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Feds start investigation of Kurt Busch's ex

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:49
Feds start investigation of Kurt Busch's ex
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He'll pass: No Game 4 coffee for Dellavedova

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:24
He'll pass: No Game 4 coffee for Dellavedova
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Pro wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes dies at 69

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:12
Pro wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes dies at 69
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Sources: Phils ramp up efforts to deal Papelbon

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 13:58
Sources: Phils ramp up efforts to deal Papelbon
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UNC hit with probation from accrediting agency

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 13:50
UNC hit with probation from accrediting agency
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Tandon: Current men's grass-court rankings

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:29
Tandon: Current men's grass-court rankings
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Jim Brown: LeBron salute an all-time favorite

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:49
Jim Brown: LeBron salute an all-time favorite
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Browns punter to wear No. 8 to honor late child

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:10
Browns punter to wear No. 8 to honor late child
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This women's rugby player broke her nose -- and then made two big hits before leaving

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:33
This women's rugby player broke her nose -- and then made two big hits before leaving
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Investing in Sports

NASC - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:30

The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is making a big play to use a $55 million upgrade of its sports venues to attract more events and in turn, bring in millions of new dollars in visitor spending.

According to the Rockford Register Star, a new $24 million sports complex under construction in the downtown area landed its first big ‘get’ last month with the AAU 6th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament in 2018. That will bring an estimated 3,500 people to Rockford, projected to spend $750,000 while they visit.

That sports complex already is paying dividends, months before it is slated to open, as it’s already spurred nearly $120 million worth of development planned for the area, including two hotels.

According to the paper, the tourism bureau there spends half a million dollars a year on marketing to bring sports tournaments to the region. John Groh, the bureau’s president/CEO, is quoted as saying his agency will need more personnel to capitalize on the downtown venue and a $31 million expansion on tap at Sportscore Two in Loves Park.

The Rockford region plays host to 250 sports tournaments a year, and the bureau’s goal is to attract 60 more a year by 2018. But it’s a competitive market. The 600-acre National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota offers a soccer stadium, more than 50 soccer fields and an eight-rink ice facility. The $33 million Louisville Slugger complex in Peoria has 10 synthetic turf youth softball and baseball diamonds, plus a dome for indoor events. And Westfield, Indiana, already has plans to expand its still-new 400 acre Grand Park youth sports complex with two indoor venues.

Amateur sports tournaments produced nearly $9 billion in visitor spending in the U.S. last year, with 42 percent of those events played in the Midwest, according to the National Association of Sports Commissions. And Groh is quoted as saying the sports tournament business has become increasingly competitive.

“Cities everywhere are building more athletics venues and facilities, but there’s a finite number of tournaments to go around,” he said. “So you have relatively the same number of buyers and more sellers. The buyers are in a relative position of power and can extract more from tournament hosts, so that means we have to be really smart about how we put deals together and market what we have to offer.”

Right now visitor spending tied to sports tournaments brings in roughly $16 million a year to the Rockford region. That figure is expected to double within three years with the indoor athletic complex in downtown Rockford and expansion of Sportscore Two.

For Rockford, the investment in sports is paying off for now, and in the future.


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Inside Slant: NFL doesn't demote officials during season. Should it?

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:00
Inside Slant: NFL doesn't demote officials during season. Should it?
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Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh bucks transfer trend, sticks around

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:00
Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh bucks transfer trend, sticks around
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How to Incorporate Community Service Projects Into Your Events

NASC - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 08:20

Join Michelle Haider, Meetings & Event Services Manager, VISIT Milwaukee, and Mike Guswiler, President, West Michigan Sports Commission, as they discuss incorporating community service projects into events. They will also share details about the creation of the Sports Legacy community service project that was launched in Milwaukee, WI during the 23rd NASC Symposium.

Register Now.

If you are unable to join Michelle and Mike on the 23rd, you can download their presentation from our webinar archives page on http://www.sportscommissions.org.


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Pirates still strong contenders to win the NL Central

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:45
Pirates still strong contenders to win the NL Central
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Twins' Hunter ejected, goes yard sale on umpire

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 23:47
Twins' Hunter ejected, goes yard sale on umpire
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City council votes to end Coyotes' arena lease

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 22:53
City council votes to end Coyotes' arena lease
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Stark: Will an international MLB draft ever happen?

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 20:22
Stark: Will an international MLB draft ever happen?
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Yanks closer Miller off to DL for forearm strain

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 17:32
Yanks closer Miller off to DL for forearm strain
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NBA signs 8-year apparel deal with Nike

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:46
NBA signs 8-year apparel deal with Nike
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Peyton 'all-in' with Kubiak's new Broncos offense

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:27
Peyton 'all-in' with Kubiak's new Broncos offense
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