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Economic power of sporting events
WVXU-TV
Sporting events such as the Western & Southern Tennis Tournament, the Flying Pig Marathon and the NCAA Hockey Regionals are not only big draws for participants and fans. They are also powerful economic generators for the region, bringing millions of dollars into Greater Cincinnati each year.
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Security now a priority for events
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No surprise here, the Boston Marathon, more than a month before its 2014 running, announced a number of security changes from the 2013 event that saw the tragic bombing at its finish line. The marathon has banned several items from its event, including bags, backpacks, handbags, suitcases and similar items. Not so different from what other events have implemented in the almost year since the Boston bombing, but the severity of the limitations may take some getting used to, since runners often carry their change of clothes in bags that they can check.
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NASC raises $14,000 for Oklahoma Cleats for Kid
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815 attendees, including 206 first-timers, participated in the NASC Symposium to elect new NASC leadership, honor members with industry awards and participate in dozens of continuing education programs led by industry leadership. Also during the event, the NASC Sports Legacy Fund raised $14,000 to benefit Oklahoma Cleats for Kids, an Oklahoma City-based organization that collects, recycles and distributes new and gently used athletic shoes and equipment to kids in need.
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WrestleMania XXX a success; could the event return to New Orleans?
The Times-Picayune
New Orleans executives, World Wrestling Entertainment and wrestling fans all agree that WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans was a powerbomb of a success. Now, about getting sports entertainment's marquee event back to the Big Easy. WrestleMania XXX broke the Superdome record for an entertainment event, grossing $10.9 million.
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Youth sports trips make a difference in Virginia tourism
The Virginia Gazette
The tourism industry is increasingly turning to the youth sports market as a treasure trove of recession-resistant tourism. That's something greater Williamsburg, Va., has been focused on for some time, as evidenced by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance's creation of a dedicated sport marketing committee several years ago.
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Florida Sports Foundation adds 4 new members to Board of Directors
Florida Sports Foundation
The Florida Sports Foundation welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors to serve one-year terms. Rick Hatcher is currently the business development director with PSA Sports and was previously CEO and executive director of two sports commissions in Florida and Kentucky. Hatcher has a great level of professional knowledge of CVB's, sports commissions, event owners and rights holders in sports marketing and sports development. He has been involved with the National Association of Sports Commissions, as a board member (past and present) and as a former chairman.
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Some Arizona cities have invested big in sports tourism. The Republic recently reported on some of the financial struggles that came with building new baseball stadiums: Glendale built Camelback Ranch for $152.6 million, and Goodyear built Goodyear Ballpark for $113 million in 2009. Neither have reaped the benefits officials had initially expected.
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Diamonds — and soccer fields — seen as a town's best friend
Crain's Detroit Business
Soon, battalions of kids age 8 and under normally begin to swarm over baseball diamonds throughout Michigan for tournaments named Bunnyball and the WaCo Wolves Great Lakes Shoot-Out — as much a rite of spring for these peewee ballplayers as opening day is for Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers. This year's long winter has postponed some events, but it hasn't dampened the drive of parents to travel distances, buy meals and visit other attractions when they attend one of the more than 80 baseball tournaments in Michigan this year, organized by the United States Specialty Sports Association for kids 18 and younger.
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Economic power of sporting events
WVXU-TV
Sporting events are not only big draws for participants and fans, they are also powerful economic generators for the region, bringing millions of dollars into Greater Cincinnati each year.

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Quidditch World Cup opens in South Carolina
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More than 80 teams from the U.S., Canada, and even Australia competed for the Quidditch World Champion title in South Carolina at the new North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex.

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Call for volunteers
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Volunteers are the foundation of the NASC. In the last year, more than 100 committee volunteers contributed to progress and growth of the NASC in many ways including...

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TCF Bank Stadium getting $6.6 million upgrade to prepare for Vikings
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Golden Gophers' home turf is being torn up to make way for a new heated football field for the Minnesota Vikings. A "hydronic heated field" will replace the turf at TCF Stadium and "will ensure a safe playing surface" for the NFL teams, according to Vikings' communications director Jeff Anderson. The NFL team will play at the University of Minnesota's football field for the 2014 and 2015 seasons while the $1 billion Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium is built on the site of recently departed Metrodome.
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