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How wearable tech is changing the NFL
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From on-field tracking to improved safety and tactical HUDs, wearables are ushering a new era of football. Not only does this help coaches to get the best out of the players by monitoring their stats on the field and in practice, it also offers fans unprecedented insights into the game.
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To ticket or not to ticket
NASC
We're all used to buying a ticket to a sports event, whether it's basketball, football or even our kids’ high school games. But what about the every-day events with which you are involved? How many of them require tickets to enter? And why or why not?
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2015 industry trends
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One of the most interesting trends for those of us that have been in the sports commission, and visitor and convention bureau industries, is the fact that park and recreation departments are becoming increasingly interested in membership in the NASC. I find that particularly interesting, personally because we're discovering that many park and recreation departments actually create, promote and run their own events, which makes them in the final analysis perhaps even more similar to a sports commission in many cases than a convention and visitors bureau where in the latter case there may be a focus on room nights.
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NASC Member Awards
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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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GoPro NHL partnership will transform the way you watch ice hockey
Geeky Gadgets
GoPro, the action camera manufacturer, has announced a new partnership with the National Hockey League that will provides ice hockey fans with a new way of viewing GoPro NHL hockey. The new GoPro NHL partnerships allows ice hockey team members to wear the action camera allowing fans to see the game from a whole new perspective.
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Colorado rejects background checks for youth sports leagues
KUSA-TV
Colorado youth sports organizations will continue to make their own determinations regarding whether or not to perform background checks for individuals working with its members. Senate Bill 48 would have required youth sports organizations to execute a criminal background check for any employee or volunteer having contact with youth members "five or more days in a calendar month" or accompanying the organization on overnight stays.
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Texas' AT&T Stadium to host Wrestlemania
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AT&T Stadium in Texas' Dallas-Arlington region will host WWE's pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 32, on Sunday, April 3, 2016, WWE officially confirmed at a superstar-studded press conference. Arlington Mayor Robert N. Cluck, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson and Cowboys legend Ed "Too Tall" Jones joined WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events John P. Saboor in making the historic announcement.
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Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has 'new blood,' same vision
Crain's Cleveland Business
As the president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, David Gilbert and his staff of 12 full-time employees take instructions, advice and criticism from a 79-member board of trustees. Gilbert, whose organization boasts that it has hosted or attracted 160 events since its relaunch in 2000, isn't going to say it's easy. But the board — whose principals admit is much larger than a typical nonprofit leadership group — is very beneficial, said the sports commission's longtime CEO.
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USA Track & Field President Stephanie Hightower joins special guests at the 'The Women's Sports Report'
Greater Columbus Sports Commission
The Greater Columbus Sports Commission will host its fifth annual The Women's Sports Report, presented by OhioHealth, on Feb. 10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center's Battelle Grand Ballroom. The breakfast will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, including local athletic achievements throughout 2014 and Columbus' growing stature as a top destination for women and girls sporting events. Stephanie Hightower, President and Chairman of the Board for USA Track & Field will join elite long-distance runners Sara Hall and Stephanie Rothstein Bruce at the breakfast to discuss the role of women helping to grow long distance running.
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The environmental benefits of LED lighting
By Piyush Bakshi
Light bulbs that use LED technology not only bring down your energy bills but are also more environmentally friendly when compared to incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs. Both the manufacture and use of LED bulbs causes less damage to the environment than the other two alternatives. For starters, a 6-to-8-watt LED bulb, with a light output of 800 lumens, will last for 50,000 hours. In comparison, incandescent bulbs last 1,200 hours and consume 60 watts, while CFLs last for 8,000 hours and use 13-15 watts.
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Experience Kissimmee unveils new sports commission, rebranding
Orlando Business Journal
Experience Kissimmee officially introduced the Kissimmee Sports Commission to more than 250 tourism leaders recently. The sports commission is not a new division for Experience Kissimmee, but rather a rebranding to better define its business-to-business relationships with sports event planners, said Experience Kissimmee CEO D.T. Minich.
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Nearly 4 in 10 would steer kids to play sports other than football
NBC News
Nearly 4 in 10 Americans — 37 percent — say they would encourage their child to play another sport other than football due to concerns about concussions, according to a newly released result from the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. By contrast, 60 percent of respondents say they disagree and would back their children if they wanted to play football.
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Auburn may add 200-foot scoreboard to Jordan-Hare Stadium
Sports Illustrated
The Auburn Board of Trustees will vote on adding a 200-foot wide scoreboard to the school's Jordan-Hare Stadium, which would be the largest in all of college football. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the proposal does not contain exact dimensions for the new video board but it is expected to be larger in square footage than the screen in Texas A&M's Kyle Field, which was unveiled just last year.
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Eye-tracking tech could detect concussions in football players
LiveScience
New eye-tracking technology could help doctors measure the severity of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, which are sometimes difficult to diagnose, researchers say. The technology could be used to detect brain injuries in emergency rooms or even on the sidelines at sporting events, according to the study, published in the Journal of Neurotrauma.
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Body clock may determine who wins the game
Science World Report
New findings published in the journal Current Biology examine just how important adequate rest is when it comes to physical feats and winning. Researchers found that the performance of competition-level athletes varied over the course of the day by as much as 26 percent. Those who naturally preferred to sleep in typically performed better later in the day than the early birds.
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Tennessee to continue regulating combat sports pending new bill approval
Yahoo! Sports
Despite still being on life support, combat sports regulation in Tennessee will likely not die in 2015 as previously assumed, thanks to some creative strategic bill reshuffling done in the state's assembly recently. The state-run Tennessee Athletic Commission was due to cease operations on July 1 due to the office's financial instability.
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Study suggests early start to football may pose brain risks
HealthDay News
A new study suggests that boys who start playing tackle football before the age of 12 may face a higher risk for neurological deficits as adults. The concern stems from an assessment of current memory and thinking skills among 42 former National Football League players, now between the ages of 40 and 69. Half the players had started playing tackle football at age 11 or younger.
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