• School Board Agrees to Waive Extracurricular Fees

    by Charlie Boss & Collin Binkley, The Columbus Dispatch May 2014

    Student athletes and band members at Hamilton schools won't have to worry about fees this fall. At least this once, the district is footing the bill.

  • Penn State Still Feeling Sandusky Scholarship Pinch

    by Joe Juliano; Inquirer Staff Writer May 2014

    For the first time since the NCAA imposed sanctions on Penn State nearly two years ago, the Nittany Lions have a full complement of 25 scholarships to give to the incoming freshman class of 2015.

  • Opinion: Allocate Funds for Recruiting Background Checks

    by Mike Casazza May 2014

    It seems like we've spent a lot of time lately discussing and thus debating the recruiting and the retaining of West Virginia basketball players. What we can agree on is recruiting is the essence of a program and retaining is an element that can facilitate staying power. Schools know this. The WVU athletic department's 2012-13 equity report shows the Mountaineers spent $1,312,757 on recruiting. That's a lot of money, and it figures to increase as the Mountaineers enjoy the financial fruits of their associations with the Big 12 and IMG College and they find ways to improve everything under the athletic department's roof.

  • Does Braves' Stadium Budget Cover Pedestrian Bridge?

    by Dan Klepal, Brad Schrade; Staff May 2014

    A critical element to keep traffic flowing around the Braves stadium in Cobb County is a bridge over I-285 that would allow fans to park at the Cobb Galleria Centre and either walk or ride a bus over the highway to the game. The bridge plan, rolled out soon after the November announcement that the team would relocate to Cobb County in 2017, is key in the Braves' effort to provide enough parking spaces and get pedestrians from that area to the ballpark without walking along congested roads.

  • Investment Failures Behind Dormancy of High School Pool

    by Rick Nathanson Journal Staff Writer May 2014

    The swimming pool at Rio Grande High School will remain an empty hole in the ground this summer largely as a result of a cash shortfall from a misguided county investment strategy.

  • Conferences Mull Pending Cost-of-Attendance Demands

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Even as the notion of enhancing athletic scholarships is now viewed as inevitable amid sweeping changes to the NCAA structure, the last 30 months of discussion have produced remarkably few details about what a so-called "full cost of attendance" benefit would look like or how much of a dent it would put into athletic department budgets.

  • Rec Study: Residents Willing to Pay for Facilities, Offerings

    by Jennifer Berry Hawes; May 2014

    This is a community of highly active recreation users willing to pay higher taxes and fees, especially for athletic facilities and youth sports and they want offerings bolstered rather than cut, a new report shows.

  • St. Paul Gets $748K to Clean Up Saints Stadium Site


    St. Paul received a $747,900 grant Thursday from Ramsey County to help pay for cleaning pollution at the site of the new Saints ballpark downtown.

  • Kansas Senate Approves Tax Break for Health Clubs

    by Emily Attwood April 2014

    After a long and heated debate, the Kansas Senate approved a bill on Friday exempting for-profit health clubs from paying property taxes on the premise that such businesses face unfair competition from nonprofits such as the YMCA. 

  • Blog: Contract at Your Own Risk

    by Ralph Agostinelli March 2014

    Online continuing education courses have become a regular part of my life thanks in part to the New Jersey legislature, which passed a law setting down ongoing professional competency requirements for professional engineers licensed there. Recently, I took a course on change orders — work that is added to or deleted from the original scope of a contract — the gist of which seemed to be, “How to make sure you [that is, engineers] don’t get hit with a claim for negligence because you didn’t design something properly.”