2016 NASC Sports Event Symposium


About the NASC 

About the Sports Tourism Industry

About the NASC Sports Event Symposium

About CSEE


About the NASC

What is the National Association of Sports Commissions?
Established in 1992, the mission of the NASC is to provide a communication network among and between sports commissions, destination marketing organizations, chambers of commerce and event rights holders which increases access to sports event information, educates members in the areas of sports marketing and fund raising, enriches the quality of member's sports events and promotes the value of sports commissions in their own community and within the sports industry. Click here to view additional information.

What are the benefits of membership?
In short, the NASC provides networking and eduction to sports tourism professionals.  You can view a complete list of the benefits of membership here

Why should my organization join?
The NASC provides members with the tools necessary to be effective in the sports tourism industry.  Whether your organization is just exploring this very special segment or you are one of our founding members, the NASC can help you in day-to-day business activities. 

Our members enjoy many meaningful benefits designed to make them more effective and competitive in the business of bidding on, hosting and owning sporting events. View a complete list of benefits.

Is my organization eligible to join?
Organizations that are involved in the sports tourism industry including: sports commissions, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), chambers of commerce, universities, collegiate conferences, event owners, and vendors to the industry.

What are the categories of membership?
There are three (3) categories of membership: Active, Allied, and Rights Holders.  To view details about each category, click here.

Is membership individual or organizational?
All memberships are organization-based; therefore the entire staff of the member organization may take advantage of the benefits of membership. You may have as many contacts listed in your organization’s membership account as you have staff.  Each staff member will be assigned a unique login and password to access the website and customize communication preferences. Individual memberships are not available. 

How much are dues?
Active and Allied dues are $795 and Rights Holder dues are $100 per calendar year.

What is the membership year?
Our membership year is in conjunction with the calendar year (January - December).

Since membership is calendar year, are membership dues prorated?
When an organization first joins the NASC, dues are to be paid in full. Upon the first of January the following year, the organization will receive a pro-rated dues invoice from the NASC Office in accordance with their date of joining.  At the start of the third year of membership, and continuing forward, the organization will receive an invoice for the full dues amount.

Do you offer trial memberships?
No; we do not offer trial memberships.  However, we do conduct webinars with prospective members who want a sneak-peak of all of the resources available on the NASC website.  To schedule a webinar, contact info@sportscommissions.org or 513.281.3888.

Where can I view a current list of member organizations? 
Click here for a complete list of member organizations.

Where can I find a membership application?
A membership application is available under the Become a Member Tab.  Click here.

Who should I contact if I have questions about my organization’s membership or questions about the industry?
The best place to start is the Member Services Department.  One of our member services coordinators is always available and can point you in the right direction.  Contact info@sportscommissions.org or 513.281.3888 to reach our Member Services Department.


About the Sports Tourism Industry

What is a sports commission?
Let's start with a bit of history to which almost every community can relate. For many years in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, all promotional efforts for the area were conducted through the local chamber of commerce. Over time, these promotional efforts became so specialized that separate chamber divisions, or totally independent corporations were formed to handle these unique markets, such as industrial development and tourism promotion.

Today, one of the grandchildren of these first promotional efforts is the sports commission. Throughout the United States, these organizations have originated in several manners. Many had their beginnings as chamber of commerce committees. A large number were, (and still are), associated with the local destination marketing organization. Some have been formed as independent, non-profit entities. Formation aside, all across the nation, communities are realizing the massive economic and public relations impact sports can have on a city. Capitalizing on this impact requires special people with unique insights into this market.

A special, dedicated effort led by community volunteers and ably assisted by quality staff members can make sports a major force in economic development or revitalization.

How are sports commissions organized?
There is more than one answer to this question. Initially, one should look at the ultimate goal: hosting more sporting events in your community. How can you best accomplish this in your area?

Currently, the three major forms of sports commissions are:

  • Independent, non-profit corporations
  • Division of local destination marketing organization
  • Government agency (city, county, state)

A normal growth pattern for many sports commissions entails beginning as part of some other entity, and eventually becoming independent. This is not necessarily the best for all communities; however, it is one natural process of evolution.
Once again, the most important factor is the final outcome you wish to achieve. You know the alliances which need to be formed to make this concept happen. Choose the form which best combines your goal with the ability to obtain that goal.

It is important to remember that organizational status is not etched in stone. At the correct time, a commission may alter its organizational structure in order to accomplish the goals of its mission. However, it is imperative to ensure that all of the "players" are involved in determining the appropriate time for change.

How are sports commissions funded?
Some of the main sources of revenue currently being used by various sports commissions throughout the United States include the following:

  • Membership sales
  • Corporate donations (cash and/or in-kind services)
  • Grants
  • Bed tax
  • Managing events (e.g., operating tournaments and/or hosting an annual awards banquet)

How can sports commissions help sports event owners?
Sports commissions can assist their local sports organizations with promotional and advertising efforts, event management, facility studies, economic impact calculations, volunteer recruitment and much more.

Sports commissions also attract regional, national and international sporting events to their communities thus, benefit the area's economy and quality of life.

How can I find out if my community has a sports commission?
Contact the NASC.

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