• TV Revenue Makes Arena 'Jock Tax' Plan Possible

    by DON WALKER, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel January 2015

    The linchpin to to help build a new, multipurpose arena in downtown Milwaukee is last year's agreement between the National Basketball Association and Turner Broadcasting and the Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC and ESPN.

  • Milwaukee Arena Plan Likely to Include Jock Tax

    by DON WALKER, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel January 2015

    Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday morning that he plans to put into the state budget a financing plan that includes bonding to help build a multipurpose arena in downtown Milwaukee.

  • The Price to Regular Students of College Sports

    by Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) January 2015

    Students at the Military College of South Carolina, the College of Charleston and too many other schools have been learning the hard way that the ever-higher costs of their higher educations include big-bucks athletics fees at schools that compete below the big-time sports level.

  • Inside the Costly Task of Landing a Super Bowl

    by Josh Peter, USA TODAY Sports January 2015

    It's a business -- competitive, costly and, it turns out, increasingly advantageous for the NFL. "You have to comply," Kennedy told USA TODAY Sports, "or make best efforts at complying with the specifications set forth."

  • Editorial: No Special Favors in United Center Deal

    by Chicago Sun-Times January 2015

    This is how it is supposed to work. A business sees an opportunity for growth. It goes for it, on its own dime. City Hall plays backup if the project looks good for the city, maybe helping the business assemble the land and upgrading transportation. But nobody gets a handout. Nobody gets a big tax break.

  • Study: State Subsidies a Big-League Gamble

    by CHRISTOPHER O'DONNELL Tribune staff January 2015

    Florida spends millions on incentives every year to attract and keep major-league sports teams, with backers saying professional sports attract more visitors and increase spending.

  • Race Relocates to New City, Saving $2,500 in Fees

    by Alissa Mejia January 2015

    When the city of Corpus Christi increased its event fees for traffic and police a couple of years ago, many short races adapted by containing their courses entirely within the boundaries of parks, eliminating the need for traffic plans.

  • City Council Okays Subsidy for Struggling Hockey Team

    by January 2015

    North Charleston City Council got one step closer Thursday to offering a subsidy to the South Carolina Stingrays that could end up costing the city a half-million dollars.

  • City May Pay $500K to Get Hockey Team Off Thin Ice

    by January 2015

    The Zucker family, widely considered the wealthiest in South Carolina, has been paying about $500,000 a year to keep the Lowcountry's professional hockey team afloat.

  • The Bill: Who's Going to Pay for Buffalo's $1B Stadium?

    by The Buffalo News (New York) January 2015

    Now that a consultant has recommended four locations for a possible new stadium for the Buffalo Bills, a big question leaps out: Who would pay?