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“Deflategate” and Sports

January 28, 2015

While we are heading into Super Bowl weekend, we should be talking about the game—instead, we’re talking about under inflated footballs, and who’s to blame.

We’re acting as if playing fast and loose with the rules is something new in sports. The old saying, “if you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’” is said mostly in jest, but for some it’s too often a stain on their sports record.

In 2001 Danny Almonte was probably the most famous Little League pitcher in the country, throwing a solid 76 miles an hour and tossing a no-hitter in the Regional Finals to send his team from the Bronx to the Little League World Series. He then threw a perfect game during the Series and ended the series striking out 62 of the 72 batters he faced. Problem was, he was found to be 14-years-old during the Series, not the 12-years-old he was supposed to be.

Youth football isn’t immune to cheating allegations. A Tennessee youth football team was suspended, along with five coaches, for misreporting player’s weight before games. A certain weight means the player can’t run the ball or play certain positions so he doesn’t hurt smaller players. Once home video showed the coaches, still on the sidelines, the team was suspended from the league.

In fact, type in the name of just about any youth sport and add “cheating” to the search and you’re bound to find examples of bad behavior among players and/or coaches.

This controversy will be resolved, one way or the other, and the game will be played. But it shows you that no matter what the age or the sport, teams are always walking the edge, trying to get an advantage in the biggest games of the season.

Will it spoil your Super Bowl viewing? Let us know what you think on the NASC Facebook page.

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More than 200 sports tourism professionals in attendance at NASC Market Segment Meetings and CSEE Fall Module Held in Conjunction with USOC Olympic Sportslink

October 2, 2014

More than 200 NASC members gathered in Chicago, IL for the NASC semi-annual meeting from September 22-23, 2014. Hosted in conjunction with the USOC’s Olympic SportsLink conference, programming for the semi-annual meeting included: CSEE Fall 2014 Module, NASC Market Segment Meetings, and NASC Board of Directors meeting.

Daniel Diermeier, Ph. D., from the University of Chicago, presented the four-hour CSEE module on Crisis Management to 126 NASC members.  It focused on the key issues in a crisis situation and managing the flow of information.  After a 90 minute keynote presentation, attendees participated in a team activity that thrust them into a real-life crisis issue that grew beyond personal safety to include emotional issues and competing points of view. The session ended with a mock media conference and debriefing.  At the conclusion of the module, nine participants earned their CSEE credential.

Fall 2014 CSEE Graduates

Laura Garratt, CSEE, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
John Giantonio, CSEE, Casper Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Pete Harvey, CSEE,  Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission
Nick Hope, CSEE,  Al J. Schneider Company
Gen Howard, CSEE, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Alison Huber, CSEE, Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau
Lisa Pacheco, CSEE, Sports Williamsburg
Matt Robinette, CSEE, Richmond Region Tourism
Marva Wells, CSEE, High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau

The most recent class of certified sports event executives joins an elite group of only 140 sports tourism industry professionals across the country who share the CSEE credential. The next module will be held Monday, April 27th in Milwaukee, WI in conjunction with the 23rd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium.

The NASC Market Segment Meetings, created in 2006 to offer destinations with similar market size and organizational structure a platform to share ideas, was led by professional facilitator Adrian Segar. Over two days, 178 NASC members participated in discussions on the hottest topics  including local organizing committees, hotels, sports services, marketing/sponsorships, the bid process and bid fees, industry trends, facilities & facility management, economic impact, and creating your own events.

Additionally, the NASC Sports Legacy Committee announced Running Rebels Community Organization as the 2015 beneficiary of the NASC Sports Legacy Fund and kicked off the annual fundraiser with a 50/50 Split the Pot Raffle, raising nearly $500. The Sports Legacy committee’s goal is to raise $20,000 through a variety of activities to take place over the next six months with an emphasis placed on the silent auction and raffle to be held at the upcoming NASC Symposium.  Learn more about Running Rebels or how you can help leave a legacy.

At the conclusion of the Market Segment Meetings, the NASC board of directors held their monthly meeting. The agenda included reviewing the summer board action items, hearing updates from the retained earnings and hall of fame ad-hoc committees, sharing ideas and input on the marketing of the association to event rights holders and reviewing the 2014 mid-year membership survey results.  The NASC Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis via conference call and three times a year face-to-face.  If you are interested in applying for the 2015-2016 NASC Board of Directors to help lead the industry’s only not-for-profit association visit

Current plans are to hold the 2015 NASC Market Segment Meetings in conjunction with the 2015 USOC SportsLink Conference. Dates and times for next year’s meetings will be announced in winter of 2015.

Is the Super Bowl a Super Win for the Hosts?

January 30, 2014

The Super Bowl has long been seen as the big ‘get’ for any host city. With international exposure, out of town visitors and spending all week, it looks to be a no-brainer event.

For the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII, it’s estimated the game and ancillary events will mean a half billion dollars to the greater New York metropolitan area, according to the Sport Management Research Institute. The New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee says the economic impact is estimated to be between $500 million and $600 million for the region, including hotels, restaurants, bars, taxis, car services and small businesses.

Now, most sources think those estimates are pie in the sky, at best. A more historical look at the spending comes from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Over the last 12 years the actual direct spending for Super Bowls has been between $113 million and $202 million for each game.

“The true economic impact comes from visitors only, with no spending by locals included except staging costs for the game and ancillary events. These expenses are incurred solely to meet the needs of the event, so it is spending above what would otherwise take place. The displacement theory (crowding out) is a bigger factor in a warm weather site, where visits for non-game purposes could come close to or even match those for the game,” said Don Schumacher, CSEE, Executive Director of NASC.

For Indianapolis and its Super Bowl XLVI, a report by Rockport Analytics shows that more than 116,000 non-residents came to Indiana’s capital for the game and other events. Indianapolis non-residents brought in more than 472,000 visitor days in the metro area (how many visitors would otherwise come to Indy in the middle of winter?). Hotel occupancy averaged 93% for the area, 99% for downtown.

Visitors to Indy spent more than $264 million on the local economy, averaging nearly $571 per person, per day. All totaled, gross spending total economic impacts of Super Bowl XLVI was an estimated $324 million, broken down to $176 million in direct impact, $67 million in indirect impact and $81 million in income. With Indianapolis keeping $324 million of the $384 million in Super Bowl-initiated spending, about 84 cents of every dollar spent, stayed in Indianapolis. No wonder Indy is bidding again for the 2018 game.

Another factor to include is that economic impact studies on an event as big as a Super Bowl focuses on economic activity created by the game, and not economic activity prevented by the game. Victor Matheson, a sports economist at the College of Holy Cross puts it this way: “They don’t do a very good job measuring how many people are crowded away from the metropolitan area during that weekend because, you know, no one in their right mind goes to the Super Bowl city during Super Bowl weekend unless they’re there for the game,” he said. “Which means any regular business that normally would have happened gets crowded out.”

This Super Bowl also is unique is that it crosses state lines. It’s expected that New York City will get the big spenders who’ll stay in Manhattan, the New Jersey hotels and the service industry will benefit, including local restaurants and limo services.

Will it be a half billion dollar infusion into the area economy? Whatever the dollar figure, it’s invaluable in the halo effect (and media attention) the area has, now that it can call itself a “Super Bowl host.”

Jackie Reau

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Taxes: The Hidden Economic Impact of Sporting Events

January 6, 2014

Yes, it’s the first of the year, the time when we start thinking about our own personal taxes with April 15 lurking. But taxes are something that the world of sports thinks about all year round. From ticket taxes to taxes on contracts, it can mean the difference between a good year and a great year, and the difference between a star outfielder going to Texas, or New York.

First, the outfielder: Shin-Soo Choo, a free agent this past offseason, turned down a seven year, $140 million deal with the Yankees, then days later signed a seven year, $130 million contract with the Texas Rangers. Not that $10 million means that much when we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars, but why would someone sign for less money?

The short answer: taxes.

The Rangers’ $130 million deal is worth almost $17 million more, since Texas has no state income tax. In addition, the Rangers play a lot of road games in Seattle and Houston, where visiting players aren’t subject to a tax on their earnings. Less money for taxes, more money in Choo’s (and his agent’s) pocket.

In the NFL, being the host for a playoff game not only means home field advantage for the hosts, it also means an opportunity for extra revenue. Taxes on ticket and tourism spending can give a boost to the local economy and visitors’ bureaus as well. A year ago, when the Redskins and Ravens were both in the playoffs (what a difference a year makes!), Maryland enjoyed a double dose of post-season ticket sales and, it was estimated, a combined economic impact of between $20 million and $40 million.

“This is mostly disposable income or entertainment dollars that would have been used in some other way,” said Dennis Coates, an economics professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “It really represents a shifting of money in the economy, not new money.”

The tickets sold to these extra games means extra taxes to the local governments. For example, each Ravens ticket carries a 10 percent admissions and amusement tax. The Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) receives 80 percent of that, with the remainder going to the city. The authority’s chief financial officer, David A. Raith, says MSA will get about $400,000 for each regular season game, but more for playoff games, because the ticket price is higher.

The city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County also see a financial boost from an NFL post-season game. A county ticket tax brings in 25 cents to Hamilton County for every ticket sold, which means if the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium sells out, the game generates more than $16,000. In addition, the city of Cincinnati collects about $49,000 from payroll taxes on each of the players’ salaries. (During the season, the salary tax is based on one-seventeenth of the player’s paycheck, but in the playoffs, it’s from the actual game check-in this case, $23,000 for each Bengal for winning the division, and $21,000 from each San Diego player for winning the wild card.

As for economic impact, the Sage Policy Group Inc. estimates the impact of a playoff game is around $20 million, on the belief that fans spend more to support a winning team, whether it’s on a hotel or pre-game meal, or a new jersey or shirt to commemorate the event. Also, more fans are more likely to come from out of town to go to a special game, like the NFL playoffs. The University of Cincinnati Economics Center estimates a Bengals home playoff game means an extra $14 million for the local economy.

For a regular season game, a study commissioned by the NFL Players Association in 2010 resulted in a $20 million impact per game. Perhaps more realistic is a University of Minnesota study showing an economic impact of about $9.1 million per Vikings game.

Earning home field advantage is something every team tries to earn. It, more often than not, pays off on the field, and in the local economy.


Jackie Reau

Game Day Communications

700 West Pete Rose Way

Cincinnati, Ohio 45203