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May. 7, 2015

NASC wraps up Milwaukee meeting with record attendance,
new board leadership

The National Association of Sports Commissions, the governing body of the $8.96 billion sport tourism industry, celebrated record attendance at its 23rd annual symposium held in Milwaukee. Some 925 sports tourism professionals, including 272 first-timers, attended the 23rd annual NASC Symposium to elect new NASC leadership, honor members with industry awards and participate in dozens of continuing education programs led by industry leadership.More

Sources: Bowl games added in Tucson, Austin, Orlando
College football's bowl lineup will be even bigger this season. The NCAA certified three new bowl games in Tucson, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Orlando, sources told ESPN. With the three new bowls, there will be a record 42 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff title game, requiring 82 teams to fill each bowl this season.More

Call for volunteers: 2015-2016 committee volunteers needed
Volunteers are the foundation of the NASC. In the last year, more than 100 committee volunteers contributed to progress and growth of the NASC in many ways. We invite you to respond to this year's call for volunteers. We need your skills, passion, and perspectives to build a vibrant, inclusive and multicultural group of volunteer leaders throughout our committees.More

Arizona leaders say commission, state fund could help with mega events
Cronkite News
The 2015 Super Bowl kicked off an unprecedented run for the Phoenix metro area as the host of mega-sporting events. But if the Valley is going to continue to lure Super Bowls, NCAA championship football games and Final Fours, leaders in the sports community say the current system needs to be improved.More

Milwaukee announced as host city for 2015 Skate America
US Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee as the host venue for 2015 Skate America. The international event is the first of six stops on the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Competition will take place Oct. 22-25.More

Minnesota bids to host 2020 college football championship
Pioneer Press
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton officially announced a bid to host the College Football Playoff championship game in the Vikings' new $1 billion stadium, scheduled to open by fall 2016 and already chosen to house the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 NCAA men's basketball tournament Final Four. Minnesota tried and failed two years ago to persuade college football to hold its biggest bowl game in an unlikely locale. Bowl games are generally warm-weather affairs aimed at attracting winter-weary alumni and fans, so selling the charms of Minneapolis in January could be an uphill climb. More

Tampa could make bid for future NFL Draft
There's a possibility the NFL could move the Draft to different cities, and a sports commission wants the Tampa Bay area to be considered. For the first time in 50 years the Draft wasn't held in New York City. This year the festivities moved to Chicago. "Naturally we had our eye on the ball in terms of what was happening with the NFL Draft in Chicago. It looked like they did a great job and made it into a great event,” Rob Higgins with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission said.More

Supporters urge Florida council to leave Cambier Park alone
Naples Daily News
Softball and Little League teams recently urged the Naples (Florida) City Council not to dismantle Cambier Park's ball field, a plea triggered by concerns about the park. A "Save Historical Landmark Cambier Park" petition was created on after a consultant and the city parks director told a Community Services Advisory Board member it was underutilized and could be used for open space. The consultant is conducting a citywide parks survey to gauge needs, redundancies and areas that can be scrapped or improved.More

Alabama's high school football arms race includes facilities that are newer, better and expensive
Just as high-school football coaching salaries in Alabama have skyrocketed recently, so has the demand for newer, better — and more expensive — sports facilities throughout the state. A large, well-equipped weight room? That's now a given. Turf field? Once a luxury considered too expensive, it's now commonplace.More

Life lessons from a youth baseball coach
The Wall Street Journal
Forget the competitive dads. To teach children about baseball — and life — a coach looks to their moms for help.More

How futbol influenced Mariota's football success
The Oregonian
Rick Chong, a former youth soccer coach of first-round NFL draftee Marcus Mariota with the Honolulu Bulls club, watched Mariota play football last fall and saw a memory of practices at Waialae Iki Park near Oahu's eastern shore where a tall, skinny elementary-aged boy learned to hone the nimble footwork that has transformed him into a national star in another sport. Eventually, futbol gave way to football. Compared with his credentials earned on the gridiron, highlighted by being the first Oregon Duck and Hawaiian-born player to win the Heisman Trophy, soccer remains a footnote that is mostly unknown off the islands. More

Most football concussions happen at practice
High school and college football players suffer more concussions during practices than during games, according to a new study. This is simply because there are more practices than games, said lead author Thomas P. Dompier of the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention in Indianapolis, Indiana. When the number of concussions is divided by the number of field appearances, the concussion rate is actually higher during games, he said.More

High school multi-sport athletes dominate NFL Draft
Yahoo Sports
Of the 256 players selected in the recent NFL draft, 224 played multiple sports in high school, according to That's 88 percent, including No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston and 27 other first-round picks. Only four first-round picks didn't play more than one sport. More than a third — 94 of the 256 — played three sports in high school.More

NASC Career Center
Director of Sports Development, Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports destination. The Commission attracts, develops and supports sporting events and activities to enhance economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues, and maximizes utilization of county facilities. The Sports Development Director will play a vital role in achieving the objectives and goals of the Sports Commission.
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USA Fencing National Events Manager
The National Events Manager will be responsible for coordinating USA Fencing tournaments which include the North American Cup series, international events held in the U.S. and other championship events. The position will report to the Director Operations and will involve frequent interaction with National Office staff members, contractors and event volunteers.
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Account Director, Austin Sports Commission
The Austin Sports Commission is seeking an experienced Account Director to promote Austin, Texas, as a premiere sports event and competition destination. This motivated sales professional will be responsible for numerous tasks including: prospecting for new business through telephone solicitation, networking through local and national organizations as well as regularly scheduling outside sales calls and client development.
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Mystery abounds when it comes to 'neuroscouting' in baseball
The Associated Press via ABC News
Baseball's most compelling video game is not offered in any store. Exactly how many people are playing is unclear but Neuroscouting is the latest way teams and coaches are trying to assist young hitters with pitch recognition.More

3 tips to help children have summer energy
Summertime is just around the corner, and for many American children that means a break from indoor classrooms and a chance to run free under the summer sun. And, for children who get outside and play, there are plenty of benefits. However, parents should be mindful of how much time their children spend outside under the burning sun. More