Member Win

Award Winner Spotlight: Destination Branding & Marketing Campaign of the Year

 Posted on: June 21 2019
At this year’s Symposium in Knoxville, TN, we honored organizations for being the best in 11 different categories in 2018. We want to take this time to spotlight each of them. This month, it’s Rockford Area CVB, winner of the Destination Branding & Marketing Campaign of the Year. “This accolade is certainly indicative of a lot of hard work, strong storytelling and diverse programming that collectively keeps elevating Rockford as a sports destination. But again, we have so much more to accomplish and are really excited about what the future holds for us and the greater sports tourism industry.”  Nick Povalitis, Director of Sports Development, Rockford Area CVB. Rockford Area CVB has seen many successes in the past few years including retaining legacy events such as the USA BMX Midwest Nationals, winning six bids with NJCAA National Championship, and creating a viral hit with a community watch party dubbed Jurassic Park RKFD. Povalitis counts Roc...

Have something to share? Share it with us!

 Posted on: June 17 2019
Have you written an article on an industry topic? Read an article that you think would be helpful to your industry peers? Share it with us, and we’ll post it. One of the many benefits of being a Sports ETA member is being able to contribute to our blog. We post weekly about industry news, tips on the 4 S’s of sports events and tourism, and achievements made by our members. It’s really easy to contribute! All you have to do is email Meagan Grau at meagan@sportscommissions.org. Not only will we post it to our blog, but we’ll add it to our social media with an audience of more than 7,000 people. While you are checking out our blog, make sure to subscribe to get the highlights from each month straight to your inbox.

Cycling is riding back into Asheville

 Posted on: June 10 2019
Asheville, North Carolina has hosted many cycling races in the past, so it is no surprise that they picked up another cycling coup: The Gran Fondo National Championships. According to the Asheville Times, the Gran Fondo will guarantee a higher revenue than their most recent race, The Haute Route, since Ashville will be the host for both 2019 and 2020. The Haute Route Asheville was a three-day event held at the end of May 2019. This event brought in about $1 million to the city. Since riders and their families always spend time in local hotels, restaurants, and shops, these events are so exciting for small businesses. Congratulations to the Asheville Sports Commission for all their hard work on these many cycling races. Keep up the good work! View the full article from The Citizen Times.

Bicentennial Celebration increases tourism for Tuscaloosa

 Posted on: June 10 2019
Normally when you hear Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama comes to mind. It is true that Crimson Tide football remains one of the most popular events in the state, however, a new event is starting to attract tourist attention. Tuscaloosa is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year by having multiple celebrations to attract tourists from outside of the state of Alabama. We have more detailed information thanks to an article released by the Tuscaloosa News last week. According to the article, there was a free Bicentennial Bash in March that was held in the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, including bands like The 400 Unit, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Broken Bones, along with others. The biggest day of celebration will be on Dec. 13th, since that was the day the town was founded back in 1819. There will be a statue unveiling and more celebrations to be revealed later. Congratulations to Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports.

Lake Erie’s Rhythm and Ride Event Cycles Back

 Posted on: May 29 2019
The Lake Erie Cyclefest is preparing for another successful partnership with The Blues & Jazz Festival for four days of Rhythm and Ride. The event will take place the first weekend of August 2019 and contain music, entertainment, and six cycling races. The weekend kicks off with a free race on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 6 AM. Races will continue through Sunday, Aug. 4 ranging from no cost to a $40 participation fee. All proceeds benefit EmergyCare, WQLN and the YMCA of Greater Erie. According to the Erie Sports Commission, the race is used to encourage green living and a holistically healthy lifestyle. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the “meet-up” space to chat with fellow cyclists. All music events, lectures, art exhibits, and performances are completely free. For more information about specific ride times and registration, visit www.eriecyclefest.org.

USA Roller Sports National Championships will be hosted in Cedar Rapids

 Posted on: May 29 2019
A big accomplishment was announced this month for a member of the NASC. The city of Cedar Rapids was selected to host the USA Roller Sports National Championships in 2020. The city is currently preparing for one of the largest events in their history, with the competition lasting 23 days in the month of July 2020. All activities will take place in the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.  The six competitive sports disciplines included in the 2020 USARS National Championships are figure skating, in-line hockey, roller derby, rink hockey, freestyle, and speed skating. According to The Gazette, this event is projected to generate more than 10,000 overnight stays and $8 million in visitor spending. Much of this revenue will come from the 1,600 participants and their families, all ranging in age from elementary to senior citizens. Congratulations to Cedar Rapids Tourism for booking such an important event. Learn more at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Roller-Sports

2019 Member Award Winners

 Posted on: May 9 2019
The National Association of Sport Commissions is excited to share its 2019 Member Award Winners. Every year the NASC honors organizations and individuals in the sports events and tourism industry to celebrate their accomplishments and achievements! There were a ton of impressive nominees this year, and deciding on a winner for each category was incredibly difficult. With that said, our 2019 winners hail from all over the country, from Minneapolis to Gulf Shores. Without further ado, here are your 2019 NASC Member Award Winners: Sport Commission of the Year, Over 500k -Sport Minneapolis, powered by Meet Minneapolis Sports Commission of the Year, under 500k -Spokane Sports Commission Sports Tourism Organization of the Year, over 500k -VisitAnaheim Sports Tourism Organization of the Year, under 500k - Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Event Marketing Campaign  -Savannah Sports Council Destination Branding and Marketing Campaign of the Year, und...

Congrats 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

 Posted on: May 9 2019
The National Association of Sports Commissions would like to congratulate 2019 NASC Hall of Fame inductees. Each of these members have played a vital role in the success and promotion of the National Association of Sports Commissions and have contributed significantly to the advancement of the sports events and tourism industry. Our 2019 inductees are as follows: Patricia Ernstrom- Vice President of Special Events, San Francisco 49ers Jack Kelly- CEO, World Equestrian Games Pam Gerig-Bland- Executive Director, Palm Beach County Sports Commission Kevin Smith- Founder, OnPoint Sports Strategies, LLC Induction into the NASC Hall of Fame is considered to be the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. These inductees have typically spent decades in the sports events and tourism industry; they have been leaders in the industry; and they have an extensive list of accomplishments locally, nationally, and even internationally in some cases. Patricia, Jack, Pam, and Kevin...