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.
- by Andrew Cohen
- August 2009
Bill Would Fund Prep Sports with Pro Ticket Surcharge The Florida legislature will take up bills in each chamber that could put more money into the coffers of all high school athletic programs in the state. Bills filed in the House and Senate will seek to impose a surcharge of .25 cents for each ticket purchased to a professional sporting event in the state and that money would be segregated and distributed to high school sports programs. read more
Voters to Decide if Tax Will Finance $22M Parks Project The project includes a new two-rink hockey arena, including gymnastics facilities, a new football and track field, and conversion of a football and track field into ball fields. read more
HS Fundraisers 'Devastated' Over $1M Field Flap Chicago Public Schools told Wells Community Academy High School either needed to raise the entire $2+ million privately, or else let CPS run the project with some public money and approved vendors, which would cost, the district said, about twice as much. read more
Citizen Group Pushes for $88M Aquatic and Rec Center The group calling itself Citizens for Minot's Future supports a tax system amendment to pay for the 450,000-square foot center. read more
Community Supports Footing Tax Bill for Church Ballpark While nonprofit and religious organizations have been under the microscope in recent years when it comes to tax-exempt status of their fitness and recreation facilities, voters in Boscawen, N.H. last night approved a plan that would donated $6,000 to a local church to cover property taxes and maintenance on its baseball field. read more