the sports events and tourism industries to help our membership and industry partners stay ahead of the trends and business opportunities,” said Al Kidd, CEO of the Na...

Meagan McCalla returns to National Association of Sports Commission as Director of Member Services and Engagement

 Posted on: May 16 2018
CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release)- Meagan McCalla, who formerly worked at the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) in member services, returns to the NASC staff as the Director of Member Services and Engagement. She previously was with the NASC from May 2012 to April 2017. In her new role, McCalla is responsible for membership recruitment and retention as well as fulfillment of all member services. She also manages the member services team, with the goal of increasing engagement of all members across all categories of membership. McCalla earned a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication with a focus on Marketing from Miami University in May 2013. While at Miami, Meagan was a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and served on the Public Relations Committee. She also was a member of Miami University Honors Fraternity, Lambda Pi Eta and served on the Internal/External Relations Committee. Before transferring to Miami University, Meaga...

National Association of Sports Commissions draws record attendance at 26th Annual Symposium in Minneapolis

 Posted on: May 7 2018
CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release) – Nearly 1,000 sports events and tourism professionals attended the 26th NASC Symposium, the annual meeting of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), April 23-26 in Minneapolis. NASC members elected new leadership and participated in dozens of high-level education sessions. "The educational content was focused on key elements of effective strategies for sports event and tourism organizations, said NASC President & CEO, Al Kidd. Our tracks, including event management, research, partnerships, and technology, provided attendees with insights on the latest trends and how they will impact their destinations and events." General sessions included a super panel on youth sports participation, featuring Tom Cove, President and CEO of SFIA, Tom Farrey, Executive Director of the Sports & Society Program at the Aspen Institute, and Dev Pathik, Founder and CEO of the Sports Facilities Advisory. New NASC leadership w...

Elizabeth Young promoted to Vice President at NASC

 Posted on: January 30 2018
Cincinnati (For Immediate Release) – Elizabeth Chaney Young, formerly the director of membership and marketing for the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), takes over as Vice President of the organization, effective immediately. She has served the NASC in various capacities since joining the organization in 2007 and has been an integral part of the NASC’s growth over the last decade. As director of membership and marketing she developed the annual strategy for membership recruitment and retention and oversaw all integrated marketing and communications for the association.  In her new role, Elizabeth will oversee membership, marketing, communications, events, and education to support the continued growth of the organization and service of its members. “We are fortunate to have someone of Elizabeth’s skill and knowledge continue her career at the NASC,” said Al Kidd, president and CEO. “Her experience with our 800 members ...
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