• 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.

  • Wyoming AD Explains Athletics Cuts

    by Thaddeus Mast September 2016

    All University of Wyoming departments and units are facing budget reductions, including the athletics department. While some people state the importance of keeping the sports programs funded, others argue it should be cut further. The Financial Crisis Advisory Committee, a group created to analyze and create a possible plan for Fiscal Year 2018 budget reductions, heard Athletics Director Tom

  • Colleges Using Athletics to Boost Profile

    by The Buffalo News August 2016

    In today's environment of rising costs, soaring student debt and declining enrollment, college and university leaders are sometimes finding they have to explain the need for what has become an "arms race" among athletic departments.

  • Committee Works to Keep Aquatic Center on Budget

    by Monica Kreber August 2016

    Committee members have a wish list of what they want to see in Dorchester District 2's future aquatic center though they're going to need to condense that list to keep everything within budget.

  • New Mexico Athletics Department Deep in the Red

    by Geoff Grammer August 2016

    The University of New Mexico athletics department recorded a deficit of $1.54 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30 — the most red ink in a decade as athletics missed its ticket revenue projections by nearly $1 million. "We've got to do a better job of managing our funds, but we also need help," said Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. "We need help from our fans to continue to support us and I think we're going to have to continue discussions with the university. Are there other ways that we can get additional support like our peers do?" Asking for more support from the rest of the cash-strapped university could be a challenge. "We're not happy," said UNM President Robert G. Frank, who for the past two years has pledged athletics would make budget. "That's a concerning number and we're going to have to work harder to fix it."

  • Applying Public-Private Principles to Community Sports Venues

    by Peter Knowles and Steve Kelly July 2016

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  • Youth Soccer Club: $80K Fee Unfair

    by Emily Attwood May 2016

    The Urbandale (Iowa) Parks and Recreation Commission is recommending its local sports clubs split the cost of improvements made to the sports facilities used by the groups, a plan that doesn’t sit well with one of the four clubs.

  • Should Eastern Michigan Drop Football?

    by Jason Scott April 2016

    A report released by faculty and students at Eastern Michigan University suggests that Division I football is too large of a drain on the school’s resources and should be dropped in order to save students money.

  • Budget Woes Force St. Cloud State to Cut Six Sports

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    Heather Weems, athletic director at St. Cloud State University, announced Wednesday that the school is cutting six sports from its athletic department after the current academic year.