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  • Court: School Ignored Signs Before Player's Death

    by Kip Hill kiph@spokesman.com, (509) 459-5429 May 2016

    Andrew Swank died Sept. 27, 2009, two days after vomiting and collapsing near the end of the second quarter in a game Valley Christian School played against Washtucna.

  • Concussion Suits vs. NCAA Seek Class-Action Status

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2016

    Lawyers representing former college football players who say they are suffering from the effects of concussions filed six separate lawsuits in federal courts around the country Tuesday against the NCAA and various schools and conferences.

  • Legal Challenge Offers Lessons in Parking Lot Siting

    by John Wolohan May 2016

    This article appeared in the June issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Advocates Push for State Aid for Minnesota United FC

    by Christopher Aadland May 2016

    The Minnesota United FC ownership group wants to spend $150 million to build a new 20,000-seat stadium near University and Snelling avenues in St. Paul. Advocates for the proposal are seeking legislative approval to continue the property tax exemption for the 12-acre stadium site, which had previously served as a storage barn for Metro Transit buses. They are also seeking a sales tax exemption on construction materials and a liquor license for the new stadium.

  • City, Youth Sports Association Mull Contract Details

    by Katie Ward May 2016

    The working relationship between the city of Ringgold and the independent Ringgold Youth Sports Association is a mutually beneficial one, officials say. In an attempt to keep it that way, the suggested addition of a $10 "participation fee" for each young player -- which would be used by the city to help cover the costs of mowing the soccer field used by RYSA -- has been deferred. The City Council and RYSA plan to discuss the issue again in August, before signing a new contract.

  • Park District to Request $5M for Improvements, Land

    by Katlyn Smith May 2016

    Glen Ellyn Park District may ask voters to approve a roughly $5 million borrowing plan that could pay for acquiring land and improvements at its existing sites. Commissioners will meet later this summer to discuss whether to pay off tax-backed loans as scheduled in 2017, or to extend the life of the debt for another five years. The latter proposal would not increase property taxes in the district, but taxpayers also would not see their bills decrease as much as if the debt came off the district's books.

  • County Hopes Sports Complex Will Bring Tourism Dollars

    by Jason Scott May 2016

    Unlike its neighboring Florida counties, Seminole County does not have a theme park to draw tourists, but come Friday, when the ribbon is cut on a $27 million sports complex, the county can tap into another lucrative form of tourism – sports tourism.

  • Voters Approve 12,000-Seat HS Football Stadium

    by AB Staff May 2016

    Voters in a North Texas school district have approved a bond issue that includes $50 million to build a 12,000-seat high school football stadium. Saturday’s vote came on a $220 million bond issue for the McKinney Independent School District, which is about 20 miles north of Dallas. More than $11 million left from a 2000 bond election in the district will help fund site preparation, infrastructure upgrades and other work. McKinney had just one high school in 1962 when the district built its current 7,000-seat stadium. The districtnow has more than 24,500 students.

  • Town May Step In to Save Powder-Puff Game

    by Joe Capozzi and Sonja Isger May 2016

    If Jupiter town leaders get their way, the annual tackle powder-puff game at Jupiter High School will be played this year, after all. Reacting to community outcry about the school principal's decision to sack the game because of safety concerns for the girls, town officials are working on a plan to continue the 50-year tradition without interruption. The junior versus senior girls' football game, which boosters say is the last tackle powder-puff game in the country, would still be played under the lights on the high school field, but with one difference: The town would host the event as a town function, essentially freeing the school district of liability.

  • Council to Consider $21M Baseball Complex

    by Dan McKay May 2016

    City Council President Dan Lewis has watched plenty of Albuquerque families travel to baseball tournaments in Arizona, Colorado and Texas. But a $21 million project going before city councilors this month aims to reverse that practice. The council is discussing whether to set aside money in next year's operating budget to help build a complex of five baseball and softball fields on the West Side, near the new Albuquerque Public Schools football stadium. The goal is to draw "baseball families" to New Mexico for tournaments and offer a competitive place to play for local teams.