• Blog: A Fundraiser I'm Geared Up to Participate In

    by Mary Helen Sprecher July 2011

    I was sitting at my neighborhood pool doing absolutely nothing of value - I don't mind admitting that - when a dozen bicyclists ran into the enclosure. They trotted across the pool deck, leaving a trail of helmets, gloves, shoes, sunglasses and spandex as they stripped.

  • 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

  • Blog: It's More Than Just the $28,097,736.20

    by Peter Brown — President, Athletic Business March 2011

    He no longer can speak or move his arms and legs. A medical device pumps life into his lungs. But he still smiles and writes to you on his computer using his foot on a roller ball. If you ask, Augie Nieto will tell you the happiest days of his life have been since he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

  • 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.

  • 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.