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Registration opens for 2014 Market Segment Meetings and CSEE Fall Module
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The NASC Market Segment Meetings create a platform for destinations with similar market size and organizational structure to share ideas. Participate in small group discussions, focusing on topics most important to you, and return to your communities with ideas that are able to be implemented immediately. The NASC staff and board members facilitate discussions.
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Happy National Tourism Week!
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Perhaps it's a good time to assess what tourism in general means to your area, and in this business, sports tourism in particular. And, more importantly, it can be a time to look at unused assets and opportunities that you may have right in your own back yard and re-energize your economic base.
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2018 and 2019 NASC Sports Event Symposium RFP released
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The NASC Site Selection committee has just released the 2018 and 2019 NASC Sports Event Symposium RFP. Bids must be received by each Site Selection Committee member no later than 5:00pm local time on Friday, June 27. Direct any questions to Beth Hecquet, CMM, CMP, Director of Meetings and Events, at 513.281.3888 or Beth@SportsCommissions.org.
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NASC Best Practices summer webinar series schedule
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We have a lot of great webinars lined up for you this summer, be sure to check out the schedule and register today before space is filled. Whether you are looking for information on ways to properly secure volunteers for your events, how to best structure a state association, or tips to better service sporting events in your city, we've got you covered! Director of Membership & Marketing, Elizabeth Young will also be hosting a member orientation webinar to explain how you can become more involved in the NASC and all the services and benefits associated with your membership that you may not be aware of! Register now.
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CBS Sports Classic to launch in 2014
CBS Sports
College basketball doesn't get enough credit for how well it schedules in November and December, but the sport keeps churning out really good events — and we have news to share of the latest, which will absolutely be a marquee affair for years to come. It's a four-team blockbuster fixture in the style of the already successful Champions Classic, only this one will have a different batch of teams. It's called the CBS Sports Classic, and it's going to be an annual event featuring four of the biggest programs in college hoops history: Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA and Ohio State.
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Cleveland sports tax passes
WCBE-FM
Voters in Ohio's two largest counties have gone in opposite directions on using taxpayers' money for leisure pursuits. Franklin County residents rejected a permanent tax hike that would pay for improvements to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and build a downtown facility. Cuyahoga County voters approved extending a 20-year tax to fund Cleveland's three major sports venues.
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California's Placer County hopes to win tourism dollars with new sports complexes
Comstock's Magazine
The rise of elite youth sports and the popularity of year-round athletics have created an emerging market for participant and spectator spending in south Placer County, California, which has positioned itself as a major sports destination. Now, two separate entities are looking to capitalize on the region's sports market with large-scale venues that could turn a profit in as few as three years.
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Neutral site talked for Pac-12 title
ESPN
The Pac-12 Conference is in discussions to move its championship game from campus sites to neutral ones as early as this season, according to a source. The Pac-12 "continues to have discussions with venues who propose a neutral site for championship game," the source said. Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers, is the favorite for the 2014 title game.
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Myrtle Beach Sports Center breaks ground
Small Market Meetings
The Myrtle Beach Sports Center is scheduled to open its doors in early 2015. The facility is being developed, with the help of the Sports Facility Advisory, to attract new visitors and support the local economy. Under SFA's management, the facility is expected to have a $30 million economic impact for Myrtle Beach within the first five years of its opening.
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Few details released in Minnesota's Super Bowl bid
KAAL-TV
The three cities vying to host the 2018 Super Bowl have entered the home stretch. Organizers in Indianapolis and Minneapolis held news conferences to say they had formally distributed their bids to the 32 team owners, though neither group was willing to provide many specifics to the public. New Orleans organizers were even quieter. With a May 20 vote looming, nobody wanted to give away any secret strategies.
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Here are LA's huge plans for the 2024 Olympics
Curbed Los Angeles
LA's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games puts an upgraded Coliseum and Exposition Park at the core of its plan, says Inside the Games, a site devoted to the international event. The official plan is currently unavailable on the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games' the official site, suggesting that perhaps it was prematurely posted. However, a few images taken from that presentation include a map of the four proposed "clusters" in which Olympic activity will take place.
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Registration opens for 2014 Market Segment Meetings and CSEE Fall Module
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The NASC Market Segment Meetings create a platform for destinations with similar market size and organizational structure to share ideas.

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Chicago Sports Commission names interim leader
Crain's Chicago Business
Chicago has a new face of sports tourism. Kara Bachman, who has served as business development manager at the Chicago Sports Commission for more than two years, has been named the group's interim executive director.

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Pickleball: The new tennis?
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You may have seen the story that ran on NBC Nightly News on the growing popularity of the sport called pickleball. Never heard of it? Chances are you will, and soon.

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Illinois tourism office sponsors NASCAR Nationwide Series race
Crain's Chicago Business
The Illinois Office of Tourism has switched gears from sponsoring a NASCAR race in September to one in July. Chicagoland Speedway announced that the state's tourism bureau signed on as the title sponsor of its July 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series event, which will be called the EnjoyIllinois.com 300. The naming rights are part of the a larger $400,000 annual exclusive marketing agreement between Chicagoland Speedway and the tourism office — the bureau's largest single sports sponsorship deal to date.
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