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.
Budget-Strapped High Schools Find New Ways to Save Their Sports Programs
by Michael Popke September 2009
Budget-strapped high schools find new ways to save their sports programs.
A Shameless Plug for Electricity
by Andrew Cohen August 2009
NFL Fans Selling Seat Licenses, PSL Wait-List Positions
by Andrew Cohen August 2009
Some fans of professional football are profiting not just by selling their seat licenses, but also their PSL wait-list positions.
How to Solicit Sponsorships
by David Hoch May 2009
An increased awareness of how to solicit sponsorships can help organizations overcome financial challenges.
Naming Rights Deals Scrutinized by Private and Public Sectors Alike
by Paul Steinbach February 2009
Naming rights agreements are being scrutinized like never before, both by potential sponsorship partners and the taxpaying public.
Muslim Community Raises Money for Retractable Shade System at Pool
by Nicholas Brown February 2009
Community raises money for a retractable shade system at local aquatics center
Online Tools Becoming Popular In Fundraising
by Michael Popke October 2008
Online tools are streamlining, supplementing or flat-out replacing traditional fundraising models.
Funding for New Rec Centers Attached to Orlando Arena Deal
by Nicholas Brown January 2008
Funding for five new community rec centers was attached at the last minute to a new Orlando Magic arena deal.
PEP Grants Help Hundreds of Schools Develop Programs and Facilities
by Michael Popke January 2008
The popular PEP grant program has allowed hundreds of school districts to re-energize P.E. programs with new equipment and specialized training.