NASC Members Raise Thousands for the Sacramento Police Activity League

 Posted on: March 30 2017
Also, during the meeting the NASC Sports Legacy Fund raised $33,000 to benefit Sacramento Police Activity League which fits the NASC’s criteria of donating to non-profits that provide individuals – particularly at-risk youth, veterans, or physically or intellectually disabled individuals – opportunities to participate in sport and encourage healthy lifestyles.   The Sacramento Police Activities League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in underserved communities.  Each of their programs has at least one Sacramento Police Officer who serves as a coach and/or mentor and helps foster positive relationships between law enforcement and the community.  Together, employees of Sacramento Police Department and members of the community volunteer their time to provide valuable opportunities, develop leadership skills and teach meaningful life lessons that prepare participants for a ...

NEW NASC Leadership Elected

 Posted on: March 30 2017
New NASC board leadership was elected at NASC Symposium, including Mike Anderson, CSEE, Executive Director – Sports Tourism, Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance as the new chair of NASC.   Additional Officers included: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Kindra Fry, CSEE, SMP, Executive Director, Bryan College Station Sports + Events; Treasurer, Janis Schmees Burke, CSEE, Chief Executive Officer, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority; Secretary, Michael Price, CSEE, Executive Director Greater Lansing Sports Authority; and Immediate Past Chair Ralph Morton, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission.   Board of Directors who were elected (Board Term Expiring 2018):  Janna Clark, CSEE, Sports and Sales Director, Elizabethtown Sports Park; Kris Smith, CSEE, Director, Detroit Sports; Roy Edmondson, CSEE, Vice President of Sports Business Development, Visit Anaheim; Pete Harvey, CSEE, Director of Sports Development, Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission.   Board of Directors...

Congratulations to our 2017 CSEE Graduates!

 Posted on: March 29 2017
This morning, we recognized 31 graduates from our CSEE program. Congratulations to all!   Carrie Baulwin, Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau; Mike Carey, Yakima Valley Sports Commission; Alvin Dominique III, USRowing; Brenda Hill, VisitPITTSBURGH; Thomas Lee, Visit Charlotte; Robert Lopez, McAllen Sports Commission; Aaron McCreight, GO Cedar Rapids; Stephanie Pappas, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau; Karen Primeaux, Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission;  Cris Rohrer, Lubbock Sports, Andy Carl, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board/PA Sports;  Brooks Hierstein, Sports Hampton; Ann Hortman, Rome Sports Commission/Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau; Jay Kasten, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports; Frank Lett, Kingsport Convention & Visitor Bureau; Jamie Schlagel, West Michigan Sports Commission; Rob Wells, Sarasota County Sports Commission; James Simmons, Wicomico County Convention and Visitors Bureau/TEAM Maryland; Janis Ros...

NASC Honors Top Sports Organization with Annual Member Awards

 Posted on: March 29 2017
The top sports commissions and organizations were honored at this year’s NASC Sports Event Symposium. The yearly awards honor those organizations that do outstanding work in partnering with their communities, growing the sport and making their area a sport destination.   This year’s award winners include:   Sports Commission of the Year Population Under 400,000 Ames Area Sports Commission   Sports Commission of the Year Population 400,000 and above Harris County – Houston Sports Authority   Sport Tourism Organization of the Year Population Under 400,000 Sarasota County Sports Commission   Sport Tourism Organization of the Year Population 400,000 and above Visit Anaheim   Marketing Campaign of the Year Population Under 400,000 Visit Greenville SC   Marketing Campaign of the Year Population 400,000 and above VisitPITTSBURGH   Locally Created Event of the Year Population Under 400,000 Spokane Sports Commission   Locally Create...

Congratulations to our inaugural NASC Hall of Fame Class!

 Posted on: March 29 2017
Congratulations to our inaugural NASC Hall of Fame Class!   The National Association of Sports Commissions inducted its first-ever Hall of Fame class yesterday during the Opening Ceremonies of NASC Symposium in Sacramento.   The mission of the NASC Hall of Fame is to promote the professional management of sporting events and the sport tourism industry as a whole by honoring those individuals who exemplified the values of the NASC in their careers and by acknowledging their legacies to provide guidance for future members of the NASC.   The inductees are as follows:   Hill Carrow Carrow is a founder of NASC and the North Carolina Sports Association as well as the founder of North Carolina Amateur Sports and its first executive director. He served as chair for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 2011 and 2015, US. Olympic Trials in Table Tennis in 2012 and 2016 and is a founder and CEO of USA Masters Games.   Kevin Gray Gray also was a founding member of NASC...

NASC Members Save Thousands on Shipping Expenses

 Posted on: March 6 2017
Are you paying too much for shipping? Do your shipping charges include handling fees? Are you unsuccessful negotiating competitive discounts with carriers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your shipping costs could be out of line! PartnerShip®, the endorsed shipping management provider of NASC, helps you save on every shipment you send and receive. Whether you ship several packages a month, or only two to three, NASC members can take advantage of this program with no obligations and no minimum shipping requirements. From small package shipments, to trade show/conferences and LTL Freight/Truckload Shipments, PartnerShip® helps you save on every inbound, outbound, domestic and international shipment. In 2016, NASC members enrolled in PartnerShip®, saved over $16,000 in shipping expenses. That includes ground, express, freight and trade show shipping costs. Not only do NASC members receive significant discounts on shipping, but also logistical advice direc...

Site Visits: Ten Tips for outdoor sports venues hosting potential event owners

 Posted on: February 28 2017
1.  Mother Nature might have a say.  If it’s pouring rain, your event owner may not be jazzed about walking your soccer fields, so be ready with a covered cart or a windshield tour. 2.  Actions speak louder. Invite potential clients to SEE an event happening at your venue. 3.  Give them space. Event owners might like to roam on their own, talk amongst themselves, get opinions while on site. 4. Let them eat cake…. locally. Showcase your community with a meal that lends itself to good conversation. Buy dessert! 5. Meet the Fam. Include operations staff, turf specialists, maintenance and office coordinators to visit with event owners. 6. Find your “no”.  You don’t have to say yes to every request. If something won’t work for your venue, say so.  Then explain. 7. Overpromising is never good. Never. Ever. Be realistic. 8. We ALL want you. Showcase your community, hotels, what makes your sports ...

NASC Announces New Chief Executive

 Posted on: January 30 2017
Contacts: Ralph Morton, Chair of the NASC Board (206) 461-5819 rmorton@seattlesports.org Jackie Reau/Betsy Ross, Game Day Communications (513) 929-4263 jreau@gamedaypr.com Alan Kidd Named National Association of Sports Commissions President and CEO CINCINNATI (January 30, 2017) -- Alan Kidd, former president of the San Diego Sports Commission, has been appointed the new president and CEO of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), succeeding Don Schumacher, who is relinquishing his title after 25 years as the only executive director the NASC has had. A graduate of Euclid High School near Cleveland, Ohio, Kidd attended Bowling Green State University with majors in math and physical education. He taught in Ohio and in Utah before entering the advertising world. His career eventually led him to San Diego, with several positions in advertising and venture capital investing. “The NASC Executive Search Committee was tasked with selecting a successor to industry...

Building for the weather: The Foley Sports Complex

 Posted on: January 25 2017
Our friends at the city of Foley (AL) and Foley Sports Tourism have been making news with their Foley Sports Tourism complex, the major sports venue including a 90,000 square foot indoor events center along with 16 multipurpose athletic fields for outdoor use. In the December 2016 issue of SportsField Management, the article describes how the complex was designed, despite traditionally heavy rainfall in the area. (For example, Mobile, Alabama, one of the rainiest cities in the U.S., is only 40 miles away) “Project designers rejected the option of using artificial turf for the outdoor portion of the complex, “ the article says, “and instead elected to build all 16 fields using natural grass. “The goal,” the article continues, “was to deliver a better playing surface that would also minimize injuries. The challenge was to ensure rain-or-shine playability 365 days a year.” To do that, designers had to come up with a system that would acce...

How Organizations With Small Staffs Can Bid on and Host Sports Events

 Posted on: January 24 2017
In theory, you or I could submit a bid for any sporting event.  If you want to win a bid, and more importantly host an event, you must start by knowing your product (your local facilities, community and marketing plan) and developing strong relationships.  If you’re not already connected, it’s time to get connected within your community and within the NASC.  Meet the management team and staff at each facility; get to know your community members and their interest in the sport(s) you are considering bidding on and build relationships with the event organizer(s).   Dedicate time to research the sporting event; contact friends within the industry that have been hosts and have open, honest conversations with the organizer(s) to establish realistic expectations and to create a mutually beneficial plan. Knowing you and your team (staff, LOC, community partners and event organizers) are positioned to make the event successful takes precedence over bidding. Fac...
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