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covidSports Facilities Management, a national leader in facility management, has released its proposed COVID-19 response materials. These are designed to implement reopening policies and develop COVID-19 response strategies which will support the health and safety of clients at local and state levels.

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SFM Guide to Help Facilities Reopen During the Pandemic

A to Z Guide to Organizing a Sports Event

unnamed (1)Are you responsible for planning an upcoming sporting event, but don’t know how to get started? Trying to take your event to the next level? Increase participation or sponsorship? This guide provide the tools needed by a sport organization that wants to conduct a successful, sustainable event. Authored by Bill Hanson, a 42 year industry veteran.

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A to Z Guide to Organizaing a Sports Event

Securing the Industry's Future by Leveraging Sports Tourism from Within

leveraging sports tourismThis paper, written by sports tourism executive Nick Povalitis articulates how the most successful destinations will gain an understanding of the mutual significance of the resident and visitor, and develop a blended approach to ensure the future for sustainable sport tourism.

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Leveraging Sports Tourism from Within

Case Study - Relationships to Results

relationships to resultsAuthored by Rockford native Nick Povalitis, sports sales manager of the Rockford Area CVB, Relationships to Results demonstrates how everyone wins when CVBs, sports commissions and parks and rec departments align their goals and work together.

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Relationships to Results

9 Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

9 Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them9 Planning Mistakes (and how to avoid them), by the Sports Facility Advisory (SFA) team, highlights common mistakes and provides solutions to help you through the process of planning a new facility.

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9 Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

SFA & SFM Guide to Request for Proposals (RFP)

unnamed (2)Planning a new sports tourism project? Download our quick reference guide for sports commissions, community leaders, and developers starting a sports, events, recreation, or wellness project. You’ll find: RPF Deliverable Specification, Must-have Components and a Ready-to-use RFP, Tips for Assessing the RFP Responses and more!

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Guide to Request for Proposals

Sports Smart Volume 1

Sports-Smart-Book-Cover-678x1024Sports Smart: Volume I is a compilation of case studies from the front lines of the sports tourism and events industry. Author and sports industry consultant Jon Schmieder, Founder + CEO of the Huddle Up Group LLC, has over 20 years of experience in growing sports related businesses in the non-profit sector.


Sports Service

Sports-Service-Book-Cover-02-683x1024Sports Service provides a comprehensive guide to all aspects a sport destination encounters when hosting an event. With real-life examples and ample commentary from industry leaders and experts, Sports Services sets out to be a “well-rounded view of what each side of the industry is looking for to be able to best service sports groups.”


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