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Mar. 13, 2014

Long-term impact of big sports events in Dallas area fuzzy
The Dallas Morning News
Spending in the region on mega sporting events since the Dallas Cowboys moved to Arlington could top $1 billion when the Final Four and next year's college football championship are played. Those numbers — a combination of spending projections for eight past and future events — are highlighted by boosters and treated with suspicion by some scholars. But supporters and skeptics partly agree on the long-term benefits of events from the Super Bowl to NBA All-Star Game. They conclude it's extremely difficult to quantify, if that's even possible.More

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Chicago Sports Commission leader resigns
Crain's Chicago Business
Chicago Sports Commission Executive Director Sam Stark has resigned from his post after two and a half years at the helm of the city's sports tourism arm. Stark, 44, who was plucked from the top position at the sports commission in Orlando, Fla., in 2011 to lead Chicago's new sports commission, will move back to Orlando to become president and CEO of a central Florida-based advertising and marketing agency.More

Washington sports commission has biggest March ever
The Spokesman-Review
In its busiest March ever, Washington's Spokane Sports Commission helped bring eight sporting events to Spokane. This month, it expects to add at least $11.4 million to the local economy. That includes hotel stays for an estimated 9,290 athletes and more than 11,000 spectators, as well as shopping and restaurant visits.More

Ohio to host 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships
Greater Columbus Sports Commission
The top divers in the United States will be headed back to Columbus, Ohio, in December as USA Diving holds the 2014 Winter National Championships at the Ohio State University's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Dec. 16-21. "Ohio State and the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion are excited to again host the USA Diving Winter National Championships," said OSU Assistant Director of Aquatic Events Christine Thompson.More

Sports funding: The final frontier?
It was a story that made headlines on both the sports and business pages. The University of Notre Dame, an Adidas-clad sports program since 1997, will become an Under Armor school when the Adidas deal expires July 1. It's a sports story because, of course, it's Notre Dame and anything that happens with the sports programs under the Golden Dome is news.More

Montana may create new football event
Montana is one of the only states in the country where high school football championship games are not played at a neutral site. But that could soon be changing thanks to efforts from the Destination Missoula Sports Commission along with Tourism Business Improvement District.More

Miami Dolphins owner wants to swap $4 million tax bill for stadium renovations
Miami Herald
The Miami Dolphins want to stop paying property taxes for Sun Life Stadium in exchange for privately funding a $350 million renovation, a deal that would put South Florida in the running again for Super Bowls but also endanger about $3.8 million that funds schools, libraries and other government services. More

Take an active role in facilities planning
So you wish your community had better facilities to offer when bidding for various events? How about joining forces with those working toward facilities upgrades? No, not by stretching your already rubber band budget, but by using some old fashioned political-type endorsements to persuade those who can make a difference. Here's one example.More

Bouldering event going to Wisconsin
Sports and Event Tourism
USA Climbing, the United States National Governing Body for the sport of competition climbing announced it has awarded the 2015 American Bouldering Series National Championships to Madison, Wis. More

New York City ski bus service to boost winter sports tourism
New York State plans to get more urbanites out of the city and on to the ski slopes with the launch of a city-to-ski bus service, slated to begin next winter. The "I Ski NY Bus" service will operate from downtown New York City to 13 ski areas in central New York and the Hudson Valley. An additional service will depart from Toronto to six ski resorts in western New York.More

New BMX track could host Olympic trials
Mesa County, Colo., commissioners unanimously voted to support a million dollar project to build a new BMX track. The new track will allow for more space for the track and create a bigger area for fans. On average, BMX events bring in between 1,000 and 4,000 participants.More

Long-term impact of big sports events in Dallas area fuzzy
The Dallas Morning News
Spending in the region on mega sporting events since the Dallas Cowboys moved to Arlington could top $1 billion when the Final Four and next year's college football championship are played.More

Simpson tapped as TTSC president and CEO
Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission
The Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tourism and Sports Commission announced the appointment of Gina Simpson as its next president and CEO. TTSC works to increase economic impact to the City of Tuscaloosa by positioning Tuscaloosa as a destination.More

Alabama town plans events center, conference center hotel
City of Foley
Foley, Ala., is moving forward with plans to build a multi-use, state-of-the-art sports complex, complete with multiple outdoor playing fields and an indoor sports center that will provide the city with the capacity to host large indoor and outdoor sports tournaments.More

Virginia tourism chief wants 'artificial barriers to cooperation to come down'
The Virginia Gazette
Removing artificial barriers is part of what Karen Riordan, the new president of Virginia's Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance, wants to do to improve the business performance of the area.More