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Cashing in on Olympic Gold

 June 27 2016
We are in the middle of Olympic Trials season, where the best the USA has to offer will face off head to head to determine who will represent America at the summer games in Rio. And while the trials could pay off in Olympic gold for the athletes, the host cities are striking their own kind of gold. For example, the USA Swimming Trials under way in Omaha are expected to bring in $35 million-$40 million in economic impact for the seven-day event, up about 20% from the last time they were the host, in 2012. The area’s 30,000 hotel rooms already are booked. Of the event tickets sold for the Trials, it’s estimated that 90% have been sold to guests outside of Nebraska. And remember, t...

June’s Featured Member Benefit – NASC Economic Impact Calculator

 June 27 2016
We continue our featured benefit for the month of June with a blog post on the NASC Economic Impact Calculator. The Economic Impact Calculator model and Event Spending data are based upon studies completed by Sportsimpacts at over 50 events within the last decade spanning various market sizes and event types, and a 2011-2012 Consumer Spending study conducted by the University of Arizona Sports Management program that analyzed daily visitor spending trends at 30 events spanning various market sizes and event types. Dr. Pat Rishe, Executive Director of Sportsimpacts, a national sports consulting firm, originally developed the calculator in 2007, which offers a consistent approach to calculat...

Upcoming Event Webinars - Register Now

 June 23 2016
Check out our line-up of event webinars, sponsored by MGM Resorts International, below and reserve your spot today! USA Curling Wednesday, June 29, 2016 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET Presented by Mike Dellemann Register Now! Join Mike Dellemann from USA Curling as he discusses what he looks for in a host city and what it takes to host their events. Mike will share details on their upcoming 2018 USA Curling National Championships which features 8-10 of the United States best men’s and women’s teams competing over a 7-day period to determine who will be crowned the National Champion. Since the introduction of Curling in the 2002 Olympic Games, Curling’s popularity has g...

Registration for Strategic Planning for Successful Sport Tourism Open Now

 June 22 2016
The NASC and Ohio University are pleased to offer the online CSEE course, Strategic Planning for Successful Sport Tourism, once again this summer. Registration*  Fee: $400 Deadline: Registration is open now and will close on June 30.  Register Now. *As a reminder; this course is Core Course 1 as outlined in the CSEE Program Redesign and is the first of three mandatory courses required for certification for those who enroll in CSEE from this point forward. If you are not already enrolled, you will be prompted to complete your enrollment during the online registration process. Enrollment is free and open to NASC members only; the registration fee for each cour...

Public Speaking – Zig When Others Zag

 June 21 2016
Last month I had the opportunity to present to the Florida State Sports Commissions’ convention. Along with nineteen other speakers, I had the chance to talk about my sport for ten minutes. As luck would have it, I got the chance to present last. Twentieth out of twenty. I was the only speaker between my audience and the Coors Light. The room was lost. So I zigged. I broke the pattern of presentation predictability. I engaged the room and got my point across. Here are just a couple tips that you can consider using when you are in a multiple presenter situation. 1.     Keep your message simple: Your audience will have seen dozens if not hundreds of slides. Most wi...

Call it the "Oprah” effect

 June 20 2016
With all the time we spend talking about youth sports, it’s interesting to look at some of the more common sporting events that you probably see just about every weekend in your area—the charity 5K or 10K that you’ll run into (or be detoured around) on Saturday mornings. According to 2015 stats from Running USA, the number of recreational athletes completing road races declined for the second straight year in 2015. The reduction was by a more significant margin than in 2014, when finisher totals edged down one percent. For 2015, 17.1 million finishers were reported across all road race distances, a decrease of nine percent from the previous year. Between 1990 and 2013, fi...

It’s NCAA Championship bid time!

 June 16 2016
Interested in bidding for an NCAA Division I, II or III regional or final championship? Remember the date of Friday, August 12. From now until the 2021-22 season, NCAA championship sites are up for bid and for just about every sport, the deadline is August 12. Here is a listing of NCAA championships up for bid and upcoming deadlines. The NCAA will walk you through the process at http://championships.ncaa.org. Events are listed in order of when they are scheduled. Included are events for Division I, II and III: 2017-18 Beach Volleyball                         &nbs...

Upcoming Event Webinars – Register Now

 June 14 2016
Check out our line-up of event webinars, sponsored by MGM Resorts International, below and reserve your spot today! The Color Run Thursday, June 23, 2016 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET Presented by Kent Phippen Register Now! Join Kent Phippen from The Color Run as he discusses what he looks for in a host city and what it takes to host their events. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions. If you are unable to join us on the 23rd, remember you can download the webinar recording from our Webinar Archives (login required). USA Cycling Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET Presented by Micah Rice Register Now! Join Micah Rice from USA Cycling ...

Making Sports a Museum Piece

 June 9 2016

Will Changes in Waco Mean Changes for College Football?

 May 31 2016
Baylor University Athletic Director Ian McCaw came to Waco in the aftermath of one of the ugliest scandals in college athletics. He leaves in the middle of another one. McCaw was hired in 2003 after Baylor’s basketball scandal, when student-athlete Patrick Dennehy was shot dead near a gravel pit and his former teammate, Carlton Dotson, was accused, eventually pleaded guilty and received a 35-year sentence for the murder. But that was only part of the story, as head basketball coach Dave Bliss encouraged his staff to portray Dennehy as a drug dealer to save his own job and reputation. Bliss eventually resigned after an assistant coach taped Bliss’ conversations and exposed the...
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