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NASC announces dates for 2015 Fall Meetings
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The NASC will hold its 2015 Fall Meetings in Colorado Springs, the home of most of our National Governing Bodies in Olympic and Pan American sports, along with many other event rights holders. All functions will take place Sept. 28-30 at the Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs, located in the heart of downtown.
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Final reminder — NASC Member Award submissions due Friday Feb. 13
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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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The Sport of the Moment
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What's the "hot" sport to sponsor, to get rights fees for, to bring to your city? Ten years ago, it may have been golf, whether professional or amateur. Over the last decade we've seen the explosion of youth lacrosse, fishing tournaments, even bowling (which is becoming bigger than ever on the high school level). All this follows soccer’s foothold on youth activities, and youth baseball and softball will never go away. So what’s the right sport for you?
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Sochi Olympics leaving costly legacy 1 year later
The Associated Press via CBC Sports
The ski jump sits shrouded in mist, its coat of snow undisturbed by any athletes hurtling down the ramp to take off into the air. A year ago, the jump bustled with activity at the Sochi Olympics as the world's best ski jumpers — including women, for the first time — competed for gold. But it made some unwanted history as well, becoming a stark symbol of how some of the plans for President Vladimir Putin's $51 billion Winter Games went terribly wrong.
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Little League national title stripped from Jackie Robinson West
Los Angeles Times
Last year's Little League national champions have been stripped of their title after Little League International found that the team falsified its boundary map. Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West was found to have used players who lived outside the team's boundary zone after an investigation that was sparked when a rival coach alleged that the team was poaching players living outside its boundary.
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Is 4th grade too early for ultracompetitive sports?
Star Tribune
In the world of fourth-grade travel basketball, the growing up comes fast. And all the things that many love about youth sports — and the intensity that many others loathe — are on full display. It all means that in Minnesota, where youth hockey has long held a reputation for competitiveness, youth basketball might be closing the gap.
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Wisconsin mother sues youth football league over son's suicide
Reuters
A Wisconsin mother filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Pop Warner youth football organization recently, blaming it for her son's suicide after years of playing the "combat sport." The suit comes amid scrutiny and continuing litigation over the effects of repeated blows to the head in American football, and the potential for such injuries to contribute to depression and other mental health problems among players.
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Big names and small behind NHL push in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gavin Maloof was ticking off a long list of celebrities who have jumped on the NHL to Las Vegas bandwagon when he stopped in midsentence. Michelle DiTondo may not be a household name in the celebrity world, but she has become a superstar among the Founding 75, a group tasked with getting the bulk of 10,000 season ticket deposits the NHL wants to see to gauge interest while considering a franchise to Las Vegas.
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Minor-league team pitching college baseball in North Carolina
Charlotte Business Journal
This week, the Charlotte Knights landed the Triple-A All-Star Game. Next up: the old college try. Dan Rajkowski, the Knights' chief operating officer, said that college baseball will become a larger point of emphasis over the next few years. On March 31, North Carolina State will play the Charlotte 49ers at BB&T BallPark, the $54 million home of the Knights opened last year. John Swofford, the Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner, said last year that Charlotte remains a viable candidate for a future conference baseball tournament.
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South Carolina sports tourism thriving on unique events
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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sports tourism facilities are known to host some unique events, whether it be quidditch or archery tournaments, and it's working in their favor. Last year $30 million was generated by all the sporting events that lured people from around the world to the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex.
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NCAA trying to bring big offense back with new flat-seam ball
Waco Tribune-Herald
By going flatter, college baseball aims to get fatter. Maybe even a lot fatter. Adam Toth noticed the difference from the very first hack he took at the NCAA's new flat-seamed baseballs. The ball jerked from the Baylor senior outfielder's bat with extra zip, and the added distance the ball traveled was plainly evident.
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Inside the modern team locker room
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Awesome. It's an overused word, particularly among Millennials and Dick Vitale. But it has its moments, like when visitors first enter the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex at the University of Oregon.
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Survey: Playing multiple sports is beneficial to passers' development
ESPN
Findings from ESPN's 2014 Quarterback Survey seems to contradict the advice of specialization advocates and provides relief to those who promote cross-training even for high school prospects with high potential. Of the 128 quarterbacks surveyed — 73 active, 55 retired — 122 played at least two sports in high school (95 percent). Nearly 70 percent played three or more.
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There's a growing health gap between rich and poor teens
TIME
Disparities in health between rich and poor adolescents grew globally during the first decade of this century, according to a survey conducted in 34 countries in Europe and North America. According to the study, published in the Lancet, adolescents from the most impoverished socioeconomic groups are more likely to suffer from poor health thanks to diminished physical activity and larger body mass indices.
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No pool, no problem: New Mexico team embraces improvisation, sacrifice
Albuquerque Journal
Take away a high school swim team's practice pool and what do you get? Improvisation and sacrifice. That's the situation New Mexico's Los Alamos Hilltoppers found themselves in this season when their normal indoor facility underwent renovations. So, when practice began in the fall, the team took to the water at a small, outdoor pool, said coach Stu Corliss. The swimmers seemed to take it in stride, more or less.
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