- 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.
- Club-Owner Strategies for Finding, Saving, Managing Cash
by AB Staff January 2011
This is for all of you who were stumped over the holidays when a relative asked, "So, how's business?" — given that you have no access to capital and your product is considered a discretionary expense by most consumers.
All sorts of observations and advice, usually proffered by people who don't actually run a business, have left us speechless as the Great Recession has dragged on. Perhaps you've read those articles on "How to Manage Cash Flow in a Down Economy," which advise business owners to "Get out there and sell!"
Gee — thanks!
Or, perhaps you share our disgust with bankers. We had at least four local loan officers actually say to us, "It looks like you had a rough 2008." Uh. . . yeah. Maybe you read about the worst economy since the Great Depression? It was in all the papers, and you bankers had something to do with it. . . ?
- 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.