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Veteran Sports Professional and Long-time NASC member Stephen Ducoff Passes Away at 72

 August 31 2017
Stephen Ducoff, the president and CEO of the Association of Chief Executives for Sport (ACES) and the former leader of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, passed away August 29. He was 72. Ducoff had been the head of ACES, a Colorado Springs-based association representing the leaders of various national governing bodies and Olympic-related sports organizations, since the group’s founding in 2007. He previously served as the president and CEO of the Billiard Congress of America from 2000–2007. He served as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation from 1994–2000, which hosted the annual NASC Symposium in 1999. “ We are sadd...

Houston Sports Authority Establishes Foundation for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

 August 30 2017
Dear Partners, We can't thank you enough for the outpouring of notes and support we've received during the last few days. We have never felt so connected to the world or seen so much kindness as we have experienced during this very challenging time for our region. It has truly been touching. The Harris County - Houston Sports Authority staff and offices are unharmed. Some of us have lost material items, but those can be replaced. The good news is that we are all alive and well. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers! For those people who would like to help with the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, please know that the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority has setup a Foundatio...

National Association of Sports Commissions launches Sports Tourism Learning Institute for increased industry education

 August 21 2017
CINCINNATI, OH  – The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) announced today a new educational initiative called the Sports Tourism Learning Institute (STLI). “The Sports Tourism Learning Institute more completely represents our thinking for the new paradigm that positions the leading trade association, NASC, as the premiere education provider for the sports tourism industry in the United States,” said Al Kidd, president and CEO of the NASC. “We will offer wider and deeper content for key players, including sports destinations, sports event owners, and industry partners. Our goal is to provide a variety of educational opportunities for all our membe...

NASC Launches Two Way Texting Service To Improve Communication with Members

 May 25 2017
Have a question about your membership? Need helping logging into the website? Want quick access to industry research? You can now text the member services department and receive a speedy response!  "We want to communicate with our members in a way that is most convenient for them," says NASC President and CEO Al Kidd of the two-way texting platform. "Using this platform will allow us to keep in constant communication even while we are on the go." Members who opt-in to the service will receive text messages about upcoming events and important deadlines.  Members can also quickly text member services instead of calling or emailing. To opt-in, be sure to update your communication p...

NASC Member Cities Selected As Hosts for Nearly 500 NCAA Championship Events

 April 20 2017
The NCAA announced on championship sites through 2022. The extensive list of hosts includes an NASC member city for nearly 500 of the 600 plus championship sites which the NCAA selected after a comprehensive bid process. According to the NCAA, there were 43 states selected to host at least one round of an NCAA championship. Pennsylvania the way with a total of 53. Florida was awarded the second most with 51, while Indiana totaled 41, the third highest. Pittsburgh was awarded 22 preliminary rounds and finals, the most of any city. View the complete list of sites here. Congratulations to all of our members were were awarded a championship!   Photo Courtesy of NCAA

National Association of Sports Commissions Releases Annual State of the Industry Report

 April 13 2017
The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), in conjunction with Ohio University, released its annual State of the Industry Report for the sport event industry, and the survey shows the industry continues to be strong throughout the country. Estimated visitor spending associated with sports events in 2016 was $10.47 billion, a 10% increase from 2015, when the total was $9.45 billion. Between 2012 and 2016, according to the study, visitor spending in the United States has increased at a strong 26.1%. “The survey results show that sport event continues to be a major economic driver,” said Alan Kidd, president and CEO of NASC. “Our members lead the way in holding w...

A Valuable Partnership

 April 11 2017
A college campus is an exciting place to be. Activities abound for young people outside the classroom as universities continue to invest in world-class facilities for sports and campus recreation. Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, a scenic city in Central Virginia nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, has recently transformed its campus, devoting $200 million out of its $1 billion rebuilding project to build and expand facilities for its athletics and recreation programs. "With 15,000 residential students, Liberty is like a city within a city,” said NASC member Ernest Carter, External Event Coordinator for Liberty Athletics. "Since 1971, our campus has come so far, and...

Call For Volunteers

 April 11 2017
I am excited to invite all members of the NASC to volunteer on committees. This is YOUR association, so I strongly encourage you to consider getting involved in one of these rewarding opportunities.  Join a committee. If you have never volunteered before, you will find that this is a great way to give back to your association and build close relationships with peers in the industry. Your talents, passion, leadership and input are crucial to the NASC and it helps us to build effective, vibrant, inclusive, and multicultural committees. The NASC is driven by more than 100 committed members who volunteer their time and resources for the good of the organization. Participating on a co...

Ode to NASC Leadership

 April 10 2017
The original vision for the NASC started with just one guy, An instigator who proposed that cities recruiting events could be better if they organized. But in making his initial pitch in Orlando in 1989, The fact that only three people attended his presentation was not a good sign.   Yet the idea gained traction, interested parties got more numerous. Still many around that time found it simply to be humorous. Proselytizing continued and during the very next year, In Raleigh he was able to gather a larger group of his peers.   The association was gaining momentum. You could feel it in the air. The ’91 Olympic Congress showed that NASC was soon to be there.   ...

NASC Releases 2021 & 2022 Symposium RFP

 April 1 2017
We are excited to release our Request for Proposal (RFP) to partner and host the NASC Sports Event Symposium in 2021 or 2022. As you may know, the Symposium is our signature event through which we deliver authentic education, business development and networking opportunities. Our annual meeting attracts hundreds of sport tourism professionals and industry partners who gather to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions, and more. The Symposium features dozens of education sessions, countless networking opportunities, and business development appointments in the NASC Sports Marketplace, all to help our members produce measurable ROI for their organization, elevate their sports events, ...
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