Practice Facility a Priority, But Miami Needs Major Gift
by Matt Porter Palm Beach Post Staff Writer May 2015
While UM has made significant improvement to its athletics facilities in recent years, one piece of the puzzle is still missing. Central Florida had an indoor football practice facility a decade ago.
Grassroots Campaign Raises $50k for Soccer Field
by Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) May 2015
The Campaign for Leib Field was begun in June 2014 by a group of former University of Maine at Farmington players and community participants to honor the coach for his profound impact on the game, lovers of the sport and players of all ages.
Extreme Makeover: Small College Edition
by Oliver Snider, Guest Contributor April 2015
While the closing of Sweet Briar College was being contested in Bedford County (Va.) Circuit Court — an April 14 hearing gave some life to opponents of the move — another small college was throwing in the towel. On April 11, Tennessee Temple University announced it would dissolve as of May 1 and merge with Piedmont International University, a private Christian college in Winston-Salem, N.C. The recent list of closings, including Lebanon College and Mid-Continent University, comprises only a small handful out of 1,650 private, nonprofit colleges still in operation, but nonetheless is a sobering reminder that the effects of the recession linger on — and may, in fact, represent a permanent change to the collegiate landscape.
Investor Group to Pay $750M for Hawks, Phillips Arena
by Chris Vivlamore; Staff April 2015
The deal's price tag remains in flux but is believed to be well less than $1 billion, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed.
Charter Pledges $10K for Park's Accessible Playground
by Lucas High April 2015
Charter Communications pledged Wednesday to donate $10,000 toward the construction of a universally accessible playground at Cahill Park.
MLS in Minnesota: Finding Stadium Funds No Easy Task
by MIKE KASZUBA; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) April 2015
When Bill McGuire announced plans to build a Major League Soccer stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin County was seen as a possible funding partner.
Utah State AD: Stadium Sponsorship Necessary
by Lya Wodraska The Salt Lake Tribune April 2015
Utah State's move into the realm of corporate naming rights for its stadium might raise some eyebrows of those who prefer more historical names, but Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes said it was a necessary shift to keep his athletic program competitive with the big leagues.
U. of Charleston Academic Center Gets $1M Gift
by Ryan Quinn, Staff Writer April 2015
Two longtime donors have given $1 million to the University of Charleston's planned Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center, a sports and academic complex set to begin construction next month.
Community Supports Footing Tax Bill for Church Ballpark
by Emily Attwood March 2015
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.
The field, owned by Boscawen Congregational Church, was built in 1915 and has been offered free for use by local groups over the last century, including Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball and Softball. But in 2014, the city’s tax assessor determined that because the lot was not being used for religious purposes, it was not tax exempt, and the church was billed $1,600.
In addition to covering the property tax bill, the city’s donation will also help defray maintenance and upkeep costs for the church ballpark. Church and community volunteers had been assisting with the efforts and will continue to do so.
“It does need some work,” Merrimack Valley Little League president Eric Crane told the Concord Monitor. “Our plan has always been to revitalize and rebuild the church park.”
Not all voters agreed that the donation was a grand slam, however. “My concern isn’t about the kids playing baseball. If you give money to one nonprofit, how do you deny others that come forward?” one resident asked.
Tech, Funding Drive High School Scoreboard Upgrades
by 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."