Welcome to Connect Sports Marketplace

It’s hard to believe the 2013 Connect Sports Marketplace is just a few days away. On behalf of Collinson Media & Events and the Connect Sports team, thank you for your support during our first year. I can still remember when I was 11 and my basketball coach told us, “at the end of the game, the scoreboard says it all.” We’ve listened to your advice, input, and suggestions and we’ve implemented them into this years show. So what does the 2013 Connect Sports Marketplace scoreboard say? Rights holder registrations: SOLD OUT. Supplier registrations: SOLD OUT. We have more than 15,000 Connect Sports Marketplace appointments scheduled for next week. I like the look of our scoreboard. Next week, we’re going to be talking about room nights and economic impact, and while that conversation is extremely important, I’d like for us all to head into the Connect Sports Marketplace with a different goal in mind. The goal needs to be creating experiences and building memories for the athletes, the attendees and their families. I have special memories of playing in basketball tournaments in Chicago, Las Vegas, San Diego, and other destinations as a kid, and I’m sure all of you have your own sports related memories as well. I remember each city and the memories I was able to create with my teammates and my family. We all have a role to play to ensure positive memories are made while at the same time benefiting the respective destinations and organizations we serve.  How lucky are we? So please take your time and review your appointment schedule and plan which education sessions are most important to you. Do some homework on the organizations you’ll be meeting with that are most important to you. Next week, please observe our Connect Sports Marketplace carefully, and if you see areas where we can improve upon for next year, let me know. The only way we’re going to get better and be able to better serve you is with your candid feedback. I look forward to welcoming you to the 2013 Connect Sports Marketplace next week in person. I wish all of you safe travels and I’ll see you next week!