Thomas 'disappointed' Abreu passed on Derby

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:36
Jose Abreu is a first-time All-Star, but former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas wishes the rookie slugger was participating in Monday's Home Run Derby, not just Tuesday's game.
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Malzahn: Marshall to 'suffer consequences'

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:26
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said quarterback Nick Marshall lost the right to attend SEC media days after he received a citation for possession of a small amount of marijuana Friday, but as for any further punishment, that's yet to be determined.
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King Felix, Wainwright to start All-Star Game

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:48
Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals have been selected as the starting pitchers for Tuesday's All-Star Game.
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Football playoff's 'priceless' trophy unveiled

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:07
A rising, gold, football-shaped trophy will be the prize for the national champion in the new College Football Playoff.
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Sources: Mets' Colon available in trade talks

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:04
The New York Mets have made right-hander Bartolo Colon available as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears, industry sources told
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Sports Commissions vs. Convention & Visitors Bureaus

NASC - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:30

We’re often asked, should we develop a sports commission into our marketplace?  What’s the difference between a sports commission, and convention and visitors bureau?  I would like to refer all of you that are members of the NASC to this report which is available in the member’s only section of our website under Research and Reports where we carefully define the separate roles of a sports commission and convention and visitors bureau.  We think that’s a great first place when you consider whether a sports commission is going to be right for your market or not.

But beyond that, once you’ve understood the fundamental differences between a sports commission and a CVB the big issue that you need to come down to is funding, because a sports commission, if it is not part of a convention and visitors bureau, is going to have to figure out what kinds of sources are in the community for sustainable funding to keep that organization alive.  Clearly, if you decide that your sports commission or your sports authority is going to be a department of you convention and visitors bureau the funding with doubtless come primarily from the hotel tax that is levied in your marketplace.  But if you’re an independent and we have about eighty sports commissions in the United States that are independent from convention and visitors bureaus, then funding becomes the single biggest issue.  So, before you get started down the road of a sports commission establish the kind of budget you think you need and then address the real hard question of, can we raise that kind of money?  Because there’ll often be 300, 400, 500 thousand dollars to fund a sports commission in a marketplace, when you stop to think of an annual budget in a convention and visitors bureau it’s easy to understand that a sports commission could require investments of that size.  Now not all sports commissions are that big, some are much smaller, but it depends on the role that you expect the sports commission to play in your marketplace.  Fundraising can come from corporate community members, and one of the key differentiators in your market is the number of headquarters organizations versus the number of branch offices.  A branch office will never be able to support you as effectively as the home headquarters of an organization will, that is in your community and dedicated to what’s good and what’s growing in your community, and I think you can all understand that.

The room tax is a second possibility for funding; some sports commissions even though they’re independent of a convention bureau receive some portion of their funding from the convention bureau in recognition for the room nights that they are producing in the community.  There are also some sports commissions in the United States that have become a line item in the city or county budget, where they actually receive a set amount of money each year.  Of course they have to go back and fight for that money in every new budget process, but some public funding is available from time to time for communities.

Memberships, charging memberships for both corporations and individuals are ways in which some sports commissions have funded their operations, and also fundraisers.  Whether it’s a series of luncheons, an annual sports banquet where you celebrate the value of sport in your community and bring in a high powered speaker, and try to raise substantial amounts of money.  And never forget the fact that sports commission have the ability to put themselves in their own budgets, and when the day is done and the events over, an amount of money can be transferred from the event account to the sports commission account, in recognition for the contribution that the sports commission has made.

So, as we conclude, a couple of things to keep in mind: number one if you’re going to create a sports commission dedicated lines of funding are all important, and number two, sports commissions don’t always consider room  nights as the single most essential reason for their being.  Most sports commissions, frankly, and this is true in this report, and its pointed out here, and we tried to point it out very clearly, most sports commissions are thinking about quality of life issues for their community.  They love room nights, but they are really looking for events that are going to make a difference in the lives of the people in their community, and not necessarily the events that will produce the largest number of room nights.

We hope these thoughts on sports commissions and convention and visitors bureaus are helpful to you.  Certainly we’d be happy to answer your questions at anytime, just call us here in Cincinnati and we’d be happy to talk about it.

Video blog: Don Schumacher, CSEE, Executive Director
National Association of Sports Commissions
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Published  July 14, 2014

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U.S. selects Rose, 18 others for camp roster

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:05
Derrick Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic men's basketball champions are among the 19 players selected for this summer's U.S. national team roster.
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Globetrotters mourn death of foe Klotz at 93

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:48
Louis "Red" Klotz, the mastermind of the Washington Generals and other teams that traveled with the Harlem Globetrotters and regularly lost for more than 60 years, died Saturday at the age of 93.
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Dawg's day: Browns to use live dog mascot

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:19
The Browns will have a live, barking, panting mascot when they take the field this fall, a team executive told a Cleveland radio station on Sunday.
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Grand record: batterymates slam for S.F.

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 19:58
Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher in 48 years to hit two grand slams in a season, and Buster Posey also hit a slam Sunday that boosted the San Francisco Giants over the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4.
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Parsons to join Mavs as Rockets won't match

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 18:01
The Houston Rockets have decided not to match the Mavericks' three-year, $46 million offer sheet for Chandler Parsons, which means the versatile forward will join Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas.
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Keselowski 1st to sweep New Hampshire races

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:57
Brad Keselowski completed a flawless weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won Sunday under a green-white checkered finish.
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Bosh, initially shocked, ready to lead Heat

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:36
Half a world away, Chris Bosh could not escape the frenzy of last week.
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Sources: Deng joins Heat for 2 years, $20M

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 14:05
Free-agent swingman Luol Deng is joining the Miami Heat, his agents Herb Rudoy and Ron Shade confirmed to's Marc Stein.
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Braves suspend struggling Uggla for 1 game

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:35
The Atlanta Braves have suspended struggling second baseman Dan Uggla for one game.
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Anthony confirms new contract with Knicks

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:04
Carmelo Anthony has reached a deal to remain with the New York Knicks.
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Martin wins Women's British with eagle on 18

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:02
Mo Martin hit the best shot of her life, and it made her a major champion Sunday in the Women's British Open.
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Ravens CB Smith arrested after bar incident

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 08:52
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct late Saturday night after an alleged incident at suburban Baltimore bar, according to The Baltimore Sun.
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Swimming star Thorpe confirms he is gay

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 08:12
Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe for the first time publicly confirmed that he is gay during a television interview on Sunday, ending years of speculation about his sexuality.
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Cavs coach: Wiggins 'not going anywhere'

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:59
Andrew Wiggins will get the opportunity to begin his NBA career alongside LeBron James, according to Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt.
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