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Georgia Tech to allow bitcoin at football games
ESPN
Georgia Tech fans won't need to hit the ATM to pay for snacks and drinks at games soon, as the school reached a deal to become the first college program to use bitcoin for concessions sales. The school announced the agreement with BitPay, a bitcoin processing company. It will allow fans to purchase concessions in the student section at Bobby Dodd Stadium using the Internet currency beginning with a game against Miami.
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Flamingo Crossings at Disney will focus heavily on sports market
Orlando Sentinel
After years of delays, construction is starting on a hotel-and-retail development aimed at budget-conscious Disney World visitors and athletes attending competitions at the resort's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. To help attract athletes, the two hotels will feature a shared recreational area with two batting cages, a basketball court and a multipurpose practice field.
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Consultants find merit, though some gaps, in youth-sports proposal for Kansas City's Kemper Arena
The Kansas City Star
A proposal to retrofit and reuse Kemper Arena as a center for youth sports has gotten an endorsement from consultants who were hired by the city to evaluate it. Although far from definitive, the report gives a welcome boost to those hoping to save the 40-year-old underused arena from the wrecking ball.
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Columbus, Ohio, to host USA Track & Field's annual meeting in 2017, 2018
Greater Columbus Sports Commission
USA Track & Field announced Columbus, Ohio, as the 2017 and 2018 host city for the USATF Annual Meeting. The four-day event gathers more than 1,300 of the sport's officials, coaches, administrators, athletes and supporters each year.
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Mascot mania: Making community connections
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A mascot can be more than a tiger roaming the sidelines of a game, it can serve as an ambassador for year-round fan engagement. Consider this: A couple of weeks ago, Texas A&M's live mascot, Reveille, a female rough collie, was saved from impending injury when an A&M cadet stepped between her and an SMU receiver and blocked the receiver from crashing into the dog. That got a lot of airplay and, for the cadet, got him a free pair of senior boots worth more than $1,000, paid for by the commandant of the Corps for his heroism.
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Girls' tournaments will bring bucks, Myrtle Beach, S.C., officials hope
The Sun News
As Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, officials continue booking events for the city's new $13.8 million sports complex, they're targeting girls tournaments, which they insist pack the strongest financial punch. The 100,000-square-foot indoor sports complex is expected to be finished by March. So far, city officials have penciled in 21 events for the facility, which will include eight basketball courts that will be lined to accommodate two volleyball courts apiece.
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Pennsylvania State Yo-Yo Contest moves to Bayfront Convention Center
Erie Sports Commission
The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania State Yo-Yo Contest will again be held in Erie, Pennsylvania, this year moving the contest to the Bayfront Convention Center. YoYoSam will sponsor the competition, which will be held on Nov. 15, 2014. The contest is expected to attract as many as 100 competitors and several hundred spectators.
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Are healthier sodas in the horizon?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The beverage industry is abuzz with the latest soda news in which the "Big 3" — Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group — have announced their intention to cut down on excess sugar and calories in their drinks. Their pledge is to reduce each American's average calorie consumption in sugary drinks by 20 percent by 2025. Not an easy task, but it is definitely a step forward in the right direction. They made this unanimous commitment recently at the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative, which aims to find "innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges."
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Georgia Tech to allow bitcoin at football games
ESPN
Georgia Tech fans won't need to hit the ATM to pay for snacks and drinks at games soon, as the school reached a deal to become the first college program to use bitcoin for concessions sales. The school announced the agreement with BitPay, a bitcoin processing company. It will allow fans to purchase concessions in the student section at Bobby Dodd Stadium using the Internet currency beginning with a game against Miami.

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Website launched for 23rd Annual NASC Symposium
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The NASC is pleased to announce the launch of the new website for 23rd annual NASC Symposium, scheduled for April 27-30, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hosted by VISIT Milwaukee. The NASC Sports Event Symposium is the annual meeting for the only not-for-profit association for the sports tourism industry.

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More than 200 sports tourism professionals in attendance at NASC Market Segment Meetings and CSEE Fall Module
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More than 200 NASC members gathered in Chicago for the NASC semi-annual meeting from Sept. 22-23, 2014. Hosted in conjunction with the USOC's Olympic SportsLink conference, programming for the semi-annual meeting included CSEE Fall 2014 Module, NASC Market Segment Meetings and NASC Board of Directors meeting.

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To LED or not to LED? That is the question
By Pamela Tresp
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, commercial and institutional buildings, public street and highway lighting consumed about 274 billion kWh for lighting — roughly 21 percent of total commercial sector electricity consumption in 2012. The October 2014 issue of LD+A magazine cited that electricity for lighting consumes totals up to 461 billion kWh each year. With so much energy use at stake, as Dan Mellinger writes in LD+A, "LED recessed troffers represent the single largest potential energy savings opportunity." So what is the best way this should be handled?
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Water Trails Summit focuses on impact of paddling sports in Minnesota
Forum News Service via Pioneer Press
The first-ever Water Trails Summit hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently in St. Cloud brought together not only those passionate about the paddling sports, but representatives from the state's tourism industry and convention and visitor bureaus from all over Minnesota. They, too, appreciate the importance of water trails that run through their communities.
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Texas high school installs Panther Blue turf
KBOI-TV
Bishop Episcopal High School in Dallas needed a new football field. So they decided to go all out and turn it blue. They soon realized Boise State had a trademark on blue fields. The school says they made a call to BSU and asked for permission, with the approval process lasting about a week.
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Pigeon Forge, Knoxville help fill each others' coffers
The Ledger via The Daily News
While the tourism industries in Pigeon Forge and Knoxville are quite different, the Tennessee cities are inextricably linked. Only about 35 miles apart, they are gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and happily share tourism dollars.
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