Wozniacki ousted at Wimbledon in 4th round

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:12
Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is out of Wimbledon after losing 6-2, 7-5 to unseeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in the fourth round on Monday.
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Experts: Pistorius mentally sane during murder

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 05:10
A panel of mental health experts has concluded that Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year, the chief prosecutor at the athlete's murder trial said Monday.
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Creating Your Own Events

NASC - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 05:00

I’m Don Schumacher, Executive Director of the National Association of Sports Commissions and I’d like to demonstrate to you here for just a moment our commitment to personal fitness.  Everyone on our staff is now equipped with an exercise ball chair, and we think it’s a great way to keep fit.  And it’s a great way for me to start out a video where I talk briefly to you about creating your own events.  We’ve talked about this for years around the NASC and we thought we’d give you a brief video that would just have a few topics on it that I’ve put down on paper here.

How do you do it?  How do you create your own event?  One of the best ways to do it is to find an event in your community that’s already bringing visiting teams to the area.  Meet with the organizers of that event and see what’s holding back the total number of teams that are coming into the area from out of town.  It might be that they just can’t handle the hotels; it might be that they need help finding more fields or courts; it might be that the total weight of the whole organization of the event is more than they can handle on their own.  Once you find out what’s holding them back, look for ways to solve the problem: find volunteers for them, help them put the hotel block together, set up a Stay to Play system if one is needed, create a goodie bag system, where that event has discount coupons to area attractions, restaurants, and so forth.   In short, help an existing event grow.

If you’d rather start from scratch, then you logically go for the sport that you’re best equipped to handle.  Might be its girls fast pitch; you might have enough diamonds that that’s really the sweet spot for your community.  Meet with your local fast pitch community, find out if they’re well connected or well enough connected in the fast pitch softball community regional to be able to reach out and find teams that will come and spend the night while they’re participating in your marketplace.  One of the best ways to put these events together is to stress the many things that people can see and do while they’re in your area.  We’ve talked a lot in the industry about mini-vacations, and that’s certainly true when you’re creating your own events.  And why obliviously are you going to create your own event?  You’re going to create your own event so you don’t have to bid on it every year, and you’ll find that once an events established it can grow off its own accord.  I’d like to suggest,  there’s kind of a rule of thumb, if a team is going to come from 100 plus miles out, they’re going to be inclined to stay overnight, because that’s just too much of a distance to travel each way, back and forth.

And a final suggestion, financial stipends.  If you’re helping a tournament grow, that’s being locally produced and they need financial help one of the best ways you can help them is to provide them with two, three, four thousand dollars, whatever the reasonable amount of money would be in your market, which stipulation that that moneys going to be used to promote teams coming to your market from a travel destination.  So that you can be assured your money is not only being used to promote the event but its helping to build the overnight business.

There will be plenty more to say about creating events over the coming years but these are some of the hints that we found helpful.

Video blog: Don Schumacher, CSEE, Executive Director
National Association of Sports Commissions
Published on June 30, 2014

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Citing instability, Lviv withdraws '22 Games bid

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 02:34
The Ukrainian city of Lviv has withdrawn its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the third contender to drop out of the race.
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Ortiz hits HR No. 450, powers Sox over Yanks

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 00:22
David Ortiz hit his 450th homer, a colossal three-run drive, and Dustin Pedroia had three RBIs during his second consecutive three-hit game to lead the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 8-5 Sunday night.
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Sources: Melo to start free agency with Bulls

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 21:20
Carmelo Anthony is planning to meet with the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on the opening day of free agency after the NBA's offseason market officially opens Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., according to sources familiar with Anthony's plans.
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Kershaw (13 K's) lifts LA to West tie

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 19:22
Clayton Kershaw completed a spectacular June with 13 strikeouts during seven innings of five-hit ball, and Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 6-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
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Source: Kidd to Bucks if Nets take 2nd rounder

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 19:20
Jason Kidd will be the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks if the Brooklyn Nets agree to the Bucks' terms of a 2015 second-round draft pick in exchange for Kidd, a source with direct knowledge told ESPN Sunday.
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Griner sets WNBA mark with 11 swats in win

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 19:10
Brittney Griner blocked 11 shots to set a single-game WNBA record and added 21 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to an 80-77 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Sunday.
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Defenseman Ehrhoff bought out by Sabres

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 15:52
The Buffalo Sabres have used their final compliance buyout on Christian Ehrhoff, general manager Tim Murray confirmed to The defenseman has also declined the waiver process so he'll immediately become a free agent.
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Giants to go with committee as Romo struggles

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 15:22
Former World Series-saving closer Sergio Romo is out for the San Francisco Giants after another blown save Saturday night, the team announced Sunday.
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Former Auburn TE Lutzenkirchen dies in crash

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 14:44
Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, a fan favorite who played on the 2010 national championship team, has died in a one-car crash in Georgia, state police said.
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Texas Tech CB punches student, dismissed

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 13:33
Texas Tech has dismissed cornerback Nigel Bethel II following an incident during an on-campus basketball game on Saturday.
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Brewers' Gomez says neck OK after collision

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 13:13
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez said Sunday his neck is OK after he had to leave Saturday night's game against the Colorado Rockies following an outfield collision with teammate Ryan Braun.
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Sources: Heat's big 3 discussing deal options

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 08:59
After agreeing to all opt out of their contracts together, Miami Heat stars LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have been discussing financial terms of new contracts among each other, sources told
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Sources: Gasol would consider L.A. return

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 08:06
While free-agent forward Pau Gasol grew tired of the persistent trade rumors that followed him for the better part of the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, he would give strong consideration to re-signing with the team, according to sources.
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Keselowski dominates, wins 2nd at Kentucky

ESPN Sports Feed - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 22:17
Brad Keselowski dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night to become Kentucky Speedway's first repeat winner.
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Red Sox edge Yankees on Napoli's HR in 9th

ESPN Sports Feed - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 22:01
Mike Napoli stung Masahiro Tanaka by hitting a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 2-1 Saturday night.
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Ready to return? Harper slugs 3 HRs on rehab

ESPN Sports Feed - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 21:58
If tonight was any indication, Bryce Harper is certainly ready to return to the majors.
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Sources: Kidd granted OK to talk with Bucks

ESPN Sports Feed - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 21:08
Jason Kidd has been granted permission to speak with the Milwaukee Bucks after his request for additional roles within the Brooklyn Nets was denied, league sources confirmed to on Saturday night.
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