National, international sports executives touring Cincinnati

Feb 9, 2015

The Duke Energy Convention center is hosting the 20th National Sports Forum.
Credit Courtesy / Duke Energy Convention Center

This week, Cincinnati is hosting the National Sports Forum.   Jackie Reau with the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation says it's another opportunity to get the area more national, and international attention.

"There are about a thousand people here from really all over the country, representing all the four major league sporting bodies, as well as a number of colleges, universities, sporting properties, and also vendors who supply the sporting industry," Reau says.

This is the 20th annual convention for the National Sports Forum; and they are looking specifically at Cincinnati.


"These business leaders are going to be touring our stadiums, our venues, and last night, for instance, we were at Paul Brown Stadium," Reau says.  "Tomorrow night, we'll be at Great American Ball Park for a reception."


Reau says the discussions have not included league expansions, from the NBA or the NHL, but says the meetings could eventually lead to more national events, on the scale of Major League Baseball's All Star Game.  She says Olympics organizers are among the attendees. 


In 2013, Cincinnati made a bid to host the time trials for the 2016 Olympic marathon.  The bid did not win, but Reau says there are other Olympics, other events, and other opportunities. 


"We are hosting a number of decision makers who run major sporting events in the Olympics... Olympic trials, Olympic events," she says. 


Reau said they are talking to event organizers, but wouldn't reveal which ones, so as not to "jinx" the opportunities.


The National Sports Forum, at the Duke Energy Convention Center, ends Tuesday.  But Reau says some of the organization representatives with whom they have met arrived early, or will stay longer.