• U.S. Bank Stadium Finances: A Question of Public Trust

    by Paul Ostrow and John Hayden February 2017

    Gaining the public trust in the stewardship of some $1 billion over 30 years in total public contributions and subsidies will require far more than the cosmetic changes currently under review.

  • Commissioner for Splitting Bond Among Track Projects

    by Paul Leach February 2017

    Hamilton County Commission Vice Chairman Greg Beck says he just wants his district to get its share of special school project money.

  • Private Planes Commonplace on Campus, in Recruiting

    by Collin Binkley February 2017

    Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. Some schools spend millions of dollars a year flying their coaches and executives on scores of trips around the country, and some pass the cost on to students and taxpayers. The Associated Press requested documents from dozens of public universities and found that at least 20 own or share ownership of planes for school business, often employing a few full-time pilots to fly them. Many others charter private flights through outside companies.

  • Midwestern State Weighs Stadium Project, Budget

    by Lana Sweeten-Shults February 2017

    "We have started to try to identify potential donors for a stadium," MSU President Suzanne Shipley said at the university's board of regents meeting Thursday. "It's right there in the forefront of our planning."

  • SEC Distributes Record Revenue to 14 Member Schools

    by John Brice February 2017

    Another year, another record. Welcome to the SEC. The SEC again distributed a record amount of revenues to its 14 member schools, encroaching upon $600 million in distribution to those schools per figures released Thursday by the league.

  • Spring Training Park Costs Rise to $150M

    by Joe Capozzi February 2017

    The final construction tab for The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the new spring training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, could go as high as $153 million, an Astros official said.

  • Athletic Business’s 2017 Purchasing Behavior Survey

    by Emily Attwood February 2017

    The inaugural issue of Athletic Business — published under the name Athletics Purchasing and Facilities in April 1977 — was a buyers guide. Every year since then, Athletic Business has continued to assemble the leading purchasing resource for the athletics, fitness and recreation industries. This year, AB went a step further to provide not only the who and where, but the what and how much. We surveyed health clubs, military installations, high schools, colleges, YMCAs and other organizations large and small (386 in total) to learn about purchasing and budget trends.

  • U. of Toledo Athletics Audit Finds Financial Mess

    by Nicholas Piotrowicz January 2017

    An internal audit of the University of Toledo's department of athletics found thousands of dollars in discrepancies, improper cash handling, irregular and incomplete record keeping, missing funds, and no oversight from the head of the department.

  • County on Track to Pay Off Target Field Early

    by Kelly Smith January 2017

    Hennepin County planned to pay off the $555-million Target Field and its surrounding infrastructure by 2037, but now expects to pay the debt a decade early.

  • Bill Could Give State Power Over Athletic Departments

    by Jacob Thorpe January 2017

    A new bill proposed in the Washington Legislature would give the state Senate the power of the purse over university athletic departments that are consistently insolvent. Michael Baumgartner, a Republican state senator from Spokane, proposes that college athletics budgets that run deficits in three consecutive fiscal years will have to submit their budgets for review and approval by the Senate's Commerce, Labor and Sports committee.