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2018 Symposium



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 sport tourism industry. Click here to view additional information.

Who is eligible to join?
Organizations that are involved in the sport tourism industry including: sports commissions, destination marketing organizations, chambers of commerce, universities, collegiate conferences, event owners, and vendors.

Note: The organization, not the individual, is the member. Therefore, every staff member employed by the organization is also a member and may take advantage of the benefits of membership.

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.

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

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 Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, at 513.281.3888.

Where can I find a membership application?
A membership application is available here.

Benefits of Membership - FAQs

What are the benefits of membership?
In short, the NASC provides networking and education to sport tourism professionals.  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.

Why should my organization join?
The NASC provides members with the tools necessary to be effective in the sport 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. View a complete list of benefits.

Please contact Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, at 513.281.3888 or elizabeth@SportsCommissions.org with any additional questions that you have about membership.

Sports Commissions - FAQs

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 convention and visitors bureau. 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 convention and visitors bureau
  • 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 organizations?
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.

NASC Sports Event Symposium - FAQs

What is the NASC Sports Event Symposium?
The NASC has produced the annual NASC Sports Event Symposium, the original sports event industry conference, since 1992. The Symposium equips sports tourism professionals with industry knowledge and solutions that can be implemented immediately to produce measurable ROI for their business. Lead generation during the Sports Marketplace. Education and certification opportunities are what make the NASC Symposium the number one resource for any sport tourism industry professional looking to increase their market share, expand their brand's exposure, or produce top-notch events. For more information on the next Sports Event Symposium click here.

Who can attend the annual Sports Event Symposium?
Sports event professionals are invited to attend the Symposium. Members receive significant discount on registration fees as well as the ability to preschedule appointments in the Sports Marketplace.

Certified Sports Event Executive Program - FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding CSEE.  View all CSEE FAQs.

Why did the NASC launch this program?
Since its inception, the NASC has been dedicated to raising the standards of professionalism in the industry. Discussion concerning establishment of our own branded certification program began as early as 1995. Our first steps toward our own program began in 1999 when we instituted a series of Professional Development Seminars in conjunction with the annual and semi-annual meetings. These continued through 2000 and 2001, for a total of six seminars over three years. Destination Management Association International (DMAI) is one example of an association that has offered a certification program for many years. The NASC Professional Development Committee has worked closely with staff on the development of the program. The committee will continue to monitor each set of modules as they are presented. This will help ensure continued relevance to your day-to-day operations.

Why do the modules cost extra?
Because stipends and travel expenses must be provided to our presenters. A 2001 survey of NASC members showed a consensus that we wanted most of this training in conjunction with our existing meeting schedule which calls for the presenters to travel to our meetings.

How often are modules held?
Two modules are held each year: Spring and Fall. The Spring module is held each April in conjunction with the NASC Sports Event Symposium and the second module is held in the Fall in conjunction with Market Segment Meetings.

When can I enroll in the CSEE Program?
NASC members are eligible to join the program at any time. The program has been developed to allow for members to join at any time and work to complete the requirements at their own pace. All you need to do is fill out a registration form and you will be notified of all upcoming Modules when details are available. You may participate in as many Modules as you wish, at your own pace.  Note:  Only NASC members may enroll in the CSEE Program.

How long will it take me to complete certification?
The more modules you attend, the quicker certification can be obtained. Those members who are eligible to be “grandfathered” into program will become certified more quickly than others.  View more.

What are the requirements for certification?
For Standard participants, the requirements for certification are as follows: 1) acquire eight credits, 2) have a least five years' experience in the sport tourism industry at the time of graduation, 3) be a member in good standing throughout the entire process of certification and 4) pay the fees required for each module.

For Grandfather participants the requirements for certification are as follows: 1) acquire five credits, 2) have ten or more years' experience in a leadership position in the sport tourism industry at the time of enrollment in the CSEE program, 3) be a member in good standing throughout the process of certification and 4) pay the fees required for each module.

How are credits earned?
Credits can be obtained in three ways:
1) By attending the CSEE Spring Module (1 Credit)
2) By attending the CSEE Fall Module (1 Credit)
3) If you have earned your Masters Degree in Sports Administration/Management/Marketing and can demonstrate event experience(Degree = 1 Credit).

This seems like a substantial commitment on my part.
Yes, it is! We believe adding CSEE to your professional resume will prove valuable to you and your employer.

Once I complete my certification, what are the continuing education requirements to maintain my certification?
In order to maintain your active CSEE designation, you are required to earn a minimum of one continuing education credit per year and remain an active member of the NASC. You can earn your continuing education credit by attending one of the two modules offered each year (Spring and Fall) or by completing one online module each year.

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