From: Utah Sports Commission
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Utah Sports Commission Newsletter August 2013
Date: Thu Aug 08 22:34:26 MDT 2013
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            AUGUST 2013

Utah Sports Commission
Executive Committee 
Gary R. Herbert
Governor, State of Utah 

J. Steven Price
Private Sector Co-Chair  
CEO | Price Realty Group


Rebecca Lockhart
Public Sector Co-Chair
Speaker of the House | 
House of Representatives


Jeff Robbins 

President & CEO |

Utah Sports Commission


Wayne Niederhauser
Public Sector Vice-Chair

President | Utah Senate

Scott Anderson

Zions Bank

Alan Ashton

Private Sector


Bob Bonar

Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort


Curtis Bramble

Utah Senate


Mayor Tom Dolan

Sandy City


Mike Dowse

Amer Winter Sports & Outdoor Americas 


Greg Easton

Jas. D. Easton Inc.


Spencer Eccles

Intermountain Region 

Wells Fargo


Dell Loy Hansen 

Wasatch Property Management


Dr. Eric Heiden 

Heiden Orthopaedics


Dr. Chris Hill

University of Utah


Randy Horiuchi 
Salt Lake County 


Greg Hughes 

Utah House


David Layton

Layton Companies


Bill Malone

Visit Park City


Al Mansell 
Chair Emeritus 


Stephen Miller 

Miller Sports Properties


Peter Mouskondis

Nicholas & Company


James Sorenson

Sorenson Development


David Simmons 

Simmons Media 


John Valentine

Utah Senate


Rich Walje

Rocky Mountain Power


David WInder

At Large


David Wunderli

Ogio International Inc.







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President's Message

This summer Utah has hosted a variety of key local, national and international sporting events.  In addition to our returning summer events, we have been pleased to welcome a growing list of first time events to the state that help solidify Utah's status as the State of Sport.


Just a few of the more notable events that took place this summer were the Utah Championship Tour event, the Cross Fit Southwest Nationals, Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing, the Golden Gloves National Championships, the ABA BMX Great Salt Lake Nationals, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the USMNT World Cup Qualifier (U.S. Men's Soccer). The abundance of new and returning summer events underscores our continuing efforts to promote and brand Utah as the State of Sport, and helps to augment an already impressive Utah sports portfolio that we have worked hard with our partners to create and foster.


Of course, one of the enduring highlights of Utah's summer sports scene (21 years running) is Utah's only PGA Tour event, the Tour's Utah Championship, which was back at Willow Creek Country Club July 11-15.  The  Utah Championship is estimated to have contributed $5 million to the local economy, while the GOLF CHANNEL's 20 hours of event coverage showcased Utah to national and international audiences.


In addition to hosting the Tour's most talented golfers, the Utah Championship once again teamed up with the Utah Sports Commission, KUTV, Mary Nickles, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation to raise cancer awareness through the Pink on the Links initiative. Professional athletes Trevor Lewis, Paul Kruger, and Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Heiden were on site signing autographs, and the 18th green gave Tour players a shot at a $250,000 donation to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for a hole-in-one.  This year's campaign was even more successful than last year's, raising over $35,000. 


The Utah Sports Commission would like to extend a special thanks to all of our 300 volunteers, as well as our sponsors and partners, who made this year's Utah Championship and Pink on the Links such a tremendous success.


This week, America's toughest stage race, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, will attract top cyclists from around the world to compete in Utah's premiere cycling race.  Last year's Tour of Utah had an economic impact of over $14 million with the value of media exposure for the state worth over $8 million. This year both the economic impact and media value are expected to go up significantly as the tour continues to grow, expanding its geographical footprint to include nearly the entire state, while also expanding its television broadcast to include a worldwide audience via Eurosport 2 and Fox Sports.


Finally, Lucas Oil Po Motocross Championship Utah National will be held for the first time at Miller Motorsports Park August 17.  The series is AMA pro sanctioned and features the biggest name in  motocross.  The stop at Miller Motorsports Park will be televised nationally on NBC and is expected to draw over 20,000 fans, as well as generate approximately $4 million in media value and $8-10 million in economic impact for Utah's economy.  We are excited to see yet another world-class motocross event come to Utah. 




Best regards, 

Jeff Signature gif  

Jeff Robbins  
President & CEO  
Utah Sports Commission  


In the News.... 




Salt Lake City (July 15, 2013) -The Utah Sports Commission, host organization of the Utah Championship, was proud to partner with the PGA TOUR/ Tour, Zions Bank, KUTV2, Robert W. Baird & Co., EnergySolutions and 1280 The Zone to present Huntsman Cancer Foundation a check for $35,000 that was raised during the 2nd annual Utah Championship's "Pink on the Links" charitable campaign.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (August 1, 2013) - Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah announced today that Eurosport 2 has been added as an international broadcast outlet for the six-day professional cycling event, August 6-11, 2013. Eurosport 2 will broadcast the 586-mile stage race live each day to 49 countries and territories, reaching 93 million homes. Sixteen of these countries are among the 32 nations that will be represented by the 126 professional athletes next week. 




A Look Back...




For the 2nd time in 4 years, Salt Lake City hosted the Golden Gloves National Championship. The event featured 300 of the country's best amateur boxers vying for the title of "National Golden Gloves Champion."


Estimated Economic Impact to State:  $3.45 Million 






This year's event will mark the 18th year the series has visited South Jordan's much-vaunted Rad Canyon BMX facility. Some of the  world's best riders were in town competing for the tour's number 1 spot.


Estimated Economic Impact to State:  $3 Million 







The crossfit southwest regional event made its debut in Utah after two consecutive years in Colorado. THe event drew the top 48 men, women and teams from the Southwest Region (New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada) to compete in a multitude of different challenges designed to test athletes' speed, strength and overall fitness. 


Estimated Economic Impact to State: $250,000






Rio Tinto Stadium hosted a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match on Tuesday, June 18 against CONCACAF foe Honduras. Jozy Altidore continued his incredible run of form, scoring in the 73rd minute to  lead the United States to a 1-0 victory over Honduras  in World Cup qualifying at Rio Tinto Stadium. The event was broadcast on ESPN, giving the state approximately $2 million in media value.

Estimated Economic Impact to State: $5 Million





The thundering, ground-pounding, 800-hp two  and four-wheel-drive trucks and off-road buggies of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series made their way through Miller Motorsports Park on June 22nd and 23rd. This was the series' fourth consecutive visit to Utah's Miller Motorsports Park.


Estimated Economic Impact to the State: $2.5 Million







Utah's only official PGA TOUR event, the Tour's Utah Championship, was once again played at Willow Creek Country Club and featured the next stars of the PGA Tour vying for a PGA Tour card. Australia's Steven Alker won the Utah Championship in a playoff over Ashley Hall on a wild day that also saw a 59 for Will Wilcox.


The Utah Championship is Utah's only PGA TOUR event, generating $4 million in economic impact and 20 hours of coverage on the Golf Channel.  


In addition to the world class golf being played at the Utah Championship, the Utah Sports Commission and its partners teamed-up to raise cancer awareness  with the 2nd annual Pink on the Links initiative, which raised over $35,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Estimated Economic Impact to State: $4 Million 






The United States recovered from an early first-half deficit to coast to a 4-1 victory over Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium in their  second Gold Cup group match on Saturday afternoon .  
The event was broadcast on Fox with a broadcast value of approximately $2 million.  

Estimated Economic Impact to State: $4 Million



World Horseshoe Tournament   


The 2013 World Horseshoe Tournament was held in St. George, UT. The yearly event draws the best 1,200 competitive pitchers from around the world. Athletes qualify for the world tournament by competing in four NHPA-sanctioned tournaments during the year. 

Estimated Economic Impact to State: $4 Million




Upcoming Events.....   



State of Utah - August 6-11, 2013

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is one of only five UCI-sanctioned, multi-stage, North American pro cycling events in 2013. Showcasing some of the world's most prestigious teams and cyclists for six days in August, this event now attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France.
The 2013 event will include 7 first time venues and will span almost the entire state.      

Estimated Economic Impact to State: 
$14 Million 


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Miller Motorsports Park - August 17, 2013      


The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world's fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. Motocross racing is survival of the fittest and the fastest. It's where legends like Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, James Stewart, and Ryan Villopoto were built.  


Estimated Economic Impact to State: $8 Million


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Soldier Hollow Classic

Soldier Hollow - Aug 30 - Sept 1, 2013


Canine athletes from around the world will come to Soldier Hollow's spectacular Olympic hills to match wits and athletic ability with wild'n wooly range Utah sheep. 


Estimated Economic Impact to State: $1 Million
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Salt Lake Sports Complex - September 11-15, 2013


The US International Figure Skating Classic will feature more than 70 athletes representing nearly 20 countries.   Several members of Team USA will begin their quests for a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team at this event. 


Estimated Economic Impact to the State: $2 Million


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Snowbasin Resort - September 21-22, 2013; September 22, 2013


The XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon and the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship are being held on back-to-back days, and in the same destination, for the third year-in-a-row. The two events will bring roughly 1,500 of the nation's very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to Snowbasin Resort to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.

Estimated Economic Impact to State: $4 Million 


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About the Utah Sports Commission


The Utah Sports Commission was organized in 1999 by the State of Utah to be a catalyst in creating a sports legacy after the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The organization focuses on sport development to grow Utah's economy and leverages the state's world-class sports assets to enhance Utah's position in the global sports marketplace.


The Sports Commission values its relationships with business and government leaders, facility owners, chambers of commerce, convention & visitor bureaus, universities, clubs and other organizations and attributes its success to these partnerships. 


The Utah Sports Commission's executive committee made up of public, business and sports industry leaders has always been key to the success of the organization. 


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