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May. 1, 2014

Chicago Sports Commission names interim leader
Crain's Chicago Business
Chicago has a new face of sports tourism. Kara Bachman, who has served as business development manager at the Chicago Sports Commission for more than two years, has been named the group's interim executive director. The internal appointment comes after former commission leader Sam Stark resigned to become CEO of an Orlando, Florida-based marketing agency.More

Florida's Lake County launches new website on sports tourism
Orlando Sentinel
When it comes to tourism, Florida's Lake County knows it already has plenty to offer residents and visitors alike. But that hasn't stopped county leaders from launching a new sports website, which is designed to showcase the county's state-of-the-art sports venues and facilities.More

Sports needs to be a leader in changing attitudes on environmental protection
Yahoo
Leigh Steinberg says: The Earth is not able to sustain the billions of people now living, and population will continue to increase exponentially. The Earth itself is not threatened; it is our species — humans — which may be one of the many forms of life that does not survive in the planet's billions of years of history. Are these words too alarmist and overly dramatic? Objective scientists don't believe so. The immense popularity and messaging ability inherent in sports can help lead the way in slowing down and reversing these trends.More

Pickleball: The new tennis?
NASC
You may have seen the story that ran on NBC Nightly News on the growing popularity of the sport called pickleball. Never heard of it? Chances are you will, and soon. Pickleball, as its national association tells us, is the fastest growing sport in America. Now a lot of sports claim that distinction, but pickleball may, indeed, hold that title.More

Synergy Golf League free memberships
Synergy Golf League
Synergy Golf League announced that they are offering free memberships to the first 100 golfers who sign up for league play in their city. "To prove our commitment to our players and members we are waiving all membership fees for the first 100 spots in each market who sign-up to play in our league," said Steve Clark, vice president of SGL.More

How the NFL, MLB schedules gave Baltimore's Star-Spangled Spectacular a huge assist
Baltimore Business Journal
Star-Spangled Spectacular could be the biggest tourism event in Baltimore history, but it won't be the only event driving tourism during the 10-day festival that starts Sept. 6. Two attendance-boosting professional sports teams also will come to Baltimore during the Star-Spangled Spectacular.More

Sarasota, Florida, secures international lawn bowling event
Longboat Observer
The city of Sarasota, Florida, and Sarasota County have scored another win in the sports tourism arena, as Bowls USA has picked the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club to host the U.S. Open in 2016 and 2017. "In our bid we highlighted the amount of hotels, the cultural events, the lifestyle, and were really trying to sell it as place where you could bring your whole family," said Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club President Daniel Jittu.More

Chicago Sports Commission names interim leader
Crain's Chicago Business
Chicago has a new face of sports tourism. Kara Bachman, who has served as business development manager at the Chicago Sports Commission for more than two years, has been named the group's interim executive director.More

Sarasota, Fla., to decide how to spend tourism money
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota County, Fla., commissioners are scheduled to consider whether to give Visit Sarasota County another $769,500 in tourism development tax money.More

NASC's compensation study shows wide pay gap between sports markets
NASC
The average sports events professional at the CEO level makes around $115,000 annually in salary and benefits, especially in the larger U.S. sports markets.More

Salem, Oregon, cashes in on amateur sports
Statesman Journal
Softball is more than a game: it's also a business opportunity that Salem, Oregon, has apparently mastered. This summer, as in past years, young softball players will be a driving force in Salem's economy. The Amateur Softball Association 10A/12A Western National Tournament will be held in Salem starting July 27. Travel Salem expects that about 50 teams competing in the ASA 10A/12A Western National Tournament will be coming from out-of-state and staying in Salem area hotels.More