• High School Approves $20M in Athletic, Rec Upgrades

    by JEFF RUMAGE, June 2014

    Glendale - Nicolet High School will solicit donations to build an improved football field, 13-court tennis complex and a joint recreation facility. Presented with three different renovation options, the Nicolet Union High School District School Board voted unanimously on Monday, June 23 to pursue what has been referred to at a public information meeting as "Option 2," which calls for $17 million to $20 million in fundraising and naming rights donations. The School Board hopes to offset those costs with the sale of the upper field on the opposite side of Interstate 43, which the district expects to generate between $7 million and $10 million.

  • Duration of KU Tickets-for-Bond Deal Questioned

    by Mike Vernon and Jesse Newell, The Capital-Journal June 2014

    This isn't what Andrew Knopp intended to sign the Kansas student body up for. Knopp - KU's student body president from 2003-04 - questions the ethics of KU Athletics in regards to a contract signed in 2004. The contract terms, he says, were never supposed to stretch nearly a quarter-century. In April 2004, Knopp signed a contract with former athletic director Lew Perkins. The main point of the contract was this, according to Knopp: KU Athletics would pay up to $1 million per year for the new recreation center expansion and in exchange would get to sell 1,431 seats in Allen Fieldhouse that previously were student tickets. The swap, according to Knopp, would basically be $1 million for $1 million each year, with Perkins assuring Knopp that KU Athletics could make at least $1 million extra by selling those 1,431 seats as season tickets instead of single-game tickets when those seats went unused by students.

  • City to Borrow $35M for MiLB Park Without Referendum

    by DAWN HINSHAW; June 2014

    COLUMBIA Columbia City Council moved ahead Tuesday on borrowing $35 million for a minor-league baseball stadium, ignoring a last-ditch effort to let voters decide the issue.

  • Officials to Vote on Decomissioning of 24 City Parks

    by Kirsten Crow June 2014

    City officials could begin decommissioning 24 parks, should the council approve a resolution Tuesday declaring that the properties are no longer feasible as parks. A public hearing on the fate of 24 parks will precede the council’s vote.

  • NCAA's Emmert: Pay Could Destroy College Sports

    by The Associated Press June 2014

    NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

  • School Board Focused on Fixing Coaching Stipends

    by Ann Work June 2014

    Even though divvying out Wichita Falls ISD coaching stipends correctly has been a headache for administrators and coaches for years, this is the year to fix it, according to WFISD Board President Trey Sralla. Board members focused Tuesday in a special budget work session on concerns surrounding two issues: stipends for coaches’ second sports and head coach salaries. Sralla pushed past the administration’s handout comparing the Texas Association of School Board’s stipend averages for 4A and 5A schools with WFISD stipends to understand how WFISD awarded the compensation for coaches who coach more than one sport.

  • Ice Arena Conversion to Year-Round Rec Facility Draws Ire

    by Paula J. Owen, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF June 2014

    Ice hockey and skating clubs are fuming over Fitchburg State University President Robert V. Antonucci's decision Wednesday to convert the aging Landry Arena at the Wallace Civic Center it operates into a year-round recreational facility — minus the ice.

  • Firms Picked for U. of Wyoming's $51M Pool, Arena Renos

    by WyoSports staff June 2014

    A pair of Wyoming companies have been selected to manage two major sports construction projects at the University of Wyoming, including the remodeling of Corbett Pool.

  • Commission Approves $350M in Sun Life Stadium Upgrades

    by Andrew Abramson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014

    The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday approved a deal with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to compensate him for renovating Sun Life Stadium, a plan expected to bring future Super Bowls to South Florida. Ross and the Dolphins will pay for $350 million in stadium improvements and agreed to keep the team in Miami-Dade County for at least the next 30 years. The county then will pay the team after major sporting events are brought to the stadium.

  • Opulent Sports Events Losing Luster for Would-Be Hosts

    by USA Today June 2014

    When FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, chose Brazil to host this year's World Cup it seemed a safe bet. Brazilians are crazy for the so-called beautiful game, and they play it with a flair that gives it much of its beauty.