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Call for proposals now open for 2015 NASC Symposium
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The NASC is pleased to announce that the call for speaking proposals is now open for the 2015 NASC Sports Event Symposium. The event will take place April 27-30, 2015, in Milwaukee. Proposals will be accepted through November 14, 2014.
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Discounted SportsBusiness Journal subscription
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The NASC is pleased to announce a special subscription rate for Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal as our newest member benefit. NASC members who are not current or prior subscribers within the last 6 months, to Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal, are eligible to receive a discounted introductory rate of $174.
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Online registration is now open for the 23rd annual NASC Symposium
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Online registration is now open for the 23rd annual NASC Symposium, which is scheduled for April 27-30, 2015, in Milwaukee. NASC members must register by March 13 in order to guarantee appointments in the NASC Sports Marketplace. Register now.
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A new game for neighborhood parks: marketing
Marketplace
Public parks are different now, and so is the way they're branding themselves. Let's say you want to try a belly-dancing class, or do a little Tai Chi. Forget joining a gym. And seriously, step away from that glowing screen already. Instead, go to the park. That's the message park officials around the country are sending out to workaholics and tech addicts alike.
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Athletic trainers' group advises heart tests for young athletes
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Young athletes should undergo heart screening before they play competitive sports, according to new guidelines released by the NATA. The goal of the guidelines for secondary schools is to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in athletes. Sudden cardiac arrest is often caused by an undetected structural abnormality of the heart, according to a NATA news release.
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MLK-ACE Basketball adds 2 tournaments
Erie Sports Commission
The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that MLK-ACE Basketball will add two new tournaments in Erie, Pennsylvania, this winter, resulting in three total tournaments over holiday weekends. The First Annual MLK-ACE Turkey Day Challenge will be held Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 and the First Annual MLK-ACE Christmas Shootout will be held Friday, Dec. 27 and Saturday, Dec. 28. Both tournaments will be held in Erie School District facilities.
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Florida's Manatee County sees spike in sports tourism
Herald-Tribune
Rowing regattas and pentathlons across the Sarasota County line at Nathan Benderson Park attract more notice. But Manatee is discovering just how diverse, and rewarding, sports tourism can be within its own borders. Interest in soccer, lacrosse — even ice hockey and figure skating — are increasing demand on the Florida county's sports venues, contributing to what is expected to also be a growing number of athletes and fans staying overnight and patronizing Manatee businesses.
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Sports event owners can bring amateur events to Charlotte for unforgettable experience
Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
Thomas Lee was promoted to Senior National Sales Manager — Sports with Visit Charlotte in August. Thomas has been with Visit Charlotte for more than two years, working to secure major sporting events that generate substantial economic impact for the region. A veteran in the sports industry with previous experience in Minor League Baseball, Thomas brings his expertise to essential responsibilities, including developing and implementing innovative sales plans for a critical market segment that represents more than half of Visit Charlotte's annual room night production.
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Where are the girls? Youngster asks of Dick's Sporting Goods catalog
CBC
A 12-year-old girl is winning support online after she questioned a sporting goods catalogue over its infrequent use of women in a recent publication. McKenna Peterson of Phoenix wrote to Dick's Sporting Goods this week about their Basketball 2014 catalog, questioning why so few women appeared on its pages.
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Sources: Cotton Bowl loses AT&T
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AT&T no longer will be the naming rights sponsor for the Cotton Bowl, industry sources said. AT&T had been the Cotton Bowl's naming rights sponsor since 2007. One reason behind AT&T's decision is because the game is played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and it didn't make sense to continue to pay for the bowl's naming rights when it already owns the stadium naming rights, a source said.
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SOSC tackles sports tourism in Oregon region
Mail Tribune
Avid cyclist Dave Preszler recalls participating in a ride in Chico, California, taking note of the roughly 4,000 participants that filled the streets, restaurants and hotels and wondering, why not here? Preszler, vice president of an Oregon financial services company, is not alone in believing sports tourism is worth developing and eagerly signed on when Travel Medford embarked on a venture with that as the goal.
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Tiger Stadium replica to be built in Missouri
The Associated Press via The Detroit News
Developers plan to break ground this fall on a series of replica Major League Baseball stadiums for Little Leaguers in the southwest Missouri tourism mecca of Branson. Backers of the Ballparks of America project are banking on being able to lure the growing number of youth traveling teams to the two-thirds-scale versions of stadiums, including Detroit's Tiger Stadium, which closed in 1999 and was torn down in 2008. The other planned replicas include Chicago's Wrigley Field, Boston's Fenway Park, and St. Louis' Busch Stadium.
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Leisure time physical activity linked to lower depression risk
University College London via ScienceDaily
Being physically active three times a week reduces the odds of being depressed by approximately 16 percent, according to new research. The study found a two-way relationship between depression and physical activity. People who increased their weekly activity reported fewer depressive symptoms but those with more depressive symptoms were less active, particularly at younger ages.
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