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As 2014 comes to a close, NASC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Get in the Game eNews a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.

Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau announces Dallas Sports Commission
Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
From Nov. 6: Phillip J. Jones, president and CEO of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the sports marketing department of the Dallas CVB has transitioned into the Dallas Sports Commission. The Dallas Sports Commission will build upon the solid foundation of past events of the sports marketing department of the Dallas CVB. In the past six years, the Dallas CVB sports marketing department has hosted over 200 events with a total economic impact of $1.039 billion.
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How far is too far for kids to run?
MSN
From Oct. 16: As the rate of childhood obesity continues to rise and the general aerobic fitness of children and adolescents continues to fall, another trend has emerged: Many of the children that still play sports often do so in excess.
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Pickleball: The new tennis?
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From May 1: 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.
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Massive, 1,200-acre sports complex opens in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Athletic Business
From June 5: LakePoint Sporting Community, a more than 1,200-acre tournament and entertainment complex near Atlanta will hold its first baseball and lacrosse events in June. One part, a cable-pulled wakeboard park that developers tout as the nation's biggest, opened in early May. LakePoint also just hosted its first-ever dry land competition, sand-court volleyball. The goal is to capitalize on the seemingly unstoppable appeal of touring youth sports leagues that send kids on journeys across a few counties or even a few states for weekend tournaments.
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Why many theme races have failed lately
Runner's World
From Sept. 11: The crowded theme- and obstacle-race series space that comprises seemingly every kind of event — from mud to foam, dance party to zombie — has recently seen a spike in abrupt, last-minute cancellations. In the past year, the Electric Foam 5K, Great American Mud Run, 5K Foam Fest, Hard Charge Challenge, Hero Rush and Run for Your Lives 5K have ceased operations and denied registrants refunds.
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$45,000 awarded to Bob Warnicke Scholarship recipients
American Bicycle Association
From June 26: Thanks to increased participation this year in the Bob Warnicke Scholarship races, the American Bicycle Association is pleased to award $45,000 in scholarships to 31 deserving collegiate students. Bob Warnicke Scholarship races are held throughout the American Bicycle Association network of tracks in Canada and the US, with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund. In 2013, USA BMX and BMX Canada had a record-setting 310 BMX tracks host Bob Warnicke Scholarship races.
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Social sharing has become biggest thing in sports marketing
Adweek
From July 31: What most brands and agencies don't know, or don't act on, is that sponsorship is a new game now, one most are playing by old rules. If you are still slapping logos on stadium signage and hoping that counts as "unique impressions," you've got a problem.
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Rugby continues to be America's fastest growing sport
The Spectrum
From Nov. 26: While football, basketball and baseball seem to be dominating the headlines across the country at the moment, there is one sport that is on the rise not only in Utah, but also across the country. To a surprise of many, that sport is rugby.
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Properly assessing economic impact
NASC
From March 27: Properly assessing the economic impact of sporting events you host within your community is a key aspect to helping your organization strategically determine several things. Whether to pursue an event, whether to bring an event back and whether the event provides your local tourism industry a meaningful boost.
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Louisiana voters kill tax that would benefit Independence Bowl
The Times
From Nov. 6: The airport and area sports scene were delivered gutting losses as a 2-percent hotel occupancy tax for Louisiana's Caddo and Bossier parishes failed to pass by 208 votes (49,148-48,940). The tax, which would have gone into effect Dec. 1, was to benefit the Ark-La-Tex Regional Air Service Alliance, the Independence Bowl Foundation and the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission.
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