Davis Cup is larger than American life

The Davis Cup is huge. Literally. It looks like someone set an oversized version of grandma’s candy bowl on the sawed-off trunk of a 100-year-old oak. Paul Bunyan should be standing next to it, an ax in one hand, wiping his brow with the other. If the United States beats Russia and wins the Davis Cup on Sunday, Andy Roddick better not try to lift it over his head. It will crush him.

On Thursday, I got a good look at the prize for this weekend’s tennis matches.

First, however, we were promised a red carpet photo op outside the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, prior to the Draw Ceremony. Red being a particularly polite way to welcome the visitors from Russia.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, November 30, 2007

Portland is welcoming hordes of fans to the Davis Cup

KOIN News reporter Eric Taylor reports on the substantial economic impact of the Davis Cup in Portland.

View the Oregon Sports Authority press release about the estimated $7.1 million in minimum direct visitor spending generated by the Davis Cup, and view the letter to the editor from USTA President Jane Brown Grimes that appeared in The Oregonian following the Davis Cup.

City keeps U.S. loose for final

The U.S. Davis Cup team is set to play in its most important series of the new millennium, but you’d never know it from the players’ jovial moods.

Less than two days away from taking on Russia in the 2007 World Group Final, the U.S. practiced inside the 12,000-seat Memorial Coliseum, a short ride across the Willamette River from the downtown district in the Rose Quarter area.

With the adjacent arena, the Rose Garden, hosting a basketball game in the evening, the hometown Trailblazers versus the Indiana Pacers, and the 111th edition of the “Civil War,” the annual Oregon-Oregon State college football game set for Saturday in nearby Eurgene, the U.S.-Russia clash is not the only show in town, but the stakes are much higher.

 — Excerpt from

Davis Cup to generate more than $7.1 million in visitor spending

With more than 60 percent of ticket buyers coming from outside the state, the Oregon Sports Authority estimates that the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Final will inject a minimum of $7.1 million in direct visitor spending into Oregon’s economy.  Thousands of tennis enthusiasts from across the globe, and from 47 states across the nation, have purchased tickets to attend the Davis Cup World Final on November 30 – December 2 at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum. 
“It’s a phenomenal figure, by far the highest percentage of out-of-state spectators we’ve ever seen for an event,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.  “The Davis Cup is bringing thousands of tourists — and their discretionary dollars — to Oregon, not to mention elevating the state onto the world sports stage in front of tens of millions of TV viewers from around the globe.”
In addition to the thousands of spectators visiting Oregon, the Davis Cup hotel block for team delegations, officials, media and sponsors totals 3,848 room nights.  The total projected visitor spending of $7.1 million includes only the estimated lodging, restaurant, retail, entertainment and local transportation expenditures for both Davis Cup spectators and those in the Davis Cup hotel blocks.  Oregon will also gain substantial tourism exposure through abundant worldwide television and media coverage.  The Davis Cup will be broadcast in at least 174 countries, and be covered by countless print, television and electronic media outlets throughout the world, producing immeasurable tourism benefits for the city and state.

“It was wonderful to hear that Portland had been chosen to host the Davis Cup final between the U.S. and Russia,” said Brian McCartin, executive vice president of convention and tourism sales for the Portland Oregon Visitors Association.  “In addition to filling hotel rooms and restaurants with attendees, media coverage of this event is sure to focus a very positive spotlight on our region.”

“The City of Portland is ecstatic about hosting the 2007 Davis Cup Final,” said Portland Mayor Tom Potter.  “It is an honor to welcome the international tennis community to the Rose City and a thrill to show off Portland to the world.  In my opinion, Portland fans are the best.  Their infectious energy and enthusiasm will overtake the Memorial Coliseum this weekend.”
The Oregon Sports Authority has a limited number of special 3-day ticket packages still available for the Davis Cup.  Those interested can contact or 503.234.4500 for further information.
The 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Final between the United States and defending champion Russia begins Friday at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.  It marks the first time since 1992 that the U.S. has hosted the World Group Final.  Visit for additional information.
The mission of the Oregon Sports Authority is to position the state of Oregon as the preferred location for select amateur and professional sports events, franchises and related activities in order to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians and to stimulate the state’s economy. 

 — Oregon Sports Authority News Release, November 28, 2007

World’s preeminent winter filmmaker to feature Bend

They have spent nearly 60 years showcasing some of the world’s top winter destinations from A (Aspen) to Z (Zermatt), and for their 59th annual feature film Warren Miller Entertainment is bringing its film crews to Bend for a feature segment in the company’s 2008 film.

“Having Bend featured in the Warren Miller Film Tour gives instant and significant global credibility to Central Oregon’s winter tourism offerings,” said Doug LaPlaca, president and CEO of the Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau. “I cannot think of a more efficient and effective tool for promoting winter tourism to a targeted audience both domestically and internationally.”

A cooperative effort led by the Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau has secured the destination feature, which will focus on Bend, Mt. Bachelor and Central Oregon. Partners involved with bringing Warren Miller Entertainment to the region include the Bend VCB, Travel Oregon, Mt. Bachelor and the LibertyBank Bend WinterFest. As part of the agreement, the Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau will have rights to use all footage shot for the segment in future marketing and promotional efforts.

“Oregon features some of the most scenic landscapes and abundant recreational opportunities in the West, and this will be a perfect vehicle to showcase both,” said Kevin Wright, Director of Consumer Marketing for Travel Oregon. “This project aligns well with Travel Oregon’s marketing objectives and we look forward to working with the Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau to leverage the opportunity.”

Specific creative plans for the approximately five-minute segment have not been finalized, but film crews from Warren Miller Entertainment will visit Bend on multiple occasions this winter, including February 8-10 during Bend Winterfest. Ideally, Warren Miller Entertainment would like to time their visits so they coincide with favorable conditions on the mountain.

“There aren’t many places in the world where one can take a chairlift to the top of a volcano, look out at a dozen surrounding peaks, and then choose from nearly 360 degrees of skiable terrain,” said Matt Janney, President of Mt. Bachelor. “Couple that experience with Mt. Bachelor’s unique abundance of both snowfall and sunshine, and it has the makings of a memorable segment.”

When complete, Warren Miller Entertainment’s 2008 film will be screened to an audience of more than 300,000 people, with more than 400 showings in more than 200 U.S. cities including the country’s top 30 markets. An estimated audience of 500,000 international viewers will attend screenings in other countries across the globe. Following the theatrical tour, the film is distributed on DVD, Pay-Per-View and Warren Miller TV.

“The word is out that Bend is one of the best mountain towns in the country,” said Max Bervy, Producer & Director for Warren Miller Entertainment. “The athletes and experiences that we plan to capture on film will only solidify that reputation even further.”

About the Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau:
The Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau is a non-membership, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to promoting tourism on behalf of the City of Bend.  For more information or to order a complimentary Official Visitor’s Guide to Bend, contact the Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau at 1-800-949-6086 or visit

Davis Cup = $7 million for area tourism

This weekend’s Davis Cup should generate at least $7.1 million of tourist spending for area hotels, restaurants, retailers and transportation providers, according to estimates by event organizers.

The Oregon Sports Authority, which helped lure the event to Portland, said Tuesday that 62 percent of the 12,000-or-so ticketbuyers hail from outside Oregon. The three-day competition begins Friday and features professional tennis teams from Russia and the United States.

Not counting ticketholders, Davis Cup officials, team delegations, sponsors and covering media have booked 3,848 room nights during the event, said Meyer Freeman, chief operating officer for the organization, which promotes sporting events.

 — Excerpt from, Playbooks & Profits Blog

Oregon runs to its own beat

As a growing number of races nationwide ban earphones, Oregon event directors seem to be going the other direction. The Portland Marathon has even dubbed itself the “MP3 player-friendly marathon.” Organizers are recruiting runners and walkers who feel rejected elsewhere with a new slogan: “Plug in!”

USA Track & Field, the sport’s main governing body, says runners who tune in to music tune out announcements, traffic and fellow athletes.

But Oregon race directors contend their courses are the safest places to run with music, as long as people don’t crank up the volume to earsplitting decibels. So polish your playlist for Thursday’s Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo or the Dec. 2 Jingle Bell Run downtown.

Many runners swear they can’t survive without Kanye West or Radiohead.

Les Smith, the marathon director, can relate. He remembers tearing up as he ran through Central Park in the early 1990s listening to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” — lugging a cassette deck.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, November 18, 2007

Portland has tradition on its side

Portland made it, just barely, onto Champ Car’s 2008 schedule. It keeps alive an event that first came to Portland in 1984.

“It makes a lot of good strategy sense for us to be in Portland,” said Steve Johnson, Champ Car’s president. But Johnson also said Monday during a nationwide conference call that there is much work to be done before the city stages its 25th open-wheel race at Portland International Raceway on July 27.

Johnson will visit Portland within two weeks after the Champ Car season finale in Mexico City this weekend to hammer out some details, including the length of Portland’s new contract with the series. There also might be a new business plan that includes a different promoter.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, November 6, 2007

Enter for a chance to win tickets to the Davis Cup World Final

The Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to offer tennis fans the chance to win two tickets to all three days of the USA vs. Russia Davis Cup World Final at Memorial Coliseum on November 30 – December 2.  Tickets sold out almost instantly last month for the first Davis Cup final in the U.S. in fifteen years.

There are a very limited number of special Davis Cup ticket packages available for sale through the Oregon Sports Authority — please e-mail for more information.

The Oregon Sports Authority is a non-profit organization which helped bring the Davis Cup to Portland, as well as the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Women’s World Cup Soccer, the AST Dew Tour and, coming in 2009, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. 

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