Cobb Residents Assail $397M in Braves Stadium Bonds
by Tim Tucker; Staff July 2014
About a dozen Cobb County residents sought to block the public financing plan for the new Braves stadium in a court hearing Monday on the county's intention to issue up to $397 million in bonds for the project.
Arizona High Schools Face Postseason Participation Fees
by Rexford Sheild July 2014
The price of success is oftentimes categorized by hard work, but high school athletic departments and their athletes in Arizona will soon have to rethink this ideology. The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) will enforce teams to pay a fee if they are a participant in postseason play. The new fee is slated to kick in this fall.
Rising Cost of Insurance to Be Passed to Prep Athletes
by SARAH BOWMAN; email@example.com July 2014
Starting in fall 2015, Beaufort County School District student-athletes can expect to pay for athletic insurance.
Audit of City Golf Courses Hints at Alleged Fraud, Waste
by Dan McKay, Journal Staff Writer July 2014
Internal auditors examining Albuquerque's municipal golf courses found poor management and a "fundamental breakdown in common business practices" that have cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a recent report. In one case, auditors said, a 2008 arrangement resulted in the city's forgoing $1.5 million in revenue in exchange for a point-of-sale checkout system that would have cost $60,000. Meanwhile, the city's inspector general is investigating "potential fraud allegations" and will issue a separate report addressing allegations of fraud, waste and abuse. Maintenance of grounds and facilities at Albuquerque's four municipal golf courses is the city's responsibility, but independent contractors manage the business operations and concessions for a share of the revenue from liquor, food, merchandise, equipment sales and the like. All greens fees must go to the city.
Understanding Bids and Specs: Get the Best Value When Building
by Ralph Agostinelli July 2014
Few goods come with a set price. Vendors and manufacturers will give you a price — but how do you know that it's their best price?
School District Opts to Borrow Money for Gym Upgrades
by Patti Welander firstname.lastname@example.org July 2014
Even though the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School District has the money to pay for planned improvements, the school board has approved issuing general obligation bonds for the work.
Study: Many Big Ten Schools Could Afford to Pay Athletes
by Jared S. Hopkins and Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune June 2014
Chicago - Like a five-star high school recruit in his senior year, college athletics is at a crossroads. Pressure from current players, former players and lawsuits means a system of paying college students to play sports is finally getting serious attention. Those pushing to pay athletes argue that schools - and their coaches and administrators-take in billions while the students themselves are left with nothing. The NCAA and school officials have steadfastly rejected that argument, saying most schools can't afford to pay students and doing so could tarnish the principle that players are students first. But the contentious philosophical debate also leads to some basic math questions. Could schools afford to pay their athletes, and how much? An examination by the Tribune of athletic department budgets over the last five years for Big Ten Conference schools shows that they generate tens of millions of dollars in operating surpluses.
Opinion: Don't Spend Road Repair Money on Soccer Fields
by Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) June 2014
A Pima County proposal to spend $8.75 million to purchase 167 acres for soccer fields makes sense, with a caveat: No road repair money should be touched to pay for it. Pima County Supervisors have already approved a county budget that allows the expenditure to be made, and they will decide July 1 if the land deal should move ahead and how to pay for it. The land is a piece of a much larger proposal to build a regional soccer complex that supporters say would attract soccer tournaments from outside Tucson and Arizona.
BYU Coach: Split Divisions Only When Schools in Black
by Dick Harmon, Deseret News June 2014
PROVO - If 65 Power 5 athletic programs want to create a new NCAA division, they'd better come through with the coin. Right now, most are not balancing their checkbooks. That's the warning from BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall, whose school is one of only 25 Division I universities operating in the black. "The issue of 65 breaking off is all because of money. Why not say nobody breaks off unless they are operating in the black? College sports is becoming more and more commercialized and like professional football," said Mendenhall.
Town Mistakenly Builds Football Field on Private Property
by Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) June 2014
SKOWHEGAN -- A Maine town will spend $27,500 to correct mistakes it made that led to a youth football field being accidentally built on private property.