- Knight Commission Pushes NCAA to Reward Academics
by Jason Scott October 2016
Ahead of a major vote by the NCAA, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics urged the body to pass a policy that would change the organization’s revenue distribution model and reward schools whose athletic teams meet academic expectations with revenue generated by NCAA events.
- District Drops Insurance Policy, Students Left with Bill
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
As a consequence of budget cuts finalized in spring of 2016, Paterson (N.J.) Public Schools has dropped accident insurance that previously covered accidental injury to students and student-athletes while on school grounds or attending school functions.
- 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.
- 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 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.