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What your event rights holder wants from you

 November 7 2017
First and foremost, we want information.  Rights holders operate in multiple states, counties, municipalities and other entities which all may have different rules when it comes to facility permits, health and safety rules, etc.  Knowing that information is incredible helpful to rights holders and can save them hours of research time and phone calls trying to sort it all out. Local information is also helpful, especially for youth events.  People need things to do between games, or need to buy things they forgot etc.  Providing a simple one-sheeter with information such as the nearest hospital, urgent care center, sporting goods store, mall, movie theater etc. will be us...

4S Summit Recap and Next Steps

 October 24 2017
First 4S Summit completed, what a great time we all had in Detroit! Lots of good conversations, good ideas and good friends. Now you may ask, we have all this knowledge….. what next? I think we all learned that the ‘4S’s” go hand in hand, right? Let’s do a little recap…. Sales, Strategies, Sponsorships and Services. In order to have an event in your destination these four topics will come into play. Best practices, things that work, things that don’t and discussing these topics in an open forum is a great way for destinations to learn from one another. We all know that we have many different size destinations, budgets and a variety of venues. Ho...

Submit your nomination to serve on NASC Board of Directors by December 15

 October 15 2017
NASC Board Nominations Board service of the sports events and tourism industry's leaders is vital for the continued growth and success of the NASC. Board members serve as representatives of the NASC's 750 member organizations and help guide the future direction of the Association. The NASC Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the following open positions (view job description):      Secretary - Candidate must have previously served on the NASC Board of Directors Four (4) Active member representatives (three-year terms) One (1) Allied member representative (two-year term) One (1) Rights Holder member representative (two-year term) Submi...

Registration and Housing for 2018 NASC Symposium to Open Now

 October 12 2017
Registration and housing is open for the 26th NASC Sports Event Symposium to be held April 23-26, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.  Special thanks to our hosts Sports Minneapolis powered by Meet Minneapolis and Explore Minnesota Sports.  By attending, you will learn how to produce measurable ROI, elevate your sports events, and improve the quality of life in your destination.  Registration Register now before rates increase on February 16. View rates. Hotels The host hotels are the Hilton Minneapolis and Hyatt Regency Minnapolis.   Please be aware the cut-off date for the NASC room block at the host hotels is March 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  M...

Knoxville Selected as 2019 NASC Sports Event Symposium Host

 October 11 2017
Cincinnati (For Immediate Release) – The city of Knoxville, TN, will be the host city for the 2019 NASC Sports Event Symposium, connecting leaders in the sports tourism industry with event rightsholders and venue managers from around the country and across the world.  The Symposium will be held May 6-9, 2019. The NASC Sports Event Symposium is the annual meeting of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the only non-profit 501(c)3 association for the sports events and tourism industry in the United States since 1992. Hundreds of sport tourism professionals and industry partners gather there each year to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions, and more. &...

NASC 4S Summit for Sports Events and Tourism Professionals Sets Attendance Record

 October 9 2017
Contact: Jackie Reau/Betsy Ross Game Day Communications 513-929-4263   Cincinnati (For Immediate Release) – The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) 4S Summit kicks off tomorrow in Detroit, MI, hosted by Detroit Sports. A record 200 sports events and tourism professionals from across the United States are in attendance. “We have listened to what our members want, and we think our updated 4S Summit meets their needs,” said Al Kidd, NASC president and CEO. “By concentrating on these four core areas, we hope to offer the tools our members need to succeed.” The curriculum includes four key areas of strategies, sponsorship, sales and servi...

4S Summit Preparation

 September 28 2017
Get ready to learn, network, and have a lot of FUN at 4S Summit! The Market Segment Meetings have been renamed to the 4S Summit. The 4S Summit provides an opportunity for all of us to discuss our commonalities. The commonalities could be challenges we are facing or successes that we want to share. My motto “Why recreate the wheel, when I could learn from others’ successes and challenges.” The opportunity to learn from the NASC members is one of the best learning tools at the “tip” of your fingers. Be ready to learn more on the 4S’s - sponsorships, sales, services and strategies. The sports tourism industry has many commonalities within these ...

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...
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