Best Practices

Consistency is Key

March 15, 2017

In a few weeks, the Final Four will descend on our home town of Phoenix, Arizona.  It will be the first time Arizona has hosted college basketball’s most important [...]

Huddle Up with Jon Schmieder: Field Trip

February 13, 2017

This week we pose to you a question….. What is the best learning experience you have ever had? I bet the answer has little to do with classroom setting, and more to do with [...]

Planning With Purpose

November 1, 2016

Let the Idea Run Typically beginning with community requests or the insight of a few key leaders, the early visioning phase for a new sport, special events, or recreation [...]

The Fun Factor

May 19, 2016

Jason Clement, CEO and founding partner of SFM, is contributing a series of three articles discussing why they were built and what makes them work. [...]

Sports Patriotism?

November 19, 2015

There is an old British adage, “You’ve lost the plot.” What this saying means is that someone is missing the bigger picture. Similar to not being able to “see the forest from the trees.” In two cases here in America, we have definitely lost the plot. [...]

Positive Partnerships in Sports Planning

November 9, 2015

During a recent meeting with one of our company’s most ardent supporters, the discussion turned to partnerships. More specifically, what characteristics contribute to the formation and sustainability of a great partnership? [...]

Good vs. Evil – Monday Huddle Up

September 28, 2015

On a recent flight to the Midwest, I encountered a very, shall we say “challenging” individual. The gentleman in question was sitting in my row and upon his arrival on the plane he immediately went into a negative rant about how the airline we were on (US Airways) was “the worst airline ever” and that their flights were “always late.” [...]

What’s Your Zip Line?

July 22, 2015

In 2012, Indianapolis hosted a very successful Super Bowl. Prior to the game, during Super Bowl week, organizers set up a zip line, right down the middle of their city. [...]

Connecting the Dots

March 31, 2015

In the business world, connections are everything. This is even more true in the sports industry. [...]

Customer UNservice

March 23, 2015

When it comes to company service, we have to not only look for the solutions to our problems, but also go deeper to find the root cause. [...]

8 Do’s and Don’ts of the Bid Process

November 19, 2014

Sports Planning Guide collaborates with NCAA Director of Championships & Alliances Jeff Jarnecke to provide you the do’s and don’ts when applying to host a sports event or tournament. [...]
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