Courtney Cameron
(courtney@athleticbusiness.com) joined the staff at Athletic Business in September of 2016 as the editorial assistant. She has a bachelor’s in creative writing and French from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, where she worked as a group exercise instructor. She enjoys hiking at Devil’s Lake and reading past bedtime.
  • Wednesday, June, 21, 2017
    Big East Hosts Inaugural Mental Health Summit

    On June 15-16, the Big East Conference, in partnership with the NCAA, held its inaugural Mental Health Summit at Georgetown University.


  • Tuesday, June, 20, 2017
    $60M Budget Cuts Result in Lost Hours, Jobs at MU

    The University of Missouri is reducing on-campus facility hours and staff in an effort to address nearly $60 million in budget cuts for the fiscal year 2018. The cuts are expected to reach into Mizzou's student recreation center, and beyond.


  • Monday, June, 19, 2017
    $9M Claims Announced in NFL Concussion Settlement

    The first two claims have been announced in the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement, totaling $9 million in benefits, according to ESPN.

    A payout of $5 million will be made for a qualifying diagnosis of ALS, while another $4 million will be paid out for a qualifying diagnosis of CTE.

    The names of the former players in question have not been disclosed, but the amounts signify that both parties would have played a minimum of five seasons for the NFL and were diagnosed before the age of 45.

    The ALS claim was approved on May 26, and the CTE claim on June 5.

    The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the body responsible for overseeing the settlement process, was notified of the approved claims on Thursday.

    There are more than 20,000 eligible class members with potential to add their names to the settlement. Of those, more than 14,500 registered prior to the August 7 deadline.

    As of June 5, 146 former NFL players or their families had opted out of the settlement.

    Christopher Seeger, co-lead class counsel for the retired NFL players, told ESPN, "We continue to be encouraged by the response from retired players and their families to the settlement, and are pleased that its vital benefits — including monetary payments — are now available.

    "We implore all class members, even those who may feel healthy today, to register before the Aug. 7 deadline so they can be eligible for the benefits they deserve.''


  • Monday, June, 19, 2017
    Residents Group Sues to Block Aquatics Complex

    A Long Beach residents group filed suit on Wednesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in an attempt to prevent construction of an oceanfront competitive aquatics complex.


  • Friday, June, 16, 2017
    New Projects: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | USI Physical Activities Center | Finley Center

    Breaking Ground

    The University of Southern Indiana has broken ground on a $27 million expansion and renovation of the existing Physical Activities Center (PAC) that includes a new 4,200-seat multipurpose arena. The facility, by CannonDesign of St. Louis, will be home to the university's basketball and volleyball programs, while providing needed space for convocation, campus concerts and other events. Included in the initial phase of the project are a new kinesiology lab, a hall of fame, several classrooms, locker rooms and an athletic training room.


  • Friday, June, 16, 2017
    New Product Roundup: Cardio Equipment | Pool Shells | Bleacher Wraps

    Check out the newest products as seen in the July | August 2017 issue.

    Precor
    The new Spinner® Chrono™ and Chrono Power bikes are the latest introductions to the Spinner family of indoor cycles. The Chrono Power provides direct-power measurement at the power source, delivering the most accurate measurement of personal performance on an indoor cycle. The breakthrough design eliminates the need for batteries in either the console or power sensor, instead utilizing a self-powered generator to store energy and supply current to the console. A new backlit color console supports SpinPOWER® programming and features an easy-to-use interface showing watts, cadence, heart rate, time, distance and 10 different interval settings. The aluminum-framed bike also includes a patent-pending magnetic resistance system to apply resistance more evenly.
    www.precor.com
    (800) 786-8404


    Sports Laundry Systems
    Sports Laundry Systems® combines freestanding, high-speed washer-extractors with ozone injection and high-performance drying tumblers to perfectly fit athletic laundry production and disinfection needs. Systems complete more laundry in less time; cut water, energy and detergent usage; save utility and chemical costs; and ensure items are properly washed according to preprogramed settings, exactly matching fabric recommendations.
    www.sportslaundrysystems.com
    (800) 256-1073


    RenoSys
    Custom logos are now available for placement within the RenoSys PVC pool shell. Aquatic facilities can upgrade their PVC pool shell renovation with a school team logo, athletic club logo or similar custom logo design. Custom logos can be made to virtually any size and shape. They are crafted from a 60-millimeter, custom-textured and reinforced PVC material, and applied on-site to make pools watertight. PVC pool shell membrane installations offer a solution to effectively contain water, seal structural cracks and solve problems such as leaks or rough concrete. PVC pool shells with custom logos provide a high-end look with a textured, nonabrasive, slip-resistant surface that is pore-free for ease of maintenance.
    www.renosys.com
    800-783-7005


    Kay Park Recreation
    New customizable bleacher wraps by Kay Park are a multifunctional way to display school spirit in any spectator venue. Customizable bleacher wraps block views of unsightly trash that falls beneath bleachers and prevent children from climbing under bleachers, while also providing a place for extra storage. Bleacher wraps are made of heavy-duty, printable mesh fabric with durable grommets to attach to the bleacher frame.
    www.kaypark.com
    (800) 553-2476


    Colorado Time Systems
    Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, has introduced the second-generation WaterFit bicycle. The WaterFit Series product line includes underwater bicycles, treadmills and trampolines. Each product is designed specifically to withstand a harsh pool environment and rigorous exercise routines. Key enhancements to the WaterFit bicycle include reduced weight (30.9 pounds or 14.0 kilograms), rear wheels for ease of placement and removal, and a removable base for compact storage.
    www.coloradotime.com
    (800) 279-0111

     


    Life Fitness
    Life Fitness' new Integrity Series cardio line includes a treadmill, elliptical cross-trainer, and upright and recumbent Lifecycle exercise bikes. The Integrity Series is designed and revamped for facilities requiring robust cardio equipment that is simple and intuitive for exercisers. The line allows facilities to choose their preferred product configuration when prioritizing price and features. The Integrity Series is available in three product models with two console options for each machine. Both consoles offer wireless connectivity to enable customers to take advantage of LFconnect, a digital solution that allows for equipment monitoring, tracking and asset management.
    www.lifefitness.com
    (800) 527-6065


    This article originally appeared in the July | August 2017 issue of Athletic Business with the title "New & Improved." Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

     


  • Friday, June, 16, 2017
    How To Get Branding Input From Stakeholders

    In the expanding marketplace of recreational fitness, branding becomes an important part of an entity's business vision and vision of self. How can you get consumers to not only identify your brand, but identify with your brand? From public-access idea walls to stakeholder retreats, companies are exploring the many available mechanisms for finding out what the consumer wants — and what they want to be. Branding is more than just a marketing strategy; it's a celebration of space and identity that culminates in an immersive experience for the end user.


  • Friday, June, 16, 2017
    Wedding Bells and Barbells at Planet Fitness

    Gym-goers in Canton, Ohio, became unsuspecting guests to a Massillon couple’s big day when the local Planet Fitness franchise made its debut as a wedding venue Thursday night.


  • Thursday, June, 15, 2017
    Two Florida LA Fitness Locations Tested for Legionella

    Two separate LA Fitness locations in Orange County are undergoing investigation by the Florida Department of Health after four reported cases of Legionnaire’s disease cropped up among club members.


  • Thursday, June, 15, 2017
    New Projects: Dickies Arena | ULM’s Brown Stadium | Atlanta United Headquarters

    Breaking Ground