Sports Events and Tourism Industry

Meet, Play, Love to Travel

 Posted on: July 6 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE RE MEET, PLAY, LOVE TO TRAVEL: Due to the current spike of COVID-19, we have set a new tour launch date. The government is working to pass “EXPLORE AMERICA” -- a $4000 tax credit to encourage Americans to travel. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your destination. Read more. Help us save the industry!  We’re doing something BIG this summer to promote the importance of tourism and hospitality and the economic impact COVID-19 has had on the industry.   We will be touring the country in an RV, to promote travel as soon as it is deemed safe.  We’ll tour 60 cities in 60 days to facilitate 60 vacation giveaways. We want to work with you! Learn how your city can host.  

CBS’ Seth Davis Announced As Speaker for First-Ever SportsBIZ XChange

 Posted on: July 2 2020
Seth Davis is an award-winning sports writer and broadcaster who covers college basketball. Since 2004, Davis has been a mainstay of CBS Sports’ studio coverage of college basketball and the NCAA Tournament. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for 22 years and is currently the Managing Editor for college basketball at The Athletic. Davis is the author of five books, including the New York Times best sellers Wooden: A Coach’s Life, which chronicles the life of longtime UCLA coach John Wooden, and When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball, which tells the story of the 1979 NCAA championship game which pitted Magic Johnson against Larry Bird. Davis’ most recent book is Getting to Us: How Great Coaches Make Great Teams. In it, he uses in-depth profiles of elite coaches such as Mike Krzyzewski, Doc Rivers and Dabo Swinney to explain how they use the PEAK profile to form winning teams. That stands for Persistence, Empathy, Authenticity and Knowledge, a concep...

SportsBIZ XChange announces CBS’ Seth Davis as speaker

 Posted on: July 2 2020
SportsBIZ XChange presented by Sports ETA announces CBS’ Seth Davis as speaker Virtual networking event will connect America’s sports events and tourism industry CINCINNATI (July 2, 2020) – SportsBIZ XChange presented by Sports ETA, a month-long schedule of virtual business appointments and industry networking opportunities to connect its members to sports events rights holders, announced today that CBS Sportscaster Seth Davis will serve as the keynote speaker on August 3, 4-5 p.m. Myrtle Beach is the sponsored host of Davis’ keynote session. Seth Davis is an award-winning sports writer and broadcaster who covers college basketball. Since 2004, Davis has been a mainstay of CBS Sports’ studio coverage of college basketball and the NCAA Tournament. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for 22 years and is currently the Managing Editor for college basketball at The Athletic. SportsBIZ XChange presented by Sports ETA will be held from August 3-21 and regi...

Sports ETA Webinar Look-Back

 Posted on: June 30 2020
Sports ETA is continuing its dedication to our members in providing resources to you during this current pandemic. Below are a few of our recent webinars you may have missed. We encourage you to go back and watch all of our webinars in our archives. Return to Play Study conducted by Grand Park Sports Campus and IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute Returning to play is something many of us have been looking forward to, but it will come with changes. Due to COVID-19, many tournaments and recreational leagues are having to put new safety measures in place. As an event venue or organization, you will have to do the same. That is why Grand Park Sports Campus in Indiana and IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute teamed up to create a survey on what adaptations players and their families would want and not want. After receiving thousands of responses, IUPUI SII put together a Kano Model using 12 adaptations (like increased sanitation, health screenings, allowing no spectators, etc.) and seei...

Get Answers to Your SportsBIZ XChange Questions

 Posted on: June 24 2020
As you know, registration for SportsBIZ XChange is now open and closes July 6. The appointment portal will be open from July 10-22. If you have already registered, thank you!   The virtual event will take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 1:30pm and 4:30pm ET from August 3 – 21. One-on-one appointments will take place on Mondays and Fridays Group meetings (similar to RFP round tables) will take place on Wednesdays Actual appointment times will be from 2-4pm ET with introductory speakers, business development lounges, and entertainment happening before and after Registration is available at www.sportsbizxchange.org. FAQs for SportsBIZ XChange Q: Will my 2020 Symposium registration be automatically transferred to 2021? A: To transfer your 2020 Symposium registration to the 2021 Symposium in Birmingham, please email info@SportsETA.org. Once your registration has been transferred, you can choose to use a credit from your 2020 ...

Mentor Spotlight: Don Dukemineer

 Posted on: June 23 2020
“Each member will get out of [Sports ETA] what they put into it, and are asked to use their passions within our industry to make us stronger.” That is exactly what Don Dukemineer does. He is the co-chair of the Mentoring & Engagement Committee and the current Sports ETA Treasurer. Don is also the Director of Sports Development at Decatur-Morgan County Tourism where he is responsible for the sales and development of attracting sporting events, tournaments or competitions to the area. For Don, that entails building relationships with city and county officials, while also spearheading efforts to build new facilities or opportunities to increase economic development within our community. Don says he’s always willing to help whether that’s giving advice or input on industry best practices or dressing up as a ‘Minion’ at a tradeshow, where he got mistaken for an actual park character. “For once in my life, maybe I was a ‘re...

SportsBIZ XChange Registration Now Open

 Posted on: June 17 2020
Contact: Jackie Reau Game Day (513) 929-4263 jreau@gamedaypr.com CINCINNATI (June 17, 2020) – Registration is now open for SportsBIZ XChange presented by Sports ETA, a month-long schedule of virtual business appointments and industry networking opportunities for its members and sports events rights holders from August 3-21.   Virtual attendees will have multiple one-on-one 20-minute appointments with key decision-makers as well as several 30-minute event overview appointments with sports events rights holders, access to dozens of new and updated RFPs, and numerous social networking opportunities in the Virtual Lounges. Additionally, a virtual Locker Room will be open to all attendees to view documents (RFPs, fact sheets, and videos) from each rights holder.   The August schedule is as follows (all times are ET): Mondays, August 3, 10, 17 1:30-5 p.m., Virtual Lounges are open 2-4 p.m., One-on-one appointments 4-4:30 p.m., Industry Updates Wedn...

Mentor Spotlight: Gray Williams

 Posted on: June 9 2020
Share the knowledge. That’s what Gray Williams wants to do for Sports ETA members, new and not so new. “I begged, borrowed lots from Sports ETA members to get where we are today,” said Williams. “I am always happy to help anyone who is looking to move towards this.” All that begging and borrowing has led her to this - the Executive Director of Greenville- Pitt County Sports Commission, a newly formed organization. Launching in July 2019, the commission is just beginning to show how the area is an emerging sports destination. Her role is to lead the sports commission in being a preferred sports destination for events, vendors, visitors and beyond. “We are a small destination with big city feels and budget friendly hospitality,” Williams said. “We also understand what we are and what we are not. Knowing we have 2,000 hotel rooms puts us in a position where some events could be a fit and some are not.” Gray suggests partner...

Is Your City Participating in the Great American 5000?

 Posted on: June 8 2020
Great American 5000 is a way for teams of up to 12 or 24 runners to join together and strengthen their community. Starting on Flag Day, June 14, 2020, runners will take off running 5,000 km (3,120 miles) virtually from the Pacific near San Francisco to the Atlantic near New York City. The Competition Teams will collectively run for 24 hours each day and send in how far they covered. An online map will track their virtual progress across the country. A leaderboard will show how they compare to other teams. First team to the Atlantic Ocean near New York wins! Check out the website at www.GreatAmerican5000.org for more information.   How Your City Can Participate in the Event Cities can be promotional partners to engage their communities  Share your community’s cool coffee shops, restaurants, parks and landmarks with participants Show you are bringing sports back to your community Have your city featured in e-mails and social media You will be given a s...

SportsBiz XChange to be offered as new virtual networking event in August

 Posted on: June 4 2020
Sports ETA to move its Annual Symposium to 2021 CINCINNATI (June 4, 2020) – Sports ETA, the trade association for the sport events and tourism industry, announced today that it will postpone its 2020 in-person Annual Symposium to April 26-29, 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama. The largest annual gathering of sports events and tourism professionals was originally scheduled to be hosted in Kansas City for August 2-5, 2020. Kansas City will host a future Annual Symposium to be announced at a later date. As a supplement and significant member benefit enhancement to its on-going robust programming, Sports ETA will offer SportsBiz XChange, a month-long schedule of industry networking opportunities for its members and sports events rights holders. Virtual attendees will have numerous appointments with key decision-makers in sports tourism events and access to dozens of new and updated RFPs throughout the month of August. Registration will open later this month at SportsETA.org. &ldqu...
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