RECENT ARTICLES
  • PEP Grant Winners Announced; $27M to 56 Winning Groups

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor August 2012

    The U.S. Department of Education has announced the 2013 recipients of more than $27 million in Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grants. New PEP grants will be distributed to 56 school districts and community-based organizations across the country, including the Yukon-Koyukuk School District in Fairbanks, Alaska, the YMCA of Southern Indiana and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Va.

  • Sponsor-Supported Video Boards Make Impact at High School Level

    by Michael Popke July 2012

    For Mike Gosz and Jaime Sherwood, being a high school athletic director requires a lot more versatility than it did even a few years ago.

  • Athletics Development Success Hinges on Broadening the Donor Base

    by Paul Steinbach June 2012

    A season potentially worth millions of dollars turned on a dime. Arizona State University's football team had just scored a touchdown to take a five-point lead on UCLA, then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff.

  • Building Sponsors into the Design of Spectator Facilities

    by Andrew Cohen March 2012

    Few professional venues have enjoyed as smooth and quick a route to success as MetLife Stadium.

  • Study Quantifies Economic Impact of UW Athletics

    by Paul Steinbach May 2011

    Fans attending a University of Wisconsin men's basketball game spend an average of $98.25 while in Madison, and that doesn't include the purchase price of the tickets. The typical Badger football fan drops $232.53 (excluding tickets) during his or her stay (nearly 76 percent of fans eat in local restaurants, and 11 percent book lodging). Even when not attending games, fans on average purchase $156.27 worth of UW merchandise annually. All told, UW athletics contributes $970 million to the state's economy, according to a study conducted by NorthStar Economics Inc.Wisconsin has led the Big Ten Conference in men's basketball attendance eight of the past nine seasons, and its football program ranked 16th in attendance among Football Bowl Subdivision schools last fall, according to the NCAA. "When you think about it, it's a powerful economic force when you have that many people spending money for meals and hotels and transportation and merchandise," UW athletic director Barry Alvarez told local sports journalist and broadcaster Mike Lucas at uwbadgers.com.

  • Blog: David Barton Gym's Demise Is Simple Economics

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein March 2011

    The news that David Barton Gym has filed for bankruptcy protection was another kick in the teeth for our industry. It also should serve as a reminder to every health club owner that the next new thing is not necessarily the right thing.

  • Economy Affects Fundraising for College Athletic Facilities

    by Nicholas Brown March 2011

    That college sports can be big business isn't exactly breaking news. Nor is the institutional strain that exists between academics and athletics.

  • School, Park Districts Explore Partnership to Save Sports

    by Michael Popke February 2011

    When Rockford (Ill.) Public Schools announced two weeks into 2011 that it was exploring a partnership that would transfer operation of interscholastic sports to the Rockford Park District, school officials cited several benefits.

  • Clubs Benefit from Aggressive Collections Efforts

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein February 2011

    One of the smartest business decisions we've made in recent years was to become more aggressive with our collections procedures for overdue accounts.

  • Orlando Magic Fund Five New Recreation Centers

    by Nicholas Brown October 2010

    A local agency uncovered funding for five new rec centers during the development of Orlando's lavish new arena.