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Website for 22nd Annual NASC Sports Event Symposium launched
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The website for the 22nd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium, the original sports event industry conference, launched today. Visit www.NASCsymposium.com for important information including:
  • 2014 schedule
  • Registration fees
  • Hotel information
The 22nd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium is scheduled for March 31-April 3, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla. For more information, contact Beth Hecquet, CMP, CMM.
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Golf, soccer to put Columbus on world stage, boost area economy
The Columbus Dispatch
Tens of thousands of flag-waving, red-white-and-blue-wearing soccer and golf fans soon will fill two of the area's prime sports venues and be seen by millions around the world. "The entire world will be watching Columbus, and I am convinced the world will like what it sees," Mayor Michael B. Coleman said of the international events, which are expected to generate about $26 million combined in visitor spending in central Ohio and introduce millions to everything the area has to offer.
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Sports sustainability gurus share their all-star plays
GreenBiz
Back in 2008, when the U.S. Tennis Association launched an ambitious effort to lower the environmental impact of its mammoth US Open event, it turned out to be nearly impossible to find a vendor to supply enough recycled paper napkins, greener plates, cups and flatware. Niche suppliers existed, to be sure, but few were big enough to handle the two-week long event's 700,000 guests. In the world of greener sports events, those take-what-you-can-get early days are long gone.
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Website for 22nd Annual NASC Sports Event Symposium launched
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The website for the 22nd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium, the original sports event industry conference, launched today. Visit www.NASCsymposium.com for important information

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South Carolina forms Sports Alliance
Sports Destination Management
The South Carolina Sports Alliance is a new organization whose purpose is to grow, promote and enhance the sports industry in South Carolina.

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Site selection and bid process update
NCAA
As you likely know, the NCAA has selected Anthony Travel, Inc. to manage its Championship Housing Program. This approach will allow us to consolidate management of our hotel spend, leverage buying power across multiple championships and offer high value properties at reasonable costs to our member institutions.

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Bizbash Media acquires Imbookin's venue booking engine
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David Adler, the CEO and founder of BizBash Media, announced that his company has acquired the assets of Pogby's ImBookin.com venue booking Web site for an undisclosed amount. The site, which currently serves consumers and businesses for general online booking opportunities, will be revamped to allow event organizers to seamlessly book smaller venues online and with short notice. Josh Gooch, the founder of ImBookin, will join BizBash as the president of the new BizBash ImBookin.com division.
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