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Hot Cavs roll to 12th straight win, down Clips

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 22:29
LeBron, Cavaliers win 12th straight, 105-94 over Clippers
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Manfred: Betting needs 'fresh consideration'

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 21:17
New commissioner Rob Manfred says it's time for Major League Baseball to give "fresh consideration" to an issue it has shunned for decades -- legalized sports betting.
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Ailing Tiger exits Torrey Pines after 11 holes

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 17:34
Tiger Woods suffered another setback Thursday at the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open, leaving midway through his round with an apparent injury.
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Arum: Mayweather-Pacquiao TV issues done

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:50
HBO and Showtime have agreed on how they would broadcast a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday, leaving only two remaining issues to be settled before the much anticipated May 2 fight can be signed.
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Marrone happy with Jags, no ire toward Bills

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:18
Former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said he's looking forward to the future as the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive line coach.
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Source: Seahawks' Thomas has torn labrum

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:32
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas will have surgery to repair a fully torn labrum, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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At Hernandez trial, prosecutor cites O.J. case

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 13:34
The defense for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has agreed to remove certain religious items and sports memorabilia from his home, after prosecutors complained ahead of a jury visit.
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Tigers slugger V-Mart has torn left meniscus

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 13:29
Detroit Tigers slugger Victor Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his left knee during workouts, the team announced Thursday.
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Home advantage: Fins build living room seats

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 13:20
The Miami Dolphins are knocking out seats on the 30-yard lines in the lower bowl of the south side of Sun Life Stadium as part of their $400 million renovation and adding 32 "living rooms."
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Magic fire coach Vaughn after 2-plus seasons

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:31
The Orlando Magic have fired head coach Jacque Vaughn, general manager Rob Hennigan announced Thursday.
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CFP won't budge on semifinal dates for 2015

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:22
The College Football Playoff will not move its semifinal date for the 2015 season in spite of a request from ESPN to change it from New Year's Eve to Jan. 2, 2016.
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Haley: Four rings tainted for 'cheat' Brady

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:18
Tom Brady is tied for second all time with four Super Bowl rings, but the only man with more -- Charles Haley -- believes that the New England Patriots quarterback had to "cheat" to get his.
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All 5 Hawks starters named players of month

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:54
The Atlanta Hawks were rewarded for the first 17-0 month in NBA history with another first on Wednesday -- all five starters were selected Eastern Conference players of the month for January.
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Blount: I 'respect' Lynch despite crude shirt

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:01
After pictures of LeGarrette Blount holding up a T-shirt that mocked Marshawn Lynch with a vulgar slogan at the Patriots' Super Bowl victory parade went viral, the running back took to Twitter to clarify that he respects his Seahawks counterpart.
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2015 Industry Trends

NASC - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:00

Going to talk today about some trends that we see in the industry in the coming year.  And I think one of the most interesting trends for those of us that have been in the sports commission, and visitor and convention bureau industries, is the fact that park and recreation departments are becoming increasingly interested in membership in the NASC.  I find that particularly interesting, personally because we’re discovering that many park and recreation department actually create, promote, and run their own events, which makes them in the final analysis perhaps even more similar to a sports commission in many cases than a convention and visitors bureau where in the latter case there may be a focus on room nights, which is something we are going to talk about in just a minute or two.  But we welcome additional park and recreation departments to our membership.  We are at something in the range of 20 departments now, and we will be taking some steps during the year to increase that number, because they bring a lot to the table in terms of the dialogue and they’re truly qualified as active members of our association, because they’re so involved with the production of their own events.  So that would be a first trend.

The second trend starts with a question; I wonder how many of us think, what would be the case in terms of room rebates if we didn’t have a focus on room nights?  I wonder if there isn’t a direct tie in between the emphasis that a destination places and the importance that a destination places on developing room nights through sports above and beyond all other considerations.  And if by doing that, that doesn’t encourage event owners to feel that not only can there be room rebates, but the room rebates that could perhaps overtime and with a change in destinations continue to go up.  I remember being surprised when rebates were in the five to ten dollar range; I am shocked that we have managed to get in the 30+ dollar range in some cases around the country.  So I think a one of the cost on a focus on room nights could very well be increasing room rebates.  And from that stand point I think it’s good to look back 20 years ago, when sports commissions were the primary way to bid on events.  These was a tremendous focus on quality of life.  Destinations were looking for events that were going to make something exciting happen in their communities, and yes television exposure was very important.  But in the final analysis doing things like having the USA Volleyball National Women’s Team come to your destination and play another international squad with no visitor spending, was a real focus of a sports commission.  And that kind of focus does not encourage event owners to pursue room rebates, let alone commissions.  Now one the major event owners in the United States, the NCAA, moved to a commission on all room nights for all NCAA National Championships, across all divisions in 2014.  That was a seismic shift and we’ll see how that works out for the NCAA and for the destinations.  And importantly for the very people that are attending these championships, which in the final analysis are the people, all of us are supposed to be more concerned about.

And then I think finally, there is a trend in our industry that has come up at the latter part of 2014, there is a shrinkage and or consolidation of some of the events that take place every year in the sports travel industry.  The United States Olympic Committee recently made a decision to assign the rights to the SportsLink congress to the Connect Sports people, and we’re have to see how that works out.  That is a not-for-profit transfer of rights to a for profit, I rather suspect that that’ll be reflected in the cost of attending that conference, but it’s a market driven economy and we’ll see what happens.

So for the coming year, we see more park and recreation departments getting engaged in the industry, we see this puzzle about room rebates and commissions continual need to be something that we all have to focus on, and finally there some shifts and changes in industry conferences.  I can tell you that the NASC has decided to keep its independence, but we are also going to attend each of the industry conferences this year.  Thanks for your attention.

 


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'Ecstatic' Sherman welcomes 'disciplined' son

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:22
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was having a tough week up until Thursday morning -- when his girlfriend gave birth to the couple's first child.
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Curry scores 51 to rally Warriors past Mavs

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 00:29
Stephen Curry scored a season-high 51 points and made a season-best 10 3-pointers, rallying the Golden State Warriors from an early 22-point deficit to down the Dallas Mavericks 128-114 on Wednesday night.
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Westbrook matches career-best 45 in win

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 23:16
Westbrook scores 45, Thunder beat Pelicans 102-91
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No. 4 Duke wins, Coach K sets ACC record

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 22:56
Quinn Cook scored all 17 of his points in the second half, and No. 4 Duke beat Georgia Tech 72-66 on Wednesday night to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his Atlantic Coast Conference-record 423rd league win.
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