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New York braces for the madness
The Buffalo News
A madness is about to grip Buffalo, N.Y., but public health officials need not sound any alarms. The NCAA men's basketball tournament — one of the nation's biggest sporting events — leaps into the city soon, expected to bring dozens of highlight-reel moments, thousands of out-of-town visitors, a $5 million jolt to the local economy and one giant ego boost to the community's fragile sports psyche.
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NASC Playbook March 2014 — In-depth: 22nd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium anticipated to set new attendance record
NASC
The 22nd Annual NASC Sports Event Symposium is right around the corner and anticipated to set a new attendance record. More than 800 sports tourism professionals will be on-site in Oklahoma City, Okla., from March 31 - April 3 for the original sports event industry conference and longest- running reverse tradeshow for the sports tourism market. An all-star line-up of speakers is slated for general sessions, whose talks will touch on leadership, teamwork, overcoming adversity, and achievement. In between you'll experience three general sessions, 12 breakout sessions, four game changers and 75 minutes of best practices roundtables.
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Bassmaster high school championship set
The Tennessean
The Bassmaster High School National Championship will launch in Tennessee. The inaugural invitational tournament will take place, July 16-19, on Kentucky Lake and Carroll County's Thousand Acre Recreation Lake.
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Sand volleyball facility proposed in South Carolina
Myrtle Beach Sun News
Coastal Carolina University in S.C., is looking forward to joining the nearly 50 other universities that offer NCAA women's beach volleyball — if Myrtle Beach is able to build their home court. The Myrtle Beach City Council is considering construction of the $263,000 facility that would hold nine sand volleyball courts and 230 parking spaces at Pebble Beach.
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Sports Indiana extending reach
Inside Indiana Business
Sports Indiana will expand its membership to include all sports-affiliated organizations. Membership in Sports Indiana will now be available to representatives of national governing bodies and rights holders, venue operators such as parks and recreation departments, high schools, colleges, universities and privately-run sports facilities, government entities, sports associations and businesses serving the needs of the sports tourism industry.
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Fishing promotions pay off in Wyoming
Casper Tribune
When the Casper Area Convention and Visitors Bureau thought about selling Casper, Wyo., a few years ago, they started with the city's strengths: a centralized location and its proximity to really big fish. A campaign in 2011 directed at Colorado's Front Range used TV commercials, magazine ads and fishcasper.com. Nonresident fishing licenses purchased in Natrona County the following calendar year increased 31 percent.
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Thousands of archers compete in Kentucky
Louisville Courier-Journal
Thousands of archers ranging in age from 7 to 70 were in Louisville, Ky., for two competitions: The National Field Archery Association Indoor Nationals and the National Archery in the Schools Program Kentucky State Tournament.
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New York braces for the madness
The Buffalo News
A madness is about to grip Buffalo, N.Y., but public health officials need not sound any alarms.

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Chicago Sports Commission leader resigns
Crain's Chicago Business
Chicago Sports Commission Executive Director Sam Stark has resigned from his post after two and a half years at the helm of the city's sports tourism arm.

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2014 Symposium mobile app is available now
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Our mobile app for the 22 annual NASC Sports Event Symposium is ready to download on your iPhone, iPad, or Android!

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USA BMX wants Arizona to be its epicenter
Arizona Republic
Gilbert, Ariz., could soon become America's epicenter of BMX bike racing with a $19 million national headquarters, Olympic training track and public park if plans are approved by the town council. A 4,000-seat covered arena would host national events at least twice a year and could someday become the home of Olympic qualifying races.
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