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Apr. 25, 2013

Rethinking sports security in wake of Boston bombings
Athletic Business
In 20/20 hindsight, it is seen as the perfect target. The Boston Marathon represents an iconic, international sporting event on American soil, while lacking the kind of security perimeter and protocols that have hardened so many U.S. stadiums and arenas. In the week following the fatal bombings in Boston, security experts appeared to agree that so much progress has been made in securing traditional sporting venues that open-access events such as marathons have become all the more attractive to terrorists by comparison.More

Picking venues for college football's new playoff games
The Associated Press via Yahoo Sports
Now that the college football playoffs have been realized and scheduled to start in 2015, it's time to find venues for these playoff games. The conference commissioners will meet in Pasadena, Calif., to determine where these games should be played. First order of business: Decide on three more bowls for the rotating semifinals, and then pick a site for college football's first playoff championship game.More

5 questions with Mark Lewis, Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances, NCAA
Mark Lewis, who has been in the role of Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances, NCAA, for exactly one year, is spending time at the 2013 Symposium meeting with the membership of the organization. In June, the NCAA will distribute the bids collectively for the 89 annual championships facilitated by the NCAA. The NASC asked Mark Lewis a few questions about his role at the NCAA.More

Hasseltine named new board chair of the NASC, 6 new board members elected
At the annual Symposium of the National Association of Sports Commissions, Terry Hasseltine, CSEE, of the Maryland Office of Sports, was elected board chair of the organization. Joining Hasseltine on the executive committee are: Gary Alexander, Nashville Sports Council, Immediate Past Chair, Kevin Smith, CSEE, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, Vice Chair/Chair Elect, Greg Ayers, CSEE, Discover Kalamazoo, Treasurer, and Ralph Morton, CSEE Seattle Sports Commission, Secretary.More

17 graduate from the NASC's Certified Sports Event Executive program
At this year's National Association of Sports Commissions Symposium held in Louisville, the latest class from the Certified Sports Event Executive program graduated. The Certified Sports Event Executive Program is a certification program open only to NASC members. Since its inception, the NASC has been dedicated to raising the standards of professionalism in the industry. The NASC Staff and Professional Development Committee assist presenters in preparing sessions and case studies to ensure that the needs and concerns of the sports event industry are addressed.More

From sponsorship to partnership: Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati USA regional tourism network
Karen Forgus, Sr. Vice President of Operations for the Cincinnati Reds, joined Linda Antus, president & CEO, and Heather Kessler, director of marketing, both from the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network at a panel discussion titled: “From Sponsorship to Partnership." The Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network and the Cincinnati Reds are both in the "Experience Business." More

2014, 2016 WCHA championship in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association has announced its men's playoff championship, known as the WCHA Final Five, will be played at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons. The tournament will return to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., for the 2014-15 and 2016-17 campaigns. More

Go Green! Sports stadiums save energy
USA Today
Since January, 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines have been generating power at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. The team's 10-year-old "Go Green" campaign also includes reduced water and electrical use, recycled paper products for all tissues, conversion of cooking oil into biodiesel fuel, a digital version of the cheerleaders calendar to spare trees and compostable packaging for the hot dogs and Philly cheese steaks.More

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrates Formula E arrival
World Car Fans
Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa participated at the official arrival of the FIA Formula E championship, ahead of next year's first race. He declared "by hosting Formula E Championship races here, we ensure our place as a leader in the charge to generate awareness for electric vehicles and their benefits." Formula E represents a brand new type of championship consisting of fully electric vehicles with an aim of promoting EVs and sustainable motoring. One of the races selected by FIA will be organized in Los Angeles, along with other venues such as Miami, Rome, London, Putrajaya, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and two additional locations which will be announced soon.More

Rethinking sports security in wake of Boston bombings
Athletic Business
In 20/20 hindsight, it is seen as the perfect target. The Boston Marathon represents an iconic, international sporting event on American soil, while lacking the kind of security perimeter and protocols that have hardened so many U.S. stadiums and arenas.More

Safety concerns on the rise for major sports events
Duluth News Tribune
From London to Sochi to Rio de Janeiro, the deadly bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon raised new concerns Tuesday over safety at major sports events around the world, including the Olympics and World Cup.More

Greater Springfield, Mass., Convention and Visitors Bureau announces formation of Western Massachusetts Sports Commission
Greater Springfield CVB
The Greater Springfield, Mass., Convention & Visitors Bureau has formally announced the formation of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission.More

Poppy Waterman Ice Arena becoming a year-round venue
Wisconsin Dells Events
Even after the ice finally is removed from the facility floor in May, Aaron Kirby said that Poppy Waterman Ice Arena, Wis., still will open its doors for some summer activities. Kirby said the facility is attracting at least some off season activity, including a state Tae Kwon Do championship event that will take place this summer. Running a summer event is a boost for the facility because the only cost is flipping on the lights. The organizations renting the facility bring everything else necessary to run their event. Of course that works both ways — because the Lake Delton facility is able to run with low overhead cost, it can offer a low rental fee.More

SC Senate committee approves time extension on construction of Myrtle Beach Convention Center expansion
The Sun News
Myrtle Beach is one step closer to receiving an extra five years to complete construction on a Myrtle Beach Convention Center expansion. The city was in danger of having to pay back the $7 million it received from the state for the expansion. Now, Myrtle Beach might be able to use the expansion to increase the city's entertainment options or improve its sports tourism program.More

Guitar virtuoso Tim Sparks plays Pacifica, Calif.
Pacifica Tribune
1993 National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Tim Sparks has played in venues throughout the world. He has played in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, the former Yugoslavia, Spain and Portugal. He has performed a great deal in France, Italy and Germany. And soon he is playing in Pacifica, Calif., at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall.More