SportsEvents Magazine

MAR 2017

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March 2017 14 composed of six segments: Parks and Recreation, Golf, Hunting, Fishing, Wildlife Watching, and events of the Florida Sports Foundation and the state's 27 sports commis- sions. These six segments generate the largest economic footprint of the survey at $43.4 billion and 443,000 jobs. The Professional Sports segment includes Florida's 10 major league sports teams playing in the five major sports leagues (Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, National Football League and National Hockey League), NASCAR and other auto racing entities, profes- sional tennis, the 15 teams holding their Major League Baseball Spring Training in Florida, 12 Minor League Baseball teams and 12 ad- ditional minor league teams playing in other sports. The Collegiate Sports segment includes the 60 Florida colleges participating in athletics from the NCAA Division I level to smaller pri- vate and religious institutions. Also included in the collegiate athletics segment are Florida's nine college football bowl games played annually in December and January. West Michigan Sports Commission Reports Successes GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) was named a finalist in the midsize organization category of the MiBiz Best-Managed Non- profits Awards. WMSC President Mike Guswiler said the organiza- tion's recognition as a finalist validates the tremendous eco- nomic potential that amateur sporting events present for the city and the region. "We work with 40-plus sports and tournament directors locally and they have helped us develop relationships so we can go out nationally," Guswiler said. "Attracting sporting events is very intensive." The WMSC began with a $450,000 operating budget in 2007. In its first year, it secured 21 sporting events, attracting 33,900 visitors and generating $7 million in direct visitor spending, said Kim Skeltis with Blue Blaze Public Relations LLC, who nominat- ed WMSC for the award. Last year, the organization hosted 80 events and 150,000 visitors, activity that gener- ated $48.5 million in direct spending. "As the WMSC prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, it boasts a decade of growth even its founders couldn't have foreseen," Skeltis said. "The organization has attract- ed a cumulative 568 sporting events that drew more than 880,000 visitors and generated more than $240 million in direct visitor spending." ► t SPORTS Talk Plano has 80 tennis, basketball, and softball fields, and an array of multi-use venues. And our hotels, entertainment, dining and shopping accommodate every budget and preference. Score your winning connection right here. People Connect Here. we've got games

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