• Tech, Funding Drive High School Scoreboard Upgrades

    by Dennis Van Milligen November 2014

    Beyond the playing surface itself, sports fans' eyes are drawn most often to one must-have venue amenity: the scoreboard. For high school administrators committed to modernizing their facilities without the funding to do so, scoreboards are increasingly seen as a great place to start. "Budgets are tighter than they've ever been," says Mike Daniel, CEO for Murray, Ky.-based Sportable Scoreboards. "Athletics has such a broad footprint, as it draws in so many folks to the school, that athletic administrators have to come across as putting their best foot forward, and a scoreboard is a big part of that."

  • 'Jock' Taxes Could Cover $150M Bucks Arena Bond

    by DON WALKER and PATRICK MARLEY, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) November 2014

    Capturing the income tax paid by National Basketball Association players and team employees could support approximately $150 million in state general obligation bonding, according to a new Legislative Fiscal Bureau report.

  • In Florida, Four Stadium Projects Vying for State Money

    by Jim Turner, News Service of Florida November 2014

    Four Florida stadium projects are in play for state money after submitting applications by a Saturday deadline for a new construction-funding program, the Department of Economic Opportunity said Monday .Absent is any Major League Baseball team, which means the professional sport won't have to address Florida's push to change a league policy on Cuban ballplayers for at least the next year.

  • Grant to Fund $500K in Youth Sports Complex Upgrades

    by Katlyn Smith, Chicago Daily Herald November 2014

    Hanover Park will receive a $500,000 state grant to make improvements at a youth sports complex on Barrington Road that has earned a reputation as an eyesore, village officials announced recently.

  • Gift to Cover Half of U. of Montana Locker, Weight Reno

    by From Chronicle wire services November 2014

    The University of Montana has announced a $7 million donation toward a planned $14 million project to build new football locker rooms and a weight training facility against the southwest side of Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

  • Grassroots Efforts Help Restore Community Playground

    by Michelle Piasecki October 2014

    Not only did community members give, the county also made an offer to create an interlocal agreement that would provide $151,755 of the $350,000 needed to build the dream park.

  • Boy, 10, Donates $3,300 to Rec Program Scholarships

    by Kristen M. Clark Palm Beach Post Staff Writer October 2014

    Wellington resident Noah Norwitch donated $3,334 to the village's parks and recreation department Tuesday. It's part of some $12,000 he said he's raised and donated to charity in lieu of receiving birthday presents for each of the past five years.

  • City Seeks $210K Grant to Build Accessible Playground

    by Lucas High October 2014

    The city of Cheyenne is seeking state money to fund the construction of a playground that would be accessible to all local children, including those with disabilities.

  • Schools Move Football Up to Avoid Halloween Issues

    by Chris Thomas, Knoxvielle News-Sentinel October 2014

    Halloween won’t interfere with high school football on Friday night as it might have originally. Numerous schools in East Tennessee and across the state have moved their regular-season finales to Thursday to avoid a conflict and in some cases help the gate receipts.

  • Nationals, Astros Get $108M in Tax Revenue for Stadium

    by Joe Capozzi October 2014

    The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros staged a political late-inning rally Tuesday, winning conceptual approval for $108 million in local hotel tax revenue to build a new spring training baseball stadium. While the Palm Beach County Commission's 5-2 vote to allocate the bed-tax money is significant, it does not guarantee the teams will get the stadium. They still need to find a site somewhere in Palm Beach County to build it -- and that process won't be easy. "What we are doing in essence is throwing the ball back to them. You want to play baseball? Go find the land because we're not going to find it for you," Commissioner Mary Lou Berger said after the meeting.