RECENT ARTICLES
  • Regent Questions Continuing Athletics at UW-Milwaukee

    by Karen Herzog June 2016

    A Wisconsin regent on Friday accused the UW-Milwaukee athletics program of balancing an $11 million budget deficit "on the backs" of students, and questioned whether it was worth continuing athletics at the campus.

  • Former Washington AD Slammed Over Budget Deficit

    by Katherine Long June 2016

    A University of Washington regent slammed former athletic director Scott Woodward on Thursday, saying Woodward did not let the governing board know about a growing deficit in the UW athletic department's budget. Regent Jeremy Jaech, the board's vice chair, described it as "a bad-faith effort" on Woodward's part to use one-time money, paid in advance to UW for multimedia advertising, and apply it to the budget. Jaech called it "an attempt to make the numbers look better than they really were." Woodward left UW in January for a similar position at Texas A&M. His replacement, Jennifer Cohen, was appointed last month and made her first appearance before the regents Thursday.

  • District Budgeting for Big-Ticket Items

    by Lana Sweeten-Shults June 2016

    The Wichita Falls Independent School District hopes it won’t be caught off guard when it’s time to buy athletic uniforms, buses and similar big-ticket purchases that rotate around on a regular cycle, thanks to some changes in its budget.

  • 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.

  • Grambling State Suspends AD Search Amid Budget Woes

    by Jason Scott February 2016

    Grambling State University suspended its search for a new athletic director over the weekend amid concerns about the state of Louisiana’s budget crisis.

  • Could State Budget Crisis Put LSU Football in Danger?

    by Takara Scott-Johnston February 2016

    If a series of proposed tax increases fails to pass in Louisiana, the state’s college sports — including LSU football — could lose funding and be canceled beginning in April, according to Governor John Bel Edwards.

  • Ten Tips for Maximizing the ABC Expo Experience

    by Paul Steinbach October 2015

    Canvassing an exhibition as large and diverse as the Athletic Business Conference & Expo — with its 260 vendors encompassing everything from sports architecture to team apparel — can be a time-management challenge, if not outright intimidating. It doesn't need to be. AB asked frequent ABC visitors to put on comfortable shoes and walk us through their tricks of the trade show floor. Here's what we learned:

  • Savings and Risks in Fast-Tracked Construction

    by Oliver Snider August 2015

    Last time I wrote, we talked about owners’ adjusted expectations of the building process when fast-tracking a construction project. What, exactly, accounts for the potential money savings in a fast-tracked process?

    A building that is fast-tracked by adding workers to the project, working overtime or working outside in adverse weather conditions (such as through the winter months) may well end up costing more. These are situations associated with a project that has fallen behind schedule and on which the contractors are playing catch-up. However, for properly handled fast-tracked projects, where a shorter schedule is a result of pre-construction planning, savings can accrue by limiting overhead costs for the firms involved in completing the project and leading to more-generous financing terms. Also, depending on the circumstances in the broader economy, a shorter schedule can also ease the impact of inflation on the overall project budget.