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Kelly: Eagles granted Mathis' wish with release

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:28
Kelly: Eagles granted Mathis' wish with release
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Report: FBI probes Cardinals for hacking Astros

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:35
Report: FBI probes Cardinals for hacking Astros
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Chiefs release WR Rogers before minicamp

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:04
Chiefs release WR Rogers before minicamp
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Anthony Pettis: I need to stop getting injured

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:21
Anthony Pettis: I need to stop getting injured
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Virginia baseball honors fallen Omaha police officer at the College World Series

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:13
Virginia baseball honors fallen Omaha police officer at the College World Series
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Not a great start for the SEC

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:12
Not a great start for the SEC
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Vick's advice to McCoy: Don't take it so personal

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 09:27
Vick's advice to McCoy: Don't take it so personal
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Looking ahead: Missouri Tigers

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 09:00
Looking ahead: Missouri Tigers
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Liberty's Charles again donates half of salary

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:03
Liberty's Charles again donates half of salary
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Source: Stanley Cup's ride reached 100 mph

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 01:12
Source: Stanley Cup's ride reached 100 mph
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Conn Smythe Trophy goes to defenseman Keith

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 23:16
Conn Smythe Trophy goes to defenseman Keith
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Holmes: Iguodala NBA's no-stats Finals MVP

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 21:01
Holmes: Iguodala NBA's no-stats Finals MVP
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Sources: Clippers acquire Hornets' Stephenson

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 20:26
Sources: Clippers acquire Hornets' Stephenson
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Sources: Clips near deal for Hornets' Stephenson

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 19:23
Sources: Clips near deal for Hornets' Stephenson
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Padres' A.J. Preller keeps things interesting at Bud Black's expense

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 19:15
Padres' A.J. Preller keeps things interesting at Bud Black's expense
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Durant motivated by LeBron, Curry in Finals

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 16:31
Durant motivated by LeBron, Curry in Finals
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Six athlete abs that'll make you do crunches for days

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 16:05
Six athlete abs that'll make you do crunches for days
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Hernandez lawyer: Got calls on 'untruthful' juror

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 15:52
Hernandez lawyer: Got calls on 'untruthful' juror
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Making the Bid

NASC - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 15:31

You work hard as an event host to bring in events, tournaments and meetings that you think will be perfect for your space. Yes, you may wish you had mega-complexes with dozens of fields, courts and diamonds so you could attract just about any organization that might want to come your way.

That doesn’t mean you can’t bring in top-notch events to your area.

Those who have been around the business of sports know that relationships are the key to landing the right event for your area and for your facilities. With an increased number of upgraded venues battling it out for the same events, it’s more apparent than ever that how you work with what you have is the key to landing the contract.

We had an opportunity to talk with a sports corporation director during a site visit for a sports-related meeting. While that particular sports corporation did not have the newest facilities available for meeting space, what the corporation could offer was personal attention to making the bid work.

“I remember the night before one tournament here in town, I made a quick visit to the venue to check out the locker rooms,” she said. “They were a mess, with graffiti, chipped paint and dirty floors. I turned around, called my family, went to the home improvement store and we spent the night cleaning and painting the locker rooms. Not every host organization would do that, but I felt it was necessary to make the best impression.”

The impression worked, as that particular event returned two more times to that same facility. The moral of the story is, a little personal attention goes a long way.

“There have been days that I’ve shuttled participants and coaches back and forth to hotels and the airport,” she said. “Whatever has to be done, we figure out a way to do it. I can’t always offer new courts or rinks but what I can offer is the best service that any sports corporation can give.”

In a tight bid market with all other things being equal, personal service can make the difference in whether you’re successful. In this case, it was: The sports corporation got the sports meeting it was bidding for.

So as you get ready to make a bid to bring in a new event, remember this: We all WANT to offer new, bigger, brighter facilities: We all CAN offer personal service.


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Padres fire Black; Roberts interim manager

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 15:22
Padres fire Black; Roberts interim manager
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