Bert Kreischer On Headlining Red Rocks: â€˜Greatest Experience Of My Lifeâ€™
Posted: 21 Sep 2021, 8:11 pm
One thing Bert Kreischer is known for is his penchant for ditching his shirt to proudly flaunt his dad-bod. While the comedian has said the on-stage habit makes him feels more comfortable, it also represents how Kreischer has the guts (no pun intended) to put himself out there and will do whatever it takes to get a laugh. This translates to the strategy he and his team implemented to take on the challenge of selling out his Sept. 8 show at Colorado?s Red Rocks ? marking his first time playing the venue and his biggest headline show ever.
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct 15), Pollstar is spotlighting seminal live performances by Hispanic artists every weekday throughout the next four weeks. Similar to Pollstar?s February series Honoring Black Live History and March?s Celebrating Women's Live History, we aim to feature a variety of artists from different time periods and music genres to help put into perspective the vast range of amazing live performances by Hispanic artists who over the years have greatly enriched our lives and culture.
By Major League Soccer (MLS)
In a monumental new chapter for North American soccer, beginning in 2023, every club from MLS and Liga MX will compete in a completely reimagined Leagues Cup: an annual, month-long tournament.
Regular season play pauses
Both MLS and Liga MX will pause their respective seasons for one month during the summer to play Leagues Cup games
All MLS clubs will participate
All Liga MX clubs will participate
Tournament officially sanctioned by Concacaf
Leagues Cup 2023 will be an official competition of the Concacaf Champions League (CCL)
The tournament champion will earn automatic qualification to the CCL Round of 16
Clubs finishing second and third in Leagues Cup will qualify for the CCL Opening Round
Leagues Cup 2023 is the latest and most ambitious step in the growing partnership between MLS and Liga MX to further elevate the special rivalry, sport and the confederation. Leagues Cup 2023 will make history as the first major soccer tournament to feature every club from a pair of top-flight leagues.
?The new Leagues Cup with every club in MLS and Liga MX competing in an intense, month-long, tournament will establish new standards for what is possible between our two leagues, and further showcase our players and clubs to a global audience,? said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in Tuesday’s release. ?Since its launch three and a half years ago, our partnership with Liga MX has grown quickly and the competition has brought out the best in both of us. On the path to the FIFA World Cup in 2026 hosted by the U.S., Canada and Mexico, this is the perfect moment to produce a tournament that will elevate the profile of Concacaf and showcase the incredible passion our region has for soccer played at the highest level.?
Mikel Arriola, Executive President of Liga MX said, ?We are in a celebratory mood given the historic announcement about the new competition ecosystem established by Concacaf in which there will be an expansion of Leagues Cup. This is an example of coordination and goal alignment between the Confederation, MLS and Liga MX. All parties involved converged on the objective to provide the fans of North American Futbol and all over the world greater entertainment and spectacle, provide MLS and Liga MX clubs a more intensified competition schedule to raise playing standards and quality.”
Leagues Cup 2023 is part of the evolution of the successful partnership between MLS and Liga MX that launched in 2018. The fusion is rooted in on-field rivalry but connected by a true spirit of collaboration off the field, with a focus on sharing best practices, growing the beautiful game in North America, and being a force for positive change in the communities of both leagues.
Drivers Back Behind The Wheels After COVID Shutdown
Posted: 21 Sep 2021, 2:58 pm
As the touring industry comes back online, coach companies have been working tirelessly to bring experienced drivers like the late Ron "Bear" Jones back into the fold. Like much else with the live industry?s return, the process has been challenging. With concerts offline, drivers were forced to find work where they could, and some have been reticent to return to entertainer driving.
On The Road Again...But Different: Nick Gold Of Nashvilleâ€™s Entertainment Travel On The State of Tour Travel
Posted: 21 Sep 2021, 2:37 pm
Nick Gold, of Nashville?s Entertainment Travel, knows far better than most how to get bands and crews from point A to point B and then to points C, D, E, F, G, H and far, far beyond. This because he?s done it for nearly half a century ? 49 years to be exact ? with an array of artists including Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, CeeLo Green, Alabama and the late Charlie Daniels, to name but a few. What he and his 11-person staff are finding as the live industry returns is that much of the traditional market conditions in the travel industry are out the friggin? window ? which, in some cases, is a good thing.
Ozark Mountain Tour Trucks Co-Owner Denise Henry Talks Love Of Live Biz & â€˜Being Treated Like An Equalâ€™
Posted: 21 Sep 2021, 1:44 pm
Life on the road is in Denise Henry?s blood. As a teenager she drove for her father?s transport business in Australia and, after she immigrated to the U.S. in her early 20s, she hauled produce and freight. Henry recently chatted with Pollstar about breaking into the live entertainment side of the business and how she started Ozark Mountain Tour Trucks with her husband, Dale, more than 30 years ago.
Moving Tours Around The Globe And Rising To The Challenge Of Supply Chain Shortages
Posted: 21 Sep 2021, 1:00 pm
Steve Maples, vice president of trucking for global freight broker Rock-It Cargo, remembers March 13, 2020, distinctly. There was suddenly a worldwide reality that crews needed to get home and off the road as quickly as possible, thanks to the sudden spread of coronavirus.
The bus, or ?coach? as they?re referred to, business was hit as hard or harder than any other during the COVID lockdown, with usually empty lots now full of unused luxury coaches, parked with nowhere to go and no one to take to another next gig for an extended period.
Mandolin Acquires NoonChorus In Livestreaming Consolidation
Posted: 21 Sep 2021, 12:00 pm
Fans might be back in stands, but the livestreaming sector that exploded during the pandemic's early days continues to evolve. Key player Mandolin, the tech-forward platform launched in spring 2020, announced the acquisition Tuesday of competing livestreaming service NoonChorus, which gained notoriety for its presentations of artists like Fleet Foxes and Japanese Breakfast.
Nena Cancels 2022 GSA Tour Over Coronavirus Measures
Posted: 21 Sep 2021, 6:57 am
Iconic German singer Nena has canceled all of her 2022 tour dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, indirectly citing the current trend of discriminating between audience members depending on the health proofs they can or cannot produce at the gate.
The O2 has unveiled a special piece of custom artwork representing Prince's 'key to the venue', to honour the iconic artist and his record breaking ?21 Nights in London? O2 residency in 2007, which concluded on Sept. 21 that year.
Dave Grohl Announces Book Tour For â€˜The Storytellerâ€™
Posted: 20 Sep 2021, 5:37 pm
Dave Grohl is taking his first-ever book on a mini tour. The Foo Fighters frontman has booked a short run of intimate evenings ? one night in London and four in the U.S. ? to go along with the Oct. 5 release of ?The Storyteller ? Tales of Life and Music.?
Joe Brauner Named Director Of Programming At Nassau Coliseum
Posted: 20 Sep 2021, 4:21 pm
Concert industry veteran Joe Brauner has been named director of programming at NYCB Live: Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., where he says he'll be consulting with the 15,000-capacity indoor venue venue to bring live events.
Bunbury Celebrates 35 Years Of Music With 16-City U.S. Tour
Posted: 20 Sep 2021, 3:29 pm
Enrique Bunbury launched his singing career in 1986 as a member of legendary Spanish rock band Héroes del Silencio and after the band split in 1996 he went out solo as Bunbury. Now, he?s celebrating a 35-year long career with a 16-date U.S. tour that kicks off May 3 at Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
The Zombies To Right Historic Wrong At This Weekend's Abbey Road Livestream
Posted: 17 Sep 2021, 9:28 pm
The Zombies are returning to the scene of one of rock and roll?s
greatest injustices. This Saturday, Sept 18, the band will stream via Veeps.com its ?World Tour in One Night" concert, which will include a
Q&A with journalist David Fricke and appearances by rock star fans
including Paul Weller, Hayley Williams, Haim and others. The concert,
recorded live in Studio 2 of London?s famed Abbey Road Studios, is also
the same locale where in 1967 The Zombies recorded their psychedelic
pop/rock masterpiece Odessey and Oracle, which in its time went woefully
underappreciated and led to the band?s demise, which thankfully didn?t
Ed Sheeran Announces First Leg Of Next Tour With 2022 European Stadium Dates
Posted: 17 Sep 2021, 6:17 pm
As Ed Sheeran promised, he?s announced something ?that is basically the start of the next three years of my life.? The superstar has unveiled the routing for the first leg of his next tour, with stadium dates in the U.K. and Europe scheduled April through September 2022. Sheeran noted on Twitter that he?s ?excited to be back at it.?
Q's With MBK Entertainment's Jeanine McLean-Williams: H.E.R. Co-Manager On Bicoastal Lights On Festival, R&B's Enduring Power
Posted: 17 Sep 2021, 2:28 pm
In the last year and a half, H.E.R.'s star has continued to rise. She took home two more Grammys in March, and the next month, she added "Oscar-winner" to her resumé, winning Best Original Song for her contribution to "Judas And The Black Messiah." She's collaborated with everyone from Chris Stapleton (at the CMT Music Awards in June) to DJ Khaled (the Migos-featuring "We Going Crazy"), and even worked with the Obamas on their new educational Netflix series "We The People."
Q's With Impact International Honoree Beckie Sugden: 'We Have All Grown In Lockdown'
Posted: 17 Sep 2021, 7:34 am
Beckie Sugden joined ICM Partners/Primary Talent International in the UK this summer, bringing her predominately U.S. roster with her, including Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Russ, Noname, Mick Jenkins, T-Pain, Ghostemane, Mac Ayres, Soulection, Joe Kay and more.
The Tigres UANL is a Mexican professional football club based in San Nicolás de los Garza, a City in the Monterrey metropolitan area in Mexico. It is a top-flight club which plays in Liga MX ? the top professional football division of the Mexican football league system.
The 42,000-capacity University Stadium ? nicknamed El Volcán ? is a football stadium located on the campus of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, Mexico. It is the residence of Tigres UANL.
Marisol Rodríguez Hernández, Social Innovation Leader, Tigres UANL, Mexico, shares exclusive details with ?Coliseum? as regards the club trying to effectively streamline the waste management system in its digs so as to avert potential health and environmental hazards.
Marisol Rodríguez Hernández has been associated with the club for the last 14 years and stated that her journey with the top-flight so far has been a ?great learning experience? in terms of social responsibility works of the team with the impetus being on sustainability.
Plumes to beret
Club Tigres was founded in 1960. The club had their first major success in the 1975-1976 seasons, becoming the first team from Nuevo León to win a trophy by conquering the Copa MX against Club América. Tigres have been Mexican champions seven times, and have won the Copa MX three times. In international competitions, Tigres won the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Champions League title in 2020 (finishing as runners-up three times), and was the 2015 Copa Libertadores Finals runner-up to River Plate (Argentine professional sports club). In the 2020 edition of FIFA Club World Cup, Tigres finished runners-up against the Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich making it the first club from CONCACAF to reach the final.
Sturdy fan base
Hernández took pride in the fact in informing that the club enjoys a huge fan following ? die-hard ? and the ?fans have been a huge factor in the club tasting soccer success. We singlemindedly focus on creating an enriching and enchanting experience for our fans while they are in the stadium.?
The staunch Tigres fans are the all-weather kind. Irrespective of the fact whether the club performs on the field or bite the dust, the top-notch?s supporters stick by them through thick and thin and as Hernández states, ?the fans are the club?s biggest support system and this is what keeps them going?.
The Tigres UANL?s home stadium ? El Volcán ? opened its gates in the year 1967. The venue boasts the highest attendance figures in Mexico. It is not an avant-garde venue but carries an old-world charm around it. Hernández admitted that the worn-out facility is indeed throwing up huge challenges before the club but, nevertheless, the building carries a majestic aura and stands tall. And the staunch Tigres supporters add to that aura.
Tigres UANL Femenil
The Tigres UANL Femenil is a Mexican women?s football club based in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. The club has been the female section of Tigres UANL since 2017. The team plays in the Liga MX Femenil which commenced in September 2017.
She informed that the women?s team is also a force to reckon with and have demonstrated their pitch prowess on several occasions ? ?They have been four times champion nationwide and are the best professional female team. The Femenil fixtures boast highest attendance in the world and they have reached this exalted position by initially getting trained by the men?s team.?
Hernández informed that the club accords highest priority to sustainable efforts with the thrust on waste management -?We are big time into PET practices which is all about chemical recycling of PET wastes with different catalysts. We encourage people to bring their plastic so we can recycle and again utilize 60 to 70 percent of the PET during an event.?
Polyethylene terephthalate, also called PET, is the name of a type of clear, strong, lightweight and 100 percent recyclable plastic. Unlike other types of plastic, PET is not single use. PET is 100 percent recyclable, versatile and is made to be remade.
In this context, the club has inked deals with several companies so that they can donate the PET which they collect after an event is held in the Tigres home and the money which comes after selling PET items goes towards fulfilling the club?s other social obligations.
She further informed that the Tigres has an agreement with the Mexican multinational building materials company CEMEX who finance the club?s waste management initiatives.
Hernández pointed out that they try to persuade the fans not to litter all around their seats and help keep the stadium squeaky clean but there are lot of spectators who ?do not wish to cooperate?.
The Tigres asked a firm to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to exactly find out how much waste was being generated as she added, ?A lot of waste gets generated after a regular soccer game and we are pulling out all stops to ensure that we generate minimum waste and in this regard carried out a study to gauge how severe was the impact on the environment.?
She further pointed out that beer glasses, cigars and cartons make for 3 percent of the waste. To further minimize the same, Tigres entered into an agreement with Cemex as part of which the waste generated per day is collected by the Cemex people and they are responsible for its disposal ? ?We have also entered into an understanding with our concessionaires and brands to reduce fireworks and try using more ?Green? products. We are working on recycling of glasses and cups to bring the numbers down.?
The Tigres are determined to pursue Green goals and in this regard have initiated several campaigns to bring about environmental awareness among fans and is firm
All New England Patriots and New England Revolution 2021 season home games are more sustainable with clean energy through renewable energy credits provided by Enel?s renewable energy business Enel Green Power North America.
Through the partnership, Enel will supply nearly 900,000 KWh of clean energy through renewable energy credits (RECs) sourced from the New England electricity grid to match the electricity consumed during all home games.
Enel North America and Kraft Sports + Entertainment welcome fans back to a more sustainable sporting experience at Gillette Stadium.
ANDOVER and FOXBOROUGH, MASS.? Enel North America (Enel), a leader in clean energy and energy innovation in the US and Canada and the exclusive energy partner of Kraft Sports + Entertainment, announced today that the two companies have signed an agreement to provide a more sustainable sporting experience at Gillette Stadium by supplying the stadium with locally generated, zero emission clean energy through renewable energy credits (RECs). Enel, which operates in the US and Canada through renewable energy company Enel Green Power North America, Enel Energy and Commodity Management and advanced energy services company Enel X North America, has procured nearly 900,000 KWh of RECs from the local New England power grid to match the electricity consumed by Gillette Stadium during the 2021 New England Patriots and New England Revolutions regular season and potential post-season games.
?Through Enel?s partnership with Kraft Sports + Entertainment we are helping to bring a more sustainable entertainment experience to guests at Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place alike, showing that sustainability and sport go hand-in-hand,? said Enrico Viale, Head of Enel North America. ?From renewable energy to electric vehicle charging and emissions reduction services and solutions, Enel?s partnership with Kraft demonstrates the positive impact and outcomes of an integrated, sustainable energy strategy.?
“Kraft Sports + Entertainment has made increased sustainability a top priority since the creation of Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place, and it remains one today,” said Murray Kohl, Vice President of Sales for Kraft Sports + Entertainment. “We’re excited to expand our partnership with Enel as we look to further these efforts through renewable energy credits and provide Patriot and Revolution fans with the most sustainable sporting and entertainment experience possible.”
Since 2017, Enel has helped Kraft Sports + Entertainment execute on its sustainable energy strategy. Through Enel?s advanced energy services business Enel X, the company is providing the Kraft Group with an integrated energy strategy to reduce the overall energy consumption at Gillette Stadium, while maximizing opportunities for energy cost savings and revenue generation, and supporting the reliability of the local electric grid during periods of peak demand. As part of this strategy, Gillette Stadium is enrolled in Enel X?s demand response program in Massachusetts, helping to meet the grid?s needs during peak demand periods, such as the recent heat waves that the region experienced, while providing the stadium with payments for powering down non-essential areas when needed.
Additionally, in 2019 Enel X also installed and began operating 50 of its JuiceBox Pro electric vehicle smart charging stations throughout Patriot Place; further supporting Kraft Sports + Entertainment?s goal to make Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place a more eco-friendly environment for both guests and workers alike. The JuiceBox Pro smart charging station, powered by JuiceNet software, provides visitors to Patriot Place with access to a grid-connected smart charging solution free of charge. The JuiceNet platform monitors historical charging patterns, acquires real-time input and signals from the electric grid to aggregate and manage charging station demand, allowing Kraft Sports + Entertainment to support the local utility?s peak electricity demand management by charging vehicles at times when electricity costs are lower and renewable energy is most available.
The Kraft Group is focused on implementing sustainability in all of its businesses on a daily basis. In its sports and entertainment operations, the Kraft Group aims to minimize the environmental impact of Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place, as evidenced throughout its conception, construction and day-to-day operation, all focused on long-term sustainability, energy efficiency and ecosystem management. Working with Enel, the Kraft Group will further its sustainable practices through renewable energy commitments and advanced energy solutions.
Enel North America is part of the Enel Group, a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power, gas and renewables markets present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with more than 89 GW of installed capacity. The Group brings energy to around 70 million homes and businesses and has the largest global customer base. Enel?s renewables arm Enel Green Power is the world?s largest renewable private player, with around 50 GW of wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower plants installed globally. Enel is a recognized leader in sustainable energy and is consistently named one of Fortune Magazine?s ?Companies that are Changing the World.?
Enel North America operates in the US and Canada through three companies: Enel Green Power North America, Enel X North America and Enel Energy and Commodity Management. Enel Green Power North America is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants with a presence in 15 US states and one Canadian province. The company operates 60 plants with a managed capacity of over 6.7 GW powered by wind, geothermal and solar energy making it the fifth largest owner and operator of renewable energy in the US. Enel X in North America has around 4,500 business customers, spanning more than 35,000 sites, representing approximately $10.5B in energy spend under management, approximately 4.7 GW of demand response capacity and over 70 battery storage projects that are operational and under contract. Enel X is revolutionizing the EV charging market with its smart charging solutions deploying over 70,000 charging stations in the US. Enel Energy and Commodity Management maximizes the integrated energy margin, supporting all lines of business in the region, through the optimization and dispatching of the generation fleet in the US and Canada and the trading of related energy, services and commodities.
Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Kraft Group?s sports, entertainment and event management division, is comprised of Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Boston Uprising, Kraft Analytics Group (KAGR) and Patriot Place. The Kraft Group has been promoting and delivering world-class events to New England for more than a quarter century. From the biggest names in musical entertainment to international soccer matches, the 2016 NHL Winter Classic, NCAA athletics and motor sports, the Kraft Group annually hosts a diverse variety of sporting and entertainment events.
Across industries, the future is being dictated by a focus on ESG ?environmental, social and governance issues. Sporting events are no exception. This year, in the grand return of live sports we?d all been waiting for, we saw the Tokyo Olympics put a major focus on using recycled and recyclable materials: athletes? beds made from cardboard, podiums made from recycled plastic, and even the medals were made from recycled electronic devices.
These steps forward should certainly be championed and emulated. But as part of a bigger picture, they don?t go far enough in making up for the huge environmental and social impact sporting events have on the world. Sport has an enormous societal impact, and when organisations set their minds to making change happen, it works ? we?ve seen this over the last decade with football?s support for racial equality, through partnerships like Show Racism The Red Card and Kick It Out. So why can?t we do the same with sustainability?
Seeing sports events in siloes ? athletes, associations, fans, suppliers ? is clouding the ability to assess the full breadth of the problem. That?s why assessing the entire supply chain, from start to finish, is the only solution.
Finding a solution
In comparison to other industries, like fast fashion for example, in sports, the impact of supply chain and sustainability issues is less widely-known. That?s why now is the time for sports leaders and organisations to act, to find a solution to the problem, and to fix their supply chains in pursuit of achieving sustainability and meeting ESG goals.
But it goes beyond the obvious need to tackle climate change and help the UN achieve its SDGs. There is a business imperative. These days, sponsorship doesn?t only depend on players, leagues, and performances ?increasingly, issues like sustainability and diversity are coming to the fore.
It?s no longer a case of whoever pays the most money gets the biggest billboard, or the most lucrative logo placement. We?re starting to see brands unwilling to work with (and fans unwilling to support) organisations who are seen as untrustworthy when it comes to climate change, diversity, and inequality. For sports brands who don?t prioritise ESG, the game could almost be up.
Every step of the supply chain
Just like every industry, sports has a supply chain issue. Take football, an industry worth more than ?25 billion in Europe alone. It?s easy to forget when watching a match just how many people are involved in making each match happen ? and that this doesn?t just mean back-room staff or football associations.
We need to think beyond the game itself, to its whole ecosystem: who is making players? kits and boots? Where is the water feeding the pitch coming from? How was the stadium built, and how is it maintained? What?s the impact of major tournaments like the Champions? League or the Olympics, where hastily erected stadiums and hundreds of thousands of fans take over local areas?
Moreover, are certain actions ? like disposable cups in stadiums, or the use of recycled fibres in kits ? simply a sticking plaster over much wider issues across the entire supply chain?
We need to consider the impact of every step of this ecosystem: what is the carbon impact of each action? What?s the impact on the people playing a role ? are they paid a living wage? What?s the impact on biodiversity, and on local communities? Solving issues like these could go a long way to making real progress on the UN?s SDGs: SDG 1, No Poverty, SDG 14, Life Below Water, SDG 15, Life on Land, and SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production, to name just a few.
Turning sustainable ideas into reality
Focusing on a couple of key areas is how sports organisations will start to make real progress on ESG ? and continue bringing in the big bucks from sponsorship deals and business opportunities. It will take a holistic strategy focused on design and sustainability, incorporating a partnership model with other sports teams and organisations throughout their supply chain who can help create a more sustainable future.
To make things a little simpler, it makes sense to focus on the five key areas of a strong sustainability strategy: water, waste, carbon, products, and packaging. Thinking back to the impact of movements like racism in football have had, there is no reason why a little design thinking on making sport more sustainable can?t have an equally impressive societal impact ? be that kits, fans? travel, stadium construction, or many more potential areas for improvement.
The sports industry has come a long way, just like the corporate world, but there is still a long way to go. In the same way that hiring more women in boardrooms is a good move ? but still not enough to create real, lasting change throughout organisations ? the sports industry is moving in the right direction. But now it needs to move from small, incremental steps to meet modest targets, to big, bold moves that will underpin real change.
The Tokyo Olympics may have been the most sustainable yet, but there?s so much further to go.
Sports can play a high-profile role in sustainability with concessions operations carrying an immediate and long-lasting impact.
The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena provided T-shirts for their Zero Waste Squad volunteers, who assisted guests in properly depositing trash to reduce compost contamination. ATLANTA HAWKS AND STATE FARM ARENA
The Phoenix Suns? partnership with Footprint is supposed to raise awareness to the prevalence of plastic in everyday life and its impact on the environment. Suns Chief Revenue Officer Dan Costello said his were among the first eyes opened.
?We were startled as we spent time with their scientists,? he said of Footprint, the plant-based fiber and material science company from Arizona. ?Once you get into these deep discussions and go on this journey you just find yourself looking at plastic everywhere you go.?
Footprint Chief Marketing Officer Susan Koehler readily plied Costello with upsetting facts, such as that humans consume a credit card-sized amount of plastic every week through their food supply, or that only about 9% of plastic actually gets recycled.
?I?m almost mad because she?s almost ruined my experience everywhere I go,? Costello joked. ?It?s an unlock.?
The Footprint-Suns partnership, which aims to remove all single-use plastic from the Suns? newly renamed Footprint Center, offers a glance at a future in which the sports industry takes on a weightier role in confronting environmental issues.
Sports can play a visible role in promoting and enacting sustainability practices, and concessions in particular has potential for immediate impact. To understand the volume, consider that the average U.S. Bank Stadium crowd in Minneapolis produces 35 tons of waste, or that the Miami Dolphins are eliminating, annually, an estimated 812,000 plastic bottles and 613,000 plastic cups from public use.
The future of concessions
?People value being cared for in ways that matter to them. ? We have to understand what matters. Data science and its importance to the fan experience will grow in prominence and meaning in the next five to 10 years, and from that all manner of experiential innovation will follow.?
? John Sergi, Founder, Hospitality As Strategy
Most sports venues have the potential to be closed loops ? customers don?t bring food in or take it out, unlike a restaurant ? increasing the likelihood that composting and recycling succeed.
Taking important steps ? like the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena enlisting volunteers to help achieve a zero-waste event, or the plan that Footprint and the Suns have to eliminate single-use plastic at their downtown Phoenix arena ? could shift the public?s thinking about the environment.
?It goes a long way to normalize it. A ballpark is not thought of as a fringey place,? said Maisie Ganzler, Bon Appétit chief strategy and brand officer. ?It?s one thing when you see this at your local food co-op, but when you see it at a ballpark, you?re like, ?oh, this is part of a broader society, part of the establishment.??
Initially, the pandemic, which necessitated the use of individually wrapped food items and utensils, seemed like a setback for the sustainability movement. But COVID-19 seems to have affected the public?s wider awareness, and according to numerous studies and surveys has increased environmental consciousness during the last 18 months. The virus forced adaptability into people?s lives, something that could benefit the sustainability movement.
?At this point, with our lives changing on a daily basis, there are people that very willing to listen, to learn, and change the way they?ve done business in the past,? said Jay Satenspiel, Spectra senior vice president.
Food waste makes up a quarter of all material that goes into landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and once there it decomposes and produces harmful methane that warms the planet. The EPA?s 2018 Food Waste report estimated that sports venues waste more than 38,000 tons of food per year.
Plastic, which when paired with recycling seemed like a planet-saving solution, has instead leeched into our food supply and our bodies, and piled up in waterways and landfills.
Only 8.7% of plastic was recycled in 2018, according to the EPA. Six American states ? Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia ? recycle single-digit percentages of their waste.
The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Climate Report, which estimated that humanity would need to move greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 to maintain a livable climate, further raised urgency around sustainability efforts.
Regulations are advancing in the U.S., including six states that have banned food waste from going to landfills and a growing slate of city and state legislation against plastic, including banning plastic grocery bags.
The future of concessions
?Data science is how we make all of our decisions now and I see that becoming even more important moving forward. The information we have and how we use it is going to be a linchpin. If you don?t know the details you can?t solve the problem.?
? Alison Birdwell, President and CEO, Aramark Sports and Entertainment
Corporations, many of which sponsor sports teams and venues, are increasingly focused on sustainability goals, and moving away from shareholder-focused short-termism. Environmental, social and governance criteria that many investors use to screen companies before investing in them have helped. Footprint?s Koehler said that $40 trillion will be invested in ESG-approved companies in the next five years.
A fall 2020 survey by consulting firm Kearney found that over 80% of respondents were considering the environmental impact of their purchasing, up from 71% in 2019. In the same survey, 85% expressed a commitment to turn down plastic utensils during the coming year. And a recent Morning Consult/Bloomberg News survey found 35% of respondents are making an effort to eat less meat; the meat and dairy industries contribute about 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.N.?s Food and Agricultural Organization.
It?s not just fans paying attention. Satenspiel said a band whose name he wouldn?t disclose asked Spectra to fill out a sustainability questionnaire before committing to play one of their venues.
?We?ve been building toward a better and better food experience, and better being defined in many ways, including better for the planet,? said Bon Appétit?s Ganzler. ?And that people, while they do want to have a fun, escapist experience at the ballpark, they don?t want to check their values at the door.?
Not just lip service
Teams, venues and concessionaires are taking action.
The Vikings diverted 91% of waste during the 2018 Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium, and they?ve maintained an 80% average since. The remaining waste that isn?t diverted is converted to steam at a trash-to-energy facility and is used to heat buildings in downtown Minneapolis.
The Washington Nationals are avoiding using 5 million ketchup packets this season, while the Golden State Warriors receive all their ingredients at Chase Center in reusable containers. Concessionaires have the reach to play an oversized role, too; Delaware North is now making straws available only upon request in venues it serves, while Aramark helped the Philadelphia Eagles switch to recyclable straws, eliminating 500,000 plastic straws annually from Lincoln Financial Field.
?When we have the concessionaires along with the team and the team owners asking those questions, then it becomes ?how can we find a solution to this??? said Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Roger McClendon, whose group has 340 pro sports teams committed to using their platforms to advance environmental responsibility. ?Those conversations are happening more and more.?
Atlanta?s State Farm Arena is one of the best examples of the closed loop in action.
Two and a half years ago, the Hawks diverted just 10% to 20% of waste away from the landfill, including recycling and food donations. Today, the arena has diverted 90% of its waste from the landfill for three straight months, an effort helped by instituting compostable-only food vessels and utensils and the hard work of a half-dozen sorters clawing through the venue?s postgame waste to maintain compost integrity. That 90% mark is even more impressive considering the city of Atlanta doesn?t offer municipal composting and the Hawks pay to have their waste taken to a private composting company. A source told Sports Business Journal the composting program runs six figures annually.
A Hawks playoff game against the Knicks in May was certified as the first zero-waste sporting event. State Farm Arena has diverted 90% of its waste from the landfill for the past three months.ATLANTA HAWKS AND STATE FARM ARENA
The Hawks held the world?s first zero-waste sporting event, credentialed by Green Business Certification, in May during a playoff game versus the New York Knicks. Every game after hit the same zero-waste threshold.
?This is not an easy decision; this is not something we?re doing out of convenience or to save money,? said Geoffrey Stiles, the Hawks? senior vice president of facilities and events. ?It is at great cost and great effort. It is something we believe is the right thing to do because we love our town, we love where we are, and we?re going to take care of it.?
Beyond composting and recycling, the sports industry is increasingly looking for, and finding, alternatives to meat and plastic.
Impossible Foods, which makes plant-based meat, first appeared in a sports venue in 2018 but is now in 56, including Wrigley Field and Notre Dame Stadium. Impossible Foods President Dennis Woodside said the company?s products require 90% less water, almost 90% less land use to produce than the animal agriculture industry and emit close to 90% less greenhouse gases. The company?s production is up tenfold in the last 20 months or so, Woodside said.
The future of concessions
?Over the next five years, we see more connection with guests via mobile apps. Prior to arrival, those apps will inform on menu item availability, special promotions and other value propositions. They will also provide the ability to pre-order F&B items, tender payments and provide access to delivery portals, eliminating the need for point-of-sale devices that tend to slow down service.?
? Daniel Smith, President of Hospitality, Legends
Aluminum is another product with current tailwinds that?s emerging as an alternative to plastic, especially recycled aluminum. Ball Corp. has naming rights for the Denver home of the Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, and makes its cups from 90% recycled aluminum, helping offset the significant environmental impact of new aluminum creation.
Aluminum is simply more recyclable than plastic; 75% of the aluminum ever created is still in circulation, according to the Aluminum Association, compared to about 10% of plastic. Ball Corp. President Dan Fisher said a Ball cup recycled at an arena could be back in that building within 60 days.
The next step for live sports concessions: ?Having sustainability thought of in all decisions,? Ganzler said. ?Not specifically only in waste or only having a garden, but weaving sustainability into all stands.?
So much more can be done. HOK?s Sustainability Leader Vanessa Hostick recommends venues make their composting and recycling bins much bigger and brighter than the landfill waste receptacle to grab attention, and to partner with a local food bank so that unused food can be donated. Sustainability consultant Kristen Fulmer suggests teams and concessionaires reduce portion sizes to limit waste, and that effective messaging can lead people to enacting some of these basic changes at home.
Stadium kitchen operations present clear sustainability possibilities. Fulmer mentioned smart meters that identify where energy waste is occurring, technology for reducing energy use around refrigeration systems, and on-site renewable energy sources (solar and wind especially) as likely to proliferate in the coming years, especially in new venues.
?There was a wave of new stadiums that came on line maybe 10 or 15 years ago that were internet connected and technology played a front-and-center role in the experience,? Woodside said. ?You?re going to start seeing that with sustainability. It?s something that stadium operators and owners want. They want to be part of the solution, don?t want to be perceived as part of the problem, and they?re going to be leaning into this in the future.?
Work to do
Fulmer also sees mobile ordering as a potential contributor to sustainability. She?s had conversations with mobile app developers about adding options during the ordering process to reduce waste, such as a button for not needing napkins or condiments. In-venue apps could also send push notifications and coupons about new food options that are locally sourced. And teams could close the loop by sending their compost back to those same local farmers from whom they?re buying ingredients.
Though all the American sports leagues have sustainability programs, none have environmental mandates for their teams. Fulmer noted that the German Bundesliga is voting this winter on whether it will install carbon neutrality goals for its clubs.
The NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB or MLS mandating its teams take certain sustainability steps would send a powerful message, as would leagues or teams investing financially in the development of sustainable products and industries.
The future of concessions
?Anybody who moves totally away from traditional hospitality is missing it and anybody who doesn?t move toward totally frictionless experiences is missing it. You?ve got to play to both sides.?
? Andy Lansing, President and CEO, Levy Restaurants
That could help the entire industry because the economics of sustainable concessions are still challenging. Bobby DiCicco, Levy Restaurants vice president of hospitality at State Farm Arena, said he?s on daily calls trying to find producers of sustainable products, a problem exacerbated by the pandemic?s disruption of supply chains.
Ball?s Fisher said that distribution systems don?t exist for aluminum like they do for plastic, and that much of the higher cost of non-plastic products lies in the greater difficulty manufacturing or moving the product.
Alicia Woznicki, Aramark vice president of design and development, estimated that a Ball aluminum cup costs in the 30-cent range, while a typical paper cup (which contains plastic seams) runs 10 to 15 cents. Spectra?s Satenspiel estimated that a compostable hinged tray for hot dogs would cost three to four times more than a Styrofoam clam shell. But private equity?s interest in sustainable goods includes associated infrastructure; investment will ultimately bring costs down and improve availability.
?If the smartest folks in the world are putting their dollars to work in this area, I like our chances to get there sooner rather than later,? Fisher said.
Corporate partnerships are another way to absorb increased sustainability costs. But increasingly, everyone involved is willing to pay a little more in the meantime.
?In terms of what we?re putting in them and the overall value to the consumer, it?s very easy to justify the expense when they see the value perception of what they?re getting, a high quality of food, a high-quality packaging,? said Aramark Sports and Entertainment President Alison Birdwell. ?People are willing to pay for that.?
Ball Corp., the arena naming-rights partner of the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets, makes its aluminum cups from 90% recycled material. BALL CORP.
South African by birth, Australian by choice, Wendy Botha made her mark on the Championship Tour with unmatched confidence in the water and four world titles, including the first and only women’s crown for South Africa in 1988, followed by the first for Australia after she gained citizenship in 1989. – WSL / ERIK AEDER
When CT stalwart Johanne Defay and seven-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore paddle out for the historic first Match of the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Lowers, the World Surf League will further extend its commitment to equality and set a new standard for professional surfing.
For the first time, an equal number of women and men will compete for Championship Tour World Titles on the same day, on the same stage, for the same prize money. This is a milestone among global sports leagues, and is the second phase of the WSL’s long-term plan to create total equality, establishing itself as a leader in providing equal opportunity for women in sports.
But this progress has not come easily or quickly. For more than four decades professional surfing was shaped by a patriarchal culture that established a separate and unequal system for women, characterized by different events, smaller wave locations and fractional prize money.
Through the ’70s, ’80s and into the ’90s a small band of fearless women, including Margo Oberg, Kim Mearig, Freida Zamba and Wendy Botha, charged the lineups both in and out of competition, attempting to earn the respect and recognition their surfing deserved.
In the mid and late ’90s, when Lisa Andersen — winner of four consecutive World Titles — and her progressive style broke performance barriers, earning her a rare Surfer Magazine cover shot and the headline “Lisa Andersen Surfs Better Than You,” and fueling the explosive growth of ROXY, the endemic brands only offered anemic support of female surfers and their events.
With the optimism of a new century dawning, Layne Beachley carried the banner of high-performance women’s surfing to new heights, charging and winning in the biggest waves. Her grit and tenacity lead to a precedent-setting seven World Titles, and the first wildcard spot at a men’s event.
With her unprecedented progressive style, 4-time World Champion Lisa Andersen inspired countless young, turbo-charged Roxy’s global growth and made the cover of Surfer magazine, with the caption ‘Lisa Andersen surfs better than you.’– SURFER/ TOM DUGAN
By 2002, women’s surfing (specifically competitive surfing) hit the global awareness jackpot with the breakout commercial success of the film Blue Crush, inspiring a wave of young girls and tweens to paddle out at beaches around the world.
This swelling interest drove widespread growth and profitability in the surf industry, and while the top men in the sport were commanding million-dollar annual salaries the women’s tour was virtually defunded by 2006. That year the brands agreed to support the tour’s operation only, and refused to fund any form of media coverage.
This was a dark period for women’s professional surfing as it also featured the end of the tour’s seven-year “experiment” of putting the pro women in heavier waves. After the 2006 event at Teahupo’o, with little warning and no consultation with the pro women, the ASP abruptly canceled the 2007 event, using the rationale that the heaving barrels in Tahiti were “too dangerous for women.”
Layne Beachley dominated the early 2000’s with consistency, power and style. She demonstrated this in spades with a second-place finish at the 2006 Roxy Fiji Pro, on the way to her record-setting seventh World Championship. – WSL / KAREN WILSON
At the time of the cancellation, 2006 Women’s title contender and winner of that year’s Tahiti contest, Melanie Redman-Carr told the Sydney Morning Herald “It’s a pretty sexist decision … if the men can go there, why can’t we? We’ve been getting more respect because we’ve been surfing there.” Concluding, “They seem to think it’s too heavy and dangerous for us. We want to show that’s wrong, and we’ve been doing it. To lose Teahupo’o – it’s just pointless.”
For more than a decade, the structure and stakes of women’s surfing remained largely unchanged, despite an abundance of new talent in World Champions Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright, who picked up where Beachley left off. They and a new breed of athletic surfers persevered and continued to push the envelope, redefining women’s surfing with more power, bigger airs and deeper barrels.
Then in 2012, new ownership took over the Tour, and imbued the re-branded World Surf League with a new set of values, grounded in long-overdue equality for the women. The first material sign of the sea-change came in the wake of a management shakeup, when in September 2018 the WSL announced that from the 2019 season forward, it would distribute equal prize money to the women at all WSL owned and operated events.
2006 Billabong Tahiti Pro champion Melanie Redman-Carr. – WSL / KAREN WILSON
“Our ownership group and management are committed to advancing equality for women in surfing as part of a larger agenda to create greater access and enjoyment of surfing for everyone,” says Erik Logan, CEO of the World Surf League. “Our equalization of prize money in 2019 was just the beginning of our long-term plan to expand the diversity and inclusiveness of the sport.”
A year later, at the 2019 Lululemon Maui Pro, Carissa Moore was crowned surfing’s first world champion with a prize purse equal to the men’s.
“I am very grateful to have won my fourth World Title in 2019,” says Moore. “WSL really elevated our sport by equalizing prize money and giving the women the opportunity to perform on an amazing platform all season long.”
Stephanie Gilmore developed a signature style on the way to her seven World Titles that is the envy of competitive surfers everywhere. – WSL / KELLY CESTARI
With the world and the Championship Tour turned upside down by the global pandemic of Covid-19 in 2020, the WSL quietly worked on the next phase of its drive toward total equality. For the 2021 season, it established that for the first time there would be an equal number of Championship Tour events for men and women (a new benchmark for the women), and the creation of a new “Final 5” format to crown the undisputed World Champions.
Last December, the 2021 Championship Tour kicked-off in Hawaii, and the path to a new era of equality was cleared, albeit with a minor detour at the women’s season opener at Honolua Bay. Following a tragic shark fatality at the Maui venue that forced the suspension of the women’s competition, WSL leadership quickly mobilized to provide a solution for completing the event.
Through collaboration with the Hawaiian government and consultation with the pro women, it was determined that the contest could finish alongside the men on Oahu’s north shore, at the legendary Pipeline. Ultimately, Tyler Wright’s victory over Carissa Moore in a dynamic barreling Final set up the next big move.
Carissa Moore confirmed her 4th World Championship during the 2019 Lululemon Maui Pro, and celebrated the conclusion of the landmark first season in which women received the same prize money as the men. – WSL / CAIT MIERS
On August 4th, the WSL announced that the 19 events comprising the 2022 Championship Tour and Challenger Series will not only continue to feature an equal number of events and prize money for both men and women, but will also take place at all the same venues in the same windows, including a return to Teahupo’o after 15 years and a first-ever complete event at Pipeline.
“We believe the new structure for our tours is a massive upgrade for fans, partners and athletes,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, SVP of Tours and Head of Competition. “It’s awesome that the 2022 seasons of both the Championship Tour and Challenger Series will continue to drive equality for women. We’ve been really deliberate in working with our stakeholders to build calendars that showcase the world’s best surfing, have great venues and create the most equitable platform possible for all our surfers.”
Now, with just days to go before the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Lowers, the mounting drama of the new, single-day world title format sets the unprecedented stage for an equal number of women and men to compete on the same day, on the same wave, in the same conditions for the same reward: the World Championship Title.
Tyler Wright tucked in for the win at The 2021 Maui Pro presented by Roxy, which was completed at Pipeline (above). – WSL / KEOKI SAGUIBO
“I am really excited to be a part of this new format and have the opportunity to compete with the men on the same day for a World Title,” shares Moore. “It has never been done like this before and it should be an exciting day of competition. There are a lot of emotions involved and it is a high pressure situation but I am ready to give it my all.”
The WSL’s work, however, is far from done. It remains committed to its values and continues its effort to progress through evolution, whether it is equality, diversity or inclusion.
San Francisco 49ers games at Levi’s® Stadium this season will feature a new way for fans to tackle hunger as Incogmeato and MorningStar Farms have been named the first-ever official plant-based protein of the NFL franchise.
The in-stadium experience keeps getting better at the home venue of the 49ers, with a new menu of next-generation plant-based protein that looks, cooks, and tastes just like the real thing. From sizzling burgers to brats and sausages, fans can find these plant-based proteins throughout the stadium on the member-inclusive menu and at the Incogmeato kiosk in the Zenni Zone on the upper concourse. For fans at home, it’s easy to re-create their Levi’s Stadium order with a backyard barbecue roster of Incogmeato stadium favorites that score extra points for flavor, all without the meat.
Not only is Incogmeato and MorningStar Farms partnering with the 49ers to bring delicious plant-based protein menu items to Levi’s Stadium, the brands are also continuing their commitment to making plant-based protein more accessible to all with this exclusive team partnership. An estimated 1 in 8 Americans are expected to face food insecurity in 2021, and food banks are experiencing a protein shortage. Incogmeato and MorningStar Farms, along with the 49ers and Feeding America, is helping to close the protein gap at food banks. For every field goal the 49ers score, the brands will donate 30,000 Incogmeato Chik’n Tenders ? up to one million tenders ? to Feeding America food banks in the Bay Area.
“We are proud to be the official plant-based protein of the San Francisco 49ers and Levi’s Stadium. What you eat on game day is almost as important as the action on the field, so that’s why our partnership is key to delivering what flexitarian 49ers fans want: all of the flavor with none of the meat,” said Heidi Ray, Marketing Director, Plant-Based Protein Category of Kellogg Company. “Ensuring plant-based protein is accessible is an important initiative for us, so we are thrilled to be partnering with the 49ers and Feeding America this season!”
“We are always looking for ways to bring our fans, our community and a premium food experience, together,” said Kevin Hilton, 49ers Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “That’s why, partnering with Incogmeato and MorningStar Farms is a touchdown for not only our fans craving a delicious alternative to meat, but for those facing food insecurities in our region.”
Hungry fans don’t have to wait until they’re inside Levi’s Stadium to give Incogmeato a try. Find MorningStar Farms and Incogmeato at leading retailers like Safeway throughout the Bay Area and across the country.
Fans will be asked to travel to the match on 19 September using public transport and to recycle while in the stadium
Spurs have teamed up with Sky and COP26 to host the match and will encourage fans, players and staff to take sustainable actions throughout the day
Tottenham Hotspur will host the world’s first net-zero carbon football match when the London club welcomes rivals Chelsea on 19 September to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs have teamed up with Sky and the home game against Chelsea is aiming to be net-zero, through emissions reductions and offsetting the remaining carbon footprint through reforestation projects.
The match is supported by COP26 and the Premier League – and Spurs will be encouraging fans, players and staff to take sustainable actions on match day.
This includes using public transport or cycling to the match, choosing plant-based food options and recycling waste.
The project has been called #GameZero and aims to educate football fans on the role of sport in addressing climate change.
For the match to be net-zero, Sky and Spurs will aim to minimise match day emissions activity such as energy used to power the game, travel to and from the stadium for both fans and clubs, and food options at the stadium.
Tottenham players will travel to the match by coach to reduce the number of cars, and Chelsea will ask staff to travel to the game using sustainable methods.
Both teams will head to the stadium on a coach that uses biofuel, which is a form of renewable diesel produced from food waste products and the players will be drinking water from cartons provided by Spurs as opposed to plastic bottles.
Earlier this year, Tottenham Hotspur was named the Premier League’s greenest club at the UN-backed Sport Positive Summit.
The club and Sky Sports are both signatories of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework and both are founding partners of Count Us In – a global movement aimed at mobilising one billion people in the fight against climate change.
Spurs’ match against Chelsea will take place six weeks before COP26, the UN climate change conference which is being hosted by the UK in Glasgow.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy said: “Tottenham Hotspur is passionate about our planet – we look forward to showcasing our wide range of sustainable measures that are already in place and encouraging our fans to take simple actions that can make a huge difference.”
COP26 president Alok Sharma said: “Climate change affects every aspect of our lives, including the sports that we love to watch and play.
“We can all take steps to help protect the planet for future generations, including in major sporting events.”
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NFL players can wear social justice messages on their helmets again this season and “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” will be stenciled in end zones for the second straight year as part of the league’s Inspire Change platform.
The league will also bring back the “Say Their Stories” initiative and for the first time, each team will highlight its social justice work during a regular-season home game in Weeks 17 and 18.
“We are committed to Inspire Change and the social justice work that inspires change for the long term,” Anna Isaacson, NFL senior vice president of social responsibility, told The Associated Press.
The six messages players can choose from as part of the helmet decal program are: “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change” and “Say Their Stories.”
The end zone stencils will be placed on the field for all clubs in all home games, except when another cause is being recognized. For example, during a club’s Salute to Service game, “End Racism” will be replaced with “Salute To Service” in one end zone and “It Takes All of Us” will remain on the opposite side.
This year’s “Say Their Stories” features will again be voiced by NFL players but will evolve to include social justice heroes who have been personally identified by players for their impact in this area, particularly those from their local communities.
For the final two weeks of the regular season, all clubs will receive the relevant banners, goalpost wraps, stencils, helmet decals and video board graphics. The elements will continue to be featured during playoff games.
“That will provide a unified time frame for us to further amplify all of the work that our clubs are doing and that will lead into the playoffs where Inspire Change will continue to take center stage,” Isaacson said. “The key message for us as the season is starting, we are ramping up again in a big way with our social justice work.”
The league also worked with New Era and the Players Coalition to offer an Inspire Change knit hat that can be worn on the sideline during Weeks 17 and 18 by players, coaches and other personnel to add additional visibility to the cause. The hat will be sold at retail, and 100% of the league’s proceeds will be donated to Inspire Change grant recipients.
Board cites President Johnson?s strong leadership during pandemic
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today approved five presidential goals for the current fiscal year. President Kristina M. Johnson and the board outlined five priorities: academic excellence, knowledge enterprise excellence, talent and culture, resource management and service.
The board also approved the continuation of the university?s energy efficiency and management measures. The latest phase involves spending $44 million in energy system improvements in 40 buildings. So far, more than 100 buildings on the Columbus campus have undergone energy conservation measures, and in the fifth and final phase, another 50 to 60 will be optimized.
During board meetings this week, Office of Business and Finance leadership reported that the university?s financial performance in fiscal year 2021, which spanned from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, outperformed the previous fiscal year, allowing for the resumption of the Annual Merit Compensation Process (AMCP) for faculty and staff ? budgeted at 3 percent. The university?s solid financial footing was attributed to a strong investment performance, more positive momentum at the health system and significant efficiency measures across the university, actions that helped offset revenue declines in key areas including tuition, housing and dining and athletics.
Further actions taken during the board?s meeting include:
Fiscal year 2022 Capital Investment Plan approved
The board approved the Capital Investment Plan for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. Capital expenditures are the result of the university?s comprehensive annual capital planning process.
Fiscal year 2022 Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) capital plan approved
The board approved the annual utility system capital improvement projects plan for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. The projects are:
Utility System Life-Cycle Renovation, Repair and Replacement Projects
Utility System Expansion and Extension Projects
Energy Conservation Measure Projects
The board also approved a change in scope of the Combined Heat and Power Plant and Midwest Campus District heating and Cooling Network capital improvement project, which was previously approved in fiscal year 2020. A state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a delay of the state?s certification process, which caused a delay in construction of the process.
Ahead of IMEX America 2019, Meetings Today content developer Kate Cripe got a sneak peek of the $375 million Caesars Forum. During a hard hat tour, she got a first hand look at how the conference center project, which is expected to open in March 2020, is progressing.
Speakers in the Open Expo Hall? A New Way to Maximize Conference Content
Posted: 21 May 2019, 6:00 am
When it comes to conference speaking, an innovative speaker stage setup can drive more and unexpected engagement. Meetings Today Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe reports live from DES Madrid on how the "open air" concept works for attendees and presenters.
6 Tips for Working With a Convention Services Team
Posted: 30 Apr 2019, 7:35 am
Meeting and event planners working with a facility’s convention services team can help ensure their program is a success by providing some very basic, but essential, information. Maxine Compean, associate event manager for the dual-branded the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, offered the following six tips to keep meeting and event planners and the convention services team on the same page.
An Event Plannerâ€™s Take on the New Kentucky International Convention Center
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 3:05 pm
Event planner Christa Mekki, founder and senior planner at Magnetic Magnificent Events, was one of the first to experience the brand-new Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Meetings Today reached out to Mekki for her take on the reimagined convention center.
Event Venue Titans AEG Facilities and SMG Announce Merger
Posted: 8 Feb 2019, 10:20 am
AEG Facilities and SMG owner Onex announced they will merge to create ASM Global. The new company will be headquartered in Los Angeles and will operate over 300 venues across five continents that include arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers.
San Franciscoâ€™s Moscone Center Nearly Doubles in Size
Posted: 19 Dec 2018, 5:45 am
As the new year approaches, so does a new beginning for San Francisco’s meetings business. The long-awaited opening of an upgraded Moscone Center came in early January, as the convention complex debuted a $551 million expansion.
Q&A With David Gibbons, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
Posted: 20 Nov 2018, 8:45 am
Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman touched base with Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) Executive Director David Gibbons on the MCCA’s increase in group business and the future of the facility.
Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is moving forward with a $605 million campus improvement plan. The project will bring expansions and new meeting and exhibit space in the North and South concourses, further increasing the center’s seven million square feet of total function space.
IACC, the association that represents the global conference center segment, is set to more than double its number of European facilities within the next four months if a deal to add the supplier members of two conference center groups comes to fruition, according to IACC CEO Mark Cooper.
St. Louis Convention Center Plans Extensive Renovation
Posted: 7 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm
The America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis will undergo an expansion and extensive renovations. The AC Next Gen Project, which will include the addition of 92,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 65,000-square-foot ballroom and meeting area, a new outdoor pavilion and 26 new loading docks, was announced during a press conference held on October 3.
On a recent tour of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Meetings Today spoke with John Page, general manager for SMG for the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). Page shared his advice for navigating a convention center renovation or expansion.
5 Things You May Not Have Known About the Chattanooga Convention Center
Posted: 18 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm
Once you’ve seen one convention center you’ve seen them all, right? A recent visit to the Chattanooga Convention Center left me surprised to find some nice touches that many of its bigger—and smaller—city counterparts lacked. Following are five standout features I noticed during my tour of the Chattanooga Convention Center led by Executive Director Mike Shuford, during a press trip with the Chattanooga CVB.
The Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) hosted a grand opening ceremony, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 following a two-year, $207 million renovation and expansion project. State and local government officials, along with KICC facility officials and staff welcomed meeting clients, local stakeholders, interested citizens, and media to an open house that showcased how the new facility will host small to large-scale events.
Caesars Forum Conference Center Breaks Ground in Vegas
Posted: 16 Jul 2018, 8:00 pm
Caesars Entertainment broke ground on its $375 million, Caesars Forum conference center on Monday, July 16, during a ceremony for trade press, industry executives and Caesars staff members. The ceremony was also livestreamed by Caesars so that people could tune in from all over the world.
Q&A With Jennifer B. Davis on Greater Columbus Convention Center Updates
Posted: 30 Jun 2018, 8:00 pm
Meetings Today contributor Carolyn Blackburn interviewed Jennifer B. David, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager with the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), to discuss recent updates to the facility. The GCCC, which features 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, wrapped a two-year $140 million renovation and expansion project in July 2017 to improve the overall guest experience, including the installation of an impressive art collection and local F&B concepts.
Creativity Takes Center Stage at Convention Centers
Posted: 26 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm
The artwork installed at an increasing number of popular convention centers transforms these necessarily utilitarian buildings into magnificent galleries that rival some of the most inspired museums in the world.
Arlington Unveils Plans for Massive Esports Stadium
Posted: 18 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm
The City of Arlington announced plans for Esports Stadium Arlington, an esports-specific venue designed to draw competitive gamers and fans from around the world. The proposed venue will be built within the existing Arlington Convention Center in collaboration with architecture firm Populous.
CEIR Releases Third Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
Posted: 24 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 24 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the third report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Three: Education Content that Builds a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers.
CEIR Releases Second Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
Posted: 10 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 10 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the second report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Two: Exhibition Floor Features that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers
Fourth Annual IAEE Womenâ€™s Leadership Forum Another Sold Out Event
Posted: 4 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) celebrates another successful Women?s Leadership Forum on 26 April 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. More than 200 attendees sold out this year?s event which featured education sessions for women at all stages of their career.
IAEE Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants
Posted: 3 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 3 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the application process for the 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants, which aid qualified professionals in their pursuit of continuing education and career development in the exhibitions and events industry.
IAEE Now Accepting 2016 Helen Brett Scholarship Applications
Posted: 2 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 2 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and EventsTM (IAEE) has opened the application process for the Helen Brett Scholarship awards in 2016. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college-level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support.
CEIR Debuts New Report Series Focusing on Attendee Retention
Posted: 28 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 April 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the first report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights. Reports from this exciting new, landmark study offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into a loyal fanbase. The series consists of five reports, beginning with Part One: Basics for Creating Your Attendee Retention Strategy: Tracking, Profiling and Why They Come Back.
IAEE Public Events Council Releases 2016 Survey Report
Posted: 26 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 26 April 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Public Events Council released its Public Events Industry Report: 2015 Results. In 2009, the Public Events Council distributed a survey to public event organizers across 22 public events industry sectors to examine overall industry performance. The report identified which public events industry sectors fared well, which sectors struggled and their expectations for the future. As a follow-up to the benchmark report, the survey is repeated annually with subsequent reports detailing individual and comparative statistics over the years.
DALLAS, 12 April 2016 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released the 2016 CEIR Index Report. The CEIR Index analyzes the 2015 exhibition industry and provides a future outlook for the next three years. Despite widespread pessimism and deceleration of activity during the fourth quarter, the U.S. economy still displayed significant signs of strength in 2015, led by personal consumption and residential construction. These strengths were offset partially by deterioration in energy development and net exports to produce real GDP growth of 2.4%. According to CEIR?s current projection, 2016 growth will be about the same, or perhaps slightly weaker as the trade gap widens further, before GDP accelerates in 2018 (see Figure 1).
DALLAS, 5 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) and the Japan Exhibition Association (JEXA) announced the renewal of a reciprocity agreement to benefit members of both organizations. Originally signed in 2012, the agreement renews the commitment of IAEE and JEXA to promote and develop the exhibitions and events industries in their respective countries through membership collaboration.
DALLAS, 4 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) announces the addition of its latest chapter in Asia, the IAEE India Chapter. The IAEE Board of Directors approved the creation of this new chapter during its meeting held 31 March 2016 at the HITEX Exhibition Center in Hyderabad, India.
IAEE MATSO Council Adds New Content for May Meeting
Posted: 31 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 31 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council?s program for this year?s MATSO Spring Program on 23-24 May 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. will focus on exchanging information that address challenges, share best practices and understand the changing landscape of Tier 1 cities.
IAEE Awards Jacqueline Russo with 2016 Woman of Achievement Award
Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 30 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) proudly congratulates Jacqueline Russo, Vice President of Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., as this year?s recipient of the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award. This award recognizes a woman who has led the way in the advancement of women in the exhibitions and events industry, exhibited outstanding leadership, and made significant contributions to the industry and her community.
CEIR Releases New Industry Insight Series Report Written by Candy Adams
Posted: 29 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 29 March 2016 ? Today the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announces a new Industry Insight Series report, 99 Cost-Savings Tips and Tricks for Exhibit Managers written by Candy Adams, CTSM, CME, CEM, CMP, CMM, a revered and well-known exhibition industry veteran and owner of ?The Booth Mom®? Trade Show Consulting.
DALLAS, 28 March 2016 ? Registration is now open for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Krakoff Leadership Institute (KLI) to be held 7-9 August 2016 at The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif. The program is open to IAEE members interested in enhancing their strategic skills, and broadening their knowledge as current and future leaders in the exhibitions and events industry.
IAEE Congratulates its 2016 International Excellence Award Recipient
Posted: 17 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 17 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) congratulates Edward J. Krause III (Ned), President and CEO of E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) as this year?s recipient of the IAEE International Excellence Award. The IAEE International Excellence Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made exceptional strides in creating, launching and managing an international event in the exhibitions and events industry on an international scale.
DALLAS, 15 March 2015 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced the release of the final report in the CEIR Digital Toolkit series. The new report, entitled Focus Report on Exhibition Organizer Onsite and Post-event Offerings provides an in-depth look at attendee preferences compared to business-to-business exhibition offerings for show mobile apps, as well as other onsite digital amenities and post-event digital communications.
IAEE MATSO Council Announces City Working Group Initiative, Finalizes Governance Procedures
Posted: 9 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 9 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council announced it will resurrect city task force updates following a recent council meeting that focused on future programming and governance procedures.
IAEE Announces 2016 Call for Nominations for Individual Awards
Posted: 8 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 8 March 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the Call for Nominations for its annual awards program to recognize exceptional professionals in the exhibitions and events industry. Industry professionals who meet the outlined criteria may be nominated for any of the awards listed below, and recipients will be honored at Expo! Expo! IAEE?s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held 6-8 December in Anaheim, Calif.
IAVM is actively monitoring the impact of recent Ebola incidents. At the direction of Chair Kim Bedier, CFE ? in collaboration with our Industry Affairs Council and key IAVM staff ? an Ebola task force has been formed to work on relevant communications to the IAVM community.
Please submit your session ideas for IAVM?s conferences. Presentations cannot be sales pitches, and if your topic is selected, IAVM will contact you concerning the coordination of the session speaker/panelists.
Exclusive: Flaming Lips to Star in Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 4:32 pm
When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what will happen when the group stars in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game, a 60-second commercial that will feature the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name.
As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. So, how best to manage MIDEM?
Downtown Sells Label to Cofounders, Focuses on Publishing
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 7:00 am
Downtown Music LLC, the privately held parent company of Downtown Records and Downtown Music Publishing, today announced the sale of its recorded music business to cofounders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam.
Black Keys File Third Lawsuit Against 'Soundalikes' in TV Commercials
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:50 pm
After settling two lawsuits with Pizza Hut and Home Depot in December over alleged use of its songs in commercials, the Black Keys have filed a third lawsuit -- this time, against Pinnacle Entertainment, which runs casinos throughout the United States, and Manhattan Production Music, a company that creates music for commercial advertising.
Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:24 pm
Verizon has teamed with Jill Scott for a multi-tiered print, TV and online advertising campaign to coincide with Black History Month, a rare artist endorsement deal for both parties, Billboard has learned.
Ultra Music and Sony Announce Partnership, Patrick Moxey Named President of Electronic Music
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 3:48 pm
Sony Music and Ultra Music -- the electronic/dance record label, publishing house, management company and media platform owned and operated by Patrick Moxey -- have announced a globe-spanning strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the deal Moxey was named president of electronic music for Sony Music Worldwide.
Searching For The Next 'Sugar Man'? Try 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
This year's Sundance had a half-dozen music-driven docs, including: Dave Grohl's "Sound City," "History of the Eagles, Part One," "Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer," "Narco Culturo" and "Mussel Shoals" -- all fine films. But the power of Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom," a story chronicling of the lives of background singers who sang on era-defining records from the 1960s into the 1990s, is such that it transcends the typical music documentary ecliciting gasps of disbelief, spontaneous applause and tears. It's a winner.
Building the $100 Billion Dollar Music Business: Guest Post by Tom Silverman
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
In this guest post, New Music Seminar/Tommy Boy Entertainment founder Tom Silverman describes how we can grow the music business into one that reaches $100 billion in annual retail revenue in the next decade.
Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 3:08 pm
Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients.
Exclusive: Kobalt Launches Label Services Division, Preps New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 2:07 pm
Not only did Kobalt sign a deal with Dave Grohl this week ( the company is also formally introducing a new Label Services division that will handle digital and physical releases for independent artists as well as Kobalt clients. Though the division has quietly released several albums in recent months, it will gain major attention next month with the release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Push the Sky Away,” due out Feb. 18 through Kobalt Label Services and Cave’s Bad Seed Ltd.
The Jan. 26 edition of Billboard features a cover-story interview with Prince, but that world exclusive is accompanied by something else: A whole new magazine. This week, Billboard relaunches, and from the new logo on the front cover to the information packed graphic on the back page, the magazine is dedicated to the delivery of business journalism that leads and informs the essential conversations around the music and businesses it covers.
Warner Music, NMPA Reach Agreement on Royalty Rate for Music Videos
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:43 pm
The Warner Music Group has become the second major label to agree to pay songwriters and publishers a royalty from revenue they derive from music videos, in a deal negotiated by the National Music Publishers' Association.
Tim Leiweke on AEG Sale: 'We're Getting Down to the Final Straws'
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm
The sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group is “taking longer” than expected, AEG CEO, Tim Leiweke told Billboard.biz, but not due to lack of interest. While Leiweke declined to mention who the serious bidders were, he did indicate that the field has narrowed. “We’re getting down to the final straws here,” he said.
'Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer,' 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Sell At Sundance
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 6:17 am
Add “Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer” to the growing music-centric documentaries sold at the Sundance Film Festival. HBO Docs acquired U.S. TV rights to the political documentary that received its world premiere Jan. 18. "Twenty Feet From Stardom," which tells the stories of several prominent backup singers, sold on Thursday to Radius and the Weinstein Co.
Kim Dotcom Launches Mega, New File-Sharing Service
Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 4:09 pm
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has unveiled a new file-sharing website called Mega. "As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government," Dotcom tweeted on Saturday, along with a link to the new site.
Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 4:45 pm
From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
AVL Digital Group -- the parent company of CD Baby, Disc Makers and other self-publishing platforms -- has been sold to Stephens Capital Partners, a private equity group based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Billboard.biz has learned.
NARM Names Muve Music's Jeff Toig, Dimple Records' Dilyn Radakovitz to Board
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:34 am
Muve Music senior VP Jeff Toig and Dimple Records founder and owner Dilyn Radakovitz have joined the board of directors of both NARM, the music business trade association, and digitalmusic.org, its digital initiatives arm.
Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels Presenting 'Garden of Laughs' Benefit Comedy Showcase
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:13 am
At the height of his lowest point, Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels says he considered suicide. Before leaving the world, however, he wanted to publish an autobiography, his life story beyond music; a conversation with his mother shortly thereafter revealed more information than he had bargained for.
Elizabeth Sobol Named Decca Label Group President and CEO
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Elizabeth Sobol, current managing director at IMG Artists North America, has been named Decca Label Group's president and CEO. Sobol will report to Universal Music Group International's chairman and CEO Max Hole, who was promoted to that position last week.
HMV Shutters Irish Operations, Appoints Receivers as Staff Stages Sit-In
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 11:45 am
Staff at two HMV stores in Ireland have staged sit-in protests to secure their wages following the closure of the company’s 16 Irish stores, according to reports. HMV’s Irish operations were placed into receivership 24 hours after the British music retailer HMV confirmed it was suspending the trading of its shares and entering administration, the U.K. equivalent of Chapter 11.
Dave Grohl, Avicii and Afrojack: A Promoter's Approach to Booking Music at Sundance
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 10:31 am
Park City Live is the only regularly operating nightclub in Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival running Jan. 17-27, which will enter its second year of operation as a concert venue the day the festival begins. Here, Park City Live CEO Kathryn Burns talks about her first year promoting the venue.
Sony/ATV Negotiates 25% Royalty Increase From Pandora: Report
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 8:01 am
The newly combined Sony/ATV-EMI music publishing powerhouse has used its market clout to negotiate a 25% royalty increase from Pandora, according to a report in the New York Post. The deal is said to run for the next 12 months.
Mark Poston, EMI Australia’s chairman, is out as Universal Music continues its global integration of EMI. According to Universal Music, Poston “decided to step down” from his current position as chairman and senior VP marketing, Australasia at EMI Music Australia. UMA's president George Ash will oversee EMI Australasia until a replacement is announced.
LyricFind Partners with Gracenote, Gets Investment from Larry Marcus
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 4:40 pm
LyricFind will now power all of Gracenote's lyric services as part of their new partnership, while BandPage director Larry Marcus will be providing his experience, and a personal investment, to the company.
Lucian Grainge, Michael Lynton, will.i.am to Co-Host Inaugural Innovation Summit
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
Innovation Forum, an inaugural summit of business leaders from the U.S. and U.K., will come together Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles, kicking off 2013 Grammy week. UMG Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge, Sony Ent. CEO Michael Lynton, Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of WME, and musician will.i.am will co-host the event co-sponsored by the Founder's Forum and UK Trade & Investment.
Sony Music Boosts Digital Team With Ole Obermann and Mark Piibe
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
In a statement today from Sony Music Entertainment's president of global digital business and U.S. sales Dennis Kooker, the company announced the creation and appointment of two new, digitally focused positions; current Sony Music executive Ole Obermann has been named executive vice president, digital partner development and sales, while Mark Piibe will be leaving EMI to take on the role of executive vice president, global business development and digital strategy.
Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' Aiming for First-Week Sales of 350,000
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 4:44 pm
As reported yesterday (Jan. 14), Justin Timberlake's new single "Suit & Tie" is selling briskly and bound for a big first-week sales figure; label sources suggest that "Suit & Tie" may sell around 330,000 - 350,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 20.
Greg Sandoval, Senior CNET Writer, Resigns Over CBS Controversy
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:39 pm
CNET editor Greg Sandoval told Twitter earlier today that he's quitting the venerable tech news site over parent company CBS's apparent demand that the publication drop Dish Network's ad-skipping Hopper feature from consideration for its "Best of CES" awards.
Indie Band Love in the Circus Explores 3D Imaging at CES
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:14 pm
Music can be as much about the visuals as it is about the sound. Among the more intriguing demonstrations of this at this year's Consumer Electronics Show was a video display in the Sony booth from an independent band called Love in the Circus; the Los Angeles based band used projection imaging to create a live stage that evokes a Cirque du Soleil-esque setting, wrapping custom animations around a physical stage set.
Pop Leads U.K. Album Sales for Second Year Running
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
Big-selling albums from Emeli Sandé, Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction ensured that pop remained the most-popular genre in the United Kingdom in 2012, according to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body the BPI.
Rock legends the Rolling Stones stand at the top of Hot Tours this week with ticket sales reaching $38.6 million from the 50 and Counting Tour, while Nickelback, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John reach the top ten on the strength of their Australian tours.
What does the association meeting of tomorrow look like and how can you prepare to provide your members with the type of meetings they need? A presenter at ASAE's 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo provides her expert glimpse into the future.
Rethinking Sponsorships in the Age of Social Media
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:56 pm
Technology is changing our lives in seemingly countless ways, including association event sponsorships. Find out what a leading event software expert believes are the best ways to make the most of sponsorships in the age of social media.
Even the largest associations sometimes have meetings that don't represent a lot of room nights, which can reduce your ability to negotiate with the host hotel. Here are nine tips to help you get the best deal for your next meeting, no matter how many attendees you have.
We use strategic planning in our everyday lives but often get too caught up in all the details to apply it effectively during the meeting planning process. Discover how to be truly strategic the next time you're planning an important meeting.
There's more to meetings than good content and a nice location. An ASAE Fellow and association business strategy consultant shares his views on factors such as information needs, competing resources, and strategic barriers that impact attendance at association conventions and tradeshows.
Post-Recession Economy Requires New Guidelines for Association Events
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:53 am
Association events are making a comeback following the deep recession, but everyone remains sensitive to appearing too extravagant and expensive. Here's a process for determining what's appropriate for your next events.
Letter From the Chair: ME Section Contributes to "199 Ideas" for Planners
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:47 am
The Meetings & Expositions Section Council chair discusses the debut of an exciting new resource for association planners, provides a glimpse of the upcoming Annual Meeting & Exposition, and lends his perspective on the value of associations to society.
Tips to Make Transportation at Your Conference Greener
Posted: 9 May 2011, 10:09 am
Greening meetings has come a long way in recent years, but you can take it to the next level with a little strategy and a lot of enthusiasm. Learn how to get your group actively involved in being a deeper shade of green.