• St. Pete Mayor: Terms of Rays Stadium Deal Firm

    by STEVEN GIRARDI Tribune staff December 2014

    Mayor Rick Kriseman, after agreeing to wait another week for a vote on a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, told the city council Thursday that terms of the arrangement are not up for negotiation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UAB Kills Football Program, Fallout Immediate

    by Michael Gaio December 2014

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham officially killed its football program on Tuesday. The ensuing scene on the school's campus was one of chaos and heartbreak — students protesting, the band playing, tears flowing and a school president being berated by devastated players and booed by fans. Death is never easy to accept.

  • Lucas Oil Stadium Repairs Will Cost Millions

    by Michael Gaio December 2014

    When $720 million Lucas Oil Stadium opened in downtown Indianapolis in 2008 it was praised for its airy design and luxurious amenities.