RECENT ARTICLES
  • Study Quantifies Economic Impact of UW Athletics

    by Paul Steinbach May 2011

    Fans attending a University of Wisconsin men's basketball game spend an average of $98.25 while in Madison, and that doesn't include the purchase price of the tickets. The typical Badger football fan drops $232.53 (excluding tickets) during his or her stay (nearly 76 percent of fans eat in local restaurants, and 11 percent book lodging). Even when not attending games, fans on average purchase $156.27 worth of UW merchandise annually. All told, UW athletics contributes $970 million to the state's economy, according to a study conducted by NorthStar Economics Inc.Wisconsin has led the Big Ten Conference in men's basketball attendance eight of the past nine seasons, and its football program ranked 16th in attendance among Football Bowl Subdivision schools last fall, according to the NCAA. "When you think about it, it's a powerful economic force when you have that many people spending money for meals and hotels and transportation and merchandise," UW athletic director Barry Alvarez told local sports journalist and broadcaster Mike Lucas at uwbadgers.com.

  • When to Keep Field Maintenance In-House and When to Hire a Pro

    by David Nardone and Mark Novak April 2011

    Maintaining athletic fields is crucial to their performance, and doing it right takes expertise, time and money. For some athletic departments, in-house capabilities are more than sufficient and save the added costs of hiring outside professionals.

  • Blog: David Barton Gym's Demise Is Simple Economics

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein March 2011

    The news that David Barton Gym has filed for bankruptcy protection was another kick in the teeth for our industry. It also should serve as a reminder to every health club owner that the next new thing is not necessarily the right thing.

  • Corporate Fitness Programs Add Value, Even if Difficult to Track

    by Paul Steinbach October 2010

    Corporate fitness professionals believe in the value of their programs, even if returns are difficult to track.

  • Non-Conference Scheduling Leads to Lopsided Scores, Balanced Books

    by Paul Steinbach October 2010

    Paid-game scheduling agreements often lead to lopsided scores, but they help many schools balance their books.

  • Economy Hits College Sports Hard

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    A new NCAA report shows that just 14 of the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools made money from campus athletics during the 2009 fiscal year, down from 25 the year before. Researchers blame the sagging economy and suggest that numbers for the 2010 fiscal year could be even worse.

  • Ryan Says He Can't Bring Relief From Ballpark Heat

    by Paul Steinbach August 2010

    During his playing days, no one could bring the heat like Nolan Ryan. Now, the newly minted owner of the Texas Rangers would like to take some away. But adding shade to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is being deemed unfeasible.

  • Safe At Home - But For How Long?

    by Michael Popke April 2010

    We've published lots of stories in recent years about school districts faced with budget crises so severe that administrators were forced to consider (or at least threaten) the elimination of prep sports. But, eventually, they would find a way to salvage at least some programs - whether through reducing or removing other creative fundraising solutions. Options, it seemed, were always available.

  • Cash-Strapped High Schools Struggle to Keep Pools Open

    by Michael Popke July 2009

    As aging high school pools fall into disrepair, cash-strapped districts either are partnering with other entities to keep facilities afloat or deciding to shut them down.

  • Contract Bonuses Award College Coaches for All Sorts of Achievements

    by Paul Steinbach May 2009

    Today's contract bonuses award college coaches for all sorts of achievements -- some of them rather dubious.