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Atlanta Sports Council names Tommy Nobis winner of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Coca-Cola
Atlanta Sports Council
Tommy Nobis, the first player drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Coca‐Cola at the ninth annual Atlanta Sports Awards on March 5 at The Fox Theatre, the Atlanta Sports Council announced. Dubbed "Mr. Falcon," Nobis began his career with the Falcons in 1966, when he was named NFL Rookie of the Year for his stellar performance as middle linebacker.
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2014 membership renewals
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The 2013 membership year is drawing to a close, and what a year it has been! The NASC staff and board of directors thank you for your involvement and hope your organization values its membership as much as we value your continual support! We encourage you to take full advantage of all the benefits and resources that are available to your organization as a NASC member by renewing today.
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Register now for upcoming event webinars
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Recently, many of NASC Rights Holder members have presented Event Webinars to more thoroughly share information about their events and requirements to bid with destinations interested in hosting events. The opportunity to host an event webinar is a benefit of membership and a unique way to reach numerous cities simultaneously.
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Miami's MLS hopes hinge on privately funded stadium
Sun-Sentinel
If David Beckham can build it as adeptly as he can bend it, Miami could be the next city to join Major League Soccer. MLS Commissioner Don Garber made it clear that getting a soccer-specific stadium built downtown is vital to landing a franchise for Miami. "In Miami, we can't do anything until we finalize a stadium plan," Garber said during his State of the League Address in New York, adding that Beckham is making progress in assembling an ownership group along with television entrepreneur Simon Fuller.
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Rebuilding old Gator Bowl turned out to be bargain; number of seats still an issue
The Florida Times-Union
Former Jacksonville mayor Jake Godbold still remembers the message from the late Bob Irsay when the Baltimore Colts owner made his celebrated helicopter arrival at the old Gator Bowl in 1979. "He put his big arms around me and said, 'Mayor, let me tell you something. Before you get a team, tear this monster down and start over again.'
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The $500 million revamp of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center begins in February, and will continue on and off while the site plays host to the US Open, according to reports. According to the New York Daily News, the first phase involves the installation of piles to help support a new retractable roof above Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The retractable roof has been described as an umbrella that can open and close over the stadium, the report said.
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Rays unveil Tropicana Field upgrades, vow better fan experience
The Tampa Tribune
Upgrades to Tropicana Field, including a 360-degree walkway around the playing field, are a sign that the Tampa Bay Rays are committed to making their stadium better for fans, even if it's only for a few years. The Rays are clearing out about 3,000 seats to make room for a walkway around the stadium's lower bowl that will allow fans to view games from all sides. The glass-enclosed restaurant above center field also will be opened up with a patio offering broad views.
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Atlanta Sports Council names Tommy Nobis winner of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Coca-Cola
Atlanta Sports Council
Tommy Nobis, the first player drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Coca‐Cola.

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Time to promote sportsplex, USOC
The Colorado Springs Business Journal
As soon as word came that Colorado Springs was revising its City for Champions proposal to the state Economic Development Commission, many assumed that public opinion had made a difference.

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New Orleans sets the stage for the rise of sports tourism
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The results of the 2013 World Travel Awards held in September have brought forth surprising revelations for the tourism industry, particularly sports tourism.

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Dome owners fight to keep Rams in St. Louis
Los Angeles Daily News
The owners of the Edward Jones Dome said they are hopeful the St. Louis Rams won't leave after city leaders rejected $700 million in publicly funded upgrades sought by the team under a clause some officials now regret signing. The Rams can break their 30-year lease after the 2014 season — a decade early — but have said little about their plans beyond expressing an interest to stay. That isn't keeping stadium boosters from hoping for the best.
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