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Oct. 1, 2015

Getting the most of the venues you have
NASC
Fenway Park in Boston has been the home for football, for concerts, for hockey, and now, this winter, it will be the home for big-air snowboarding. "Big Air at Fenway" will bring in top winter extreme athletes to compete on a 140-foot snow ramp inside the park. More and more venues are getting more and more use out of their facilities by opening them up to new ideas and new sports.More

NASC upcoming Best Practices and Event webinars — Register now
NASC
We have a great line-up of both Best Practices Webinars and Event Webinars that you won't want to miss. Check out the schedule and reserve your spot today!More

Indiana region considers new indoor sports facility
South Bend Tribune
Hoping to capitalize on the growing youth travel sports industry, Michiana tourism officials want to see if they can fill more hotel rooms with dedicated parents and young athletes. St. Joseph County's Convention & Visitors Bureau, branded as Visit South Bend Mishawaka, plans to hire Chicago-based consultant Hunden Strategic Partners to study whether the market could sustain an indoor sports facility that would host travel basketball, volleyball and soccer tournaments, said Rob DeCleene, Visit South Bend Mishawaka's executive director.More

Hotel-motel tax passage could benefit sports in Louisiana
The Times
Sports is big business across the South, especially in regard to college football, and Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana might not be getting its fair share. That could change in a major way if the citizenry of northwest Louisiana elect to pass the 1.5 percent hotel occupancy tax, which comes before voters in November. The tax, which would be paid by visitors to the area, is expected to generate an estimated $1.7 million annually, based on current occupancy rates.More

Florida leaders to take another look at building sports complex
Pasco Tribune
Pasco County, Florida commissioners plan to meet with local tourism officials to decide whether to keep pitching the idea of building a mega sports venue. The hitch, said Pasco tourism manager Ed Caum, is finding a private partner who wants to play ball with Pasco County.More

Buzzing Toronto sports scene bringing boost to tourism industry
By Katherine Radin
From hockey to basketball to baseball and everything in between, Toronto's sports teams have built great empires, raking in millions of dollars every season. This summer saw the city host the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, bringing an influx of tourists. And when the Games ended, Torontonians rediscovered the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays, who recently clinched a playoff spot for the first time in 22 years. How has tourism been affected by these sporting events? Let's take a look.More

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Assistant Director of Championships and Alliances, NCAA DI Men's Basketball — Facility
This position is responsible for the implementation of the policies and procedures that, as determined by the Division I Men's Basketball Committee, govern the Championship. Specifically, this position is responsible for assisting in the administration and con­duct of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
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Sports commission brings events to North Carolina region
Citizen-Times
From negotiating with an NBA team to bring minor-league basketball to Asheville, North Carolina, to securing sponsorships for successful events like the Southern Conference tournament, to exploring the possibility of hosting a world-wide golf event like the Solheim Cup, the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission continues a run of success at its primary mission. Bringing more people to the area by hosting sports events was the goal when the commission was formed in 2010, and the agenda of a recent meeting provided evidence that it's working very well.More

USA BMX announces 2016 national schedule
USA BMX
USA BMX is delighted to announce the National Schedule for 2016. The 2016 national schedule encompasses 25 weekends, beginning Jan. 8, at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and concluding Thanksgiving weekend at the River Spirit Expo in Tulsa, Oklahoma.More

How soccer bills devoured a family's budget
Money
The challenge of balancing the cost of athletics and academics is far from unusual. Some 21 million kids play under-17 competitive sports in the U.S., according to ESPN.com. All told, families spend about $5 billion a year on sports organizations, an analysis by the Columbus Dispatch shows, and another $7 billion on related travel, says a National Association of Sports Commissions study. More

Ironman organizers keeping an eye on harmful algae in Ohio River
WDBR-TV
The Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Kentucky is less than two weeks away, and there's still harmful algae in the Ohio River. In the middle of the excitement, there's concern regarding harmful algae in the Ohio. "We're seeing the blooms all the way from West Virginia, almost all the way to Paducah, so it's taken the entire Ohio River," said Louisville Water Company scientist Roger Tucker.More

Stadium Wi-Fi enhances the connection between fans and social media
The Digital Universe
Sports stadiums are experiencing decreased attendance at games. In an effort to increase attendance, many stadiums are installing high-speed wireless Internet so fans can still interact easily with social media during games. More

Background checks the norm for youth sports leagues
WFTS-TV
Like many youth sports organizations, East Lake Little League in Palm Harbor, Florida takes background checks very seriously. Coaches and volunteers go through a series of checks in a national date base for both criminal background and sexual offenses.More

Visit Buffalo Niagara's pitch lands softball tournament
Buffalo Business First
The Buffalo Niagara region has been selected by the National Softball Association to host, for the first time in the Northeast, the annual Girls Fast Pitch World Series. A collective presentation put together by the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission — part of Visit Buffalo Niagara — and the towns of Amherst and West Seneca along with the New York State National Softball Association, helped land the tournament. More

SC pickleball tournament expands as sport becomes more popular
WMBF-TV
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina's Paddle at the Beach Tournament has been going strong for the past two years, with the first tournament being held in 2014, and two tournaments in 2015. It is growing in popularity, not just with local residents but with pickleballers from across the country. Local pickleballers say the sport has become a great way for seniors in the community to still be active, socialize and have fun. More

Referee takes gun onto soccer field after spat with players in Brazil
NPR
A dispute over a call in a soccer match boiled over to the point that a referee brought out a pistol on the field near the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. The referee, who is also a policeman, reportedly felt threatened and wanted to take control of the situation. In footage shot by a spectator, referee Gabriel Murta, 27, is seen being restrained by another official while he holds his weapon in one hand and points at a team manager with the other.More

How big data is changing the sports fan's experience
Smart Data Collective
In exchange for a better in-person experience, 45 percent of "premium fans" (who often or always buy season tickets) would head back to watch the game in person, according to a recent ESPN poll. But what exactly constitutes a better in-person experience?More

For women, a gender gap persists on youth coaching sidelines
The Record
Forty-three years after Title IX legislation sought equity and fairness to women's athletics and enabled more girls to play sports, it has not translated into more women coaches, despite a continuing narrative that it is happening in youth leagues across the country. "The data doesn't bear that out," said Nicole LaVoi, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota.More