- City Councilor Hopes to Bring Back Middle School Sports
by Nick Kotsopoulos June 2017
Councilor-at-Large Khrystian E. King has called on city and public school officials to work on re-establishing a citywide middle school youth sports program, starting with the upcoming academic year.
- College Conference Disparity Shows Broken System
by Scott D. Pierce May 2017
If you've paid any attention to college sports whatsoever, you know that there's a vast disparity between the television revenue brought in by schools in the Power Five conferences and what the Group of Five members get. But here's a look at a few numbers that emphasize the point. Here's the estimated TV revenue (on average) for each member of a Group of Five conferences for the 2016-17 school year:
- Opinion: Golf Trip Last Straw for UNM AD's Tenure
by Albuquerque Journal May 2017
It's the fourth quarter of Paul Krebs' tenure as athletics director at the University of New Mexico, and he would like to run out the clock on his $419,000-a-year job on his own terms. Krebs has two years remaining on his contract and was asked last week if he was planning to retire. He said in an email "if and when I decide to retire from athletics it will be on my timetable."
- Virginia Tech AD Works to Get Out of the Red
by Andy Bitter May 2017
For the first time in more than a decade, the Virginia Tech athletic department operated in the red during the fiscal year ending in June of 2016. Paying a couple of football coaching staffs during the transition from Justin Fuente to Frank Beamer, severance payments for three former basketball coaches and the rising cost of scholarships helped run the Hokies a $764,000 deficit. It 's not something athletic director Whit Babcock wants to see often, but that's just the occasional cost of doing business in today's world of college athletics. "With everything we've got going on and the momentum, we know we can't be in the red very often," Babcock said in a wide-ranging interview with the Roanoke Times this week. "But we're at a point right now of investing and transition, and we felt like it was well worth it."
- Athletic Director Awaits School Budget, Ponders Cuts
by James Yodice May 2017
Some of the more drastic cost-cutting measures may not be necessary — at least not yet. But that doesn't mean the operational budget for Albuquerque Public Schools' athletic department will avoid some reductions for the next fiscal year.
- Wright State Nixes Swim, Dive Teams Amid Budget Cuts
by Jay Morrison May 2017
Wright State is eliminating its men's and women's swimming and diving teams as part of the $30.3 million in budget cuts announced at the university board of trustees meeting Friday morning.
- Martha’s Vineyard School Officials Choose Grass Fields
by Courtney Cameron May 2017
After a year of heated community debate, which drew large crowds in public forums and at least one threatened lawsuit, the Martha’s Vineyard High School Committee has voted unanimously to endorse a proposal to repair the district’s deteriorating athletic fields with natural grass.
- Recreation Program in Jeopardy after Mass Resignation
by Courtney Cameron May 2017
Every member of the Norton, Mass., parks and recreation commission has turned in their resignation after a budget override intended to augment the department’s resources failed to pass.
- NCAA President Talks College Sports Spending Gap
by Jay Tokasz May 2017
Finding overall policies to fit "every student circumstance" at all three levels of the NCAA — Divisions I, II and III — is really hard, especially when some of the biggest differences among the institutions and their athletics programs are economic, according to NCAA President Mark Emmert.
- 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.