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Sacramento Sports Commission

1030 15Th Street Suite 200

Sacramento, California 95814

United States

Company Description

The Sacramento Sports Commission is a joint city-county advisory board created in the 1980s to attract and develop major professional and amateur sporting events in the capital region. In 1998, the Sports Commission formed a non-profit organization - the ... more

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Employment History

Executive Director

Miami-Dade Sports Commission

Chief Executive Officer

National Senior Games Association

Vice President

The Florida Sports Foundation Inc

Director of Events



Member of the Sports Department
The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games


sport management

University of Florida

Bachelor of Science degree

Exercise and Sports Sciences

University of Florida , Gainesville


Exercise and Sports Sciences


Sports Administration

University of Florida

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"It is a pleasure to welcome ... [cached]

"It is a pleasure to welcome the Bassmaster Elite Series to Sacramento and our beautiful river," said Mike Sophia, director of the Sacramento Sports Commission.

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Mike Sophia Sacramento Sports Commission Director 916.808.7780

Mike Sophia
( Sacramento Sports Commission Director
On Jan. 1, 2013, at the request of the Sacramento City Council and County Board of Supervisors, the Sacramento CVB took over the responsibilities of the Sacramento Sports Commission. To help lead this All-Star team, the SCVB has hired Mike Sophia as the Sacramento Sports Commission Director. Mike comes to us most recently from Baton Rouge where he served as the CEO of the National Senior Games. Prior to that, Mike was the Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission for eight years, which he built from the ground up. Earlier in his career, Mike was the Marketing Director for the U.S. Track Coaches Association and Assistant Competition Manager for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
This new Sacramento Sports Commission, a division of the SCVB, will be responsible for fostering economic development of the region by securing, promoting and sustaining highly visible sporting events, tournaments and conventions. "I am thrilled to be working with a great team in a community that has such a long tradition of supporting a variety of sporting events," Mike said.

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Director, Sacramento Sports Commission--Mike Sophia

Capital gets 2017 track-field championships, eyes '20 Olympic Trials | The Sacramento Bee [cached]

The day after receiving word that Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium will host the USA Track and Field Championships next year, Sacramento Sports Commission director Mike Sophia said Wednesday that the city will bid on the 2020 Olympic Trials. Sacramento hosted the trials in 2000 and 2004, and drew record-breaking crowds of more than 20,000 spectators a day.

The Olympic Trials are being held this week at century-old Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., which also hosted the event in 2012 and 2008. In addition to Hayward's position as one of the nation's most historic track venues, Oregon-based Nike is the primary long-term sponsor of USA Track and Field and maintains a large corporate presence at the trials.
"We recognize that it's been there for the last few trials and we recognize it's going to be a tough sell," Sophia said.
Sophia said sports officials were fairly certain they would host the event again in 2017 after posting strong attendance and revenue numbers in 2014.
But even as early as 2013, Sophia had the Olympic Trials on his mind. When the track resurfacing project was approved, he said he wrote "2020 vision" on a piece of paper - a reference to his goal of landing the 2020 trials.
In the meantime, Sophia and tourism officials are touting the impact of Sacramento's re-emergence on the national track and field stage. The 2014 national championships drew more than 30,000 spectators over four days and had an economic impact of $4.6 million on the region in the form of hotel rooms and meals purchased by out-of-town visitors, according to Sophia.
The 2017 meet is expected to draw larger crowds than three years ago, as the nation's top athletes try to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in London less than two months later. Some elite athletes avoided the 2014 meet with no World Championships spots on the line.
Sophia said the 2017 economic impact will be well above $5 million.
And later this month, Hornet Stadium will host the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics. More than 7,000 athletes are expected for that meet and the event will contribute more than $10 million to the local economy, Sophia said.

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"The St. Hope Elite Hoop Classic not only provides an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate sports in our thriving city but also offers a unique experience to the statewide boys' basketball teams to network with each other and participate in workshops and speaker series," said Mike Sophia, Director of the Sacramento Sports Commission.

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