District's $27M Athletic Reno Plan Moves to Referendum
by Denise Jewell Gee; NEWS STAFF REPORTER December 2014
A group of coaches, parents and other community leaders working on the athletic field proposals since June described canceled practices, missed opportunities to host tournaments and potential safety hazards on some fields because of the current conditions.
St. Pete, Rays Strike $24M Deal Over New Stadium Site
by CHRISTOPHER O'DONNELL Tribune staff December 2014
After years of deadlock, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Tampa Bay Rays owners have agreed on a deal to let the Rays explore sites for a new stadium in the Bay area in exchange for up to $24 million in compensation for the city.
Editorial: Stadium Funding Plan 'Radicalism at Its Finest'
by The Gazette editorial December 2014
The City Council will consider an ordinance Tuesday so extreme it will further reduce the chance of Colorado Springs achieving prosperity and keeping up with other Front Range cities going forward.
Return on Sports Tourism Investment Open to Question
by Mike Salinero December 2014
TAMPA - Hillsborough County is joining communities around Florida and the nation in trying to capitalize on amateur sports complexes as tourist attractions.On Wednesday, Hillsborough commissioners voted to seek proposals from private companies to develop a $15 million sports complex with 16 or more tournament-quality fields. Commissioners hope the complex will draw sports tourism families who will spend money here, boosting sales and bed taxes. Sports tourism is the only segment of the tourism industry that did not decline in any quarter during the recession, Commissioner Ken Hagan said Wednesday, making his case for the complex. It's an estimated $7 billion industry, and is growing by 3 to 5 percent annually.
Student Fee Could Raise $5M for U. of Arizona Athletics
by Arizona Daily Star Staff December 2014
To help keep the UA athletic department's budget balanced, Arizona president Ann Weaver Hart is apt to tack a yearly student fee of $150 or so onto the cost of admission, a fee that would result in about $5 million annually for Greg Byrne's department. ASU last year implemented a similar fee, which raises almost $10 million per year for athletics. "I think it might be appropriate," said Hart.
Year-Old Ice Rink's Revenues Well Below Forecasts
by SCOTT TAYLOR, Staff Writer December 2014
Howard Kroll, Auburn's interim city manager, said he and new ice rink manager Tim Holden are scheduled to discuss Norway Savings Bank Arena's financials with city councilors at a Dec. 15 meeting.
Wrigley Signage Tweaks Could Bring $75M Tax Credit
by FRAN SPIELMAN. City Hall Reporter. BY CHRIS FUSCO. Staff Reporter December 2014
The Cubs have agreed to drop one of seven new outfield signs at a renovated Wrigley Field, swap the location of two signs and reduce the size of a video board to qualify for a federal tax credit that could be worth up to $75 million.
More Bad News: UAB's Bowl Hopes Now 'Nonexistent'
by Michael Gaio December 2014
If it's true that "when it rains, it pours," consider UAB's football program drenched in a torrential monsoon.
Three Years After Bold Ronovation, Tennis Club Closes
by Keith Kropp December 2014
The changes, which included resurfacing all the courts and building a new 1,400-square-foot clubhouse, were signs a bright future was on the way. A tennis club in need of new life got it. Today, unfortunately, that same club has closed its doors.
School Agrees to Cover Football Practice Lighting Rentals
by Sandra Emerson December 2014
Lights being rented to allow the Redlands East Valley High School football team to practice after dark will be paid for by the school.