I was surfing the Dallas Cowboys' site, looking for some tips on installing scoreboards, when I came across this item about Direct Energy extending its gig as Official Electricity Provider to the Cowboys and Cowboys Stadium. The consumer in me started to giggle; I'd like to hear Madison Gas & Electric's response when I tell them I prefer that some other company (there isn't one) burn a big heap of coal so I can run my toaster oven. But a few clicks later, I've learned a little something about the market for electricity in Texas, which passed a bill in 2002 that phased in deregulation, allowing consumers to choose among various electricity providers. By one estimate, 85 percent of Texas households have switched providers at least once since the bill became law, and since Direct Energy is just the third-largest electricity retailer in Texas, its Dallas sponsorship is truly important to the company's brand-awareness goals. Whether it's working is another issue - it can't be good news that the company is still in Dr Pepper territory after five years as a Cowboys preferred provider.
Booster Club: Fire AD, President or Lose Donations The Idaho State University booster club has seen enough. In an op-ed published in the Idaho State Journal on Sunday, the Idaho State Football Alumni Team threatened to withhold nearly $80,000 in donations if Idaho State doesn't fire the school's president and athletic director. read more
Illinois HS Athletic Facility Gets $500K Boost from Donor A $500,000 donation this week from a Bartlett business owner will help jump-start construction of the long-stalled Bartlett High School Activities Complex project. Food products distributor Greco and Sons, Inc., and Cheese Merchants of America — both owned by Eddie Greco — donated $250,000 each toward the project. read more
Court: Religious School Eligible for Public Playground Funding The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other nonreligious needs. But the justices stopped short of saying whether the ruling applies to school voucher programs that use public funds to pay for private, religious schooling. By a 7-2 vote, the justices sided with Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, which had sought a state grant to put a soft surface on its preschool playground. read more
U. of Tennessee Must Find Funding for Title IX Reforms The University of Tennessee has received a long-awaited critique of its sexual assault policies, and now it must figure out a way to fund the independent panel's recommendations. read more
Former Wright State Swimmers Join to Save Program According to a former Wright State University swimmer who is now an international business director for a company that manufactures medical equipment, a "large donor" has emerged and could help raise the funds needed to save the targeted WSU swimming and diving program for the coming season. read more