NASC Names Host Cities for 2018 and 2019 Symposium

December 18, 2014

CINCINNATI (December 17, 2014) – The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) today announced the Host Cities for its 2018 and 2019 Symposium. The 2018 NASC Symposium will be held in Minneapolis and the 2019 Symposium will be in San Diego.

“We are thrilled to bring the Symposium to cities that are longtime members and supporters of the association,” said Beth Hecquet, CMP, CMM, Director of Meetings and Events, National Association of Sports Commissions. “Both Minneapolis and San Diego will be fantastic hosts for our annual meeting and we are excited to begin the planning process. The site selection committee would like to thank all cities that submitted bids to host and encourages all members to consider hosting in the future.”

The 26th Annual NASC Symposium will be held April 22-26, 2018 in Minneapolis and the 27th Annual NASC Symposium will be April 14-18, 2019 in San Diego.

Sports Minneapolis One ColorMNSports_logo_with copy “Sports Minneapolis and our statewide coalition of experts at Minnesota Sports could not be more honored and excited to welcome the 2018 NASC Sports Event Symposium to Minneapolis,” said Matt Meunier, National Sports Account Executive of Sports Minneapolis, powered by Meet Minneapolis.

“Coming on the heels of Super Bowl LII, 2018 is shaping up to be one of our best years ever for sports. Moreover, we are committed to making the Symposium a huge success for everyone involved.”

SD-SportsCommisionLogoRGB“As a vibrant city and extraordinary destination we are delighted to welcome the National Association of Sports Commissions to San Diego in 2019 for their 27th Annual Sports Event Symposium. We will endeavor to make this the most memorable NASC Sports Event Symposium,” said Mike McDowell, President of the San Diego Sports Commission.

How NASC Members Can Manage the Impact of the 2015 Small Package Rate Increases

December 15, 2014

Both FedEx and UPS announced their annual small package rate increases. The UPS rate increases will take effect on December 29, 2014, while the FedEx rate increases will take effect on January 5, 2015. As always, how much more expensive your particular small package shipments will be in the New Year largely depends on many factors, including shipment volumes, sizes, weights, and modes.

Here are some quick facts:

  • Dimensional weight pricing will now apply to all FedEx Ground and UPS Ground shipments.
  • FedEx Express package and freight rates will increase an average of 4.9% for U.S., U.S export and U.S. import services.
  • FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates will increase an average of 4.9%.
  • UPS Ground, Air and International rates will increase an average of 4.9%.

The small package shipping experts at PartnerShip have dug into the details and analyzed the new rate tables to assess the true impact to shippers and help you make sense of these increases. Click here to download the Small Package Rate Increases ePaper.

Now is the time to take full advantage of the benefits available to you through the NASC Shipping Program. When you visit PartnerShip.com/09NASC and enroll in this free program, you receive significant discounts on select FedEx® services – helping to offset these new rate increases.

This tip is brought to you by PartnerShip®, the company that manages the NASC Shipping Program. For more information or to enroll, email sales@PartnerShip.com or call 800-599-2902.

Youth Sports and the Courts

December 11, 2014

No, not the kind of courts you play on. A Phoenix youth baseball player is learning the hard way about the American legal system, and how youth sports works.

Greg Bozinovich is a 12-year-old baseball player whose father was hurt at a ball park. His dad filed a personal injury lawsuit against the United States Specialty Sports Association in connection with his injury. Because of that filing, Greg is no longer able to play baseball.

Some background: Two years ago, Daniel Bozinovich said he fell off the bleachers, which he said did not have safety railings, during a USSSA-sanctioned event at a Phoenix-area sports park. In the fall, he suffered a spine injury that has kept him from working.

To recover damages, Daniel Bozinovich filed suit November 13. At the end of November, USSSA state directors sent an email to the family, saying they had been suspended from USSSA activities for a year for what the organization called “unsportsmanlike behavior for actions on November 13.”

The email also said the family would be banned for life, if the case moved forward.

That means 12-year-old Greg cannot participate in USSSA activities, and since the USSSA organization underwrites insurance for many leagues and tournaments, that keeps Greg on the sidelines for many tournaments.

A USSSA document does state that any participant “who threatens in writing a legal action against USSSA … shall be automatically suspended from all USSSA activities until such threatened legal actions or legal disagreements are resolved to the satisfaction of the USSSA Board of Directors.”

So what are your thoughts? The organization is looking to protect itself, but at what cost? You can read the full article here: http://www.kpho.com/story/27532845/phoenix-dad-files-personal-injury-lawsuit-youth-baseball-club-suspends-his-son?autostart=true

Shoutout to Youth Sports

December 8, 2014

‘Tis the season for end-of-year awards and honors, and Sports Illustrated Kids is no exception, last week honoring Little League superstar Mo’ne Davis as its Sports Kid of the Year. None other than the First Lady tweeted her congratulations, along with Mo’ne’s hometown Philadelphia Phillies.

You will remember that Davis, a 13-year-old honor roll student from Philadelphia, became a national talking point in August after leading her team, the Taney Dragons, to victory over a team from Nashville, Tennessee, pitching her team to a 4-0 win behind a 70 mile an hour fastball. She is the first girl ever to get the win in a Little League World Series game.

Since then she has appeared on the cover of the regular Sports Illustrated, has starred in a Spike Lee-directed car commercial and has her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Sports Illustrated Kids editors said Davis shows that everyone has the ability to make an impact and inspire, no matter their age, gender or race.

For anyone who works in the business of youth sports, whether it’s on the facilities side or the event side, you already know what sports can mean to a youngster, now and in the future. To have Mo’ne Davis become part of the sports dialogue and, more importantly, raise the awareness of youth sports to more girls and boys, well, that brings the message home.

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Game Day Communications

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with the NASC Sports Legacy Fund

December 2, 2014
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Today, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
What better way to celebrate #GivingTuesday than by donating to the NASC Sports Legacy Fund? Donors will receive logo recognition for your organization on the Sports Legacy Fund website and in the Symposium program. Plus, the organization whose donation raises the most money during the 2015 fundraiser will receive a complimentary registration for the 2016 NASC Sports Event Symposium.
How to Donate
1) Make a cash donation when you renew your 2015 membership or register for the 2015 NASC Symposium
2) Donate a silent auction or raffle item
3) Sponsor a silent auction/raffle table ($100 per table)
4) Donate basketball equipment
5) Purchase an “old-fashioned” during the first evening of Extra Innings or the NASC Sports Legacy Fund Reception
6) Bid on a silent auction item at the NASC Symposium
7) Purchase raffle tickets at the NASC Symposium
8) Volunteer
 for NASC C.A.R.E.S.: Sports Legacy Committee Park Clean Up
Running Rebels Community Organization announced as 2015 beneficiary
Since 1980, the Running Rebels Community Organization has been dedicated to developing Milwaukee’s youth mentally, physically, and spiritually.  By offering youth programs that focus on education and recreational activities, Running Rebels provides Milwaukee’s youth with positive alternatives to gangs and substance abuse.
The proceeds raised for the 2015 NASC Sports Legacy Fund will go toward the Running Rebels basketball fundamentals program which will expand the number of youth served and aide in the development of year-round programming.  Funding will off-set operating expenses for the program including gym rental and referee fees, equipment, transportation, training for older youth to become certified referees, and healthy snacks.  This will allow the program to become much more than a fundamentals program; utilizing young people’s love of basketball to benefit them physically, socially, and academically.
Watch a short video to learn more about Running Rebels.
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership & Marketing at Elizabeth@SportsCommissions.org or call 513.281.3888.

NASC Member Awards

November 24, 2014

The annual NASC Member Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of our members and are presented at the NASC Sports Event Symposium each year. Member Awards are the highest honor an organization or individual in the sports tourism industry can receive as they are created and awarded by industry peers.

For the 2015 Member Awards, activities, events, marketing campaigns, web strategies, etc. must have occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2014.

Click here to view organizational and individual award categories.

Submitting an Entry:

Entries are due by Friday, February 13, 2015 at 11:59pm ET.
Contact Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, with any questions about Member Awards.

Judging Policy:

Organizational Awards: Each judging panel will be comprised of three individuals (one Awards committee member and two NASC members at-large).  Judges may not submit an entry for the category which they are judging.
Individual Awards: Each Awards Committee member will serve as a judge for individual awards.  Committee members may not submit an entry for individual awards

The Power of Sports

November 18, 2014

Not often will an NFL backup defensive lineman and a freshman forward on a Division III women’s basketball team make national news and touch countless lives. But in the last month we have seen the power of sports touch emotions and raise millions of dollars.

The story of Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still’s daughter, Leah, and her fight against pediatric cancer reached far beyond the NFL. More than $1.3 million was raised through the sale of Still’s number 75 jersey for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and its pediatric cancer research.

Just as dramatic, is the story of Lauren Hill, the Mt. St. Joseph basketball player who was diagnosed her senior year of high school with an inoperable brain tumor and whose only wish was to play a college basketball game. The NCAA allowed the school to move up the date of its season opener to assure Lauren would be well enough to play in at least that one game.

But her #layups4Lauren campaign, similar to this summer’s ice bucket challenge, continues, as she challenges celebrities and pro athletes to make a donation to The Cure Starts Now, dedicated to raising funds for pediatric cancer research. Her efforts, too, are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“I never thought I would play on a college court, put my feet on the floor and feel the vibration of the crowd,” she said after that first game against Hiram College. That is a quote from someone who truly loves her sport and is grateful for the opportunity to play.

Every once in a while, the games that student-athletes and professionals play transcend sports and remind us what is really important. A 4-year-old who is undergoing chemotherapy and a 19-year-old grateful to take the court before the inevitable occurs remind us that sports can touch us all and can make a difference long after the final buzzer sounds.

Pat Summitt presented Lauren Hill with the “Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award” at halftime of the Mount St. Joseph University game in Cincinnati.

Pat Summitt presented Lauren Hill with the “Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award” at halftime of the Mount St. Joseph University game in Cincinnati.

NASC Signs Top Sponsors for Sports Event Symposium

November 12, 2014

Cincinnati (November 11, 2014) – The National Association of Sports Commissions welcomes its Elite and Diamond level sponsors for its upcoming Sports Event Symposium, to be held April 27-30 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.

Elite level sponsors who have signed on for the Symposium include the host, VISIT Milwaukee, as well as the West Michigan Sports Commission.

Signed Diamond level sponsors include Foley Sports Tourism Complex (Alabama) and TEAM Maryland.

Foley Sports Tourism Complex will sponsor the Keynote Luncheon, TEAM Maryland the Sports Marketplace Aisle Signage, VISIT Milwaukee the Welcome Reception, and West Michigan Sports Commission, the Closing Celebration.

Grand Rapids and the West Michigan Sports Commission will be the host for the 2016 NASC Sports Event Symposium, Monday, April 4 through Thursday, April 7 at DeVos Place, downtown Grand Rapids.

“We are grateful for the support that our Elite and Diamond level sponsors continue to show the Sports Event Symposium each year,” said Don Schumacher, executive director. “Without their help, the Symposium would not continue to be the premiere education and networking event for sports professionals.”

The NASC Sports Event Symposium is the annual meeting for the only not-for-profit association for the sports tourism industry. For more than 20 years, the Symposium has been designed for sports tourism professionals by sports tourism professionals.

Through a combination of industry-leading educational and business development opportunities, more than 800 Symposium attendees learn how to produce measurable ROI for their organization and advance their careers in the industry. To learn more about the Symposium and sponsorship opportunities, email beth@sportscommissions.org or visit www.sportscommissions.org/symposium.

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For more information or an interview with NASC staff, please contact Jackie Reau/Betsy Ross at Game Day Communications, 513-929-4263.

NASC Sports Legacy Committee Announces 2015 Beneficiary

November 10, 2014

The NASC Sports Legacy Committee is pleased to announce the selection of the Running Rebels Community Organization as the 2015 beneficiary.

RRlogoSince 1980, Running Rebels has been dedicated to developing Milwaukee’s youth mentally, physically and spiritually. By offering programs that focus on education and recreational activities, Running Rebels provides Milwaukee’s youth with positive alternatives to gangs and substance abuse.

The proceeds raised for the 2015 NASC Sports Legacy Fund will go toward the Running Rebels basketball fundamentals program which will expand the number of youth served and aide in the development of year-round programming.  Funding will off-set operating expenses for the program including gym rental and referee fees, equipment, transportation, training for older youth to become certified referees, and healthy snacks.  This will allow the program to become much more than a fundamentals program; utilizing young people’s love of basketball to benefit them physically, socially and academically.

Watch a brief video about Running Rebels.

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How you can help
1) Renew your 2015 membership or register for the 2015 NASC 2) Donate a silent auction or raffle item
3) Sponsor a silent auction/raffle table ($100 per table)
4) Donate basketball equipment
5) Purchase an “old-fashioned” during the first evening of Extra Innings
6) Bid on a silent auction item at the NASC Symposium
7) Purchase raffle tickets at the NASC Symposium
8) Volunteer for NASC C.A.R.E.S.: Sports Legacy Committee Park Clean Up

New Community Service Project Announced for 2015

NASC C.A.R.E.S. (Colleagues Assisting & Rebuilding Environments through Sports), a new community service project developed by the NASC Sports Legacy Committee, will be launched at the 2015 NASC Sports Event Symposium in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to providing the 2015 beneficiary with a cash donation, this hands-on community project is a way for sports tourism professionals to give back to the host city of the annual Symposium and leave a lasting impact in the cities we visit.

Symposium attendees are invited to join the NASC Board of Directors and Sports Legacy Committee help improve Washington Park, a Milwaukee County Park. Volunteers will assist in painting picnic tables, mulching around trees, cleaning up the playgrounds, and renovating soccer fields. Breakfast, transportation, and a t-shirt will be supplied. Event details are below. There is no fee to join, only a commitment of your time and energy. Space may be limited, so sign up now!

Monday, April 27, 2015

7:30am – grab and go breakfast at Hilton Milwaukee and Hyatt Regency
7:45am – departure from both hotels
8:00 am –  10:00am – volunteer for needed tasks at Washington Park
10:30am – arrival back to hotels

About the NASC Sports Legacy Fund

Originally created by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, the NASC Sports Legacy Fund awards an annual grant and sports equipment donation to an organization in need in the host city the NASC Symposium.

An emphasis is placed on donations to not-for profit organizations that provide individuals, particularly at-risk youth, veterans, or physically or intellectually disabled individuals, opportunities to participate in sport and encourage healthy lifestyles. This contribution is part of the legacy the NASC leaves in each host city.

Thanks to the generosity of our members, the NASC Sports Legacy Fund made a donation of $14,000 to Oklahoma Cleats for Kids.  “The Sports Legacy grant is helping Oklahoma Cleats for Kids with opportunities to help more kids,” said Stacy McDaniel of Cleats for Kids. “We have purchased four bins for sporting goods collections and will be purchasing three permanent outdoor collection bins for locations around the Oklahoma City area. Also, our programs director, who has been a part time employee, has moved to full time. This is making a big impact on C4K’s ability to reach more kids.”

For more information about how you can help leave a legacy, contact Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, at Elizabeth@sportscommissions.org.

NASC Board Nominations

November 10, 2014

The NASC Nominating Committee is in the process of nominating six (6) new board members for 2015-2016 term (four (4) Active member representatives, one (1) Allied member representative, and one (1) Rights Holder member representative).  The nominating committee is also in the process of nominating one (1) person who has served on the Board of Directors to serve as Secretary.

All nominations must be received by Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. Complete the 2015 Nomination Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Terry Hasseltine, CSEE, Nominating Committee Chair. You may also contact the NASC Office at 513.281.3888 or nominations@sportscommissions.org.


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