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Hosting a Super Bowl a huge economic plum, and costly
USA Today
Arizona, drawing from private and public funds, will spend about $30 million to host the 2015 Super Bowl, to be played in Glendale, Arizona. That's a relative bargain. San Francisco, the host for the 50th Super Bowl next year in Santa Clara, Calif., expects to spend more than $50 million.
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NASC Board of Directors nominations due Jan. 30
NASC
The NASC Nominating Committee is in the process of nominating six (6) new board members for 2015-2016 term (four (4) Active member representatives, one (1) Allied member representative, and one (1) Rights Holder member representative). The nominating committee is also in the process of nominating one (1) person who has served on the Board of Directors to serve as Secretary. All nominations must be received by Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
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NASC Member Awards entries due Feb. 13
NASC
The annual NASC Member Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of our members and are presented at the NASC Sports Event Symposium each year. Member Awards are the highest honor an organization or individual in the sports tourism industry can receive as they are created and awarded by industry peers. Entries are due by Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Contact Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, with any questions about Member Awards.
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'Deflategate' and Sports
NASC
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.
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NASC Sports Legacy Committee announces 2015 beneficiary
NASC
The NASC Sports Legacy Committee is pleased to announce the selection of the Running Rebels Community Organization as the 2015 beneficiary. Since 1980, Running Rebels has been dedicated to developing Milwaukee's youth mentally, physically and spiritually. By offering programs that focus on education and recreational activities, Running Rebels provides Milwaukee's youth with positive alternatives to gangs and substance abuse.
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LED lighting makes debut at Super Bowl
Forbes
This year's Super Bowl will the first played under energy-sipping LED lights. The University of Phoenix Stadium, host to the Feb. 1 game, uses 312 fixtures made by Ephesus Lighting, which specializes in technology for fields, arenas and the like. The lights replaced 780 metal halide fixtures.
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Wade asked NBA to better police unruly fans in arenas
The Associated Press via Fox Sports
For making an obscene gesture toward heckling fans, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was fined $15,000 by the NBA. He hopes it can spur some change. Wade has asked the NBA to further improve the ways it protects players from the most unruly of fans, making that request during the league's brief investigation of his incident with the crowd in Charlotte recently.
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A familiar ring? Detroit sees arena as key to development
Journal Sentinel
While the Detroit project to build a new downtown arena is far larger in scope than what the new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks likely have in mind for its proposed new arena, the goal is the same: integrate a new, multipurpose arena with development nearby. In Milwaukee, the debate over whether a new arena is needed is expected to pick up steam.
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Job Board
NASC
Twin Cities Gateway/National Sports Center is seeking a Soccer and Field Sports Coordinator. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by email to hr@nscsports.org. A full description of this position can be found on our job board.
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Bicyclists and pedestrians, the best of frenemies
Next City
How many times have you biked down a multi-use trail and had to slam on the brakes every few seconds to avoid joggers, walkers, children and dogs? According to a study published in the new issue of the BMJ Open medical journal, biker and walker interaction is more than a question of convenience and comfort. It’s often a question of safety.
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High schools earn failing grade in security planning
Athletic Business
Fights, sadly, are a part of the high school sports experience as the mixture of passionate teenagers, parents and spectators in a heightened sensory environment have proved to be a toxic combination far too often. While that is an issue, it's not the real issue. No, the bigger issue is the lack of a proactive approach to security on the high school level; that lack of investing in the necessary resources to ensure the safest possible environment.
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NCAA heads down uncharted path where 'real work begins'
USA Today
When the first business session of the new era ended, there wasn't much applause. The collective reaction from delegates was essentially a shrug. Perhaps that's because, even as members of the NCAA's Power Five conferences embraced new authority to provide unprecedented benefits for athletes, including the passage of a rule that will increase the value of athletic scholarships to pay for the full cost of attendance, they recognized they were just beginning — and maybe, because it's not clear to anyone exactly where they're headed.
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Study: Kids who play outdoors solo, with pals more active than supervised peers
The Canadian Press via The Windsor Star
Children permitted to play outdoors on their own or with friends are getting more physical activity than kids who are constantly supervised, a new Canadian study suggests. Study lead author Raktim Mitra of Toronto's Ryerson University said researchers wanted to explore the impact on kids' physical health if they were given freedom to explore places within their neighborhoods without adult supervision.
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Erie Poker Run to debut in June
Erie Sports Commission
The Erie Sports Commission announced the debut of the Erie Poker Run on June 5-6, 2015. The new go-fast powerboat event will be able to accommodate up to 60 high-powered speed boats at the Wolverine Park Marina on Presque Isle Bay.
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School sports costs leave some students on sidelines
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Many American children can't afford to participate in school sports, a new survey finds. Only 30 percent of students in families with annual household incomes of less than $60,000 played school sports, compared with 51 percent of students in families that earned $60,000 or more a year.
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Debate continues over artificial turf fields
Orange County Register
There is a growing national debate over fake-grass fields, especially the key ingredient now used to make them softer: ground-up tires. Now a California lawmaker wants the state to stop synthetic fields being built in schools, parks, stadiums and other recreational places until further studies determine whether they are safe.
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High schools seek a safer path back from concussion
NPR
After a concussion, how long should student-athletes be out of school? At least one high school — Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas — is already trying to adopt a more balanced approach.
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Private lessons have changed baseball dramatically
The Oakland Press
Baseball was once defined by its mass appeal on the participatory level. Lessons? Those were for golfers. Not any more. Baseball lessons are now considered a necessity. Essentially eliminated from the game at the MLB, and professional levels overall, have been unorthodox pitching motions.
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