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Room block opens for Market Segment Meetings and Fall CSEE Module, co-located with USOC Olympic Sportslink, at Hilton Chicago
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The NASC is once again co-locating Market Segment Meetings with the USOC Olympic Sportslink to maximize our members' access to excellent educational and professional development opportunities. The schedule for the week includes the CSEE Fall Module, which will be held on Monday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m.-noon CT, followed by Market Segment meeting through Sept. 23. Olympic Sportslink begins on Sept. 24, rounding out the schedule for the week. All meetings will be held at the Hilton Chicago. The USOC has negotiated a discounted room rate of $250 per night for all participants. Separate registration is required to participate in both meetings.
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Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar claims
Reuters
Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola called on soccer's rulers to deal thoroughly with allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing the tournament's kickoff in Brazil. With its quadrennial showpiece event taking place, soccer's governing body FIFA is on the defensive, conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar.
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New webinars added to summer series schedule
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We have a lot of great webinars lined up for you this summer and space is quickly filling up. Be sure to check out the updated schedule and register today. Whether you are looking for information on how to best structure a state association, or tips to better service sporting events in your city, we’ve got you covered! AGA Nation is hosting an event webinar to discuss a free opportunity for your organization to give back to your community. Register now.
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New soccer event coming to Erie, Pennsylvania
The Erie Sports Commission
The Erie Sports Commission announced the Soccer in the Sand Nationwide Series is coming to the Pennsylvania city on Aug. 2. This one-day tournament will take place at Presque Isle State Park. Soccer in the Sand is a competitive, five-on-five tournament (including a goaltender) that promises to produce lots of scoring and fun.
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Alabama city chasing extreme sports, adventure tourism with competitions
AL.com
Looking to tap into the potential of the 484-acre Graham Creek Nature Preserve, Foley, Alabama, is trying to set itself up to be a premier extreme sports and adventure tourism venue. The city is poised to host Powerman USA Duathlon in November. Foley is also one of three cities on the Gulf Coast in the running for the Tough Mudder, a 10-12 mile extreme obstacle course.
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Summer sports events to bring nearly 50,000 visitors to Richmond region
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Eight major youth sporting events should bring 47,400 visitors to the Richmond, Virginia, metro area this summer. The largest of the events will be the IWLCA Capital Cup Lacrosse Tournament at the River City Sportsplex and the Clover Hill Athletic Complex in Chesterfield County. The girls lacrosse tournament is expected to see participation by 350 teams and 15,000 attendees.
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Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission breaks ground on athletic complex
Cola Daily
Members of South Carolina's Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission gathered recently to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of a new outdoor athletic complex. The athletic complex will cost $6.5 million to build and will include six soccer fields, six clay tennis courts, four hard-surface tennis courts, an adventure course, a zip line and a pavilion with restrooms and concession stands.
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Room block opens for Market Segment Meetings and Fall CSEE Module
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The NASC is once again co-locating Market Segment Meetings with the USOC Olympic Sportslink to maximize our members' access to excellent educational and professional development opportunities.

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Bidders for 2022 Winter Games are melting away
The New York Times
As if the Winter Olympics did not have enough existential problems with concern about rising temperatures and melting glaciers, it now seems that nobody is much interested in staging them even while the planet still has snow.

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Massive, 1,200-acre sports complex opens in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Athletic Business
LakePoint Sporting Community, a more than 1,200-acre tournament and entertainment complex near Atlanta will hold its first baseball and lacrosse events in June. One part, a cable-pulled wakeboard park that developers tout as the nation's biggest, opened in early May.

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Breaking down the cities in the running for 2015 NFL Draft
NFL.com
The days of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strolling to the microphone at Radio City Music Hall appear to be over. After nine years, the NFL Draft is on the move and will no longer be at the famous New York City landmark. Here's a look at a few of the cities and venues in the running to host the 2015 NFL Draft and why each deserves to be the league's selection.
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Consultant report suggests Fort Worth should mull tearing down arena
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A consultant is recommending that the Fort Worth Convention Center arena and some adjoining meeting space be torn and replaced with state-of-the-art facilities in an effort to attract more and larger events to Fort Worth. Hunden Strategic Partners says Fort Worth "can and should" support its own full-sized concert, event and sports multi-purpose arena.
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Omaha beats out international cities for equestrian event
Omaha World-Herald
Omaha, Nebraska, has been picked to host an equestrian world championship event, beating out Hong Kong and the Dutch city of 's-Hertogenbosch for the honor. Officials with the Fédération Equestre Internationale announced that Omaha will host the 2017 World Cup Finals in both show jumping and dressage, a "horse dancing" event where riders and horses perform specific movements.
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Blame emerges like cracks in Texas high school stadium
USA Today
Its $60 million high school football stadium, with a three-tiered press box that juts above the Texas horizon, has been a source of considerable pride in Allen ever since the state-of-the-art facility opened its doors less than two years ago. But if you walk inside 18,000-seat Eagle Stadium these days, it's impossible to miss the countless cracks, some as wide as three-quarters of an inch, lining the concourse that have made the stadium unfit for public assembly.
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