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Sports Tourism: A State of the Industry Report
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At last month's NASC Symposium, Dr. Lisa Delpy Neirotti from The George Washington University shared the findings from the 2014 Sports Tourism: The State of the Industry Report to the NASC membership. The report, which can be found on the NASC website, provides a helpful reference for our members to share with their colleagues, rights holders and funders.
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Major competitions continue to raise Eugene's profile among sports fans near and far
The Register-Guard
When Janis Ross attended the recent meeting of the National Association of Sports Commissions in Milwaukee, the head of the association stood up at the opening breakfast and congratulated Eugene on landing the 2021 World Track and Field Championships. "The whole place just erupted in applause," said Ross, who is Travel Lane County's point person for sports tourism. Landing the world championships raised Eugene’s profile not just nationally, but internationally in the fast-growing sports tourism market, according to Ross.
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From beer to sports, Grand Rapids leads
West Michigan Sports Commission
Writes Mike Guswiler, president of the West Michigan Sports Commission: "Last month, my staff and I joined sports tourism professionals from across the country in Milwaukee for the National Association of Sports Commissions Sports Event Symposium. In addition to the expected dose of Wisconsin hospitality, attendees received a first-person encounter with Beer City USA from Grand Rapids. That's because our city will host the 24th annual NASC Sports Event Symposium next year, April 3-7, 2016 at DeVos Place, and we previewed our city's offerings at this year's conference."
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Texas Rangers manager to sports parents: It's about your child, not you
The Dallas Morning News
Among the advice offered to sports parents recently by Texas Rangers manager Jeff Bannister was this: If you talk to your child while they’re competing — even from a distance, even in a whisper — that's all they can hear. And it's the last thing they need to hear.
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The case for sports as a key driver for academic success
The Huffington Post
Writes Olympian Edwin Moses: "As schools deal with budget cuts and try to figure out the best ways to maintain and improve their graduations statistics, sports programs are among the first budget lines cut. However, sports can have a positive effect on many aspects of the students' well-being including improved academic performance, according to mounds of research."
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Strong dollar may hurt US tourism this year
By Suzanne Mason
The rise of the U.S. dollar has more American travelers are looking abroad for their summer destinations. At the same time, the euro is experiencing a nine-year low, which has many airfares to European destinations seeing a drop in prices. As a result, more Americans are looking across the Atlantic for their summer getaways. And, despite coming off a record-breaking year in tourism, many U.S. tourism agencies are worried that the strong dollar could hurt their business rather than improve it.
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Missouri lawmakers urge protection of sports officials
Missourinet
The Missouri legislature has sent a message to those involved in youth sports in the state to leave those sports' officials alone. It has approved a resolution calling on school districts; little league programs; high school, college and recreational programs; and law enforcement and prosecutors, to "do all they can to put an end to the increased threats and assaults on sports officials and to prosecute such criminal acts to the full extent of the law."
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Big 12 baseball tournament expected to have nearly $5.6 million economic impact on Tulsa
Tulsa World
Tulsa's first Big 12 championship baseball tournament begins this week, and the five days of competition are expected to be exciting for more than just college sports fans. According to the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the Big 12 Baseball Championship is expected to have a total economic impact of close to $5.6 million in revenue.
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Bill requiring defibrillators at youth athletic events clears New Jersey panel
Cape May County Herald
Legislation sponsored by New Jersey Assembly Democrat Bob Andrzejczak requiring defibrillators at youth sporting events was released by an Assembly panel. The story has become all too familiar. A seemingly healthy young person playing a sport suddenly collapses on the field from an undiagnosed heart condition and never gets back up," said Andrzejczak.
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Elite travel teams make youth sports an industrial complex
ESPN
The days of simply playing ball with your friends is over. It's a different world out there for the preteen athlete, with "Elite" and "Select" commonly turning up in the names of youth sports teams and leagues.
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ACC names Atlanta as host of 2016 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship
Atlanta Sports Council
The Atlantic Coast Conference, in conjunction with the Atlanta Sports Council, Kennesaw State Sports and Entertainment Park and LB3 Lacrosse, have announced that Fifth Third Bank Stadium will be home to the 2016 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship. This marks the first time the ACC Championship will take place in metro Atlanta and the sixth time in the event's 28-year history that it will be held at a neutral site.
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Massachusetts high school referees to undergo background checks
South Coast Today
In the coming months, nearly 8,000 Massachusetts high school referees will undergo criminal background checks to comply with a new statewide policy. "It is pretty widespread, and it's increasing," said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, the governing body for school sports in the state. "More states each year are signing on to background check policies and developing them for their schools."
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College game might have found formula with flat-seam balls
Orange County Register
Offense across the nation is up significantly, but as two of the nation's best teams, UCLA and USC are perhaps two of the best examples of the impact of the NCAA's decision to switch to a new flat-seam baseball — a change made with the intention of reigniting the offense that had been drying up since 2011. The results have spoken for themselves.
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California sets up race between high school, club competitions
The Wall Street Journal
California is to high-school swimming as Texas is to high-school football. The Golden State is the sport's scholastic epicenter. Until now, the two sides of the state never battled it out. There was no such thing as a California statewide swim meet. The first state championship meet has created a dilemma for California's high-school swimmers who are also aspiring Olympians. The meet falls during a crucial training period for summertime club swimming meets.
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Preschool kids starved for exercise
USA Today
Add preschoolers to the list of Americans who don't get enough exercise. In a new study out recently, Seattle researchers found that preschoolers only get about 48 minutes of exercise a day, although some studies suggest they should get at least two hours. At that age, exercise is crucial for preventing obesity, as well as for developing motor and social skills, said Pooja Tandon, an assistant professor at the University of Washington and a researcher at Seattle Children's Hospital.
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