Archive for December, 2014

A New Look at Old Venues

December 30, 2014

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is crammed with all kinds of sporting events, not the least of which is the New Year’s traditional 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, featuring hockey (Chicago and Washington) playing outdoors, this time at the Washington Nationals stadium.

The outdoor series started as a made-for-TV New Year’s tradition in 2008, and since then has become one of the most popular and most-watched NHL games of the season. It’s spurred a similar Canadian series, the NHL Heritage Classic, and has NHL teams asking to either host, or take part in the series. 2015-WinterClassic-Rink-Build

These so-called “gimmick games” aren’t anything new, but they do emphasize the point that sometimes a change of venue can give new life, and bring new fans, to any sport. Basketball has been played on aircraft carriers and on the stage at Radio City Music Hall, even outside in the desert in the dead of winter. Collegiate hockey (as well as the NHL) has been played at the “Big House” of Michigan Stadium.

Golf balls have been hit off decks and docks and tennis has been played on the top of skyscrapers (as promotional stunts); Wrigley Field and Fenway Park have been the hosts for college football games in recent years and Yankee Stadium holds the annual Pinstripe Bowl.

Don’t have a beach to host the pro volleyball tour? No problem. For the AVP stop in Cincinnati two years ago, sand was trucked into the middle of the street and bleachers were set up on the sidewalks and voila, sand volleyball!

All this is to say, don’t hesitate to look at your facilities in different ways for different uses. Several years ago when the organizers of the Las Vegas Bowl weren’t able to use the stadium’s suites for hospitality, they took the end-zone space, put up a tent, brought in lounge chairs and big-screen televisions and created their own field-level exclusive hospitality area which became even more popular than the traditional suite box.

By looking at venues with a new, creative eye, sometimes you can make an event an even more exciting experience and bring in new fans at the same time. Make 2015 the year of maximizing your venues for the best experience possible.

Thank you for a Terrific 2014!

December 22, 2014

This is the time of the year that we pause to show our appreciation for those who work with us, who help us out and who are our partners in the sports industry. I’m sure you have your list of co-workers, sponsors and event partners, and we’d like to add a few of our own to present holiday gifts:

First, a nice bouquet of flowers to those in the service industry who make sure that sporting events go on smoothly. From the people who set up the venue to those who work the concessions, we know that our events couldn’t happen without you. You often work behind the scenes and we appreciate everything you do.

Second, to our friends in youth sports: gasoline gift cards to the parents and coaches who drive their teams to practice and to holiday tournaments, sometimes hundreds of miles, to make sure their kids get great instruction and good competition. Youth sports are the lifeblood of what so many of us do, and your dedication cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Thanks for giving your kids a chance to live their dreams.

Third, some extra caffeine goes to those who volunteer for our events. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of volunteers are needed to get these events up and running, giving thousands of hours of their time in the process. Whether it’s for the love of the sport or your dedication of giving back, you keep events up and running. We appreciate everything you do.

And finally, fireworks and confetti go to you, our partners and members here at NASC. Your feedback, ideas and participation in what we do keep our organization the best in the sports events business. We are so grateful to have you as part of the NASC and we are excited for the opportunities ahead in 2015.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays from all of us at NASC!

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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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Betsy Ross
President
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.