MEMBER WIN: West Monroe Sports & Events Center Celebrates Successful Grand Opening Event

 Posted on: January 24 2024
Contact: Courtney Hornsby Company: City of West Monroe Email:   West Monroe Sports & Events Center Celebrates Successful Grand Opening Event  New Premier Sports and Recreation Complex Officially Opens Doors [West Monroe, LA] January 23, 2024– On January 19, the long-awaited West Monroe Sports & Events Center hosted a grand opening event to mark its first official day in operation, drawing more than 200 excited local attendees. The new sports complex features a plethora of amenities designed to promote physical and mental well-being for residents, as well as attract quality youth sporting events and regional tournaments to West Monroe. The monumental occasion kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony alongside Origin Bank, the facility’s tittle sponsor. Upon arrival, guests heard remarks from notable guests, such as West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell, project partners Discover Monroe-West Monroe and the Ouachita...

Unlock Your Potential: Embrace Growth and Success as a Mentee – Sign Up Today!

 Posted on: January 24 2024
  In the vast journey of personal and professional growth, there comes a moment when we all could benefit from a guiding hand, a source of wisdom, and a supporter in our endeavors. If you've ever felt the desire to learn, grow, and reach new heights in your life or career, then the time to take that transformative step is now. It's never too late to embark on a journey of mentorship, to connect with experienced individuals who can share their insights, provide guidance, and help shape your path toward success. Embrace the opportunity to be a mentee, as it opens doors to endless possibilities and a future filled with personal and professional achievements. Sign up today and let the empowering journey begin! Sign up to be a Mentee. What to expect: Your Active Participation: To get the most out of the mentorship, your active participation and engagement are essential. Be prepared to take initiative, ask questions, and work towards your goals! Regular...

Women's Community Meeting: February 7

 Posted on: January 24 2024
Save the Date: February 7 is not just another day—it's National Women and Girls in Sports Day! To celebrate this empowering occasion, we're thrilled to kick off our first Women's Community meeting of 2024 at 3 PM ET 🌟 Join us for an exclusive session with Katherine Holland, Executive Director of KC2026. She'll be sharing the incredible journey that led her to where she is today in the dynamic world of sports events and tourism.  But wait, there's more! Have your voice heard and shape the future of our meetings by completing our brief 2-minute survey. Your input is crucial in crafting content that truly resonates with you. Take the survey: Let's keep the conversation going! Stay connected and be part of the vibrant exchange in our LinkedIn group. Your insights and experiences matter, and we look forward to celebrating the spirit of women in sports together! See you virtually on Februa...

MEMBER WIN: Overland Park, Kansas, Becomes First Home of the College Baseball Hall of Fame

 Posted on: January 23 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2024 Overland Park, Kansas, Becomes First Home of the College Baseball Hall of Fame (OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) – The College Baseball Foundation and Visit Overland Park proudly announce that the College Baseball Hall of Fame will establish its inaugural physical location in Overland Park, Kansas. Located within the iconic Museum at Prairiefire, the College Baseball Hall of Fame will serve as a shared community asset, deepening connections to the nation's favorite pastime through a dynamic and ever-evolving space for college baseball enthusiasts to celebrate the sport's rich past, present and future. Following an extensive search to find the permanent home for the College Baseball Hall of Fame, Overland Park and the Museum at Prairiefire emerged as ideal partners for the College Baseball Foundation through its purposeful vision and united support from the community. Visit Overland Park estimates that the College Baseball Hall of...

New Year, New Opportunities - Join the Sports ETA Board of Directors

 Posted on: January 9 2024
Wishing you a fantastic start to 2024 from Sports ETA! As we bid farewell to the past year with celebration, we're eager to welcome dedicated individuals to join us in our journey toward continued growth and success in the upcoming months. Just like the promise of a fresh January, we are seeking leaders to guide us through exciting new adventures. We invite you to embrace the spirit of new beginnings and consider applying for a board position that will add a touch of magic to the future of Sports ETA. Alternatively, you can kick off the year by recommending potential candidates to be reviewed by our enthusiastic Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is currently accepting applications for five (5) promising positions on the Sports ETA Board of Directors. Explore the opportunities, including: Executive Committee – Secretary/Treasurer Four (4) Directors representing the Sports ETA Destination category, ready to embark on a merry three-year term set to con...

2024 Brings Higher Shipping Costs: FedEx and UPS Rates on the Rise

 Posted on: January 2 2024
Get ready for a hit to your shipping budget in 2024 as FedEx and UPS plan to bump up their rates by an average of 5.9%. But don't be fooled by that number alone. Thanks to various fees and other adjustments, your actual shipping costs will likely rise even higher. The silver lining? Sports ETA members can take action now to offset the upcoming cost increase. Enroll today for member-exclusive FedEx discounts of up to 45%. For a deep dive into the FedEx and UPS rate changes for 2024, check out the complete report from our trusted benefit provider PartnerShip.

Nominations for the 2024 Sports ETA Hall of Fame are Now Open!

 Posted on: December 21 2023
Nominations for the 2024 Sports ETA Hall of Fame are now open! As the deadline approaches on January 31, it's time to recognize those outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions within our industry. Induction into the Sports ETA Hall of Fame is considered to be the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. Honorees have typically spent decades in the sports events and tourism industry; they have been leaders in the industry; and they have an extensive list of accomplishments locally, nationally, and even internationally in some cases. Why nominate someone for the Sports ETA Hall of Fame? Recognition of Excellence: The Sports ETA Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements and contributions of individuals who have made a lasting impact on the sports events and tourism industry. Inspiration and Motivation: Highlighting these exceptional individuals inspires others in the industry to aim for greatness and innovation in their own work...

ICYMI: Bylaws Town Hall

 Posted on: November 30 2023
Did you miss the Bylaws Town Hall Meeting? Don't worry – we've got you covered! The engaging and informative session from November 29 is now available for your viewing convenience here. This meeting provided Mike Price, Chief Sales and Operations Officer of Destination Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Sports Commission and Don Dukemineer, Director of Sports Development at Decatur Morgan County Tourism an opportunity to present and explin their proposed bylaw change and allowed for an in-depth conversation and Q&A with the membership. If you have not yet reviewed the proposed amendment please do so here. Whether you were unable to attend due to prior commitments or simply want to revisit the valuable insights shared during the meeting, we've made it easy for you to catch up. The recorded session is now accessible here, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to stay informed and engaged prior to the vote. The vote on the pr...

Upcoming Event Owner Webinar: SlamBall League on November 28

 Posted on: November 21 2023
Event webinars are making a comeback! After a hiatus, we're excited to resume our series of informative and engaging webinars designed to provide valuable insights into hosting our members events. Please join us for a webinar on Tuesday, November 28 at 2:00 PM ET to learn more about Slamball League. “We are thrilled to announce that SlamBall League will be returning for 2024, and we are currently looking to secure a host city to serve as our Base Camp for the season. From April 25 - July 20, 2024, we are looking to secure a host venue for our Tryout Camp, Training Camp, and Regular Season run of events. We'll bring over 100 players and staff, 2,500+ room nights, and 30 broadcast event days over a 12-week period.” - Don Hardman, Venue Director Contact Don Hardman at with any questions.   Register Now

Playbook - Fall 2023

 Posted on: November 9 2023
The fall 2023 edition of the Sports ETA Playbook is out now. Take a break and check it out! Download your copy here, and remember to share it with a colleague. Inside this edition: Salem, VA hosting 100th NCAA Championship Digital Badging Program Mentoring Community Revival A Closer Look at the Ryder Cup Experience  Growing the U.S. Polo Association How AI is Already Impacting Sports & Entertainment VIEW PLAYBOOK We encourage members to share information with their peers. Contact Meagan Grau to learn more about how you can contribute to a future edition of The Playbook.
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