- 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.
- Booster Clubs are Saving High School Sports
by Michael Popke September 2010
At some schools, sports teams owe their existence to outside financial support.
- Is This the End of Beach Volleyball?
by Michael Popke August 2010
The AVP Tour has shut down, citing financial hardship and cutting short its 2010 season. The Association of Volleyball Professionals, which helped usher in a new era of beach volleyball, is not funding the tour and has been unsuccessful at finding new investors.
- Real Madrid Getting Its Kicks at UCLA
by Michael Popke July 2010
As part of an effort to build soccer's popularity in the United States, Real Madrid - the Spanish soccer team that has been dubbed the most successful club of the 20th century - is taking a brief preseason tour of California, playing Major League Soccer teams. Among the stops next week will be games against Club America in San Francisco on Aug. 4 and against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 7 at the Rose Bowl.
- Rival Schools Unite to Create One-of-a-Kind Rooftop Stadium
by Michael Popke June 2010
Two rival schools in New Jersey unite to create a one-of-a-kind rooftop stadium.
- High Schools, Municipalities Look for Corporate Sponsors
by Michael Popke April 2010
Local sports and recreation programs are relying more on corporate sponsorships these days.
- In Uncertain Economy, Athletics Development More Critical Than Ever
by Paul Steinbach December 2009
Asking for donations in an uncertain economy can be challenging, but athletics development is perhaps more critical now than ever.
- How Much for Good Seats?
by Paul Steinbach October 2009
Some of my best days as a kid were spent in Milwaukee County Stadium's section 13, row 12, seats 1 through 8 - the corporate season tickets frequently secured by my neighbor's dad. One of my greatest regrets as an adult was not securing actual seats once they tore County Stadium down in 2002. Not necessarily those exact seats. Sentimental value notwithstanding, they were in the lower grandstand and constructed of plastic. You had to get into the far reaches of the upper deck to find the old-timers - their wooden slats bearing engraved seat numbers and the chipped relief of numerous coats of green paint applied over the years. These seats had seen not only the Brewers' short-lived success in the stadium, but the Milwaukee Braves' and Green Bay Packers' heydays, too. So I read with interest news last week that New York Yankees fans had filed a class-action lawsuit over seats salvaged from last year's demolition of old Yankee Stadium. Lead plaintiff John Lefkus, for one, spent more than $2,000 to purchase the exact pair of seats he had occupied as a 23-year season-ticket-holder. But Lefkus isn't buying their authenticity. He bases his claim that stadium seats were dismantled and reassembled using random parts on the evidence that his own seats were put together using new and old hardware and different armrests, and then repainted in the wrong color. One even featured the wrong seat number. You've heard of Norm Abram's "New Yankee Workshop"? This sounds like Old Yankee Chop Shop. The class seeks more than $5 million in damages from the Yankees, Steiner Sports Memorabilia, Steiner Sports Marketing and Yankee-Steiner Collectibles, alleging false advertising, deceptive practices and breach of warranty, according to Courthouse News Service.