• In Today's College Football, No Such Thing as Cheap Win

    by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports December 2014

    Renowned for its spending on football facilities, the University of Oregon has been one of the nation's least-extravagant schools this season when it comes to basic coaching cost per victory. Not bad for a team in the College Football Playoff.

  • U. Maine Hockey Coach to Put 5% of Salary Back into Program

    by MARK EMMERT Staff Writer December 2014

    Coach Red Gendron is putting 5 percent of his annual salary of $209,000 back into his own program, establishing the Grant Standbrook Hockey Forever Fund.

  • Consultants to Help Plan Future of Knoxville Coliseum

    by Gerald Witt December 2014

    City officials want to do something with the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, but they don’t know what just yet.

  • How to Keep Costly ‘Scope Creep’ at Bay When Building

    by Oliver Snider, Guest Contributor December 2014

    Reading The New York Times’ latest account of the costly and troubled World Trade Center Transportation Hub project, there came a point where I recognized that the scale of the disaster — $2 billion over budget and six years behind schedule — was all that separated that project from the typical campus project beset by scope creep.

  • Ole Miss Expanding, Upgrading Stadium, Adding Arena

    by Staff and wire reports December 2014

    Hailing it as a renovated "front door" for the university, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork on Monday outlined a series of upgrades to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, including an increase in capacity to 64,038 by the start of the 2016 football season.

  • FAU Not Seeing Return on $70M Stadium Investment

    by Jeff Ostrowski, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer December 2014

    Retired football legend Howard Schnellenberger strolled the sidelines during Florida Atlantic University's season finale last month, a setting that offered a study in contrasts. There was FAU's $70 million football stadium, a facility so palatial that ESPN will showcase it during the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl this month. Then there was the sea of empty blue seats, a stark reminder that precious few fans care about FAU football.

  • Disappointed by Rink Finances, Council Keeps Up Support

    by SCOTT TAYLOR, Staff Writer December 2014

    Mayor Jonathan LaBonte reiterated his support for the city's dual-rink ice arena Monday night, despite some disappointing financial forecasts.

  • Northern Illinois $138M Facilities Plan Spurs Big 12 Talk

    by Chicago Daily Herald December 2014

    When Northern Illinois unveiled a privately funded, $138-million plan to build new athletic facilities and double the capacity of Huskie Stadium a few weeks ago, there was widespread enthusiasm among the alumni base. After all, it has been nearly 25 years since NIU devised an "Athletics Facility Master Plan," and it naturally got fans wondering if there was something more afoot.

  • Effort to Put Taxpayer-Funded Facilities to Vote Dropped

    by Monica Mendoza December 2014

    A group of Colorado Springs citizens is dropping its petition drive to get a question on the April ballot asking voters to decide the fate of all future taxpayer-funded sports and event centers or stadiums.

  • Playoff Trip Too Costly for Many Ohio State Parents

    by Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch December 2014

    In the parents' letters, their anguish is clear. In their voices is a palpable sense of frustration. On one hand, they are filled with pride and joy. Their sons -- Ohio State football players -- have reached the pinnacle of their sport by qualifying for the inaugural College Football Playoff. But they also are filled with worry and, in some cases, painful resignation. When Ohio State travels to New Orleans for its Jan. 1 semifinal game against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, many of the players' parents can't afford the financial burden to be there.