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NASC names Host Cities for 2018 and 2019 Symposium
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The National Association of Sports Commissions announced the Host Cities for its 2018 and 2019 Symposium. The 2018 NASC Symposium will be held in Minneapolis and the 2019 Symposium will be in San Diego. The 26th Annual NASC Symposium will be held April 22-26, 2018 in Minneapolis and the 27th Annual NASC Symposium will be April 14-18, 2019 in San Diego.
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The visual trickery that turns hockey rinks into lakes of fire
Wired
VideoBrief Pre-game presentations have long been excuses to trot out special effects. Turning a hockey rink into a lake of fire? That's new. New projection systems are turning basketball courts and ice rinks into massive optical illusions: Animations beamed onto the surface can create all sorts of morphing effects.
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Renderings reveal future of Tiger Stadium, field
Detroit Free Press
The City of Detroit is to announce that it has selected Larson Realty Group to redevelop the Tiger Stadium site, choosing a proposal that will not only preserve the historic playing field, but add residential and commercial space. Larson's plan calls for smaller retail along Michigan Avenue, as well as a mix of for-rent and for-sale housing.
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Indianapolis to host diving championships
Inside Indiana Business
USA Diving has chosen Indianapolis as the host for the 2015 Winter National Championships. More than 125 of the nation's top divers are expected to take part in the event at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.
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Sports tourism brings a competitive advantage to Oregon city
Oregon Business
With the nickname TrackTown U.S.A., Eugene, Oregon, has a mythic track and field history. The reputation as a top-notch athletic city has made it an international sports destination. Consequently, Eugene hosts countless K-12, collegiate and professional events (Eugene will host the U.S. Olympic Trials again in 2016), injecting millions of dollars into the local economy each year.
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The Greater Lansing Sports Authority is seeking a current college student for a paid internship. A full description of responsibilities and requirements is available on our job board. All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to employment@lansing.org with "Sports Intern" in the subject line.
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Baton Rouge wins bid for 2017 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships
Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation
The conjoint efforts of the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation, Visit Baton Rouge and the USA Track & Field Southern Association propelled the Louisiana city to win the 2017 USA Track and Field Masters Outdoor Championships bid in Anaheim, California. Baton Rouge will host the event July 13-16, 2017, at Bernie Moore Track Stadium on the Louisiana State University campus.
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Florida region weighs lacrosse tournament's impact
The Suncoast News
In a few weeks, teenage boys will descend on Florida's Pasco County from across the U.S. and Canada for the largest youth lacrosse tournament in the nation. Pasco has been the site of the Dick's Sporting Goods Lacrosse Tournament of Champions since 2008. With 100 teams registered this year, it is by far the county's largest tourist event. But county officials have begun re-evaluating whether it truly brings the purported $3.5 million economic impact to the county.
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Firefly Music Festival economic impact more than $68 million
State of Delaware
The four-day Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, contributed more than $68 million to the regional economy and created the equivalent of 579 full-time jobs in 2014, according to a study released recently. In addition, state, local and federal tax contributions as a result of the June 19-22, 2014, event at Dover International Speedway totaled $9.9 million.
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Bowl swag: Who's getting what?
ESPN
Championship rings are on the line this bowl season — but Fossil watches, shopping sprees and gift cards have already been decided. As is the case every season, players will receive gifts from their respective bowls as a reward for competing. Some will attend "gift suites," a private event in which players can pick gifts from an order form, while others will be given souvenirs more reflective of the bowl game. (The Hawaii Beach Bowl gives out sunglasses, swimming trunks and a beach towel, for example.) Some will be fortunate enough to receive both.
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The competitive world of eSports
CBS News
In Anaheim, California, 5,500 excited fans cheered and gasped, watching on a giant screen as two players battled for the world championship of the video game Starcraft II. "It's like the Super Bowl for us," said Lauren Mihalus. At Chicago's Ignite Gaming Lounge, crowds lined up before midnight, not to play video games, but to watch the League of Legends world championship being played half a world away, in South Korea.
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Hadid, Japanese at loggerheads over 'turtle-like' Olympic stadium
The Guardian
Zaha Hadid has stoked an international row over her design for Tokyo's 2020 Olympic and Paralympic stadium by branding eminent Japanese architects who criticized her scheme as hypocrites. The stadium, which Japanese architect Arata Isozaki said looked "like a turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away," has been highly controversial in Japan, partly because of its huge form rising 70 meters above the low rise buildings close to the historic Meiji shrine, but also because of its budget which was slashed by the government last year.
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