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May. 9, 2013

Session to promote sports as attraction for visitors
The Tribune-Democrat
Sports league representatives, tournament or event organizers, coaches, athletic directors and parents can attend the Johnstown Area Sports Travel Program's reception and informational meeting. The event is scheduled May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Johnstown-Downtown. The Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau will provide information about a study it had conducted by the National Association of Sports Commissions to determine how to attract visitor dollars to the area through sports.More

Are our stadiums safe?
South Jersey Courier-Post
Are those more often tasked with subduing an inebriated fan capable of defusing a terrorist plot in the making? How good are they? It depends. Stadiums and entertainment venues across the nation routinely rely on low-paid, part-time security guards with spotty training and even criminal convictions. Experts call it "security theater" at stadium gates — a show of uniforms and bag searches that does little to protect fans from what we witnessed in Boston.More

Booting up the stadium
PC Magazine
Sports venues are finally moving into the 21st century, and the race is on to provide fans with an interactive Internet experience at live sporting events that rivals what all the couch potatoes are getting in the comfort of their living rooms. Last year, New Hampshire-based networking specialist Enterasys Networks built out one of the sports world's most sophisticated public Wi-Fi networks at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's New England Patriots. Along with MetLife Stadium, the Georgia Dome, Lucas Oil Stadium, Raymond James Stadium, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Bank of America Stadium, and Sun Life Stadium, Gillette is one of a new breed of NFL venues delivering modern-day digital amenities alongside old-school beer and popcorn.More

The college football stadium revolution
Rant Sports
The race to be the biggest and the best goes beyond the football field. The Oregon Ducks set the standard with uniforms, the Texas Longhorns became the first team with their own television network and just about every school is renovating or rebuilding stadiums adding more seats and suites. High-tech video screens also fall into this category. The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Wisconsin Badgers are two of the latest schools to build the biggest and newest video screens. The race for college football supremacy isn't won in late January bowl games, apparently.More

Marathon County, Wis., cracks top 10 in tourism
Wausau Daily Herald
Marathon County, Wis., capitalized on scores of new sporting events and other initiatives in 2012 to vault two places onto the list of top 10 tourist destinations in the state, and local leaders aren't satisfied with being No. 9. Tourism leaders in the Wausau area gathered at Dale's Weston Lanes for the 2013 Tourism Summit to discuss new projects and how best to build upon last year's success and continue to increase revenues in the future.More

Cities get update on sports complex proposal
Manakato Free Press
The 10-year quest to build new athletic facilities for Mankato, Minn.-area youth sports has faced one not-so-small hurdle: cash. There's been demand for hockey rinks and other facilities, but not the money to build them, Paul Ostoff, manager of All Seasons Arena, told a meeting of Mankato and North Mankato councilors. That's where the cities, counties and school districts come in.More

Session to promote sports as attraction for visitors
The Tribune-Democrat
Sports league representatives, tournament or event organizers, coaches, athletic directors and parents can attend the Johnstown Area Sports Travel Program's reception and informational meeting. The event is scheduled May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.More

National Association of Sports Commissions announces annual award winners
NASC
The National Association of Sports Commissions announced its annual award winners during the closing ceremonies at the NASC Symposium in Louisville, honoring 10 members for their outstanding initiatives in the sports events industry over the last 12 months.More

Call for volunteers
NASC
Volunteers provide exceptional experience and essential tools to our vibrant community and are the foundation of the National Association of Sports Commissions. With the participation of more than 100 committee volunteers in the last year, the NASC created a number of new benefits to make your membership more valuable.More

9 important reasons to save 'The Wave'
ESPN
There is a move afoot to rid America of The Wave. Washington Nationals fans and the "cool kid," hipster sports fans of America want to outlaw The Wave. They want to take away a time-honored means of passing time at America's pastime. And they are gaining traction. Enough is enough. Someone must stand up (raise his arms, then sit down again, wait 20 seconds, and stand up and raise his arms again) for The Wave.More