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Bassmaster Classic 2019 recognised for economic impact

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This year’s Bassmaster Classic has been recognised for the impact it made to the Knoxville and East Tennessee economies.

The 2019 Bassmaster Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee has won an award for its impact on the region’s economy.   

The event was recognised as a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism (mid-market division) by Sports Destination Management magazine.

The awards honour organisations and local partners who ‘worked together to produce events that have made our industry a more vibrant, exciting, varied and interesting place.’

The 2019 Classic attracted a record audience of 153,809 from across the US and many other countries. It generated an economic impact of $32.2m for Knoxville and East Tennessee, according to a report by the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission.

The report says the Classic provided a direct economic impact of $17.7m and an indirect boost in business sales of $14.5m. It generated $2.75m in state and local tax revenue, including taxes on sales, restaurant purchases and accommodation. Attendees paid for 29,232 room nights in local hotels.

“We are so proud to have the positive impact of the Bassmaster Classic and our partnership with Visit Knoxville Sports Commission recognised,” said Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S.. “It’s our hope that every B.A.S.S. tournament can be an economic win for our host cities.”

The 2019 Classic was won by Knoxville native Ott DeFoe. Next year’s Classic and Classic Outdoors Expo will be held on Lake Guntersville in Birmingham, Alabama, from March 6th to 8th. It will be the event’s 50th anniversary.

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