MUNCIE — For the better part of six months, Jon Anderson, the owner of Exceed The Standard (ETS) Sports, was working in a consulting role with the Muncie Sports Commission trying to re-imagine what it could become.

Then the coronavirus hit. A loss in funding and nearly $50,000 in revenue led to operational challenges at the Muncie SportsPlex, which is owned and operated by the commission.

Still, with months conversations with key stakeholders under their belt, the commission pressed forward. Anderson accepted the position as the commission's executive director in late May, and he and his staff have been working behind the scenes on what they're tagging as the "new sports commission."

"In the background, the sports commission and myself were kind of re-imagining what the sports commission could be as not just the owners of the Sportsplex, but more of a backbone or umbrella organization for sports and recreation in Muncie and Delaware County," Anderson said.

Having worked in the sports programming and tourism industry for nearly 20 years, Anderson said that sports commissions around the country are actively trying to figure out how they can do more. While, yes, sports commissions do seek to bring in sports tourism and Anderson knows all too well of the financial impact larger events can bring, he also said there's a large community impact the commission can have as well.
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