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NASC Playbook June issue now available
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The June issue of the quarterly NASC Playbook is available. Among the features included in this issue are a look at the newly elected NASC board members, honors for the 2014 Member Award Winners and a local's guide to Milwaukee. As a reminder, one printed copy will be mailed to the primary contact at each member organization.
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World Cup proves multiple sites mean multiple challenges
By Bill Hanson
The World Cup games in Brazil are being played in 12 stadiums throughout the country, so anyone who has organized a soccer, volleyball or basketball tournament in multiple venues can relate to this challenge. Multivenue events such as the World Cup and Olympic Games may be on a much bigger scale than a youth basketball event, but there are similarities when it comes to organizing them. The event manager cannot be at all venues at one time, so the need for dependable and experienced committee coordinators is paramount.
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NASC video blog — room rebates
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VideoBrief One of the biggest challenges we face in the sports event travel industry is the increased reliance on room rebates and commissions to properly fund events. It's a serious development in our industry, one that 20 years ago did not even exist.
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Why sports matter
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Because we're in the business of sports, we're used to talking about the economic impact that sports has on our respective communities. It brings jobs, a livelihood, a spark of energy, a sense of excitement to our host areas. But let's take a second to look at the human factor of sports and what it means for the coming generations.
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Safety in youth sports
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We've heard a lot about the effect of concussions and other health and injury issues in front of the National Football League. The concerns over sports safety now have reached the White House recently, where President Barack Obama brought in representatives from professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, youth sports players and researchers to discuss the issue of youth sports concussions.
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Daytona Beach Area CVB takes sports & faith planners to top of Pikes Peak
Daytona Beach Area CVB
The Daytona Beach Area CVB met with Sports Meeting Planners and Faith-Based Planners, who were headquartered in the Colorado Springs, Colorado, area and traveled to Manitou Springs, Colorado. There, 24 attendees boarded the Cog Wheel Railroad for a three-hour tour to the top of Pike Peak. At the 14,000 foot mark, the group enjoyed a traditional treat of homemade donuts in the 39-degree weather.
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$45,000 awarded to Bob Warnicke Scholarship recipients
American Bicycle Association
Thanks to increased participation this year in the Bob Warnicke Scholarship races, the American Bicycle Association is pleased to award $45,000 in scholarships to 31 deserving collegiate students. Bob Warnicke Scholarship races are held throughout the American Bicycle Association network of tracks in Canada and the US, with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund. In 2013, USA BMX and BMX Canada had a record-setting 310 BMX tracks host Bob Warnicke Scholarship races.
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Ohio State coach, US Olympic medalists to be inducted into Hall of Fame
USA Fencing
Ohio State head fencing coach Vladimir Nazlymov will be inducted into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame in Columbus on June 27. This year's inductees also include Erinn Smart, who became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic medal when she took silver in women's team foil at the 2008 Games, as well as her older brother, Keeth Smart, who also won silver at the Beijing Olympic Games as the anchor of the U.S. Men's Saber Team.
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200-mile 'untamed' race to test competitors in Maine
Portland Press Herald
The Untamed New England Adventure Race, a five-day 200-mile race in which participants trek, mountain bike, paddle and climb their way through the wilderness,, which is held at a different New England location each year, returns after two years to Northern Outdoors resort. Unlike traditional long races such as triathlons, there are a lot of unknown factors for participants in the up-and-coming sport of adventure racing.
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NASC Playbook June issue now available
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The June issue of the quarterly NASC Playbook is available. Among the features included in this issue are a look at the newly elected NASC board members, honors for the 2014 Member Award Winners and a local's guide to Milwaukee.

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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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Sticking to the basics of event operations
By Bill Hanson
Simply stated, event operations is detail management — the identification and execution of all functions that lead to a successful event. Members of the local organizing committee who are fully informed about details of the process then feel fully involved and will be more productive in their individual areas of responsibility.

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2017 BMX World Championship to bring $13 million to South Carolina region
The Herald via The State
Mayor Doug Echols of Rock Hill, South Carolina, announced that the city would host the 2017 BMX World Championship at the still-under-construction Novant Healthcare BMX Supercross Track. Whereas various sports events brought $18 million of economic impact to Rock Hill during the whole of 2013, the BMX World Championship is estimated to contribute somewhere in the region of $13 million.
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Louisiana city draws Presidents Cup soccer games next year
The Advocate
Hundreds of teens and their families from across the South will come to Lafayette, Louisiana, in June 2015 for the Region III Presidents Cup, a competitive soccer tournament drawing the best players from 11 southern states. Tourism officials expect up to 7,000 visitors in Lafayette staying up to five days and five nights, providing an economic jolt of $2.5 million as the visitors spend money in restaurants and motels.
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Residents' concerns push Alabama city to back off bid to host event
AL.com
After hearing from some residents, officials in Foley, Alabama, decided to back off the city's bid to host Tough Mudder, a 10- to 12-mile extreme obstacle course, in 2015. The city was one of three cities in the running for the two-day event that attracts an average of 8,000-25,000 participants in a single weekend at select sites in the U.S. and Europe.
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South Carolina city sets aside $300,000 to build sand volleyball court facility
The Sun News
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is moving forward with plans to construct a $300,000 three-court sand volleyball area that could be used for NCAA women's beach volleyball, though the details of the facility — including its location — still are being worked out.
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Study: New UNLV stadium could pack $511 million economic punch
Las Vegas Sun
UNLV's proposed new football stadium could add between $231 million and $511 million in direct spending to the Las Vegas economy each year, if it's built, according to the university's stadium consultants. The university hopes to build a 50,000-seat stadium closer to its main campus to host UNLV football games and other events that could drive tourism to the nearby Las Vegas Strip.
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