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4S Summit Preparation

 Posted on: 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 4S’s. Is your organization focusing how strategies which may include how do we get more community involvement and trying to work government entities? Trying to “sharpen” your sales efforts such as determining if the event is a fit for your community? Is your position r...

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

 Posted on: 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 saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Ducoff, a longtime member of the NASC and leader of the Association of Chief Executives in Sport (ACES)," said Al Kidd, NASC President & CEO. "Our condolences go out to Steve’s wife, Elaine, his family and colleagues during this difficult ...

Houston Sports Authority Establishes Foundation for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

 Posted on: 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 Foundation. If you would like to assist, below are methods for you to give a tax deductible donation: Credit Card Donations Online: Sports Authority Foundation - Harvey Relief Fund By Phone: Call our Controller, Tom Waggoner at 713-308-5910 Wire Transfer or ACH Instructions Harris County-Houston Sports Autho...

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

 Posted on: 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 members and industry professionals.” Courses will include: event management, a general and advanced tourism certificate, revenue and funding sources, marketing and communications, social and digital engagement, sales training for destination management organizations, event measurement tools, glo...

NASC Launches Two Way Texting Service To Improve Communication with Members

 Posted on: 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 preferences in your membership account. So the next time you have a question, text us at one of the following numbers: General Questions:  513.281.3888 Elizabeth Young:  513.842.8509 #textus #thatwaseasy

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

 Posted on: 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

 Posted on: 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 well-run events that keep rights holders as well as participants coming back year after year.” Other findings from the report show that 97% of the organizations have seen either consistent sponsorship revenue streams or an increase in sponsorship revenues for their events. Individual organization...

A Valuable Partnership

 Posted on: 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 now our facilities are some of the best in the country.” A $30 million indoor track complex opened in January. A $20 million indoor football practice facility is scheduled to open this fall, as well as a natatorium, with a 50-meter pool and separate 17-foot-deep diving well. Liberty offers one of...

Call For Volunteers

 Posted on: 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 committee allows you to contribute to the decision-making that positions the NASC as the most valuable resource available to sport tourism professionals. Here is how you can get involved: • Refer industry colleagues to join the NASC and attend the Symposium • Recommend educational content and p...

Ode to NASC Leadership

 Posted on: 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.   In the Springs, Matt Scheckner, the NYC media mogul became the very first chair. His big city creds gave the new organization some genuine flair. The following year, Hill Carrow, the instigator took Matt’s place. By that time it was getting obvious NASC was off to the races.   Mike Millay ascended to ...
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