Eugene, Oregon – Al Kidd, President & CEO of the National Association of Sports Commissions, will be presenting a keynote presentation at the Oregon Sports Summit this Friday, February 2, discussing the future of sports events and tourism.

Sport tourism in the United States has grown from 35 cities participating in 1989 to more than 450 communities vying to host sport events today. As a result, it is more important than ever for destinations to be poised to stage top notch sports events and stay ahead of the curve. Al will talk about nine trends to watch for in the industry in the coming year(s). Additionally, he will talk about new programs and initiatives the National Association of Sports Commissions is rolling out to better serve and advocate for Sports Commissions

The Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission is proud to host the 2nd annual Oregon Sports Summit, February 2-3, 2017, at the Valley River Inn in Eugene.

The Oregon Sports Summit is a two-day educational conference aimed at sports event planners and stakeholders in the sports community. It will be an opportunity to network and collaborate with local and regional sports events planners, facilities and exhibitors.

A full schedule of events is available.


  • Building Sponsorship Proposals
  • Event Management
  • Event Permitting
  • Event Medical and Emergency Staff
  • The Future of Sports Events & Tourism
  • Group Housing
  • Hosting Sustainable Events
  • How Oregon Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Can Help Your Team Win
  • Oregon21
  • Slips, Trips and Falls: Managing the Inevitable Risks of Any Sports Event
  • Social Media – Real Time Content
  • Social Media – Measurement & Analytics
  • Understanding Event Data
  • Understanding and Calculating the Economic Impact of an Event to a Community
  • Utilizing Your Local Sports Commission
  • Volunteer Management
  • What Motivates Seniors to Compete?
  • What Sponsors Want
  • Working with Facilities
  • Working with the Media

This event is geared towards those who have ever wanted to run their own sports event. Ideal for new sports event planners and experienced event planners alike. Others who should consider attending: Athletic Directors, Coaches, Booster Club Members, Local Sports Team & League Members, DMO/Sports Commissions, Permitting and Public Safety Agencies, City and County Personnel and Elected Officials.

Registration for the Oregon Sports Summit is open through January 30 with limited day of priced tickets available at the door.

Cost (online pricing):

  • 2-Day: $200
  • Friday Only - $110
  • Saturday Only - $95

*day of ticket pricing will differ

For more information:


Janis Ross, Executive Director, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, 541.743.8753;

Jessica Shefferman, Director of Event Operations, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission 541.743.8765;

Oregon Sports Summit Sponsors