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As 2014 comes to a close, NASC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Get in the Game eNews a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.

Defining the roles of sports commissions and convention & visitors bureaus
NASC
From July 17: We're often asked, should we develop a sports commission into our marketplace? What's the difference between a sports commission and convention and visitors bureau?
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NASC's compensation study shows wide pay gap between sports markets
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From April 24: The average sports events professional at the CEO level makes around $115,000 annually in salary and benefits, especially in the larger U.S. sports markets, according to a study by Enigma Research commissioned by the National Association of Sports Commissions. In this study, for which 226 sports professionals were surveyed late last year, nearly two thirds said they give high priority to professional development, while more than half thought it was meaningful work to give back to the community through sporting events.
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Bidders for 2022 Winter Games are melting away
The New York Times
From May 29: As if the Winter Olympics did not have enough existential problems with concern about rising temperatures and melting glaciers, it now seems that nobody is much interested in staging them even while the planet still has snow. What once looked like a robust race to host the 2022 Winter Games has turned into a scramble for the escape hatch.
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In remembrance: John A. 'Jack' Hughes, Jan. 21, 1947 — Jan. 23, 2014
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From Jan. 23: The NASC is very sorry to announce the death of Jack Hughes, past chairman of the NASC Board of Directors. Jack was an integral leader in the sports tourism industry and will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know and work with him.

After a brief and courageous battle with cancer, Jack passed away in his sleep on Jan. 23, 2014 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Fla., with his loving and dedicated wife Janice at his bedside. Please keep his family in your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

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NASC names next host cities for Symposiums; NASC wraps up Oklahoma City meeting with record attendance, new board leadership
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From April 3: The National Association of Sports Commissions, the governing body of the $8.7 billion sports events industry, celebrated record attendance for its annual symposium here. More than 800 attendees, including 170 first-timers, participated in the NASC Symposium to elect new NASC leadership, honor members with industry awards and participate in dozens of continuing education programs led by industry leadership.
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NASC and its members featured in SportsBusiness Journal
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From Aug. 7: The NASC and many of our members are featured in an 18-page special advertising section in this week's SportsBusiness Journal. The section highlights the evolution of sports tourism and the history of NASC and its members as the pioneers for sports-related travel.
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Cities find buyers' remorse for winning Olympics, World Cup
The Washington Post
From July 17: Could it be? Are the voices of reason and fiscal prudence at last winning out over greedy special interests, mathematically illiterate pundits and corrupt politicians? In other words, has the world finally realized what a superbly dumb idea it is to host a major sporting event?
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Small towns see boost from cycle tourists
Casper Star-Tribune
From July 24: Every year, thousands of cyclists mount bikes loaded with camping gear, clothes and maps and trek across the United States. Some follow their own route, but many follow the popular, nationally recognized Trans-America Trail, which stretches from Virginia to Oregon. That route traces a path right through the heart of Wyoming.
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The 10 craziest playing surfaces in sports
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From Aug. 21: For decades, playing surfaces in sports remained static. Grass was real and green, wood was brown and ice was white. But in 1986, a little school in Idaho decided to break the mold, installing a blue turf field and changing the future of how people thought about the courts, fields and rinks on which they play.
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Quidditch World Cup wants to take over Texas parks
KXAN-TV
From July 3: Austin, Texas, is a finalist to host the World Cup of Quidditch in 2015. Quidditch — the mythical game of Harry Potter's alma mater Hogwarts — has been turned into a reality, and the International Quidditch Association wants to take over the Travis County Northeast Metro Park soccer fields for the 2015 World Cup.
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