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Membership Benefits

The founding members of the NASC created the Association so that they could share best practices and information with each other in order to be more successful at bidding on and hosting sporting events.  As the NASC has evolved over the last twenty two years, the Association has continued to develop benefits that align with that mission.  We strive to provide meaningful benefits and relevant content as our membership base grows and evolves.  The NASC is the number one resource for sports event professionals.  Click on the links below to find out why. 

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Active Membership

Active members are the founders of the NASC.  Sports Commissions, CVBs, chambers of commerce, department of parks and recreation, and other "host" organizations join the NASC to be more effective in the business of bidding on and hosting sporting events in their community.

Favorite Benefits for Active Members Include: Member and Event Owner Directories, Education & Certification, Industry Reports, and the Economic Impact Calculator.

Allied Membership

The primary reason why industry suppliers join the NASC is to cultivate relationships with potential prospects and clients for their products and services.  The NASC can put your organization in touch directly with decision makers for active member and rights holder member organizations.  Joining the NASC will help your company increase its bottom line through new sales and client development.

Favorite Benefits for Allied Members Include: Member Directory, Event Owner Directory, and Opportunities to Host Best Practices Webinars about their product, service, or area of expertise in the industry.

Rights Holder Membership

Event organizations join the NASC for two main reasons: 1) Find hosts for future events and 2) Make their current events more successful than ever before.  The NASC equips event organizations with the tools necessary to produce the best events possible, leaving a lasting impression on participants and attendees alike.  

Favorite Benefits for Rights Holder Members Include: Event RFP Database, Member Directory, Event Webinars, Economic Impact Calculator, and free registration and booth space at the annual NASC Sports Event Symposium.

Resources & Tools


Event Owner Directory – Access contact information for more than 900 event organizations

Member Directory – Stay in touch with other member organizations


Economic Impact Calculator  – Use this tool to estimate the potential results the event will produce.

Event RFP Database – Review RFPs for events that are available for bid posted by Rights Holder members.

Reports and Whitepapers –Industry Trends, Economic Impact, Visitor Spending, and Site Selection.


Forums – Our member message board is designed to improve communication among members, offer a forum for exchanging ideas, and allow you to benefit from the experience, knowledge, and wisdom of your peers.

Mentoring The Mentoring Committee consists of volunteer NASC members with over 100 years of collective experience who are ready to serve all members and to educate the general membership on the value of the NASC.  Long-time members and new members alike are encouraged to reach out to the mentoring committee to utilize their vast amount of experience and know-how.

Models & Samples – Collection of models and samples, (used by real host organizations, event organizers, and industry partners), that is designed to generate ideas and save you time


Salary and Compensation Surveys - Contemplating a career move? Evaluating staff salaries? Learn what you, or they, should be earning.  NASC conducts a research survey, as needed, exploring compensation levels for sports tourism professionals in various fields.

Job Board - Post job openings for your organization and view positions available at member organizations

Education & Certification

Meetings & Events
NASC Sports Event Symposium* – The original sports event industry conference, which has been produced annually by the NASC since 1992.  The Symposium features the Sports Marketplace, which is the longest-running reverse tradeshow for the sports tourism market, and equips sports event professionals with solutions that produce measurable ROI.  Members receive registered discounts, and only members from host organizations and exhibiting event owners and vendors are eligible to request appointments in the Sports Marketplace Appointments.  The Symposium is hosted each spring, usually in March or April.

NASC Market Segment Meetings* –  Held each fall (September or October), the NASC Market Segment Meetings create a platform for members in similar markets to share best practices and discuss key issues and trends that are happening in their communities.
Online Learning

Video Library – The NASC is proud to provide our members access to video recordings of select breakout sessions from past NASC Sports Event Symposiums in the online Video Library. Simply logon to access more than a dozen recorded sessions. If you missed a session or need a refresher, visit the Video Library. 

Webinars  –  NASC currently conducts two webinar series for members, Best Practices Webinars and the NASC Virtual Event Marketplace Series.  Best Practices Webinars focus on a trend or topic that is relevant and timely.  Event Webinars were developed with event owners and destinations in mind.  We know our members have busy schedules, so the webinars are an opportunity for event owners to share information about their organization, their events, and what it takes for a destination to land an event with 50-75 destinations in less than an hour and no travelling is necessary! 
Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE)
CSEE Certification – Open only to NASC members, CSEE is a continuing education program where participants are provided with cutting edge knowledge about topics relevant to the sports event industry. Modules cover a variety of topics that increase participants efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace and enable them to earn the designation as a "Certified Sports Event Executive".

Publications & Discounts

NASC Publications
Get in the Game eNews  – Delivered to your inbox each week, includes articles relevant to sports tourism industry.  Members are encouraged to submit their news and content.

NASC Playbook – Quarterly publication mailed to each member organization.  Content includes association updates, member news, and industry best practices.
Industry Discounts
Affinity Partner discounts – Do business with NASC Affinity Partners and receive discounts on products and services for solutions you need to run successful events

Car Rental discounts – Avis discounts vary, members should use AWD # T821500 when making reservations.  With Budget, members can enjoy savings of up to 25%. Use Budget Customer Discount (BCD) number A773300 for the lowest rates. 

Shipping discounts – PartnerShip®, the endorsed shipping management provider of NASC, helps you save on every shipment you send and receive. This program is available to all NASC members with no obligations and no minimum shipping requirements. Members who enroll in the NASC Shipping Program save on select FedEx® services.

* - additional fees apply


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