SportsEvents Media Group recently announced the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission as a 2014 Readers’ Choice Award winner.

A complete list of winners is listed in the January 2014 issue of “SportsEvents” and can be found here.

Sports event professionals were asked to name the sports commission, convention and visitors bureaus or sports events venues they believe display exemplary creativity and professionalism toward the groups they host. Nominations were received from readers throughout the year and the top picks were selected based on the results from an online voting system.

“Our online voting system allowed us to gather thousands of nominations and votes cast by sports event planners around the country for the 2014 Readers Choice Awards,” said Kristen McIntosh, “SportsEvents” editor. “These award winners have gone above and beyond to provide the quality sports infrastructure, services and commitment today’s discerning sports event planners demand. These winners have truly set the bar high for the sports events they host.”

Lance Kettering, executive director of the Sports Commission, said it was an honor to receive the award. This marks the third time the Sports Commission was presented with the Readers’ Choice award.

“We’re pleased the readers of “SportsEvents” selected us for this award,” Kettering said. “We work hard to do a good job and it’s nice to know our peers notice.”

For more information about the Sports Commission and how it works with the CVB to bring events to Springfield, visit or call 417-881-5300. The CVB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting the local economy by promoting travel and tourism to Springfield and the nonprofit Sports Commission encourages travel and tourism through sporting events. The Sports Commission is managed by the CVB.