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Jan. 2, 2014

Special offer on 2014 symposium sponsorships
Only a few sponsorship opportunities remain for the 2014 NASC Sports Event Symposium. Don't miss out on exceptional exposure for your brand including recognition on the final Symposium mailer, which will be distributed to over 6,000 sports event professionals. Sponsorship packages are flexible and customized to suit your business objectives and organizational needs.More

Register now for 22nd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium
Online registration for the 22nd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium is open now for members. We've further discounted pricing for second and additional attendees from the same host organization to encourage you to bring a colleague, board member, facility representative, parks and recreation partner, etc., so they, too, can share the same vision for your sporting community. Registration and booth space is complimentary for NASC Rights Holder category members in exchange for participating in pre-qualified appointments with potential hosts of your future events. Vendors may register as attendees or exhibitors.More

Submit an entry for 2014 NASC Member Awards
The annual NASC Member Awards recognize the achievements of Active category members in the previous calendar year. For the 2014 Member Awards, activities, events, marketing campaigns, web strategies, etc. must have occurred in 2013.More

NASC Playbook — December 2013 edition available now
The latest edition of the NASC Playbook is available now. Inside this issue:


Call for board nominations
The NASC Nominating Committee is in the process of nominating six new board members for 2014-2015 term: Four active member representatives, one Allied member representative, and one Rights Holder member representative. The nominating committee is also in the process of nominating one person who has served on the Board of Directors to serve as Secretary.More

Puerto Rico to host the inaugural IJF Cadet and Junior Open
International Judo Federation
Puerto Rico has been selected to host the inaugural IJF Cadet and Junior Open from Jan. 25-26. The new event will launch the Cadet and Junior version of the World Judo Tour which was successfully introduced in 2007 by IJF President Mr. Marius Vizer. The Cadet and Junior World Judo Tour was proposed at the IJF Executive Committee meeting ahead of the senior World Championships in Rio de Janeiro this year and will also lead to the introduction of World Ranking Lists for those age groups.More

The biggest sports rivalry in 2014: Television vs. stadium
On the last day of 2013 and only four days prior to an AFC wildcard match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, The Indianapolis Star featured an article with the headline, "Is Colts playoffs blackout a real possibility?" Roughly 6,000 tickets for the playoff game to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis remained unsold. This, for a team that has sold out 103 consecutive home games.More

Engaging venues
Columbus CEO
More central Ohio companies are making an effort to think outside the box, literally. They're going beyond the boardroom and seeking creative venues for meetings and events — from sports stadiums and bowling alleys to movie theaters and museums — with the overarching goal of invigorating employees and engaging clients. The trend isn't altogether new — meeting planners have long scouted wow-worthy spaces to host corporate functions, big and small — but such affairs were scaled back during the recession.More

Should taxpayers subsidize sports stadiums?
The Post-Standard
Former New York Assemblyman Arthur "Jerry" Kremer got people talking with a commentary espousing his view that the Carrier Dome could use an upgrade. Kremer suggested Syracuse University, the city of Syracuse and state of New York get together on a plan to renovate the 1980-vintage dome. Many commenters took issue with the suggestion that taxpayers ought to pony up.More

Taking the NHL outside: The making of stadium hockey
Sports Illustrated
It doesn't take a meteorologist to know that a sheet of NHL ice outdoors — in stadiums that seat more than 100,000, no less — offers both an aesthetically pleasing visual effect and plenty of challenging weather questions. Just ask NHL ice guru Dan Craig. The league has expanded its outdoor program from one or two games per year to six across five North American stadiums — including Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles — presenting Craig with his biggest and most difficult job yet.More

Utah's continued use of Olympic venues a rarity in recent history
Utah is certainly on the map for winter Olympic athletes, and the state has the facilities to host three different Olympic trials this weekend. The fact that these facilities are still in use is no small feat, Olympic experts say. Residents have always loved snow sports, and after hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games many fell for ice sports as well. "In the mid-90s, there was all of three ice rinks in all of Utah; there are 17 today," said Colin Hilton, CEO of Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation.More

Special offer on 2014 symposium sponsorships
Only a few sponsorship opportunities remain for the 2014 NASC Sports Event Symposium.More

Stadium boom in the Midwest
SportsTravel Magazine
From March 7: America's Heartland is busy building new sports venues.More

Mud Run leaves a mess behind
Pocono Record
From September 12: The producers of the Great American Mud Run have taken the money and run from participants in Pennsylvania and other states.More

Las Vegas no longer undisputed champ as boxing capital
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas, which used to claim to be the boxing capital of the world, is a capital under siege. There's competition from all over. The local economy is still fighting an uphill battle and promoters don't get the deals from casinos they used to get. In 2013, just 16 fight cards were held in the city. The year before, there were 27. As Top Rank chairman, Bob Arum astutely pointed out a few months ago, "The world is getting smaller."More