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Bon Jovi — Legacy, Evolution & Bigger Than Ever: The Pollstar Interview
 
Posted: 9 Dec 2019, 3:00 am
The veteran of many global blockbusters since breaking in the 1980s spoke with Pollstar about trekking around the globe in the late aughts, the band?s now road-tested live lineup, and the prospects of touring in an election year.

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How Bon Jovi Conquered The World: 'The Man, The Voice, The Songs'
 
Posted: 8 Dec 2019, 8:00 pm
A small boat, even a Thames Clipper, chugging up the River Thames in London isn?t unusual enough to draw large crowds to the docks on any given day but, on June 24, 2007, such a boat pulled up to a jetty adjacent to the barely-completed O2 arena and unloaded passengers from New Jersey who had the entire city?s attention.

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Peach Music Festival 2020 To Feature Oysterhead, The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo's Almost Dead
 
Posted: 6 Dec 2019, 5:02 pm

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Week of 12/5/2019
 
Posted: 6 Dec 2019, 3:31 pm

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Ronnie Schneider: The Man Behind The Deal For ‘Gimme Shelter’
 
Posted: 6 Dec 2019, 2:34 pm
Ronnie Schneider was Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein?s nephew who had served as the tour accountant for the band?s 1966 U.S. tour who took over for his uncle when the band sought to get out from under its shaky financial situation.  He joined with Sam Cutler and the mysterious Jon Jaymes to form the Stones? new management team, charged with making the free music festival at Altamont happen, 50 years ago today. 

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On Altamont: Chip Monck’s Altamont Mea Culpa
 
Posted: 6 Dec 2019, 2:24 pm
Edward Herbert Beresford ?Chip? Monck was the lighting director/production designer at the Fillmore East, Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock (where he doubled as the affable stage announcer warning the crowd that the ?brown acid is not specifically too good,? when Jo Bergman, part of the Stones camp, saw his work at L.A.?s Greek Theater during a Joni Mitchell/CSN&Y show that August, and immediately recommended him to Mick Jagger, who was filming ?Ned Kelly? at the time in Australia. 

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Bon Jovi Album Preview: 2020 Is Not For Sale (Yet)
 
Posted: 6 Dec 2019, 1:06 pm
While Bon Jovi was delivering the music of the band?s latest release This House Is Not For Sale to fans around the world for the past three years, little did those fans know that front man and principal songwriter Jon Bon Jovi had the next powerful record percolating in his brain and, ultimately, pouring forth from his guitar. 

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For Some Arenas, AFL Was A Summertime Staple
 
Posted: 6 Dec 2019, 12:36 pm
The Arena Football League, which survived over a span of 33 years despite a series of financial struggles and temporary shutdowns, finally called it quits. The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, according to a league statement issued in late November.

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Philanthropy: Jon Bon Jovi’s Heart & Soul
 
Posted: 6 Dec 2019, 12:00 pm
The joy Bon Jovi has brought to the world is undeniable, what with the band?s delightful sing-along hit songs and the memories created at venues worldwide. Beyond the music, frontman Jon Bon Jovi has made a lasting impact on countless folks in need thanks to the philanthropic efforts of his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. 

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Boxoffice Insider: Bon Jovi, A Continuing Force In 21st Century Touring
 
Posted: 6 Dec 2019, 11:00 am
For Bon Jovi, the road is a natural habitat and, as it edges closer to the four-decade mark since forming in Sayreville, N.J., in the early 1980s, the band ? inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 ? has long since cemented its place in the history of live entertainment. In 2019, the band completed its 10th major tour since 2000, a year that roughly marks the halfway point in a long-lasting career on stage that began with an opening slot for ZZ Top at New York City?s Madison Square Garden in September 1983.

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Celine Dion Heats Up LIVE75; Ariana Grande & Liam Gallagher Debut In Top 10
 
Posted: 6 Dec 2019, 9:45 am
Celine Dion enters LIVE75 as the HOT SHOT artist, ranked fifth based on sales from her ?Courage Tour? booked worldwide through next September. The Canadian chanteuse appears on the chart with a sold ticket average of 13,305 from six sold-out performances at three North American venues during the tour?s opening leg. Among them is Montreal?s Bell Centre, which drew more than 50,000 fans during a run of four shows in November ? originally booked as one of the tour?s early stops, but postponed due to illness. 

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‘A Great Day For Artists’: DOJ Backs Azoff's Global Music Rights In RMLC Suit
 
Posted: 6 Dec 2019, 5:55 am
The U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on behalf of Global Music Rights (GMR) in its long-running legal battle against the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC), which negotiates song licences on behalf of radio stations. 

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The Sports Sector Takes a Stand For Sustainability: What’s Next?
 
Posted: 5 Dec 2019, 2:06 pm

By Mary Mazzoni, Triple Pundit

Sports were an underlying theme at the 2019 3BL Forum just outside Washington, D.C., this fall. As hundreds of business leaders convened to discuss what?s next in the brands taking stands movement, the hometown Washington Nationals battled it out against the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series.

Speakers donned caps and led the crowd in cheers for the home team?and, as it turned out, it paid off. The Nats defeated the Astros on the first night of the Forum, tying the series 3-3 and forcing a Game 7 faceoff?where they came away with a decisive 6-2 win, claiming the first World Series title in franchise history.

But the Nationals? upset victory wasn?t the only reason we heard so much about sports while discussing the rise of corporate, employee and consumer activism. Sports teams, leagues and franchises are, of course, businesses?and in many ways, they have everything any business could want: unbridled fan engagement and fierce loyalty that lasts a lifetime.

?Sports, culture and the arts are true common denominators in our society and throughout the world,? Kevin Martinez, vice president of corporate citizenship for ESPN, said at the Forum.

As de-facto cultural leaders of their hometowns, often with pockets of fans that stretch across the country and around the world, sports franchises are in a unique position to leverage their clout to influence public discourse long after the final whistle. Increasingly, sports stakeholders are taking up this mantle with pride, moving beyond the game to engage fans, players and communities in making the world a better place?including support for social and environmental change.

At the Forum, Alicia Chin, senior manager of social impact and growth initiatives for the National Hockey League, shared just one of these case studies?which can serve as an example not only for the sports sector, but for any business looking to take a stand for a brighter future.

NHL hockey Chicago Blackhawks

The NHL: An untold story of sustainability

It has been 10 years since the NHL began its sustainability journey in earnest, but its work remains largely under the radar. Still, taking a stand for positive environmental impact makes sense for an organization like the NHL?which depends on cold weather at a time when global temperature rise is altering when, where and how games can be played.

?People always ask us, ?Why does NHL care about the environment??? Chin said at the Forum. ?But if you think about it, our sport was born on frozen ponds, and as the climate continues to change, access to those ponds decreases. Similarly, we play in a giant refrigerator: A lot of energy is required for us to play on ice, as well as water, so we have a responsibility to reduce our impact and continue to make sure that our sport can be played for future generations.?

The NHL was the first North American professional sports league to issue sustainability reports including a carbon footprint, and it has offset that carbon footprint for three consecutive seasons.

Moving forward, the league is going beyond engagement with its professional franchises to help community ice rinks across the U.S. decrease their environmental impact and costs, ensuring longevity for the long term.

?Many of these community rinks are 20 to 30 years old. Their infrastructure is really outdated,? Chin explained. ?To help community rinks continue to stay open, we are taking those best practices that our arenas have adopted and translating them to the community rink space.?

?Particularly with the Montreal Protocol Kigali amendment kicking in, where HFCs are being phased out, refrigerants are becoming a massive issue for our industry,? she continued. ?So, we are investing in helping rink operators and owners understand how they can invest in new environmental sustainability technology.?

Through its Greener Rinks Initiative, the NHL launched a multiyear partnership with the chemical company Chemours to provide sustainable refrigerants to community rinks?and the program has already evaluated the impact of more than 4,800 rinks across North America.  ?Again, this is all about helping these rinks stay open, because our goal is to continue to increase access to our sport,? Chin said.

Can sustainability boost inclusion?

Alicia Chin NHL at the 3BL Forum

(Image: Alicia Chin of the NHL (center) speaks at the 2019 3BL Forum alongside Kevin Martinez of ESPN (right) and Roger McClendon of the Green Sports Alliance.) 

The fact that hockey is a sport historically dominated by white people is well known?and the butt of plenty of bad jokes. But Chin and her team hope that the NHL?s drive toward environmental and social sustainability can help to get new fans, players and communities interested.

?We also think about how sustainability can help hockey become a more inclusive sport,? Chin said at the Forum. As part of several initiatives aimed at increasing inclusion within hockey, the NHL?s Learn to Play program disburses used equipment and grants free ice time to families who otherwise couldn?t afford to get their kids involved in sport.

?Obviously diversity and inclusion is an important issue?particularly, I would say, for hockey. We want to reduce those barriers to our game: Do people feel welcome in the sport? Do they have access to places to play? And can they afford it??

Roger McClendon Executive Director Green Sports Alliance

(Image: Roger McClendon, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance, on stage at the 2019 3BL Forum.) 

What?s next for sports and sustainability?

It?s not hard to find examples of sports industry stakeholders that engage consistently with their communities around the environment and social change. But the sports sector is still only scratching the surface of the impact they can have, says Roger McClendon, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), a convening organization for sports and sustainability.

?The power of sport, in my mind, is really under leveraged,? McClendon said at the Forum. Given the increasing social and environmental challenges we face?from the climate crisis to increasing social division that?s driving racial and socioeconomic tensions worldwide?it?s time for sports to tap into its true potential, McClendon said.

The GSA?s Playing for the Next Generation campaign focuses on fighting climate change, improving communities, and engaging youth in both sports and driving positive impact. Its 10th annual Green Sports Summit, to be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in June 2020, focuses on the future of the campaign?and sports and sustainability more broadly.

?There’s a lifetime loyalty with teams, but fans increasingly want their teams to do more to engage with the community and to leave a better footprint than where they started,? he told business leaders at the Forum. ?We can’t be satisfied based on where we stand today. Given the crises we’re in, we have to do more.?

Image credits: Unsplash/Jimmy Conover, Flickr/pmonaghan and 3BL Media 

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‘Rock’s Darkest Day’: A Look Back At Altamont, 50 Years Later
 
Posted: 5 Dec 2019, 2:00 pm
Mick Jagger got his first glimpse that there was something wrong at Altamont Speedway near Tracy, Calif., 60 miles east of San Francisco, when he bounded off a helicopter at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, December 6, 1969, and was immediately confronted by an angry ?fan.? 

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Live Nation’s 29 Amphitheatre ‘Lawn Pass’ Returns For 2020
 
Posted: 5 Dec 2019, 1:30 pm
Following a successful debut in 2019, Live Nation?s Lawn Pass is returning to get fans unlimited admission to summer shows at select amphitheaters.

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Gulf Shores Reportedly Considering Withholding Hangout Festival Permit, Organizers Respond
 
Posted: 5 Dec 2019, 1:00 pm
An Alabama town is reconsidering whether to allow a beachfront music festival that has become a staple on the northern Gulf Coast.

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A$AP Rocky Denied Permission To Perform In Swedish Prison
 
Posted: 5 Dec 2019, 12:17 pm
Sweden?s prison board says U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky won?t be able to perform in the Swedish prison where he was held until convicted of assault in a June street brawl in Stockholm.

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Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest Returns With Maroon 5, Guns N' Roses, DJ Khaled
 
Posted: 5 Dec 2019, 12:14 pm
After a successful debut earlier this year in Atlanta, the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest will return on Super Bowl weekend in 2020, the National Football League, Bud Light and On Location Experiences announced Thursday.

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Judge Sets Sept. 14 Trial Date For R. Kelly's State Trial
 
Posted: 5 Dec 2019, 12:14 pm
A Cook County judge on Wednesday ordered singer R. Kelly to stand trial on one of four sexual abuse cases on Sept. 14, but it remains unclear which of the cases prosecutors will take to trial first.

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Kid Rock's Detroit Eatery Closing After His Anti-Oprah Rant
 
Posted: 5 Dec 2019, 12:06 pm
A Kid Rock-owned restaurant in Detroit's Little Caesars Arena will close once its licensing agreement expires this spring, the singer and arena operator announced separately Wednesday.

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Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Announce ‘The Stadium Tour’
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2019, 5:29 pm
Four of the most iconic hard-rock acts of all-time announced a summer 2020 stadium tour on Wednesday. Come July, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will hit the road for "The Stadium Tour," playing more than 20 U.S. stadiums.

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Longer Deals, Bigger Activations For Shed Naming-Rights Clients Integral To Live Nation’s Amphitheater Strategy
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2019, 2:22 pm
Andy Peikon, Live Nation?s senior vice president of sales, oversees the group that sells naming rights for the promoter?s 46 amphitheaters across the country.

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AEG Presents Promotes Debra Rathwell To EVP, Global Touring And Talent
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2019, 1:42 pm
After 17 years with AEG, Debra Rathwell has been elevated to the position of Executive Vice President of Global Touring and Talent. She was previously Senior Vice President of the same department and will remain in New York.

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Hannibal Buress Announces Three-Day ‘Isola Fest’ Comedy And Music Festival In Mississippi
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2019, 1:22 pm
Chicago comedian, actor and entrepreneur Hannibal Buress has announced the first Isola Fest, taking place Dec. 13-15 in Isola, Miss., headlined by Buress with support from artists including T-Pain, Flying Lotus, Open Mike Eagle and others.

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The Who Plans 1st Cincinnati Area Concert Since ’79 Tragedy
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2019, 1:00 pm
The rock band The Who announced Tuesday night it will play its first Cincinnati area concert since 11 fans died 40 years ago in a pre-show stampede.

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Charges Against Remy Ma In Assault Of Castmate Are Dropped
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2019, 12:57 pm
Manhattan prosecutors have dropped their case against Remy Ma.

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Maroon 5 Announces Summer 2020 Tour, Meghan Trainor And Leon Bridges To Support
 
Posted: 4 Dec 2019, 12:17 pm
Maroon 5 announced a 2020 tour Wednesday that will hit North American sheds, arenas and stadiums from May to September.

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Asia News: K-pop Stars Sentenced, Hokkaido, U2 & BookMyShow
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2019, 9:47 pm

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Announces Another Round Of U.S. Farewell Shows
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2019, 2:41 pm
Lynyrd Skynyrd?s ?Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour? will continue in 2020 with today?s announcement locking down additional stops in the U.S. The band is bringing along special guests Eli Young Band and Travis Tritt on select dates. 

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Trippie Redd Leads Elite 100 Pack; Jason Aldean Rises To No. 3
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2019, 2:30 pm
Anyone who has been paying attention knows Trippie Redd has amassed a huge online audience, so it should be no surprise that the rapper?s latest project propelled him to the top of the Elite 100 Artists chart for the week ending Nov. 28.

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The GSB Interview: Sierra Quitiquit — Freeskier and Climate Activist
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2019, 1:49 pm

By GreenSportsBlog

If the Green-Sports movement is going to truly make a difference on climate change in the brief amount of time available¹, there will need to be many more Sierra Quitiquits, and fast.

She checks three important boxes:

1. ATHLETE: An accomplished, high profile freeskier, Quitiquit has been featured in popular Warren Miller extreme skiing movies.

2. CLIMATE ADVOCATE: Quitiquit is also a Protect Our Winters (POW) athlete ambassador who speaks out on behalf of climate action in a variety of forums.

3. UNDERSTANDS THE URGENCY: She is not going to accept a ?steady and quiet? approach from the sports world on climate action. I saw this firsthand during the Q&A at ?Playing On Thin Ice,? a panel I moderated during Climate Week NYC in September.

 

GreenSportsBlog: Sierra, talk to us about your journey to becoming a freeskier, a POW athlete and a staunch advocate for meaningful action on climate yesterday.

Sierra Quitiquit: Thanks, Lew. Skiing is definitely in my blood. My grandfather was a back country skier in Alaska. My dad was a ski racer at the University of Utah. Growing up in Park City, Utah, my brothers and I naturally became skiers.

Sierra Quitiquit (Photo credit: Field Day Studios)

GSB: Naturally! What was your specialty?

Sierra: Speed was my thing, so I became a downhill racer at first. Injuries ultimately held me back from being a top competitive downhiller. So, I gravitated to freeskiing, skiing natural terrain, not on a course. Just the open mountain. In my late teens, early 20s, I worked at a ski shop while trying to find sponsorship for my skiing. Spyder signed me on when I was 22. Then I connected with Warren Miller?s production company?

GSB: ?The producers of iconic freeskiing movies and videos.

Sierra: That?s right. From my first shoot in Iceland, the team was awesome to work with. This led to more endorsements and opportunities to build my platform by talking with media. The environment was something I wanted to talk about almost from the beginning.

A brief clip from Sierra Quitiquit?s first Warren Miller film, ?Ticket to Ride? (2013)

GSB: Why the environment?

Sierra: I?ve pretty much always been in touch with the environment. I started an organization when I was 17 called Skiers Against Global Warming ? I thought skiers should be part of the solution of climate. We didn?t get very far then but  signing on with Protect Our Winters (POW), which I did about four years ago, was a natural progression for me.

GSB: I?ll say!

Sierra: I mean it was impossible not to notice that the ski industry was being negatively impacted by global warming. Aside from the obvious problems that go with this, one thing people don?t realize is that a low snow, climate change-shortened ski season makes it tougher to get sponsorships ? which are necessary for us to compete ? especially for women skiers.

It?s also impossible not to notice how the ski industry is complicit in the climate problem.

GSB: How so?

Sierra: My job as a professional skier now is to produce media. We try to make it look like winter wonderland out there. More and more, that requires faking it because there?s no snow when we show up at a site. So we have to use camera tricks.

On one hand you want to be a good ambassador for your sponsors, the resorts and the locations.

On the other, looking at the bigger picture, by pretending we?re living in a world of abundant snowfall while global warming has significantly lessened the amount of snow is a lie.

Honestly, the whole thing has made me feel really empty.

GSB: What did you do to deal with the emptiness?

Sierra: I decided to use my platform as a freeskier to advocate for climate action through POW.

GSB: How did that make you feel?

Sierra: POW gave me the rootedness, and the passion to make a difference. Advocacy made me feel on point. And it also is something that I?ve always done ? I was student body president in high school and had been involved in fundraising too.

POW is really amazing ? they do such a great job at educating the athlete ambassadors, deploying us to maximize our impact.

It is great, through presentations in our communities, to encourage folks to take small positive environmental actions, but our biggest impact is through advocating for policy changes.

Sierra Quitiquit?s Instagram post from the 2017 People?s Climate March in Washington, D.C., which she attended along with other POW Ambassadors.

Sierra Quitiquit and snowboarder (and POW Ambassador) Travis Rice (Photo credit: Meg Haywood Sullivan)

GSB: What was it like for you to go from being a world class skier to climate activist?

Sierra: It was tough at first.

GSB: How so?

Sierra: The climate of social media lends itself to a lot of negativity. It?s easy for people to sit behind a screen or phone and attack others with whom they disagree or whose agendas offend them. I mean, I got some death threats.

GSB: Death threats? What did you do?

Sierra: I developed a thick skin. And I got more active, participating in climate marches. And I spoke out, calling elected officials and presenting to members of Congress on behalf of climate-related legislation.

GSB: You also spoke out from the audience at ?Playing on Thin Ice: Climate Action Through Sports,? a panel about the effects of global warming on winter sports I moderated during Climate Week NYC in September. During the Q&A, you challenged panelist Omar Mitchell, who has played a key role in the National Hockey League?s sustainability efforts over much of the last decade. Basically, you took the league to task through Omar for not moving aggressively and boldly enough on climate. What did you think about that exchange?

Sierra: Well, Omar said that ?70 percent of league carbon emissions come from energy consumption, as we play in what are essentially giant refrigerators.? And refrigerants are more carbon-intense than CO?. So, the problem is massive.

He emphasized the energy efficiency advances the league is making at their arenas and the education they?re providing to community rink operators. Those are good things but just not nearly good enough. Not when we are in the midst of a climate crisis that requires major changes from big businesses with high profiles like the NHL.

It?s such a big problem but also a big opportunity. It frustrated me that the league isn?t going big on funding solutions to their biggest emissions problem, refrigerants.

So, I told Omar the NHL needed to fund innovation of low carbon refrigerants on a big scale. There?s some great work going on at the Rocky Mountain Institute ? they need to be involved.

Think what that would look like? The NHL would be seen as heroes. Or they can continue to go slowly, and they can go out of business. I mean, why wouldn?t they do this?

GSB: I?m with you ? I think the NHL should make a significant and public financial contribution to low-carbon refrigeration research. There is no downside to it. What do you plan to do next to move the needle on climate?

Sierra: My goal is to use my platform as an athlete and also as a model to help educate the public on this important global climate crisis?and that making big changes and big bets on climate innovation are actually good business.

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Groundbreaking Set Today For UT's Moody Center
 
Posted: 3 Dec 2019, 1:33 pm
The University of Texas is set to break ground today on Moody Center, the school?s new $338 million arena.

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Eckrich®, Albertsons Safeway, and Extra Yard for Teachers Team Up to Support Local Schools
 
Posted: 25 Nov 2019, 4:33 pm

By College Football Playoff Foundation

Eckrich®, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and perfectly seasoned deli meats, has collaborated with Albertsons Safeway and the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation?s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative to support the Mesa area school district school with a $50,000 donation to fully fund school projects.
The various projects, from STEM resources and school supplies, to enhanced learning environments, will be fulfilled through DonorsChoose.org based on teachers’ requests for the Mesa school district.
?Eckrich is proud to support the local schools of Mesa by encouraging their positive impact on the community through funding school projects,? said Elizabeth Di John, senior director of marketing for Smithfield Foods. ?Giving back to the community is part of our brand heritage, and we are excited about the opportunity to continue this tradition through the donation made today.?
?We?re so honored to partner with the Eckrich brand to support the local Mesa schools,? said Natalie Jenkins with the CFP Foundation. ?It is our privilege to be a part of this opportunity to fulfill the requests of much-needed school projects.?
?Albertsons is delighted to serve the residents of Mesa and is proud to be a part of this donation to support our local schools and their students,? said Mike Cefaloni, District Manager for Albertsons. ?We?re fortunate to have fantastic community-focused partners such as Eckrich and Extra Yard for Teachers who support our efforts to give back.?
Eckrich presented the donation at the grand opening of the Safeway store location on South Signal Butte Road in Mesa, where the Eastmark High School Band entertained attendees.
About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories. Popular brands include Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan?s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook?s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly?s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
About Eckrich
Founded by Peter Eckrich in 1894, Eckrich has a rich heritage starting from a small meat market in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to one of the most recognized deli and smoked sausage brands on the market today. Through it all, Eckrich meats have been recognized for their great taste and supreme quality, craftsmanship, care, and pride. For more information, visit www.Eckrich.com. Eckrich is a brand of Smithfield Foods, Inc.
About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The CFP Foundation is the community investment arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation?s primary cause platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. To learn more, visit cfp-foundation.org and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.
About Albertsons Companies
Locally great and nationally strong, Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. Albertsons Cos. operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw?s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City. Albertsons Cos. is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2018 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Company gave over $262 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

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EcoReps Help President’s Box Guests Achieve Zero-Waste During Football Games
 
Posted: 25 Nov 2019, 4:05 pm

By Matthew J. Long, Penn State News

EcoReps volunteers with Penn State President Eric J. Barron and wife, Molly during the Purdue vs. Penn State football game. EcoReps help guests recycle properly in the President’s Box during games in order to achieve zero-waste. IMAGE: PROVIDED

Students have stepped up and contributed to reducing, cleaning-up and diverting waste from the landfill at Penn State football games, including inside the President?s Box.

At each football game, student volunteers from the EcoReps program help guests properly dispose of their waste in an effort to reach zero-waste in the President’s Box. The main way EcoReps help achieve this goal is by standing near labeled waste bins and guiding guests use to use the correct bin as they dispose of waste such as plates, food, utensils and napkins.

Julian Groenendaal, a sophomore majoring in architectural engineering, has been with EcoReps for two years and is the director of volunteers for the zero-waste initiative. Groenendaal finds volunteers and guides them during the game to make sure waste is being disposed of properly.

?It?s been a very positive experience; it opened my eyes to the whole waste stream at Penn State,? said Groenendaal. ?I’ve learned a lot about what goes into facilitating a zero-waste lifestyle and the amount of effort it takes to organize a team and working in that environment with high-profile guests each week.?

The EcoReps program is supported by Penn State Housing and the Sustainability Institute (SI). The program consists of roughly 60 EcoReps, student educators at University Park who communicate Penn State?s commitment to sustainability through events and outreach. For the past three years, EcoReps have been tasked with supervising waste disposal operations in the President?s Box.

?We are there to educate and go along with the mission of EcoReps,? said Groenendaal. ?We teach people sustainable practices and show how they can live their lives more sustainably.?

In his time as director of volunteers, Groenendaal feels he has made an impact on the guests who would come and watch the game.

?The general vibe is that they [the guests] are very appreciative of us because when they come up to the waste station, they feel overwhelmed by the amount of containers,? said Groenendaal. ?They are appreciative of someone assisting them and we do get a lot of questions. It?s nice to be able to explain that to them and show them how we can live sustainably. I think a lot of the guests who learn that take that with them, and try to keep that in their own life.?

The program began in 2013 when Judd Michael, professor of agricultural and biological engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences, received a grant from the Sustainability Institute to make Penn State?s Intercollegiate Athletics more sustainable. Michael worked with the Green Sports Alliance and Intercollegiate Athletics to create this program, unofficially titled the ?Athletics Zero Waste Initiative,? that allows students to educate guests and promote sustainable behavior. Since the creation of this program, the President?s Box has achieved the status of zero-waste.

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The GSB Interview: Brandon Hamilton, Helping to Green Arrowhead Stadium, Home of the Kansas City Chiefs
 
Posted: 21 Nov 2019, 6:48 pm

By GreenSportsBlog

The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the most exciting teams in the NFL. They lead the AFC West, thanks in large part to the often spectacular play of quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, the 2018 league MVP. 

The greening initiatives at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs? 47 year-old home, while not as dazzling as a Mahomes look-away pass, have been substantive and innovative. 

GreenSportsBlog spoke with Brandon Hamilton, the Chiefs? VP of Operations, about the history of Arrowhead?s sustainability programs and where things might go from here.

GreenSportsBlog: My second favorite team is the Kansas City Chiefs¹ so it?s a pleasure to talk with you. How did you get into the operations department at Arrowhead?

Brandon Hamilton: I worked in construction for many years, including for three and a half years on the Arrowhead Stadium renovation from 2007-2010. We gutted the building to the skeleton and then built it back up.

My role was as the liaison between the contractors and the Chiefs, managing the budget for all of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing. I had studied stadium systems over the years and was well versed in their operations. When the opportunity to join the Chiefs facilities and operations team presented itself, it felt like it was a natural next step for me.

Brandon Hamilton (Photo credit: Steve Sanders)

GSB: When did the Chiefs get involved with the sports greening movement and what was the catalyst?

Brandon: Our efforts really started in 2011. But our team president, Mark Donovan, joined the Chiefs in 2009 from the Philadelphia Eagles as the club?s chief operating officer. He of course was very familiar with the Eagles? Go Green program, and that?s how the discussions really began to ramp up?

GSB: ?The Eagles, thanks to minority owner Christina Weiss-Lurie, were one of the true Green-Sports pioneers, launching Go Green in 2004.

Brandon: That?s right. And 2011 was also the year the Green Sports Alliance launched, so the stars were aligned for the Chiefs to get involved. In fact, we became a charter member in 2011.

GSB: How did you feel about the green initiatives back then?

Brandon: I?ve always had a love and appreciation for the outdoors, so I was on board from the beginning. I studied geology and geography at Northwest Missouri State so, I guess you could say I had the right mindset for Green-Sports.

GSB: What were some of the first greening programs you and the Chiefs undertook?

Brandon: We actually went with composting at the beginning?

GSB: That?s unusual. Most venues I?m aware of take on a whole host of greening measures before getting to composting. Why did you go that route?

Brandon: We were already measuring our food waste in the kitchens. And we had a top quality commercial composting facility nearby. Everything lined up and so we started back-of-house and front-of house composting at Arrowhead in 2011, then added The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex which is next door.

 

Missouri Organic Recycling turns a compost windrow of Chiefs compostable materials (Photo credit: Brandon Hamilton)

GSB: How did composting go over with the fans?

Brandon: It?s been very positive. Early on we won a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for recycling and composting receptacles throughout the concourses and the suites. The fans are used to them by now.

Our concessionaire partners, Aramark for the concourses and Levy for the suites, are all in. About 95 percent of what Aramark uses and 100 percent of Levy?s materials are either recyclable or compostable.

Our staff does a great job post-game. They go through every aisle in the 73,000 seat stadium, picking up recyclables and compostables. Our diversion rate, which varies from 40 to 50 percent, might not sound that great, but the reason it hovers in that range is that we include the tailgate areas which are very hard to control, especially when you consider the parking lots cover a 135 acre area.

Another thing that depresses our numbers is that China is not taking nearly as much of our recycled material as before. It?s made recycling more of a challenge and we?ve had to find new partners to recycle with.

Arrowhead Stadium staff picks recyclable materials out of the seating bowl (Photo credit: Brandon Hamilton)

GSB: That has to be hurting every venue, not just Arrowhead. You guys certainly have been early composting adapters. The Chiefs also have been innovators, pioneering compostable chip bags. How did that come about?

Brandon: It started in 2013. BASF gave a presentation at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in Brooklyn about a compostable peanut bag. I thought to myself, ?we need to get these bags at Arrowhead.? Jami Leveen of Aramark, our concessionaire, connected us with BASF and the conversation began between them and our composter, Hampton Farms.

It turned out to be a long product development process ? the supply chain for compostable bags is convoluted to say the least, from resin to film to printing to packaging. A key challenge was for BASF to be able to develop a product that had a six-week shelf life to meet the standard of the industry.

We finally were able to launch the product in 2017 ? the transition was seamless ? and have been very satisfied with it.

GSB: I imagine the compostable bags cost more than their traditional counterparts. How much of a price increase was passed on to the fans? Is Arrowhead looking at other products for this same type of packaging?

Brandon: There is a cost increase of five percent, which Aramark chose to absorb. We expect that the cost difference will drop as we gain scale by adding more compostable products to our roster.

Aramark gave BASF a list of all the vendors from which they buy products for Arrowhead and asked how many could be converted to compostable packaging. Wings and hot dogs are under consideration, but it could be that coffee filters could be next. A compostable coffee filter/packaging already exists, but it needs to be introduced into our market.

GSB: I look forward to hearing what?s next on the compostable packaging front at Arrowhead. Turning to renewables, have the Chiefs looked into on-site solar? 

Brandon: We?ve been looking at solar for years ? we love the Eagles? installation at Lincoln Financial Field, what the Redskins have done at FedEx Field outside of Washington D.C., and others. The Chiefs have installed some solar panels at both Arrowhead Stadium and The University of Kansas Training Complex.

Because our price of grid electricity is so low, it?s hard for solar to compete right now and thus difficult for us to expand our solar footprint. But this could be changing; we will continue to monitor the situation. Our utility company, Evergy is building wind farms in Kansas ? we are looking into the potential of purchasing some of our energy that way.

One thing we have done is become much more efficient with the electricity we do use. All of our heating and cooling equipment is Energy Star certified.

And we?ve got an automated ?load shed? program through Automated Logic, our building management system (BMS) provider. December is when we use the most electricity at Arrowhead ? everything in our building is powered by electric, including the heat. So, on very cold days when electricity usage hits a certain level, the Automated Logic system lowers the thermostats by 1° F. We save energy and money and reduce our carbon emissions.

GSB: Kudos to you and Automated Logic. Now, imagine it is 2024 and we?re talking again. Don?t worry; the Chiefs won a Super Bowl during that time. What would you like to say happened between 2019 and 2024 at Arrowhead from a greening perspective?

Brandon: The Chiefs will have continued to increase their waste diversion rates by improving their process inside and outside the stadium along with increasing partnerships with new recycling and sustainability minded businesses.

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Twins Selected to Receive a 2019 Leadership Award for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Green Building
 
Posted: 19 Nov 2019, 4:27 pm

By MLB News

Twins honored for outstanding contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry

In recognition of the Minnesota Twins? outstanding contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that the Twins organization has been named a 2019 Leadership Award recipient. The Twins, heralded as a ?model for sustainability in the sporting world,? join 19 other corporations, individuals, cities and communities, specific projects, and organizations who are using green building and sustainable practices to improve quality of life for those around them. This year?s recipients will be recognized at the USGBC Leadership Awards Ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

?Our Leadership Award recipients remind us that taking action ? big or small ? has the power to change lives and promote a higher living standard for us all,? said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. ?Each of these awardees made commitments to improve our world through the power of green building. Their actions are an inspiration and show us that our collective efforts can lead to meaningful change that moves us closer to our vision of buildings, communities and cities that regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life.?

The Twins were the first professional sports franchise to earn LEED Silver for both new construction and operations and maintenance, receiving those distinctions in 2010 and 2011, respectively, following the opening of Target Field and the team?s first two seasons in their home ballpark. In 2017, the Twins became the first to attain LEED Gold for operations and maintenance of their facility, an honor for which the club was recertified in 2019.

Target Field — the ?Greenest Ballpark in America? — is also the nation?s first sports venue to earn three levels of LEED certification through Arc, the state-of-the art digital platform that uses real-time data to help benchmark, measure and improve sustainability performance. Arc is the first of its kind to track progress through a performance score, enabling projects to make more informed decisions when it comes to sustainability.

?The Minnesota Twins organization is honored to receive the USGBC?s 2019 Leadership Award,? team president and CEO Dave St. Peter said. ?Sustainability continues to be a high priority for the Twins, our employees and our fans. The ballclub remains committed to setting a high sustainability standard with a belief that it?s the right thing for our community and our business, now and into the future.?

The Twins? many environmental stewardship efforts include a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System provided by Minneapolis-based Pentair, helping the organization capture, purify and reuse more than 19 million total gallons of rainwater at Target Field to date; aggressive recycling and waste-to-energy programs that have kept more than 10,870 tons of waste out of local landfills since 2011; a shared initiative with Delaware North Sportservice to partner with Rock and Wrap It UP!, Inc. to donate more than 10 tons of food to local charities each season; LED fixtures for field and canopy lighting; and, a long-term partnership with Eco-Products to provide the ballpark?s compostable cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws. In 2019, the Twins installed Major League Baseball?s first ?living wall? batter?s eye at Target Field; the structure?s 5,700-plus sea green juniper plants are self-irrigated through the Pentair Rain Water Recycle System.

The 2019 Leadership Award recipients represent some of the best of USGBC?s nearly 10,000 member organizations, a network of committed professionals with more than 204,800 LEED credentials and community of local leaders across the United States and throughout the world. With more than 99,800 commercial projects and more than 159 cities and communities currently participating in LEED, space in all 50 states and 176 countries and territories, the efforts of the award recipients stand out as exceptional examples of sustainability leadership among a strong and growing network of projects, companies and individuals. For more information or to register for Greenbuild, visit: greenbuild.usgbc.org.

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Baltimore Walks the Walk with Greener Stadiums
 
Posted: 15 Nov 2019, 10:04 am

By USGBC Community

The Maryland Stadium Authority?s commitment to green building shows in two Baltimore sports venues.

Sports tourism is a growing industry, and many fans have a goal on their bucket list to watch a game in every Major League Baseball (MLB) or National Football League (NFL) stadium in the country.

By some estimates, this industry will grow from its current value of $1.41 trillion to $5.72 trillion by 2021, positioning cities with professional sports stadiums to improve the game-day experience, while showcasing the benefits of sustainable design.

One city making the most of this opportunity is Baltimore, Maryland, where the Maryland Stadium Authority?s (MSA) commitment to green building is evident at the LEED Gold venues Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, home to MLB?s Orioles and the NFL?s Ravens, respectively.

Given they receive a lot of attention nationwide, the MSA says these stadiums are more than just a venue for fans to see games. They serve as a channel for sending a positive message to the public.

With sustainability practices such as recycling, composting and energy conservation now common in the average home, MSA?s commitment to sustainability reinforces these practices, validating the homeowner?s individual efforts. The MSA calls this “walking the walk,” according to David Abell, Manager, LEED for Cities and Communities.

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Phil Hutson and Jeff Provenzano of the Maryland Stadium Authority share about the LEED certifications of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. Photo credit: Ana Ka’ahanui.

Cleaning up the grounds

One accomplishment the MSA is especially proud of is removing unsightly cigarette waste from sidewalks and subsequently diverting this potentially toxic waste from landfills and waterways. They accomplished this by placing nine cigarette receptacles near the B&O Warehouse, which is near Oriole Park at Camden Yards and receives a lot of pedestrian traffic from both Orioles and Ravens fans on game days.

Moreover, the MSA partnered with a company that collects the cigarette waste and processes it into plastic pellets for use in a variety of recycled products, while the remaining tobacco is composted.

Similarly, the MSA enlists the help of several nonprofit organizations to engage tailgaters in sustainable practices such as recycling of bottles and cans.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Certified LEED Gold under Existing Buildings in 2018

LEED Gold Oriole Park at Camden Yards

According to the MSA, Oriole Park at Camden Yards has achieved impressive results from its sustainability initiatives. The stadium?s low-flow water fixtures have reduced water usage by 27%, and energy-efficient equipment upgrades have led to usage 45% better than the national median. Moreover, 59% of the materials purchased for upgrades were sustainable, and 74% of the construction waste was recycled.

One especially important, ongoing practice is the use of materials containing low VOCs during remodeling projects. Workspaces are also subsequently flushed out with fresh air, protecting indoor air quality and creating a healthier environment for fans and stadium employees alike.

M&T Bank Stadium

Certified LEED Gold under Existing Buildings in 2013; Recertified in 2019

LEED Gold M&T Bank Stadium

Photo credit: Lorax Partnerships, LLC.

Similarly, the Ravens? home stadium has achieved noteworthy results. Low-flow water fixtures reduce usage by 43%, and the stadiums saves over 3 million gallons of water annually with waterless urinals and other high-performance restroom fixtures. The structure is also 27% more energy-efficient than the national average and recycles 31% of its regular waste.

Encouraging the use of public and alternative transportation is one of the most notable features improving the experience for fans and employees. Currently, 10% of game-day visitors use a light rail service, and another 2% use buses through the ?Ravens Ride? program. In addition, 38% of M&T Bank Stadium employees use alternative transportation getting to work.

Beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions, these sustainability practices allow easier access for all visitors by reducing the number of vehicles on-site./p>

Both stadiums have additional sustainability features that are not as visible, including state-of-the-art building automation systems for energy management and sustainable purchasing.

Onward and upward

Even though the MSA has already made a significant contribution to sustainability, its environmental team remains focused on continuous improvement. As a catalyst for maintaining a climate where industry can flourish and contribute to the community that supports it, the MSA also takes pride in doing its part to build a greener, cleaner world for all of us.

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2019 Xcel Energy Recognition of Excellence Award Presented to Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center
 
Posted: 14 Nov 2019, 5:06 pm

By Xcel Energy Center

In September 2019, Xcel Energy recognized Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center with the 2019 Recognition of Excellence Award for their commitment to innovative energy solutions and for demonstrating outstanding achievements in saving energy and reducing carbon emissions in 2018 and 2019.

In 2018-2019, the campus of Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center:
– Upgraded over 4,000 fluorescent lamps to LED
– Replaced exterior signage with more efficient and attractive LEDs
– Swapped out two areas of interior lighting to higher-efficiency models
– Signed onto the Community Solar Garden program, which means that soon nearly all of Saint Paul RiverCentre?s power needs will be covered by locally produced solar electricity.
– Purchased renewable energy through Xcel Energy?s WindSource and WindSource for Events programs for many events, including all Minnesota Wild home games.

The facilities were presented with their award at the Energy Solutions Expo on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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The GSB Interview: Claire Poole of Sports Positive Summit, On Creating a Premier League Sustainability Table
 
Posted: 13 Nov 2019, 1:23 pm

By GreenSportsBlog

Football/soccer fans the world over are keenly aware that, about a third of the way into the 2019-20 season, Liverpool currently sits eight points clear of Leicester City in the race for the top of the table (aka standings) of the English Premier League, the world?s most popular sports league.

If Claire Poole ? founder of next spring?s Sport Positive Summit at London?s Wembley Stadium ? has her way, fans will someday closely scrutinize the Premier League Sustainability table that she and her team recently developed. The initial table, which is being released today, ranks all 20 current Premier League clubs on eight sustainability metrics.

GreenSportsBlog spoke with Poole about the birth of the sustainability table idea, how it became a reality, what teams are doing best at the outset, and where things go from here.

 

GreenSportsBlog: Creating a Premier League sustainability table is a terrific idea. How and when did it percolate?

Claire Poole: Thank you, Lew! As you know, I?ve been working in the sports-sustainability world for the last five years and sustainability more broadly for over a decade. Through this work, I?m of course incredibly interested in what the top teams in the world across all sports are doing on sustainability.

The idea for not just a Premier League sustainability table, but open source information across many leagues, really started to crystallize earlier this year. At that time, I had completed initial work for UNFCCC in regard to the development and rollout their Sport for Climate Action Framework and I was also starting to organize the first Sport Positive Summit, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London next March. It was clear across these projects and other work I was doing with sports organizations, that although there is an incredible work happening in this space globally, it?s quite difficult to easily access information outlining what exactly organizations are doing, in an easy and digestible format.

Claire Poole (Photo credit: Sports Positive Summit)

GSB: So, how and when did you start turning this idea of ranking 20 English Premier League teams on sustainability, which would take an incredible amount of work, into reality?

Claire: Well I have to credit the initial legwork to my research assistant, Rob Ellinson. He basically spent his summer digging into the publicly available sustainability data on all 20 EPL teams¹, from Arsenal to Wolverhampton. Rob also began to compile information on clubs in Germany?s Bundesliga, Spain?s La Liga and others.  We are in the process of compiling tables for all of the top football leagues around the world and going forward plan to cover other sports leagues.

I had tasked him with the categories on which to find information and Rob was able to put together a decent database through his dogged internet research this summer but there were patches that need to be filled in. So, I picked up the baton in September and reached out to each club directly get the questions answered.

GSB: How did that go?

Claire: It took a while, but it went well. I was pleasantly surprised about how responsive the clubs were for the most part. The vast majority were open about disclosing the missing information, curious about how their competitors were doing and highlighted how they planned to do more. Not one club reacted negatively ? ?why are you bothering me with this?? ? nothing like that. There were a couple of stragglers in terms of timeliness, but we finally were able to fill in the remaining few blanks over the last couple of days and so now we?re ready to announce the first English Premier League Sustainability Table!

GSB: What metrics did you include and did you weigh one metric more heavily than another?

Claire: Eight categories make up the EPL Sustainability Table. They are:

  1. Clean Energy
  2. Energy Efficiency
  3. Sustainable Transport
  4. Single Use Plastics
  5. Waste Management
  6. Water Efficiency
  7. Plant-Based, Low Carbon/Local Food Availability
  8. Communications

For now, we?ve kept the scoring simple. Each category is weighted equally, with one point awarded for positive activity in each of the eight areas and a half-point if plans are being developed but have not yet been fully realized. This has led to a clustered table, with many clubs having a similar number of points.

This is a good start but, as we go forward, we expect the scoring will become more complex and nuanced, with weighted scoring per category.

GSB: What would an example of going from simple to complex scoring look like?

Claire: Good question. If you look at the plant-based, low-carbon/local food availability for example ? in our current scoring system, a team with one plant-based food option on the concourse gets the same one point as a team with perhaps three or four plant based meal options. It might be that we weigh it differently in the future, if there is demand to do that. However, our main focus is to provide a repository of accessible, open-source information for those within industry and others who are interested.

GSB: Before we get to the future, let?s look at the here and now ? at the first English Premier League Sustainability Table. Who are the teams at ?the top of the table? and who needs to up their games? 

Claire: There are four clubs that are doing great work across all eight categories; Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. From the likes of zero waste to landfill, water recycling systems, multiple vegan food options and locally sourced food, as well as communicating with their fans on their efforts, they all have done ? and continue to do ? great work.

However, there are also many clubs that may not have reached this level yet but have made huge progress and have incredible initiatives that we didn?t know about before, so they must be applauded too.

All of these clubs (and sports organizations generally) are on a journey. In some cases, can there be increased ambition? Of course. Is it always as easy as that?no. All of the clubs have the desire to do more and have plans in place ? so our main aim is to support them on that journey.

GSB: I only wish my team, Tottenham Hotspur, was doing as well on the pitch as they?re doing in the sustainability table. How often will the table be updated?

Claire: Ahh, well I?m sure many fans feel like that about their team at one time or another ? hopefully the sustainability table gives you, and them, another reason to be proud of your team.

GSB: I?d be prouder of them if they could?ve beaten Sheffield United at home?

Claire: In terms of updating the table ? we will do it as much as is needed, so hopefully quite frequently when new initiatives are launched! Clubs can advise us of their work, and we will update the table, in as close to real time as is possible. The table updates will always be date stamped, so readers can easily see when the last update took place.

GSB: How are you getting the story out about the Sustainability Table? And where can people find it?

Claire: BBC Sport posted an article featuring the table on its website today. Thanks to them also, as they helped over the last few weeks to get the last bits of data to fill out the table.  Your readers can see the table at www.sportpositivesummit.com/epl-sustainability-table/ and the BBC Sport article at https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50317760.

GSB: Congratulations, Claire! Finally, I?m sure there were several great stories that stood out as you were compiling the data that became the Premier League Sustainability Table. Can you share one? 

Claire: Well, there are a few broader things that stood out to me first of all. Such as the fact that every single club is reducing its single-use plastic and has a sustainable transport initiative. Or that 14 of the 20 clubs have vegan food options available on the concourses ? how great is that?

When it comes to a single story, it?s hard to pick just one: but I love that seven top-flight footballers from Burnley FC clubbed together to buy a minivan to drive to training every day!

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Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Turns on Clean Indoor Air Technology
 
Posted: 12 Nov 2019, 4:37 pm

By  Front Row News: The IAVM Industry Blog

AtmosAir Solutions, which provides clean indoor air technology for commercial, industrial and residential buildings, teamed with Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland with the installment of its Bipolar Ionization (BPI) air purification technology.

AtmosAir indoor air treatment technology was included in the venue?s recent $185 million renovation that has transformed the publicly-owned building into an updated and modernized world-class sports and entertainment showplace for Cleveland and the entire Northeast Ohio region.

AtmosAir was a more sustainable alternative to the maintenance intensive carbon filters that were installed in the older HVAC systems serving the venue?s bowl air handling units. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse now features some of the latest cutting-edge technology around building controls, automation, and sustainability.

?We are thrilled to announce our installation at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse,? stated Steve Levine, president and CEO of AtmosAir Solutions in Fairfield, CT. ?This didn?t happen overnight. We know every technology they installed in the building was thoroughly vetted as the architects and operations personnel have been working on this investment for years. We are happy to play a small part. AtmosAir technology will create a better experience throughout the building, but also help the city and venue save money right away by reducing load and reducing filter maintenance costs.?

?We?ve touched every aspect our venue as part of the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse transformation project, including updating the operational facility systems that ensures that the air inside our building is clean and healthy,? said Antony Bonavita, CVE, executive vice president, venue operations of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. ?We?re proud to partner with AtmosAir to not only do just that, but also reduce our carbon footprint, which is very important to us.?

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Virginia’s History, Resorts and Culture Make it an Attractive Meetings Destination
 
Posted: 24 Oct 2019, 5:00 am

Virginia’s history, resorts and culture make it an attractive meetings destination in 2019. Read to discover the state’s best-in-class venues and other group offerings.

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New and Expanded Convention Centers Heat Up the Texas Market
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 6:20 am

The Texas convention center scene is a competitive market. With new developments stretching from the DFW Metroplex to West Texas, read the latest on the Lone Star State convention scene.

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Caesars Forum Strides to Open
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 4:00 am

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.

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4 Reasons to Leverage Digital Displays at Conventions
 
Posted: 26 Aug 2019, 12:10 pm

Learn why digital display technology is one of the best ways to take your event to the next level. We explore what it can mean for branding, the attendee experience, sustainability and more.

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Boise Centre Unveils New Art Installation
 
Posted: 23 Jul 2019, 4:30 am

A glass sculpture titled You Are Here by Boise native Amy Westover was designed to inspire attendees and guests to look beyond the walls of the city's Boise Centre.

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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.

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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.

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An Event Planner’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.

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6 Innovative Convention Center Projects That Are Reinventing the U.S. Meetings Landscape
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 7:30 am

Innovation is requisite for staying ahead in the convention business. It’s second nature for Las Vegas, and it’s also the watchword for reinvention in convention markets around the U.S.

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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.

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San Francisco’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.

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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.

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Orlando Continues Convention Center Expansion
 
Posted: 25 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

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.

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IACC Set to Double European Members
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2018, 9:00 pm

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.

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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.

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How to Cope With a Convention Center Renovation
 
Posted: 26 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

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.

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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.

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Convention Center Reopens in Louisville
 
Posted: 5 Aug 2018, 8:00 pm

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.

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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.

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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.

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5 Campus Conference Centers That Will Enhance Any Event
 
Posted: 1 May 2018, 8:00 pm

College towns are happening hubs of activity, where the arts, sports and culinary delights thrive. All that and more is on deck for planners who book a university setting for a conference.

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Vegas Convention Center Expansion Design Unveiled
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2018, 8:00 pm

Architects have submitted their designs for the phase two expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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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.

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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.

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Q&A With Michele Hughes, Director of Sales, Connecticut Convention Center
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Meetings Today checked in with Michele Hughes, Director of Sales & Marketing with the Connecticut Convention Center (CTCC).

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Convention Centers Are Making Bold New Statements
 
Posted: 1 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Goodbye big-box, bunkeresque venues. Hello green rooftop micro-environments, wellness spaces and hip street-party-scapes.

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Conference centers revamp to provide connectivity
 
Posted: 1 May 2017, 8:00 pm

Addressing profound changes in how their customers are approaching learning, many conference centers are in a process of reinvention

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Convention centers design for a sense of place
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2017, 8:00 pm

Many convention centers are striving to reflect and showcase their locations.

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Groups in Greater Boston utilize college campuses
 
Posted: 31 Oct 2016, 8:00 pm

An exceedingly intelligent choice for meetings and events.

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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.

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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

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Fourth Annual IAEE Women’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.

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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.

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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.

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Conference center education shifts dramatically
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

The times they are a changin’, and all for the better from this reporter’s perspective.

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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.

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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.

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Your Industry - Your Voice!
 
Posted: 22 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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CEM Week - Register Now!
 
Posted: 18 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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2016 CEIR Index Report Now Available
 
Posted: 13 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
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).

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IAEE Renews Reciprocity Agreement with JEXA
 
Posted: 5 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
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.

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IAEE Announces New Chapter in India
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
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.

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Convention centers transform to meet attendees’ needs
 
Posted: 1 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

Generic big-box convention centers seem to be going the way of the buggy whip and typewriter.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Krakoff Leadership Institute
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
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.

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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.

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CEIR Releases Final Digital Toolkit Report
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
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.

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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.

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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.

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Conference center experts weigh in on five hot trends
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2015, 8:00 pm

Here is the top feedback when it comes to staging cutting-edge conference meets.

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Convention center tradeshows focus on interaction
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2015, 8:00 pm

Are you fully engaging your attendees?

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State College brims with entertaining endeavors
 
Posted: 30 Oct 2014, 8:00 pm

When it comes to putting fun on the agenda, State College is one smart choice.

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Can a team have too much talent?
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Yes, and here?s why having too much talent on a team is bad.

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Shared activities make experiences more intense
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Here?s some scientific support on the value of live experiences.

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Elmer Randolph 'Randy' Pugh
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Randy was employed with the City of Virginia Beach as the Operations Supervisor of the Pavilion Convention Center from 1980-1999.

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The Firestation Centre launches its neo-ticketing project
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
With its new project, the venue wants to find out if it will sell more tickets, if guests will get better deals, and if artists will earn more.

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The Marvel Experience lets you save the world
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The event will incorporate augmented reality, multiperson gaming, and RFID tracking for full fan immersion.

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Watch: Hugh Jackman talks about ticketing
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Hugh Jackman and the show's producer are making sure pricing allows anyone that wants to see his new play will not have to worry about scalpers.

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Upcoming webinars
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
These two, free webinars next week will focus on becoming a CFE and the Mentor-Connector Program.

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Ebola and the venue industry
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
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.

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Close encounter of the third kind with Google Glass, part 2
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
More from Portland?5?s Joe Durr about this ?cool? technology product.

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AEG Live acquires two historic Virginia theatres
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Those theatres are The National Theatre in Richmond and The NorVa Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.

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VenueConnect's environmental impact was minimal
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
VenueConnect's is the first conference that the Oregon Convention Center has measured the water, waste, and energy statistics.

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New Miami convention center and hotel approved
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The new development will be on the site of the old Miami Arena.

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Yarra, Australia, creates venue soundproofing fund
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The city house 500 venues, 50 of them live music venues.

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Wesley Burtch Dickson
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Wes founded his business, Advanced Equipment Corp., in 1957. In 1959, the business moved to Orange County, California.

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Session proposals wanted
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
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.

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Earl R. Williams
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Earl was employed with Kimble Glass Co. and later Ball State University as Conference Director and General Manager of Emens Auditorium.

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Take 10 - Invigorate Your Large Events!
 
Posted: 13 May 2014, 8:00 pm

Dana Freker Doody answers questions from Meetings Focus' Invigorate Your Large Events webinar.

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Cookie-cutter conference centers are a thing of the past
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2014, 8:00 pm

Today's conference centers are more about standing out than fitting in.

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Scheduling events at Florida colleges and universities is a smart choice
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Educational facilities throughout Florida give attendees a chance to relive the college experience.

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Convention centers adapt to tradeshows of today
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Modern convention centers are about experience as much as setting.

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IACC Americas Conference Sees Attendee Uptick
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

The 2014 IACC Annual Conference reported it has attracted the most registered attendees since 2008.

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State College, Pennsylvania, is a happening, business-savvy hub
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2013, 8:00 pm

State College, home to Pennsylvania State University, welcomes groups with its vibrant ambiance and excellent on-campus (and off-site) facilities.

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A quick take on recent openings and upgrades in the world of conference centers
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm

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A Q&A with Mark Cooper, new CEO of the International Association of Conference Centres
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm
IACC's new CEO shares his insights on the events industry

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Get Smart
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
On the fence about booking a college venue? These benefits might convince you.

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Areas of Study
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
University meetings think outside of the classroom

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School Spirit
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
College stadiums and arenas are a classic choice for large groups

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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.

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13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Three Directors Step Down at Sirius XM Radio as Liberty Media Takes Control
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 4:50 pm
Leon Black, Lawrence Gilberti and Jack Shaw resign from the board of the satellite firm.  

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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.

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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.

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Welcome to the New Billboard
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 7:00 pm
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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier on New, 'Quite Reasonable' Pandora Deal
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 7:00 pm
Sony/ATV pulled a major coup earlier this week by negotiating a higher royalty rate from Pandora. Chairman/CEO Martin Bandier spoke with Billboard.biz about the deal.

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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.

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CD Baby Parent Company AVL Digital Group Sold
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:44 am
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.

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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.

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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.

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Backbeat: Carrie Underwood Celebrates No. 1 With 'Blown Away' Co-Writers Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 4:46 pm
Carrie Underwood joined Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, the two songwriters who penned "Blown Away," at the CMA offices on Wednesday to celebrate their song hitting the top of the charts.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mark Poston, EMI Australia Chairman, Steps Down
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 9:38 pm
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.

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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.

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SoundExchange Distributions Grew 58% to $462 Million in 2012
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 2:21 pm
SoundExchange distributed $462 million in digital performing royalties in 2012, a 58% increase over 2011, the organization announced Wednesday

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Universal Music France President Pascal Negre Named UMG's Global Head of New Business
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Pascal Nègre, president at Universal Music France, Italy, Middle East and Africa, has been promoted to UMG's global head of new business, according to a press release.

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Billboard's Parent Company Names Ross Levinsohn CEO
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 10:41 am
Billboard's parent company has a new leader: Former Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media executive Ross Levinsohn.

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Universal Music Japan's Kazuhiko Koike To Head EMI Japan
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 8:07 am
Universal Music Japan today announced that its President and CEO Kazuhiko Koike will assume on the role of president/CEO of EMI Music Japan as well, replacing longtime CEO Hitoshi Namekata.

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Warner Music Sued for Millions by George Gershwin Heirs
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 8:39 pm
A new lawsuit objects to the way that the music giant has licensed famous compositions and booked revenue.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rolling Stones Lead Hot Tours with '50' Shows
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:05 am
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.

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Virtual Visionaries
 
Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 7:00 pm
Emilie Barta and John Pollard aim to take the fear out of planning hybrid events

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Take 10 - Conference Centers
 
Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 8:00 pm
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New School
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 8:00 pm

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Final Bow
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Makes Global Push; Criteria to 'Evolve'
 
Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Board Sets New Service Standards
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2011, 7:00 pm

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Association Meetings 3.0
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 5:10 pm
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.

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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.

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What You Need to Know About Simultaneous Interpretation
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:54 pm
As more associations venture overseas, simultaneous interpretation is more important than ever. Two experts who have conducted events around the globe share their insights.

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Reduce Expenses for Meetings of Any Size
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:51 pm
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.

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Strategic Meeting Planning
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 11:00 am
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.

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New Models for Successful Convention Strategy
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:56 am
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.

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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.

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Increase Exhibitor Engagement Without Increasing Your Budget
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:49 am
Every association tradeshow is under pressure to increase traffic, but at what cost? Follow these strategies for increasing traffic and enhancing exhibitor loyalty without busting your budget.

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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.

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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.

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2011, 8:00 pm
Collegiate athletic venues are ideal for team building and spectator fun

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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
With mounting competition, conference centers get flexible

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Conference Center Changes
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
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On Location - Convention Centers
 
Posted: 31 May 2010, 8:00 pm

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2010, 8:00 pm
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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 8:00 pm

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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University Venues
 
Posted: 28 Feb 2010, 7:00 pm

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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