- 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.
- 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.
- County Commission Sidelines HS Track Project
by Paul Leach January 2017
The Hamilton County Commission has backed away from a proposal to use $500,000 in county credit to replace the Central High School/Brown Middle School track. The proposal, needing five votes, received only four, with commissioners Randy Fairbanks and Sabrena Smedley adding their support.
- 2017 Budgeting Survey
by AB Staff January 2017
Athletic Business is putting together a report on readers’ budgets and purchasing goals for 2017, and we’d like to ask you to take a couple of minutes of your time to answer a few questions. The results of this survey will appear in our March issue and will provide valuable insight into your industry.
As a small token of our appreciation for your time and effort, three individuals who submit complete and usable surveys will be chosen at random to receive a free registration for the 2017 Athletic Business Show in Orlando, Nov. 9-11.
- Management Company Gives Little Leaguers Run-Around
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
As the autumn days get shorter in St. Petersburg (Fla.), little leaguers are faced with the spooky prospect of playing out the rest of the season in the dark, if the St. Petersburg Little League can’t get the money together to pay their electric bill. The monthly cost to run the floodlights at the field is around $1,000.