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Costs for youth sports set to spiral ... again
Today
Paying to play on sports teams is now the norm. Almost two thirds (61 percent) of students participating in middle and high school sports in 2012 paid to do so, with only 6 percent receiving fee waivers, according to a study by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The National Association of Sports Commissions put the cost of sports travel — almost all of which is for youth sports — at roughly $8.7 billion in 2013, up 5 percent from a year earlier.
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Colleges add luxury touches to new stadiums
The Associated Press via ABC News
Lining the brightly lit hallways of Populous, one of the leading architectural firms behind college sports, there are hundreds of scale models and graphic renderings of college football stadiums in various stages of renovation and construction. Each project showcases ways Populous is helping schools to lure fans to their next-generation stadiums in an era where good seats are not enough: enhanced Wi-Fi, better video boards and party decks for socializing. The results are twofold: The flashy facilities offer a better game-day experience while also generating more revenue than their predecessors.
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Erie to host 2015 Pennsylvania Youth Bowling Open Championships
The Erie Sports Commission
The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that Erie has been selected to host the 2015 Pennsylvania State Youth Bowling Open Championships. Greater Erie USBC Youth will host the championships over a span of three weekends on April 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26, 2015.
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Nike unveils basketball court with embedded LEDs
Ubergizmo
Now thanks to a new project led by Nike, they have created a basketball court embedded with LEDs that has the ability to interact with players as they move across the surface. The project is part of the company’s Nike RISE campaign over in China and has been designed with training programs and drills for players to follow.
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More county funding earmarked for Florida aquatic center
The Herald-Tribune
Florida's Sarasota Family YMCA will receive ongoing support from county taxpayers to operate a swimming pool that has become an emerging sports tourism attraction. County commissioners agreed to budget up to $50,000 next year and $200,000 annually through 2024 to help operate the Selby Aquatic Center, which has been running a $303,306 deficit. The Aquatic Center is run by the YMCA on county property.
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Bahamas announces plan to build $10 million major motorsports complex
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Three years after the first revival of Bahamas Speed Week re-awakened the nation's appetite for vintage auto racing, the government announced plans to build a major motorsports complex to be completed by 2016. The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honorable Dr. Daniel Johnson, used the first ever meeting of the FIA in The Bahamas this week as a platform to make the announcement of the $9 million complex.
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Frank Carroll to assist with Team USA Mentoring Program
US Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating and Frank Carroll have entered into an agreement to provide services and support for U.S. Figure Skating's performance enhancement and tracking program. Carroll's primary focus will be to mentor U.S. Figure Skating's Team USA and International Selection Pool coaches within U.S. Figure Skating's Athlete High Performance Department.
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High school football stadiums tackled by taxpayers and donors: Fields of green
The Plain Dealer
Lights blazing, bands blaring, communities congregate Friday nights at the high school football field. How much has that field cost you? How much have you paid for artificial turf and an all-weather track, or even a grandiose $9 million stadium? Who pays for Northeast Ohio's stadiums varies as widely as the facilities themselves.
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Costs for youth sports set to spiral ... again
Today
Paying to play on sports teams is now the norm. Almost two thirds (61 percent) of students participating in middle and high school sports in 2012 paid to do so, with only 6 percent receiving fee waivers, according to a study. The National Association of Sports Commissions put the cost of sports travel at roughly $8.7 billion in 2013, up 5 percent from a year earlier.

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NASC and its members featured in SportsBusiness Journal
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The NASC and many of our members are featured in an 18-page special advertising section in this week's SportsBusiness Journal. The section highlights the evolution of sports tourism and the history of NASC and its members as the pioneers for sports-related travel.

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Webinar on Defining the Roles of Sports Commissions and Convention & Visitors Bureaus scheduled
NASC
Are you wondering whether your community should develop a sports commission? Join Don Schumacher, CSEE, Executive Director, National Association of Sports Commissions as he discussed the difference between a sports commission and a convention and visitors bureau, as well as sustainable funding sources to help keep your organization alive.

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New athletic facilities boost Chesterfield, Virginia, sports tourism
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Chesterfield County, Virginia's rising sports tourism industry can be attributed to three factors, according to Jon Lugbill, executive director of Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers. "Ultimately, how does Chesterfield get its share? It’s facilities. Facilities. Facilities," Lugbill said.
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Scottsdale, Arizona, will invest up to $75,000 in golf tournament
The Arizona Republic
Scottsdale, Arizona, will contribute up to $75,000 in tax dollars toward the Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament, which takes place this fall at the Desert Mountain Golf Club. The Scottsdale City Council, at a recent meeting, agreed to sponsor the PGA Tour-produced championship using the city's bed tax funds, once certain criteria are met.
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