• Crown-Removal Could Boost WVU Turf Project to $3.5M

    by Mike Casazza August 2014

    The 2014 season will be the last season for the artificial turf at Mountaineer Field. West Virginia has one last chance to add to the legacy of a surface that's so far seen a 36-11 record, three Big East champions, one perfect home record, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, Brian Kelly, Gene Chizik, Pat White, Bruce Irvin, Tavon Austin, 70-63, 66-21 and 13-9. The turf's shelf life is eight to 10 years and the athletic department is prepared to spend somewhere between $1.8 million and $3.5 million on a replacement, the low end for installing just new turf, the high end for first removing the crown beneath the field and putting down the new green stuff. Considering how rare crowns are and how much coaches don't like them, WVU is preparing for the high end.

  • Ohio Boys' Basketball Tournament Netted $917K Profit

    by Marc Pendleton August 2014

    Ohio high schools are No. 3, and that's a good thing. With 821 schools in the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Buckeye state trails only California and Texas for most member schools among respective state high school associations.

  • Town Considers Private Help for Public Golf Courses

    by Jay Rey; News Staff Reporter August 2014

    The Town of Amherst is once again considering privatizing its three public golf courses in hopes of cutting costs and stemming mounting losses.

  • City's New Parks Director Knows How to Stretch a Budget

    by Alicia Robinson staff writer, The Orange County Register August 2014

    If anyone is equipped to make do with Riverside's lean, post-recession budget, it's the city's new parks director, Adolfo Cruz. The past 14 years of Cruz's 24 years in parks and recreation were spent in Stockton, which is about to exit a bankruptcy that began in 2012.

  • Nonrevenue Sports Could Lose if NCAA Amateurism Ends

    by Matthew Piper The Salt Lake Tribune August 2014

    If football and men's basketball players are to have a greater share of the revenue pie, then somebody else's slice must get thinner.

  • Clean-Up of Contaminated Soccer Soil Could Top $1M

    by Mark Ferenchik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH August 2014

    Columbus officials will consider four options to clean up a section of a Near East Side park that was ordered closed after it was discovered that youth soccer teams were allowed to play there despite high levels of arsenic and other contaminants.

  • What a $130M Renovation Investment Bought the Bills

    by Jerry Zremski; News Washington Bureau Chief August 2014

    The money - $90 million of it from the state and county - aims to eliminate many of the 41-year-old stadium's more annoying and antiquated features.

  • Agency Offers 10-Year Tax Break to Club on School Site

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter August 2014

    The new Ultimate Physique location in the former Washington Hunt Elementary School may receive a 10-year tax break, it was disclosed at Wednesday's Niagara County Industrial Development Agency meeting.

  • Donor Willing to Pay for Most of HS Locker Room Reno

    by EVAN FRANK,, Living Lake Country Reporter August 2014

    An anonymous supporter has ignited a project to renovate Arrowhead High School's girls and boys locker rooms used primarily by the basketball teams. With renovation costs estimated at $505,000, the donor plans to give at least $275,000, and possibly an additional $50,000 to $60,000. On Wednesday, Aug. 6, a tour of the North Campus lower locker rooms provided an inside look at the conceptual budget and room design.

  • 'Full Cost of Attendance' Tops Agenda for Power 5

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    Now that the NCAA's board of directors has approved a new governance structure for Division I, the leaders of those conferences can begin tackling their to-do list.