How to Start a Sports Commission

By Sam Boykin, September 12, 2016

A growing number of cities and counties are creating sports commissions to capitalize on the booming financial opportunity. Typically, these organizations work to attract, market and often manage sports-related events, boosting tourism dollars in the process. There are currently about 130 sports commissions in the United States, a number that has risen steadily over the years. This year, Akron, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, entered the arena. Connect Sports talked to several industry veterans who had tips for starting and maintaining a successful sports commission.

Determine why you’re launching one.

Is it to host more events? Is it to better market your city? “You need to have a clear understanding of your vision and mission rather than just a desire to put your name out there,” says Monica Paul, executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission.

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet uses his fame to promote his home town of Rockford, Illinois, as a destination for events.

USA Gymnastics is seeking proposals to host its 2019 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships. The deadline to declare an intent to bid in July 11.

The 2017 USA Boxing Junior Olympics, Prep Nationals and Youth Open Championships tops the list of what's going this week in Team USA.

Craig Mackay, sports development manager at Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, impresses industry veterans early in his career.

Latest