Young Professional Spotlight: Katie Langland

 Posted on: February 24 2021
In a time of COVID-19, events look a little different. After seven years in the industry, this Sport ETA Young Professional has been forced to make some changes Meet Katie Langland. Katie is the Business Development Manager at Minneapolis Northwest Tourism. She is responsible for bringing events into one of three cities while developing and maintaining relationships with planners and partners. “Meeting other sports tourism suppliers and planners from all over the country is my favorite part of the industry,” Langland said. “You meet so many people and before you know it, they become your friends. You have support, people to talk to and learn from, and a huge support system.” In the future, she wants to become more involved with sports tourism. She is already involved with MPI MN and MN Festivals and Events Association. Outside of sports, Katie enjoys a myriad of outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, and traveling. Greece is at the top of her trave...

Young Professional Spotlight: Stan Adams

 Posted on: February 17 2021
Looking to the future, this Sport ETA Young Professional plans to double their sports economic impact from before COVID-19 shook the world. Stan Adams has a vision. After being in the industry for five years, Stan is working at Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports as the Director of Sports. As the director, he oversees developing, maintaining, running, and acquiring sports events to generate economic impact for the Tuscaloosa Community. Stan has had some incredible experiences working in the industry: “Being involved with the largest high school basketball tournament in the country, the Gov. Challenge, running the Alabama High School Football Championships in Bryant Denny Stadium, getting to meet Deontay Wilder, and of course making lifelong friends with everyone in the industry at conferences.” Outside of work, sports are still a huge part of Stan’s life. He lives for Miami sports. Watching or attending any game for the Heat, Dolphins or Marlins is his go-to hob...

Sports ETA announces the rescheduling of its three spring events to fall dates

 Posted on: February 16 2021
Contact: Jackie Reau Game Day (513) 708-5822 jreau@gamedaypr.com   CINCINNATI (February 16, 2021) Sports ETA, the trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, announced today the rescheduling of its three spring events: Women’s Summit, Facilities Summit, and the Annual Symposium.   The Annual Symposium will take place in Birmingham, Alabama from October 25-29, 2021. The Women’s Summit and Facilities Summit will be delivered as live events in Birmingham, adjacent to the Annual Symposium. Schedule, details, and registration information will be forthcoming.   “By co-hosting these three annual events, we can continue to deliver networking opportunities and educational programming for our membership while being sensitive to travel and budget expenses,” said Al Kidd, President & CEO of Sports ETA.   Registration Members who are registered for the Symposium in April will automatically be transferred to October...

Young Professional Spotlight: Parker Medley

 Posted on: February 10 2021
Many of you may remember the welcome Sports ETA and its members received at the 2019 Symposium in Knoxville. The one where the mayor slammed someone into a table. If not, check out the clip and you may begin to understand this next Young Professional’s love for Knoxville. Parker Medley has been with Knoxville Sports Commission for over four years. He’s the Sports Sales Director, promoting Knoxville and Knox County as a premier sports tourism destination. The 2019 Sports ETA Symposium has been one of his best experiences in the industry. “{The Symposium} brought in a record number of attendees. It was very fulfilling to showcase our beautiful city to rights holders and DMO’s across the country,” Medley said. Parker also enjoyed taking a group of clients to the Battle at Bristol, which was the largest attended college football game ever. It helped that Tennessee came out victorious. Another win that Parker loves to remember- his alma mater Florid...

Sports ETA names Russ Yurk as Special Projects Coordinator

 Posted on: February 2 2021
Contact: Jackie Reau Game Day (513) 708-5822 jreau@gamedaypr.com Sports ETA names Russ Yurk as Special Projects Coordinator CINCINNATI (February 2, 2021) – Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA) has appointed Russ Yurk as Special Projects Coordinator. He will oversee events rights holder relationships on behalf of the organization to increase connectivity with the Sports ETA membership. He is a sport industry professional with more than 27 years of experience in event management and project development on the international, intercollegiate, national and state levels. Most notably, he has worked with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2017 World Rowing Championships, USA Baseball and 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U18 Baseball World Cup, among others. This past year, he managed the site selection process for the NCAA Championships program. Yurk will continue his sports industry consultancy with 129 Sports as well. &ldqu...

Sports ETA Live Webinar with Pixellot

 Posted on: February 1 2021
Learn how your venue can cost-effectively expand your audience and introduce new revenue channels. Joining Dave Shapiro (President of Pixellot North America) will be Frank Losquadro from Jet Media and Jared Brown from Louetta Automotive Sports Complex. Tuesday, February 9, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET Register Now.

Sports ETA and Playeasy Create Strategic Partnership to Connect Sports Events and Tourism Industry

 Posted on: January 27 2021
Contact: Jackie Reau, Game Day jreau@gamedaypr.com | (513) 708-5822 Sports ETA and Playeasy Create Strategic Partnership to Connect Sports Events and Tourism Industry   CINCINNATI (January 27, 2021) – Sports ETA, the trade association for the U.S. sports events and tourism industry, and Playeasy, the digital platform that connects event organizers, athletic facilities, and sports destinations across the country, announced today that they have created a strategic partnership to better serve the industry.   The partnership connects Playeasy’s online marketing, market analysis and lead generation software platform to Sports ETA’s established network of sports destinations, industry partners, and facilities and rights holders. Additionally, Playeasy and Sports ETA will collaborate on future product features and enhancements that create additional value to all stakeholders across the sports events and tourism ecosystem.   All in all, destinati...

ACTIVATE & ENGAGE YOUR TEAM IN 2021

 Posted on: January 21 2021
Are you still thinking about how to get your team motivated in the new year? Game On Nation is offering a free virtual masterclass on February 3rd at 11:30 am EST, sharing the same game-based tactics they’ve used to inspire exec teams at NASCAR, Pirates, Grizzlies, Deloitte, and Merck. Register for Techniques to Transform: How to Activate and Engage your Team in 2021 at https://levelup.gameonnation.com/masterclass Game On: Techniques to Transform

Aiming for a Recovery in 2021

 Posted on: January 14 2021
While nobody has a blueprint for navigating through COVID-19, Al Kidd, CEO of Sports ETA, the national trade association for sports tourism, has put his decades of business experience to use in managing through these unprecedented times. This interview, conducted in early November, captures what the organization has done to help its members stay informed and emerge intact when the pandemic has subsided. SPORTS PLANNING GUIDE: HOW DO YOU BEST SUMMARIZE 2020? Al Kidd: There’s three things that have happened during this time: Reaction phase – this started with, OMG, what happened, followed by readjustments, furloughs and trying to figure out guidelines for reopening. Recharge phase – this focused on professional development and diversification. This is where education flourished. We jumped in very quickly to find services and products that would make a difference. One of the things we did was establish a virtual distribution network called SE...

Webinar: USA Triathlon Endurance Exchange 1/26 @ 2pm ET

 Posted on: January 14 2021
Endurance Exchange is the premier conference for the sport of triathlon and the endurance multisport industry. Endurance Exchange is operated by USA Triathlon, the national governing body for the sport. Over 900 coaches, race directors, medical professionals, athletes, retailers, vendors, and executives of the multisport industry from across the country are expected to attend this week-long event. Endurance Exchange is requesting proposals of future host venues for the next two years of the conference, hosted in year one between fall 2021 and spring 2022. The second year of the event will be hosted between fall 2022 and spring 2023. The conference should be hosted near a major city in a warm, southern climate, conducive to fitness activities and outdoor product activations.   Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:00 PM EST Presented by: Cody Crowther, National Events Assistant Manager, USA Triathlon Brian D'Amico, Director of Events and Programs, USA Triathlon   rE...
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