Get in the Game eNews
Feb. 19, 2015

How to win the stay-to-play game
Hotel News Now
At last year's NASC's Sports Event Symposium held in Oklahoma City, the policy of stay to play was identified as one of the major challenges facing the sports travel industry. Stay to play is an increasingly popular policy among traveling sports groups, under which organizers of the event require event participants to use one of a selected group of hotels.More

Olympic Day, the Olympic movement in your community
Olympic Day, annually commemorated June 23, is a celebration of the Olympic Ideals: Fair Play, Perseverance, Respect and Sportsmanship. Olympic Day events can be hosted throughout the month of June, and many are attended by Olympians and Paralympians. Join Team USA by tagging "Olympic Day" to already existing events in your community, such as 5K runs or various championships, or by hosting a standalone Olympic Day celebration. More

Register now for NASC Best Practices webinar on Hotel Supply, Demand and Revenue Trends
Interested in hearing about the current hotel supply, demand and revenue trends for the nation and its top 25 markets? STR's Hotel InduSTRy Overview will do just that and much more:

  • U.S. hotel industry group versus transient trends;
  • U.S. hotel industry rate and occupancy trends;
  • Destination event analysis;
  • Top market trends; and
  • What STR is forecasting for 2015.

  • Register now for our Best Practices webinar hosted by Brittany Baldwin, CGSP, CHIA, Director of Business Development at STR. The webinar will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. ET. More

    USBC Masters on ESPN reaches more than 3.5 million viewers
    The Professional Bowlers Association Tour telecast of the United States Bowling Congress Masters on ESPN was the most-watched cable sports program on Feb. 15, reaching more than 3.5 million viewers. The telecast, which featured two-handed Australian bowler Jason Belmonte winning a historic third straight Masters title, averaged 1.17 million viewers in the last quarter-hour of the telecast. More

    Job Board: Amateur Athletic Union seeks to fill 3 positions
    The Amateur Athletic Union of the United States is seeking to fill three positions; sport coordinator, sport coordinator of AAU Junior Olympic Games and a Sport Manager — Basketball. If interested in this position please email your cover letter, resume and three references to: AAU Director of Sports — James Parker — For more information and to read full job descriptions, check out our job board here. More

    Sports industry leader joins the Huddle Up Group team
    The Huddle Up Group
    Sports tourism and events industry veteran Gary Alexander has been named a Principal at the Huddle Up Group LLC, a sports consulting firm based with offices in Arizona and Colorado. Alexander will lead new business development, consult on sports tourism projects, and coordinate partner outreach for the company. More

    Is football nearing a cultural crossroads as concussions grow?
    NBC News
    Football, the game that sacked baseball as the national pastime, may not exist as we know it in 10 years — as evidence mounts that brain damage from big hits has infected the sport from the NFL all the way down to youth leagues, experts assert. The pipeline of future players is shrinking. High school football participation has dropped by nearly 2 percent since 2008-09. The number of Pop Warner players — who can start playing at age 5 — decreased by almost 10 percent between 2010 and 2012, ESPN has reported. More

    Golf courses changing directions
    Travel Weekly
    At the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, golfers now can choose between a cart, bike, Segway or golf board to get around the course. The nearby Boulders Waldorf Astoria resort has added special "pebble tees" that make nine of the holes on one of its championship courses an easy, quick par-three course. And golf resorts around the country are experimenting with everything from 15-inch holes to soccer-style golf as they look to attract new players to a sport that has seen steady declines over the past decade.More

    South Carolina sports tourism thriving on unique events
    North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sports tourism facilities are known to host some unique events, whether it be quidditch or archery tournaments, and it's working in their favor. Last year $30 million was generated by all the sporting events that lured people from around the world to the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex.More

    Dayton Dragons adding monstrous new video board
    Fox Sports
    When it comes to video screens, bigger is almost certainly better. The Dayton Dragons know that, and that's why they're adding a new video board this season measuring out to be five times larger than their old screen. According to the Dragons website, the team announced recently the purchase of a 2,050 square foot, high-definition video board for installation at Fifth Third Field.More

    NHL team facing lawsuit over confetti cannon injury
    Ottawa Sun
    A British Columbia man is seeking damages from the Vancouver Canucks, their ownership group and other parties, alleging he suffered serious injuries while attending a game during the team's 2011 Stanley Cup playoff run. Davis Robert Baynton, of Surrey, B.C., claims to have been struck in the head by a "barrel" that fell out of an air cannon projecting confetti over the crowd at Rogers Arena after the Canucks scored in overtime to win Game 5 of that year's Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks.More

    Smith River Sports Complex announces new Director of Marketing/PR
    Smith River Sports Complex via Martinsville Daily
    The Smith River Sports Complex is proud to announce the hire of their new Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Chloe Mayhew. For her professional career Mayhew worked in group sales for the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Tourism Division.More

    The high cost of competitive pre-high school sports
    VideoBrief Competitive sports are starting earlier and costing more than ever. Many Minnesota parents are spending thousands of dollars a year for their children to compete.More

    Proposed $300 million Florida sports complex seeks funding
    Around Osceola
    If he has his way — and can get the $300 million in funding to build it — a Jacksonville-based real estate developer will bring "Disney World for adrenaline junkies" to the U.S. Highway 192 corridor just west of Kissimmee, Florida. A 75-acre tract of land is under contract with Central Florida Investments, the parent company of timeshare giant Westgate Resorts. Hence, Larry Walshaw, CEO of Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC, made the announcement of his guarded secret recently.More

    Multi-million dollar baseball complex on deck at Missouri lake
    A new, planned destination could be a game-changer at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. Two St. Louis radio hosts and baseball enthusiasts have joined to form Ballparks of the Ozarks, LLC. The business has purchased 239 acres, west of Camdenton along Highway 54, for the purpose of developing a state-of-the-art athletic complex with more than a dozen fields for youth baseball and softball. More