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Entries for 2011

National Association of Sports Commissions presents a Holiday Wish List for Sports Executives

 Posted on: December 15 2011
With just a few weeks left until Christmas, the National Association of Sports Commissions presents a wish list for sports executives working in the events industry from a few of the organization's members. See the attached press release to read more.

NASC Members Make Things Better for the Communities They Serve

 Posted on: December 13 2011
Having just returned from visits to six of our member cities in just over a month I am struck by how important issues have become like computing visitor spending, effective relationships with the local hospitality community, “stay to play,” all issues relating to room contributions and commissions, troubling issues with a few third party room booking services, and how to compute possible return on investment before the bid. In our recent CSEE modules in Las Vegas we attempted to discuss most aspects of economic impact and visitor spending plus current issues and best practices concerning the hotel industry. We missed the rest of you, and could probably go back and repeat the two sessions without going over much of the same material. This tells me we can never spend enough time addressing every issue above. I will address visitor spending in the next few lines and go on to the rest of the topics in coming days. Economists spend much of their careers on issues relating to spending and re...

National Association of Sports Commissions' Symposium to feature Canine Cuddling Symposium set for April 16-19 in Hartford

 Posted on: November 22 2011
The 20th anniversary edition of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Sports Event Symposium, to be held April 1619, 2012 in Hartford, Connecticut, will give attendees a hands-on experience with the Canine Cuddling Program. Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and New England’s only Guide Dog School, trains specially-bred German Shepherd dogs to lead people with blindness to a life of increased independence and mobility. Canine cuddling is a valuable socialization tool and key in training young dogs to explore the world and get acquainted with new surroundings and people. See the attached press release to read more.

Create the Win-Win with area media

 Posted on: November 22 2011
At a breakout session during an NASC Sports Event Symposium there was discussion regarding how best to work with your local medias to educate your community on what you do and why. It was brought up that many local media’s are struggling and are looking for new ideas. Considering we ask a lot of our local newspaper’s sports department it only made sense to determine how we could help them – try to find a way to create that “win-win scenario”. So I got the idea of offering our staff to write a weekly article giving the inside scoop on what’s going on in the world of amateur sports; locally, regionally and nationally. I met with the leadership of our local newspaper and pitched the idea. The basic concept was that most things published today are readily available to most readers regarding major sports stories through numerous other resources. Local newsworthy items of interest that were not available via the internet would be of value – yet they were getting it at no cost. They agreed to...

NASC Announces First Annual Survey of Host Organizations

 Posted on: November 22 2011
The NASC is pleased to announce the first ever comprehensive survey of NASC Active category members (host organizations). The study is being conducted for us by the Ohio University (OU) Graduate Program in Sports Administration. An ad-hoc panel of NASC board members has worked with OU and NASC staff to develop this survey.  The primary contact for each Active category member organization received a link to the online survey on November 15th.  If you need an NASC staff member to resend the link to the survey, contact us at 513-281-3888 orNASC@SportsCommissions.org. We need to make two very important points: 1. Your response is needed! If this study is to provide meaningful results that can help guide your future planning, we need full participation. 2. As with most good things, there is a cost: the survey could take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. We suggest glancing through the questions and then collecting the data needed before you start. The deadline for return of all questio...

Third party housing services, site selection, and room rebates

 Posted on: September 29 2011
When is it a good idea to use a third party to book rooms? Should the third party also select cities? What constitutes a “reasonable” total amount of up-charge per room? In my opinion, the answers are sometimes, never, and nothing above $5-10. There can be circumstances when the CVB or the event simply does not have the capability to book rooms. At these times a reputable housing service can be of significant assistance. Be sure, however, to check the amount of experience with sports events. The type, kind, and location of each property in relation to the competition sites are of the highest importance to a successful sports event. Many third party services have just discovered sports events. Only a very few have been at it for around ten years, and I know of only one that started in sports. I cannot imagine an acceptable set of circumstances allowing the housing service to select sites…unless the event owner just does not want to do the work (they are content to find out what the qual...

How the Certified Sports Event Executive Program Has Helped Me Advance In My Career

 Posted on: September 19 2011
The Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) Program is a continuing education program open only to NASC Members.   The CSEE program provides participants with up-to-date, useful knowledge on an array of topics that are meant to increase your productivity, efficiency and effectiveness in your job.  At the completion of the program, each participant receives the CSEE designation. The CSEE Program has been an extremely useful tool in my career, and I am a proud graduate. I have beenin the Sports Industry for 13 years, and I owe a large thank you to the NASC and its CSEE Program.  The CSEE Program has kept me updated on key issues and topics that are directly related to this career.  Although, I have worked in many different areas of the Sports Industry: Collegiate Athletic Department  (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas), Event Rights Holder (NAIA), Sports Commission (Olathe, Kansas Sports Commission) and now a Convention and Visitors Bureau (Bryan-College Station, Texas), I hav...

Why attend the NASC Sports Event Symposium?

 Posted on: September 13 2011
The 2012 NASC Sports Event Symposium in Hartford marks the twentieth anniversary of the NASC! As one of our founders I was involved in all of the planning meetings leading to the initial meeting in 1992 and have remained involved ever since. From 1989 to 1998 I served as the executive director of what was the Greater Cincinnati Sports & Events Commission, a privately funded not-for-profit that represented our market. In order to be competitive, I attended every meeting the NASC held. Missing a meeting was unthinkable. You need to do the same. To be competitive you simply must make sales contacts at the symposium! To be competitive you simply must attend special sessions designed specifically to help you get at least your share of the market! To be competitive you simply must learn from your peers. You could, of course, make your own mistakes but avoiding them can sure help you stay employed! You cannot find another conference, meeting, or trade show where you can accomplish all of th...

Youth Basketball and the NCAA

 Posted on: September 6 2011
Legislation is in place to regulate the use of on campus basketball facilities. At present, boys (or men’s as described by the NCAA) basketball is subject to new restrictions on use. Virtually identical legislation covering girls/women’s basketball is on its way to implementation. In general, the legislation now prohibits the use of on campus basketball facilities for non-scholastic boys/men’s basketball events or practices that include prospective student-athletes (anyone that has started classes for the seventh grade). This extends to off campus sites that are regularly used by the institution for practices or competition. The legislation affects all NCAA Division I member institutions. Assuming the companion legislation is approved covering the girls/woman’s game, the same restrictions will be in place. An institution may host basketball-related events that are part of officially recognized state multi-sports events (state games). Institutions may host a non-scholastic event that in...

NASC Strategic Consulting Service

 Posted on: August 30 2011
The NASC is adding a Strategic Consulting Service. The combined knowledge and experience of our staff is available to offer a full range of services…from a seminar designed to help you select the ways to get your share of the sports event travel market, to facility audits, sports complex feasibility studies, strategic planning, and marketing and sales assistance and meeting and convention planning. We are in the process of developing a new section of the web site. This section will detail the many services we offer.  A summary of services will be available at the TEAMS conference in Las Vegas October 4-6. All fees will go to the NASC for additional member services. We have already signed our first client and have three more proposals in varying stages of development. It is important to note that we will only be able to accept a limited number of projects. We cannot allow these new services to take away from our focus on the on-going work of the NASC. Stay tuned for more information! – ...
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