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.
Register now before rates increase on March 9. View rates.
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.
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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.”
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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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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...
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 ...
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
Sports Authority Foundation - Harvey Relief Fund
Call our Controller, Tom Waggoner at 713-308-5910
Wire Transfer or ACH Instructions
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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...
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
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!
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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...