Sports Tourism Growth Forges New Trail, Necessitates Industry Development: Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) Heeds Demand and Forms Sports Facilities Management (SFM)


Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) August 18, 2014

A reported 83% of American businesses are aggressively pursuing international expansion to drive sales and win new customers in the midst of a recovering economy, according to a 2013 survey of senior executives at companies with annual revenues of $ 50 million to $ 1 billion (1)but that development is also happening within the U.S., as evidenced by the Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) and its recent expansion to form sister firm Sports Facilities Management (SFM). According to SFA officials, the need to develop two companies under one roof was a natural progression and response to the growing markets of youth sports and sports tourism, which account for a reported $ 7 billion annually in travel revenue alone. (2)

Youth team sports and sports-related tourism have both proven to be industries which thrive even during a rocky economy. At the height of the Great Recession in 2009, sharp declines in sales in all sports sectors occurred except in team sportsand team sports dealers (retailers who specialize in serving organized sports groups, such as high schools and leagues) performed better in the recession than did mainstream sporting goods stores. (3) And that demand has continued to grow as youth sport travel has become one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry, outpacing leisure travel overall. (4)

However, that uncontested growth has necessitated better quality facility management, according to SFA Executive Vice President and Principal, Eric Sullivan, who adds that SFAs proprietary data systembased on years of planning, funding and managing facilities, coupled with the rise of the youth sports segmentis the engine behind the development of SFM.

Indoor and outdoor sport complexes have the potential to become a hub for sports tourism and a boon for local economiesresearch shows that parents spend an average of almost $ 300 per weekend when they travel with their childrens youth sports teams. (5) However, SFM co-founder and COO Jason Clement says that when poorly executed and managed, these facilities can also become problematic for owners and communities.

Building a facility and expecting people to just flock to it is a recipe for disaster, said Clement. Every complex needs to be properly evaluated, planned and managed; without all three aspects, the project stands a great chance of failing to attract investors or failing year after year due to poor design, location or management.

Since its recent inception, SFM has already become an industry leader in the managing of amateur sports and events complexes, and along with SFA, provides the planning, financing and management expertise needed to turn ideas into successful recreation facilities.

“SFA has provided sports venue management services for more than eight years, but the time was right for us to separate SFM and to build a world class management team,” added Clement.

The company has also attracted several professionals who have held high positions with well-established, successful corporations or have been managers of professional football stadiums:

Steve Daugherty joined SFA after 13 years with Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports and is now the general manager for SFM-managed Rocky Top Sports World, an 80-acre indoor and outdoor sports campus located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Steve Eaton joined SFM after a 23-year career with Disney during which he served as the Events and Operations Director for Disney Theme Parks in Orlando, Florida. Steve is now SFMs Operations Director for Rocky Top Sports World, which has already booked events for 2014-2015 that will bring more than 40,000 visitors to Gatlinburg in year one, with an estimated economic impact of $ 30 million within the first five years of its opening.

Joan LeMahieu joined SFM with over 20 years of leadership experience in venue management, event development, hospitality, and the sports and entertainment industries. Most notably, Joan managed Ford Field Stadium, home of the NFLs Detroit Lions.

Jack Adams joined SFA with experience in directing bars/beverage programs at the national level with the House of Blues, Live Nation, and Gaylord Entertainment. Jack is the key analyst for entertainment and live event programming for clients in areas from multiple revenue center operations to forecasting and P&L management.

In a recent CNBC article, Don Schumacher, Executive Director of the National Association of Sports Commissions, said that the young who are participating [in team sports] are participating with a vengeancethey are playing a lot of games and entering a lot of tournaments (4)a statement with which SFA CEO Dev Pathik agrees, adding, At last estimate, our numbers show that 52 million athletes will be returning to courts or playing fields in fall or winter leagues. With numbers that high, the youth sports industry will continue to be developed in virtually every suburban and urban community, and as a result, will likely expand on an international scale and begin to impact the economy globally, as well.

For more information about SFA, SFM and the available suite of planning-funding-opening-management services, visit http://www.sportadvisory.com.

About Sports Facilities Advisory:

The Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) is the leading resource in sports facility planning and management. The Sports Facilities Advisory has helped to plan, fund, open and manage dozens of multimillion-dollar sports complexes in communities throughout the USA and internationally since its founding in 2003. The company serves public and private clients. Its services fall into four main categories: plan, fund, open and manage, which encompass every phase from early stage feasibility studies to preparing financing documents, overseeing development and opening and full-time management services. SFAs success depends upon its mission to dramatically improve communities through the opening or optimization of sports and recreation centers. For more information, visit http://www.sportadvisory.com.

1.U.S. Companies Using International Expansion to Drive Growth and Profitability. marketwatch.com/story/us-companies-using-international-expansion-to-drive-growth-and-profitability-2013-08-13.

2.Spending Big on Kids Sports? Youre Not Alone. cnbc.com/id/101326773#..

3.The Sports Facilities Advisory. Youth and Amateur Sports: Spending Trends. November 2013, pdf.

4.Summer Vacation Hot Spot: On the Sidelines. 4 Aug. 2014. cnbc.com/id/101848634#..

5.Amateur Sports, Facilities Sought to Spur Local Economies. thecitywire.com/node/31183#.Utlr3bROnIU.







PBX Phone Systems Procurement Category Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 28, 2014

PBX phone systems have a buyer power score of 4.4 out of 5, reflecting highly favorable market conditions for buyers. Factors increasing buyer power include declining prices, a wide variety of substitutes, little product specialization, low switching costs and minimal price volatility. Thanks to these factors, the market is in prime condition for buyers to negotiate lower prices on PBX systems, says IBISWorld research analyst Andrew Krabeepetcharat.

Competition within the market greatly benefits buyers of PBX phone systems. Although there is a moderate level of market share concentration, price-based competition is high, primarily due to low-cost foreign competitors. According to Krabeepetcharat, products are fairly standardized, increasing competition further because products across most brands are comparable and the cost of switching suppliers is very low. Also contributing to the high degree of competition is the wide variety of substitutes available to buyers, including landlines and hosted PBX services and free open-source PBX software.

The only significant detractions from buyer power are the moderate levels of supply chain risk and vendor financial risk associated with PBX systems. This risk primarily stems from the small number of input suppliers. Low profit margins within the market have spurred significant merger, acquisition and bankruptcy activity in recent years, contributing to higher vendor financial risk and negatively impacting buyers. Current major vendors include Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Panasonic Corp. and Toshiba.

Prices are anticipated to continue falling at a slow and steady rate through 2017 with very low price volatility. Low volatility is positive for buyer power because it helps buyers accurately budget for a PBX purchase without the risk of price spikes. For more information, visit IBISWorlds PBX Phone Systems procurement category market research report page.

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SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES WATER PARKS pretend to profit MARINE MAMMALS
Mexico DF to March 17, 2014 Bulletin 041/14

In 2008, Entertainment centers ‘Living’ and ‘Xcaret’ were not registered as UMAS.
The initiative does not seek to restrict more rigorously define the existing ban but scientific and educational activities: Sen. Jorge Emilio González.

Because countless aquariums and amusement parks profit from marine animals under the cover of doing scientific or educational purposes, Senator Jorge Emilio Gonzalez, the Green Party, submitted a proposal to establish that under no circumstances should display or interact marine animals with humans.

He said the proposal is not to restrict more rigorously the existing ban it explained that for more than a decade, the Green Party does, with the support of most political forces in Congress, succeeded in marine mammals only they could be subject to exploitation, import and export for scientific and educational activities.

However, he said that under such activities seek to profit from species such as seals, dolphins, sea lions, among others, which violates the legal framework and endanger the animals.

Therefore, we seek to clarify the scope of scientific and educational activities.

It was also established that those interested in obtaining a permit from the Ministry of Environment for use of these mammals for scientific or educational purposes must have a research protocol supported by an institution of higher education and that document must be available for consultation by anyone, he said.

Said also coordinator of his party in the Senate that most people who like to see this type of marine shows unaware that they are species that are caught and are displaced from their places of origin to undergo trainings and conditions food and coexistence that do not correspond to their nature.

He explained, with documentation provided by Infomex, which until 2008 in Mexico had 29 management units for Wildlife Conservation (UMAS), which will have facilities for marine mammals.

“Of these 19 specimens had dolphin 3 not operating and 7 did not have copies yet to review the list of two dolphins who were not registered as UMAS are entertainment centers ‘Living’ centers were detected and Xcaret Eco-Archeological park. ”

With these data, he said, we can visualize that in 2008 the country had a total of 22 entertainment centers with a total of 260 specimens of dolphins, on average each center would have 12 dolphins per installation.

“Our proposal not only coincides with the protection of our wildlife species, in compliance with the constitutional right to a healthy environment, but also confirms human dignity in relation to the treatment to be given to the animals,” he concluded.
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SENATOR JORGE EMILIO GONZALEZ TWO INITIATIVES TO PRESENT AMENDMENTS TO THE GENERAL LAW OF SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY DEVELOPMENT AND FEDERAL CRIMINAL CODE
April 23, 2013 | Author admin

Transcript VERSION OF THE INTERVENTION OF SENATOR JORGE EMILIO GONZALEZ TWO INITIATIVES TO PRESENT AMENDMENTS TO THE GENERAL LAW OF SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY DEVELOPMENT AND FEDERAL CRIMINAL CODE

With your permission Sen. President

Comrades Senators.

The forests of our country are key natural resources, currently 33 percent of the national area has these ecosystems. Which give us various environmental services, such as groundwater recharge, the shelter animals and plants, climate regulation and carbon sequestration, the latter two fundamental for combating climate change.

Unfortunately, one of the environmental issues currently of most concern in the international community is deforestation.

According to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the main causes of the loss of forests and jungles in Mexico are the agricultural activities, followed by illegal deforestation and forest fires. Thus, these are the causes that must be fought on a priority basis by the Mexican government, responsible for ensuring the right of all people to a healthy environment for their development and well-being, in terms of article four of the Constitution.

Forest fires have contributed to the deterioration of natural resources, economic losses and have even to loss of life.

According to the National Forestry Commission, only 2 percent of forest fires are caused by natural causes, with the remaining 98 percent caused by man; of these, it is noteworthy that 15 percent is caused by fires and 10 percent of cigarette waste.

So far this year, there have been nearly 6000 forest fires, more than 115 thousand hectares of national involvement. Looking at the trends of the last fire season, at the end of this year would have been affected equivalent to 361 Chapultepec Forest or 245,000 football fields forest area.

Wildfires bring destruction of biodiversity and pollution of water, soil and the atmosphere, the effects remain for many years or are even impossible to repair, with incalculable economic and natural losses.

For decades, Mexico has been developing a comprehensive strategy for prevention and control of forest fires, through the National Fire Protection Program, in which institutions from the three levels of government and civil society.

However, efforts have been insufficient to prevent, so it is necessary to set stricter conduct relating to the underlying causes punishment still being accidental.

Considering the value of forests and jungles, this initiative aims to increase the legal protection of the forest resources of Mexico, through the following reforms:

First, the criminal law to punish the invasion of forest land have been burned, and public servants that any authorization granted in this land, establishing both behaviors as felonies.

Second, the General Law on Sustainable Forest Development in order to:

Prohibit the granting of any authorization in burned forest land; Empower the Federal Executive to enact prohibitions regarding forest land burned, and especially and most importantly increase the penalties for causing forest fires.

That’s all, Mr. Chairman.
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