Monday, February, 06, 2012
Recreation Departments Restructure to Maximize Efficiency
Cities and recreation departments have been slashing services and staff, struggling to operate within their budgets without sacrificing programs.
Tuesday, January, 03, 2012
2012 Olympics Chief: Gambling Bigger Threat Than Doping
While doping scandals have marred the image of the Olympic Games in past years, organizers of the 2012 Games in London are bracing for a new type of scandal: gambling. Minister for sport Hugh Robertson believes that contest-fixing will become a bigger concern, both to the Olympic Games and sports in general, as illegal betting syndicates in India and other parts of the Far East grow unchecked. He expects at least Â£300M ($467M) to be wagered in Britain alone during the London Games - which run from July 27 to Aug. 12. Spot-betting, in which wagers are placed not on the outcome of a contest but the occurrence or timing of a particular incident or event within a contest, is of particular concern, says the minister, recalling the November arrest of three Pakistani cricket players for spot-fixing during a 2010 match.
Wednesday, December, 28, 2011
Rethinking Municipal Golf Course Operations
Last November, the City of Duluth, Minn., hired a consultant from National Golf Foundation Consulting Inc. to evaluate its two 27-hole municipal golf courses and suggest improvements.
Monday, December, 12, 2011
Efficient Locker Room Design Maximizes Use of Small Spaces
From high-tech lock technology to plush lounge areas, whirlpools, Internet access and private showers and dressing areas, it's easy to sink a significant amount of money into creating the ultimate locker room.
Thursday, December, 01, 2011
New Projects: University of Washington; Ithaca College; FAU
The University of Washington's Husky Stadium will have a new look for the 2013 football season.
Thursday, October, 20, 2011
New Projects: St. Mary's University, Florida State, University of Nebraska
In a partnership with Bexar County, Texas, St. Mary's University has begun construction on the $15 million Outdoor Sports Complex.
Thursday, October, 13, 2011
Pool Operators Still Confused by Latest ADA Standards
When the Department of Justice enacted the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, one of the major differences from the previous version was the inclusion of regulations for swimming pools and spas.
Thursday, October, 06, 2011
New Projects: Lambeau Field; University of Alaska-Anchorage; University of California-Berkeley
A week before their first regular-season game, the Green Bay Packers broke ground on a 6,600-seat expansion of Lambeau Field.
Tuesday, September, 06, 2011
Columbus, Ohio, Seeks to Keep Teens Off the Streets
The opening day of the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee had all the elements normally associated with state fairs - hot weather, carnival rides and games, and barns filled with cows.
Monday, August, 22, 2011
Proper Management of Saunas and Steam Rooms
In Europe, saunas and steam rooms are commonplace. In Finland especially, where the traditional sauna has its roots, saunas are simply a part of life.
Monday, June, 16, 2014
AB's Architectural Showcase a Yearlong Affair
The Architectural Showcase in June is the one issue of Athletic Business I look forward to most each year. It's also the issue I spend most of each year working on.
Friday, April, 04, 2014
Blog: Wine at the Gym? I’ll Drink to That
Cardio equipment? Check. Towel service? Check. Group exercise schedule? Check. Liquor license? Pending.
Thursday, February, 27, 2014
Blog: Let Them Eat Cake, If They So Choose
On Tuesday, the White House announced a series of new initiatives as part of the fourth anniversary of the “Let’s Move!” program. Many of them are a great step forward in the battle against childhood obesity and inactivity, including an expansion of the school breakfast program and a five-year partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association and Boys & Girls Clubs of America will provide 5 million children with healthy snacks and physical activity opportunities after school.
Monday, January, 13, 2014
Blog: Women-Only Fitness Zones Perpetuate Stereotypes
Here at AB, it’s the editors’ job to stay on top of what’s happening in the industries we serve. As such, last Friday I came across an article about a gym in Vancouver getting some flak for its decision to close its women-only section.
Thursday, October, 10, 2013
Blog: If You Can't Beat 'Em… Beat 'Em Up!
I was sitting in a hotel lobby surrounded by other people when I opened up my morning news alerts and saw an article announcing the Kentucky High School Athletic Associations' decision to suspend post-game handshakes, so I had to keep my disgust to a minimum - a casual eye roll and understated sigh. Seriously? These athletes are displaying poor sportsmanship, and the solution to that is to do away with the concept? That's like dropping math from the curriculum because the students aren't getting it.
Friday, September, 20, 2013
Blog: Defending "The Slowest Generation"
Friday afternoon, when I should have been hard at work on AB's November issue, I instead found myself fuming over an article from Thursday's Wall Street Journal sent to me by our company owner. The article deemed younger athletes "The Slowest Generation," and accused my generation of being too apathetic about performance and competition.