• District Drops Insurance Policy, Students Left with Bill

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    As a consequence of budget cuts finalized in spring of 2016, Paterson (N.J.) Public Schools has dropped accident insurance that previously covered accidental injury to students and student-athletes while on school grounds or attending school functions.

  • New Mexico AD Warns of Possible Sports Cuts

    by Geoff Grammer October 2016

    It just ain't working anymore. And if more financial help — from the state, the main campus or through student fees — isn't on the way, some very "tough decisions" that could include the elimination of sports at the University of New Mexico could be on the horizon. That was the message UNM athletic director Paul Krebs delivered to the Board of Regents finance and facilities committee on Wednesday afternoon.

  • UNM May Ask Students to Help Fund Athletics

    by Geoff Grammer October 2016

    The University of New Mexico athletics department, fresh off reporting a $1.54 million deficit for fiscal year 2016 and with ominous early returns on the current fiscal year's finances, could ask for an increase in student fees to maintain their current level of spending, according to a memo to a Board of Regents committee. The memo, outlining a discussion scheduled to take place at today's Board of Regents' finance and facilities committee meeting, opens "with the poor FY16 financial performance still fresh in everyone's mind," which was the seventh time in the past nine years athletics has finished in the red. I later states that if ticket sales don't pick up, and "if in fact the elimination of sports programs is off the table," then increasing revenue from student fees "will need to be thoroughly evaluated."

  • WSU Struggles to Find Balanced Athletics Budget

    by Shawn Vestal October 2016

    Washington State University is doing a lot of things to dig the athletics department out of its $50.7 million hole. It will kick in more from the central university budget. It is banking on the proceeds from still-unapproved stadium beer sales. It is budgeting for increased ticket sales and donations and planning to ask students to pay an additional $100 a year. One of the things it's not doing: cutting athletics spending.

  • Tennessee Athletics Reports $12.2M Surplus

    by Grant Ramey October 2016

    Tennessee athletics brought in a record $30.7 million through fundraising in annual unrestricted cash donations and, according to a school release Wednesday.

  • University of North Dakota Mulls Cutting Eight Sports

    by Wade Rupard October 2016

    At least two sports are all but certain to be on the chopping block at the University of North Dakota. A list presented to the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee on Monday identified eight athletics programs that could be cut: soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's golf.

  • Opinion: Las Vegas Stadium a Misguided Use of Taxes

    by Las Vegas Sun October 2016

    As many of you have heard, there has been some controversy surrounding the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee's recommendation to build a $2 billion NFL stadium using $750 million in public financing by taxpayers. As a college student who pays thousands of dollars a year to attend UNLV, I think it is shameful to see that our elected officials are seriously considering this proposal. We could be using that money as a public investment in education and infrastructure, yet we are more concerned with building a stadium on the backs of taxpayers.

  • Experts Warn 2020 Tokyo Olympics Could Cost $30B

    by Mari Yamaguchi September 2016

    The price tag of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could exceed $30 billion unless drastic cost-cutting measures are taken and several key venues are relocated, an expert panel warned Thursday in the latest blow to Japanese organizers.

  • Increase Student Fees to Balance Athletics Budget?

    by Chad Sokol September 2016

    Washington State University's new president has introduced a plan to balance the budget of the school's insolvent athletics department. But a piece of that plan has students in an uproar. Administrators have asked students to consider paying an additional $50 per semester to help bring the athletics department into the black. The department has been operating at a $13 million deficit since 2014, partly because of higher coaching salaries, an expensive new football facility and lower-than-projected TV revenue. "With the athletics department messing up and not being able to budget properly, it's not fair for students to have to pay for that," said Jordyn Beckford, a senator in the student government. "No student wants to pay more. With tuition, books, mandatory fees, it's already really expensive."

  • Funding Rule Forces Suspension of Senior Fitness

    by Jacob Tierney September 2016

    Classes like Zumba, water aerobics and Silver Sneakers at Westmoreland County's 13 senior centers have been suspended as the Area Agency on Aging waits for clarification on a new regulation that will stop it from spending federal money on its most popular exercise offerings. The rule that takes effect next month states centers can use federal money only for "evidence-based" programs, which have been proved by peer-reviewed scientific research to have positive health impacts. The list of eligible programs is relatively small and does not include fitness favorites like Zumba.