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National Association of Sports Commissions Host Record Turnout at 2015 Symposium NASC Wraps Up Milwaukee Meeting with Record Attendance, New Board Leadership

May 5, 2015

MILWAUKEE (April 30, 2015) – The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the governing body of the $8.96 billion sport tourism industry, celebrated record attendance at its 23rd annual symposium held here this week.

Some 945 sports tourism professionals, including 276 first-timers, attended the 23rd annual NASC Symposium to elect new NASC leadership, honor members with industry awards and participate in dozens of continuing education programs led by industry leadership.

“As the only non-profit industry association offering an annual meeting for serious-minded sports event professionals, we are thrilled with our record attendance this year in Milwaukee,” said Don Schumacher, CSEE, executive director of the NASC. “In future years, our members will have the opportunity to visit four great American cities in Grand Rapids, Sacramento, Minneapolis and San Diego as we host our annual Symposium in each city.”

Future Host Cities for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 NASC Symposium

Future host cities and dates for the NASC Symposium include: The 24th annual NASC Symposium will be held April 3-7, 2016 in Grand Rapids, and the 25th annual NASC Symposium will be March 26-30, 2017 in Sacramento.

Additionally, 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.

NEW NASC Leadership Elected

New NASC board leadership was also announced, including Greg Ayers, CSEE, President & CEO, Discover Kalamazoo as the new chair of NASC.

Additional officers include: Ralph Morton, CSEE, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission,Vice Chair/Chair Elect; Mike Anderson, CSEE, Executive Director – Sports Tourism, Myrtle Beach Area Sports Alliance, Treasurer; Kindra Fry, CSEE, SMP, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Bryan-College Station CVB, Secretary; and  Immediate Past Chair, Kevin Smith, CSEE, Director, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission.

The slate of NASC directors includes: Board term expiring 2016: John Gibbons, CSEE, Executive Director, Rhode Island Sports Commission; Michael Price, CSEE, Executive Director, Greater Lansing Sports Authority; Janis Schmees Burke, CSEE, Executive Director, Harris County – Houston Sports Authority; and Matt Dunn, CSEE, Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches, Vice President, Tourism Development.

Directors with Board terms expiring in 2017: Brian Hickey, CSEE, Director of Sports, Visit Tallahassee/ Tallahassee Sports Council; Janis Ross, Executive Director, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports; Benjamin Wilder, CSEE, Director, Savannah Sports Council; and Marc Zimmerman, CSEE, Sales & Events Manager, Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing.

Directors with Board terms expiring in 2018: Janna Clark, Sports and Sales Director, Elizabethtown Sports Park; Kris Smith, CSEE, Sales Manager, Event Development, Detroit Sports; Roy Edmondson, CSEE, Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau; and Pete Harvey, Director of Sports Development, Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission.

Allied representatives with a board term expiring in 2016 include Mike Hill, CSEE, Senior Director, Sports Sales, Hilton Worldwide – Sports Sales and board term expiring in 2017: Steve Schell, Sports Strategic Sales Executive, Experient Sports.

Rights Holder representatives are, with a board term expiring in 2016: John David, CSEE, Chief Operating Officer, USA BMX, and board term expiring in 2017: Glen Schorr, Executive Director, Orienteering USA.

NASC Symposium Welcomes a Record Number of Rights Holders

Some 170 Rights Holders representing more than 100 organizations attended the NASC Symposium in Milwaukee to network with NASC members and Host Cities representatives. These organizations included: Amateur Athletic Union of the United States (AAU), EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, LPGA Symetra Tour, National Congress of State Games, The Color Run, United States Olympic Committee, USA Boxing, and USA Gymnastics, to name a few.

NASC Members Raise Thousands for the Running Rebels Community Organization

Also, during the meeting the NASC Sports Legacy Fund raised $20,000 to benefit the Running Rebels Community Organization, a non-profit that offers youth programs that focus on education and recreational activities in Milwaukee, and their basketball fundamental program, which will expand the number of youth served and aide in the development of year-round programming

NASC Members Honored

Also presented this week were the Member Awards, signifying outstanding work in the field of sports tourism. The NASC also honored three industry professionals with awards. They include: Sports Tourism Executive of the Year: Don Staley, ‎Executive Director, Foley Sports Tourism Complex; Game Changer Award: Tammy Dunn, CSEE, Sports Marketing Manager, Snohomish County Sports Commission; and Sports Event Organizer of the Year: RB Thomas, Jr., Executive Director, International Senior Softball Association.

Organization Award Winners include:

  • Locally Created Event of the Year, population under 250,000: SPORTyler – Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Locally Created Event of the Year, population 250,000 and above: Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year, population under 250,000: Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year, population 250,000 and above: Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Sports Tourism Organization of the Year, population under 250,000: Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Sports Tourism Organization of the Year, population 250,000 and above: Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance
  • Sports Commission of the Year, population under 250,000: Rochester Amateur Sports Commission
  • Sports Commission of the Year, population 250,000 and above: Atlanta Sports Council

Certified Sports Event Executives Graduates Honored

The NASC this week also recognized its latest class of graduates in its Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) continuing education program. The Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 CSEE graduates include:

Richard Barrett, Wausau/Central Wisconsin Sports Authority
Stephonie Broughton, Twin Cities Gateway / National Sports Center
Amy Cardwell, Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Janna Clark, Elizabethtown Sports Park
Sean Doherty, Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau
John Giantonio, Casper Sports Alliance
Tara Hamburger, Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Pete Harvey, Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission
Gen Howard, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lisa Pacheco, Sports Williamsburg
Matt Robinette, Richmond Region Tourism
Domico Rodriguez, Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Jennifer Rothman, Long Island CVB & Sports Commission
Billy Russo, Smith River Sports Complex
Debi Schultz, Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wendy Scott, Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau
Don Staley, Foley Sports Tourism Complex
Dani Timm, Virginia Beach CVB
Josh Todd, Visit Mesa
Marva Wells, High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau

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About the National Association of Sports Commissions

As the only trade association for the sports tourism industry, the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), and sports event owners. The NASC is committed to the success of more than 700 member organizations and 2,000 sports event professionals. Our promise is to deliver quality education, ample networking opportunities and exceptional event management and marketing know-how to our members – sports destinations, sports event owners, and suppliers to the industry – and to protect the integrity of the sports tourism industry.

For more information, visit http://www.sportscommissions.org.

Record Number of Event Owner Organizations Registered for 2015 NASC Symposium

March 5, 2015

Nearly 100 event owner organizations are registered for the 23rd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium, the NASC announced today. 127 individuals representing  85 organizations are registered as of 50 days out, breaking last year’s record of 67 organizations registered 50 days out. The NASC established the first reverse tradeshow for the sports tourism industry in 2003.  More than 800 sports tourism professionals are expected to attend the annual meeting of the only not-for-profit association for the industry from April 27- 30, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI. View the list of registered event owner organizations.

“There are a lot of sports events conventions out there and they all serve a purpose. What makes the NASC Symposium stand out is the balanced mix of networking, education and socialization,” said Glen Schorr, Executive Director, Orienteering USA.

Important Dates

March 13 – Last day to register before rates increase by $100. Register now.

March 18 –  First registered attendees for all NASC member destinations, event owners, and vendor exhibitors may begin requesting appointments and will have approximately three (3) weeks to request, accept or decline appointments, prioritize the order in which requests will be attempted to be scheduled, and modify availability for appointments.

Friday, April 3  – Last day to request appointments.
Monday, April 20 – First registered attendees for member destinations and exhibiting event owners and vendors will receive another email notifying them to login to view and print their organization’s appointment schedule.

Group Appointments to be offered for the first time
We are now offering the option to participate in group appointments in addition to one-on-one appointments. Both NASC Sports Marketplace afternoon sessions (Tuesday, April 28, 4:30pm – 6pm and Wednesday, April 29, 4:00pm – 5:30pm) are reserved for group appointments. Exhibitors (event owners and vendors) will meet with up to four (4) individuals per time slot.

About the NASC Symposium

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 serious-minded 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.  Watch a brief video to learn more.

Timeless Ticket or Unique Crowdfunding?

January 20, 2015

The Milwaukee Brewers are making available to fans a deal they call the “Timeless Ticket.” In engraved brass, the over sized one-pound ticket will allow the ticket holder to attend any single game, anytime in the future.

So, you may ask, what’s the savings in that? A thousand dollars for one ticket?

Well, let’s say the Brewers make it to the World Series (remember, it’s a “Timeless Ticket” good for anytime in the future). Face value tickets are expensive enough to the postseason, and secondary market tickets can be outrageous. So, if you happen to have one of these Timeless Tickets, you can give the team a bit of notice and tell the front office you want to redeem your Timeless Ticket for a World Series game. Now, the cost doesn’t seem so out of line.

But wait! There’s more!

The team also says the package now includes ticket vouchers to attend nine additional Brewers regular season home games of the owner’s choice, excluding Opening Day and Postseason.

As of last week, the team had sold 240 Timeless Tickets. Multiply that by a thousand, and yes, you get $240,000 in the bank.

The tickets may become treasured heirlooms to be passed down among Brewer fans, or indeed they may be cashed in for a postseason game. Either way, the Brewers have cash up front for a game that may not be played for decades, and fans get a personalized memento from their favorite team.

And oh yes, they get lots of publicity for the team.

In a time where every sports entity is looking for creative ways to sell tickets to their events, the Brewers have come up with one that can pay off now for them, and later for their fans.

What do you think? Would something like this work in your organization? Give your opinion on the NASC Facebook page and let us know how you feel.

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