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, www.sportscommissions.org, 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:  https://www.sportscommissions.org/My-Account 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.  https://www.sportscommissions.org/Symposium/Registration Don’t delay.  You don’t want to miss out on any new developments for April 2018 in Minneapolis. Shop. (It IS the holidays....

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...

Record Attendance Set at 26th Annual NASC Symposium

 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...

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 ...

NASC Releases 2021 & 2022 Symposium RFP

 Posted on: 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, and improve the quality of life in their destinations. The purpose of the RFP is to provide a detailed overview of the Symposium and the NASC and to disclose the criteria we will use to evaluate submissions. Below are two important deadlines to keep in mind: April 28, 2017 – Letter of i...
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