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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, ...

NASC Members Raise Thousands for the Sacramento Police Activity League

 March 30 2017
Also, during the meeting the NASC Sports Legacy Fund raised $33,000 to benefit Sacramento Police Activity League which fits the NASC’s criteria of donating to non-profits that provide individuals – particularly at-risk youth, veterans, or physically or intellectually disabled individuals – opportunities to participate in sport and encourage healthy lifestyles.   The Sacramento Police Activities League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in underserved communities.  Each of their programs has at least one Sacramento Police Officer who serves as a coach and/or mentor and helps foster...

NEW NASC Leadership Elected

 March 30 2017
New NASC board leadership was elected at NASC Symposium, including Mike Anderson, CSEE, Executive Director – Sports Tourism, Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance as the new chair of NASC.   Additional Officers included: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Kindra Fry, CSEE, SMP, Executive Director, Bryan College Station Sports + Events; Treasurer, Janis Schmees Burke, CSEE, Chief Executive Officer, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority; Secretary, Michael Price, CSEE, Executive Director Greater Lansing Sports Authority; and Immediate Past Chair Ralph Morton, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission.   Board of Directors who were elected (Board Term Expiring 2018):  Janna C...

Congratulations to our 2017 CSEE Graduates!

 March 29 2017
This morning, we recognized 31 graduates from our CSEE program. Congratulations to all!   Carrie Baulwin, Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau; Mike Carey, Yakima Valley Sports Commission; Alvin Dominique III, USRowing; Brenda Hill, VisitPITTSBURGH; Thomas Lee, Visit Charlotte; Robert Lopez, McAllen Sports Commission; Aaron McCreight, GO Cedar Rapids; Stephanie Pappas, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau; Karen Primeaux, Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission;  Cris Rohrer, Lubbock Sports, Andy Carl, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board/PA Sports;  Brooks Hierstein, Sports Hampton; Ann Hortman, Rome Sports Commission/Greater Rome Convention &...

NASC Honors Top Sports Organization with Annual Member Awards

 March 29 2017
The top sports commissions and organizations were honored at this year’s NASC Sports Event Symposium. The yearly awards honor those organizations that do outstanding work in partnering with their communities, growing the sport and making their area a sport destination.   This year’s award winners include:   Sports Commission of the Year Population Under 400,000 Ames Area Sports Commission   Sports Commission of the Year Population 400,000 and above Harris County – Houston Sports Authority   Sport Tourism Organization of the Year Population Under 400,000 Sarasota County Sports Commission   Sport Tourism Organization of the Year Popul...
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