|Consultants Recommend Blended Sports Commission Structure
|Recommendations Include a More Sustainable Funding Structure, Defining Optimal Goals and Roles, and Identifying Critical Relationship Opportunities
Today, the Huddle Up Group, a sports tourism consulting company, presented its primary recommendation to redefine the organizational structure of the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission (ABRSC) from a stand-alone commission to a blended model. The presentation was made to clear up some confusion and misinformation in the community as well as to provide more clarity around the recommendation for BCTDA members.
Following a thorough assessment of 17 phone interviews, 49 surveys, five in-person meetings, six site tours, and Asheville's rating on the Sports Tourism Index, Huddle Up Group believes a blended sports commission offers the best of both worlds, providing financial stability and a pathway to build on past success. The recommendation includes maintaining the 501c3 organizational status for the sports commission in order to operate events, maintain a separate board, advisory group, and strong volunteer pool. Staff would become part of Explore Asheville, creating better alignment and fewer redundancies with limited resources, and would provide a backstop to the sports commission for potential financial risk related to operating events.
Specifics on the potential blended sports commission structure are still to be determined, and no recommendations have been adopted. As a result of listening sessions held earlier this month, a task force with representation from the sports commission, City of Asheville, Buncombe County, Explore Asheville, and UNCA has formed to evaluate Huddle Up Group’s recommendations, potential opportunities, and other options by the end of September. Any change to bylaws or structure would require a vote of the founding members and ample notice to the sports commission. Currently, no date has been set for a vote.