• Commission Weighing Millions for Recreation Upgrades

    by Greg Stanley March 2017

    The slew of upgrades to Collier County's park system is set to continue Tuesday. Collier County commissioners will be asked to approve a $10 million deal to build swimming pools at Eagle Lakes Community Park in East Naples. The same day, they'll be asked to: Spend $2 million to convert two grass soccer fields in North Naples to artificial turf.

  • U. of Memphis Board Okays Football Facility Financing

    by Tom Schad March 2017

    The University of Memphis board of trustees voted Friday to allow university president M. David Rudd to pursue alternate financing for the construction of an indoor football practice facility.

  • Arizona Seeks Tuition Increase, Fee for Athletics

    by Yoohyun Jung March 2017

    The University of Arizona is proposing a new fee to support its athletics programs and facilities as part of the school's tuition proposal for the 2017-2018 year.

  • Deadline Approaches for District to Add Lacrosse

    by Marie Wilson March 2017

    To make lacrosse an officially sponsored sport for the high schools in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 would cost an estimated $208,000 to start and another $128,000 every year after that. School board members say they "understand the passion" they've been hearing from lacrosse players and parents, who are hoping the sport can gain district sponsorship in time for the first Illinois High School Association state championships in May 2018. But they're concerned about the possible strain on facilities, scheduling challenges and costs of adding another sport when school funding is so uncertain.

  • Athletic Business’s 2017 Purchasing Behavior Survey

    by Emily Attwood March 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.

  • County Commission to Examine Tourist Tax Spending

    by Greg Stanley March 2017

    Collier County, Fla., has managed to keep one of the lowest bed taxes on either coast of the state for years. Now it's less a question of whether county commissioners will raise the tax, but when they'll raise it and how they'll spend the money.

  • NCAA Reports $1.4B in Expenses for 2016

    by Steve Berkowitz March 2017

    The NCAA incurred $1.4 billion in expenses during its 2016 fiscal year as it began allocating more than a decade's worth of accumulated money to legal settlements and costs and a special one-time distribution to Division I schools.

  • Arena Developer Hasn't Yet Submitted Loan Commitment

    by Butch Maier March 2017

    Virginia Beach arena development executives reiterated Feb. 28 they are “confident” they soon will have a loan commitment for the proposed $210 million sports and entertainment venue. Time, again, is running out.

  • Football Revenue Up, But Profit Eludes U. of Memphis

    by Tom Schad March 2017

    For the first time in recent history, the Tigers' football program brought in more revenue than the men's basketball program during the 2016 fiscal year, according to documents filed with the NCAA and obtained by The Commercial Appeal in an open records request.

  • 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.