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2018 Membership Renewals

 Posted on: December 8 2017
Dear Members: As the NASC heads into our 26th year of service to our members, the staff and board of directors thank you for your support and dedication to the sports events and tourism industry. We encourage you to take full advantage of the benefits and resources available to your organization as an NASC member, including our newly redesigned website! Renew now. Membership Benefits Directories · Member Directory · Event Owner Directory · Vendor Directory Events & Certification · Sports Event Symposium · 4S Summit · Chief Executives Summit · Women Executives Summit · Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) Certification Peer–to–Peer Resources · Mentoring · Models & Samples Publications & Resources ·&n...

National Association of Sports Commissions launches new website as the sports events & tourism industry resource

 Posted on: December 7 2017
CINCINNATI (December 8, 2017) – The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the only non-profit trade association for the sports events & tourism industry in the United States, has launched a new website,, to serve as an expanded resource for its membership.  “The NASC serves as the leading association for sports commissions, sports destinations, sports event owners and industry partners, and the new website will provide a comprehensive information for members, industry partners and media,” said Al Kidd, President & CEO of NASC.  “The new site is a more contemporary and easier to navigate source of information and support tools.  We plan to add additional Industry Pulse taking technology and tools to facilitate market and event analysis in 2018.  This is a great start for our on-going evolution into a more progressive social and digital member engagement site.” The website offers severa...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

 Posted on: December 5 2017   Posted by: Janna Clark, CSEE
Gifts, errands, budgets. New year, new season. Why not also make it time for an NASC membership checklist? Especially if you are new to the association, it’s time to get your NASC house in order. Make sure your company profile is accurate.   Log in here: and review each tab “ My Organization, My Profile”, etc. to make sure you have the latest info out there. Upload a photo. Yes, use that new headshot.  If you don’t have one, now is a good time! Tap into membership-related research. Make a meeting appointment each week to read something new off the site.  You’ll be amazed at what is available right at in front of you. Get registered for Symposium.  Registration is OPEN. Don’t delay.  You don’t want to miss out on any new developments for April 2018 in Minneapolis. Shop. (It IS the holidays....

2017 Champions Of Economic Impact In Sports Tourism

 Posted on: November 29 2017
Sports Destination Management is proud to announce the 2017 “Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism” award winners. An overwhelming number of nominations was received, all of which represented a variety of sports. And despite the fact there was so much variance in the type of event and athletes served, all had the common denominator of playing a vital role in the local economies where the events were hosted. These winners represent the most notable success stories and illustrate quantifiable results from each of the event-destination partnerships. Working together, these event organizers and host destinations achieved outstanding economic impact, an exceptional experience for athletes and spectators, media attention to the destination and much more. To read the full article, click here.

What your event rights holder wants from you

 Posted on: 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 useful when training staff and can be included in their staffs books they use throughout the weekend.  Think about the things you would want to know about if you were traveling for your son’s or daughter’s tournament. For youth sports especially, it is also important to have a re...

4S Summit Recap and Next Steps

 Posted on: 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. However, one common denominator is we all want to host a successful event. That brings me to Sales, learning about the event…Does it fit in market? Do we have a local club or ambassador to help advance our bid? Making sure you have all the players to make the event successful?  Do YO...

Register for 2018 NASC Sports Event Symposium Before Rates Increase on March 9

 Posted on: 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 March 9. 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.  Make a reservation. Preliminary Schedule and Important Dates Networking from beginning to end is a critical component of a successful Symposium. Start making your travel plans now! View the preliminary schedule here.   Registration and Housing Early Registration De...

Awards Committee Accepting Entries For Annual Member Awards Until March 9

 Posted on: October 11 2017
The NASC Awards committee is accepting entries for the this year's member awards, sponsored by Pure Michigan Sports. For the 2018 Member Awards, activities, events, marketing campaigns, web strategies, etc. must have occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2017. Entries are due by Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11:59pm PT. Learn more about the submission process. For more information, contact Janis Schmees Burke, CSEE, at, or Kathy Nelson, knelson@, Awards Committee Chairs. Organizational Award Categories Sports Commission of the Year Population: Under 500,000 Population: 500,000 and above Sports Tourism Organization of the Year Population: Under 500,000 Population: 500,000 and above Event Marketing Campaign of the Year Population: Under 500,000 Population: 500,000 and above Destination Branding & Marketing Campaign of the Year Population: Under 500,000 Population: 500,0...

Knoxville Selected as 2019 NASC Sports Event Symposium Host

 Posted on: October 10 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. “Sports Tourism is a growing market and to have NASC choose Knoxville is wonderful for our destination,” states Kim Bumpas, President, Visit Knoxville. “Being chosen for this event puts Knoxville on a national playing field with many other cities across the nation.” ...

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

 Posted on: 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 servicing sports events. In the two days of meetings, 25 topics will be presented to help members excel in the sports events and tourism industry. Participants earn four credit hours toward Certified Sports Event Executive credential, the only advanced certification program for sports events and tour...
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