- Tuesday, August, 15, 2017
AB Spotlight: Nashville MLS Stadium
Investor John Ingram and his team released the first renderings, drawn up by HOK architects, of a proposed Major League Soccer stadium for Nashville. Music City has seen success hosting MLS games at the existing Nissan Stadium. The initial design for the new stadium makes room for 30,000 seats.
- Monday, August, 14, 2017
Colorado Schools Seek Naming Rights Partners
The University of Colorado and Colorado State University are both looking to generate some revenue by selling the naming rights to their stadiums.
The Denver Post reports that the two schools are seeking either corporate sponsors or a philanthropic donor. It remains to be seen what the Colorado schools will get for the naming rights to their stadiums, but the strategy isn’t new for college teams.
Grocery chain Albertson’s will pay Boise State $12.5 million over the course of 15 years for naming rights to the Bronco’s stadium. In the Pac-12, the University of Washington will get $41 million over 10 years from Alaska Airlines, and the University of Southern California will take home $70 million over 15 years from United Airlines.
CSU athletic director Joe Parker said his team will be looking for a partner that will commit to at least 10 years. “You don’t want to get into a three-, four- or five-year cycle where you’re changing the name of the stadium,” Parker told the Post. “You want a company that’s reputable. You want a business that’s in a market segment that everyone in higher education would feel good about.”
Parker said any funds generated through the naming rights to CSU’s $220 million stadium will be set aside in a “rainy-day fund.”
CU’s facility has been called Folsom field, after coach Frederick Folsom, since 1944. CSU’s field was named Hughes field in 1968 after coach Harry Hughes.
- Wednesday, August, 09, 2017
High School Blows Whistle on Phony Sponsorships
A high school in North Carolina is receiving some unexpected and unwanted attention from a company in Texas.
- Tuesday, August, 08, 2017
2017 CrossFit Games: A Venue Transformed
The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games were held Aug. 3-6, in Madison, Wis., at the city's Alliant Energy Center. The venue features five main areas, including four primary structures and a 29-acre outdoor venue. CrossFit Games organizers added a number of temporary structures for food and merchandise vending, a two-story VIP lounge, an obstacle course, a Cyclocross course and other outdoor event areas. Here's an in-depth look at how one venue was transformed to host some of the fittest athletes on the planet.
- Monday, August, 07, 2017
Fast-Growing Phoenix Plans for More Parks
The city of Phoenix, Ariz., is recognizing the need for more parks to accommodate a rapidly growing population.
As reported by the Mail Tribune, a parks master plan prepared by Community Service Center, part of the University of Oregon, recommends the city consider investing more than $1 million in current parks and acquire another 69 acres. That’s all to serve a population that is expected to grow by nearly 40 percent over the next 20 years.
Planning director, Evan McKenzie, said at a recent city council meeting that the plans involved significant input from the community. “This is a living document. It is a guiding plan and it is not ‘the’ plan. Nothing in it is set in stone. Just because something is in here doesn’t mean it will happen, and because something isn’t in the plan doesn’t mean it won’t,” McKenzie said.
The new parks would primarily serve residents to the north of the city, as nearly all the city’s current parks are located in the southern portion of the city.
The plan includes a community park of up to 20 acres that would be installed north of the current city limits and east of I-5, where more than 400 acres are expected to be annexed for development.
- Monday, August, 07, 2017
Softball Team Nixed from Series Over Snapchat Pic
An undefeated record meant nothing for a little league softball team that fell short in the sportsmanship game.
Atlee Little League softball was headed to the Junior League World Series until they were disqualified after a few members of the team posted a Snapchat photo of themselves giving the middle finger to their competitors – Kirkland American Little League from Washington.
According to a report from Huffington Post, the Little League International Tournament Committee made their decision just hours before Atlee was supposed to take the field in the world series.
Little League spokesman Kevin Fountain said the picture violated the organization’s policies, “regarding unsportsmanlike conduct, inappropriate use of social media, and the high standard that Little League International holds for all its participants.”
Kirkland, the team Atlee beat to advance, will take Atlee’s place in the Junior World Series.
Atlee Jr League ball team. Coach should man up & support the disqualify decision. I feel sorry for the rest of team NOT in middle finger pic pic.twitter.com/NKBknrjEX6— Sue Pseudio (@sue_pseudio) August 6, 2017
Chris Mardigian, head coach for Atlee, told RVA Sports Network that the girls in the photo were responding to harassment they’d endured from Kirkland during the tournament they’d been playing in. A Kirkland baserunner was ejected for stealing signals from the Atlee team and giving them to their batter.
A Kirkland coach was also ejected from the game, the Times-Dispatch reported.
- Wednesday, August, 02, 2017
Diamondbacks Trying to Slither Out of Chase Field Deal
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ dispute with Maricopa County over the state of Chase Field may have reached a tipping point.
According to a report from Yahoo Sports, Leo Beus, the Diamondbacks attorney, told a Superior Court Tuesday that the team may have to move if Maricopa doesn’t pony up the funds to make repairs to Chase Field. Beus said Major League Baseball is very concerned about the situation. “If Major League Baseball decides they want to create issues for us, there might not be baseball at all in Arizona.,” Beus said. “We’d like to keep the franchise in place. We’d like to make peace with Major League Baseball, not that we’re at war.”
The Diamondbacks have been seeking to get out of their lease and find a new home for some time, as Chase Field – home of the 2011 All Star Game – has fallen into disrepair over a dispute about who’s responsible for upkeep on the 22-year-old facility.
In March, the Diamondbacks sued Maricopa County, which owns Chase Field, for $65 million to cover outstanding repairs to the stadium. The Diamondbacks say Chase Field has recently seen broken sanitation pipes and an air-conditioning failure during a power outage.
Maricopa County officials argue that as “the facility manager,” the Diamondbacks are responsible for upkeep of the facility.
Cameron Artigue, an attorney representing Maricopa County, said the Diamondbacks are trying to paint the county as bad landlords. "This (lawsuit) has nothing to do with the water leaks and the merits of Chase Field," Artigue told AZcentral.com. "The Diamondbacks are the facility manager. When a pipe breaks, that is a Diamondbacks problem. And that is, in fact, what happened. They got out the mops and they mopped it up, and life goes on. It's a big facility and sometimes pipes break. So what?"
The judge overseeing the dispute, Karen Mullins, told the Arizona Republic that she’ll make a decision on whether to send the matter to trial or arbitration within the next two weeks.
- Tuesday, August, 01, 2017
Video: Running A Box Isn’t All Fun and ‘CrossFit’ Games
With the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games set to kickoff Aug. 3 in Madison, Wis. – just a few miles from the Athletic Business offices – we thought we’d offer some insight on what it takes to run a CrossFit box.
- Monday, July, 31, 2017
Two Dead in Stampede as Fans Enter Soccer Match
A soccer match in South Africa turned deadly over the weekend after a stampede ensued while fans were entering the 87,000-seat FNB stadium in Johannesburg.
The match between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs was eventually played but not before two people died and 17 people were injured, one critically, when people pushed their way through stadium gates.
Public safety official Michael Sun tweeted sympathies over the fatalities and noted that all the gates to the stadium were open to ensure crowd safety.
ABC News reported that the disruption that caused the crush was the result of people selling fake tickets outside the stadium.
@blacklabelsa CUP STATEMENT: We are saddened by the fatalities this afternoon due to a number of people attempting to push through the gates— Orlando Pirates FC (@Orlando_Pirates) July 29, 2017
The match was eventually played, and the Chiefs won 1-0.
The BBC reports that the Pirates and Chiefs are no strangers to these kinds of accidents. In April of 2001, the two teams saw 43 fans die in a crush during a match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Ten years prior, 42 people died in a stampede between the same two teams at Oppenheimer Stadium in the city of Orkney.
Formerly called Soccer City Stadium, FNB Stadium has a long history. Nelson Mandela gave his famous speech there after being released from prison in 1990. The venue was later rebuilt for the 2010 World Cup and was the site of the final that year between Spain and the Netherlands.
- Friday, July, 28, 2017
Australia Mulls National Sports Injury Registry
Australians are looking for ways to better detect, report and prevent injuries in athletes.
According to a post in the The New Daily, the Australian Centre for Research into Injury and Sport and Its Prevention is taking seriously a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association that found evidence of pervasive CTE in the brains of football players.
ACRISP is now pushing for a national log of sporting injuries that would help inform and evaluate current safety measures in the country.
ACRISP's Dr. Lauren Fortington commended the United States for the safety precautions its athletics programs have already put into place. “The USA has a proven system for their sport setting, and they’ve demonstrated a reduction in fatal and serious injuries in American-based sports, such as American football, cheerleading, pole vault and baseball,” Fortington said.
Fortington is lobbying for a uniquely Australian system, noting that Australians “actually have to develop a system for Australia, because we do our sports differently here than the way they play.”
The study ACRISP is reacting to was conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System, which examined 202 brains that belonged to men who played football at all levels and later were donated for research. The study found CTE in 177, or 87 percent of those brains involved in the study. Instances of CTE in the brains of NFL players were much higher. The study found evidence of CTE in 110 out of 111 brains donated by ex-NFL players.