• Opinion: Scratch-and-Sniff Tickets Smell of Desperation

    by Naples Daily News (Florida) August 2014

    Perhaps someone at Oregon has been spending too much time staring into those glossy yellow and green football helmets the Ducks have a penchant of wearing. How else can you explain the fact that the school announced last week that it was unveiling new scratch-and-sniff tickets for season-ticket holders? Scratch away and you’ll be treated to the delicious smell of Carl’s Jr. hamburgers. I suppose it could be worse.

  • Member Discounts Mulled as Part of County's Y Takeover

    by Mark Niesse; Staff August 2014

    DeKalb County and the YMCA are working on a compromise that could appease residents opposed to the county's plan to purchase the facility for $5 million. Under the proposal, the South DeKalb YMCA would waive enrollment fees and give a 25 percent monthly discount to all DeKalb residents who want to join, said Commissioner Larry Johnson during Tuesday's commission meeting.

  • Key Factors to Breaking into the Sports Tourism Business

    by Dev Pathik August 2014

    The rapid rise in sports tourism has many sports marketing professionals and destination marketing organizations feeling like spectators on the sidelines. Most feel understaffed or ill-equipped to take full advantage of the economic impact opportunities offered by tournaments and events.

  • USC to Offer 'Toes-on-the-Turf' Premium Seating

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    The latest trend coming to football stadiums is "toes-on-the-turf" experiences. Aside from strapping on a helmet and making a tackle, seating arrangements that allow fans to watch the game while standing on the playing surface are bringing them as close to the action as possible.

  • Mayor Wants to End Tax on Tickets to Sporting Events

    by Gerald Witt, Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee) August 2014

    Knox County may be asked give up a tax that brings more than $200,000 a year to its coffers.

  • UNM Women's Basketball Cuts Prices to Lure Fans

    by KEN SICKENGER JOURNAL August 2014

    UNM is cutting season-ticket prices, eliminating parking fees in most lots and increasing fan access to players. These and other changes in game-day structure are intended to improve the fan experience and boost home attendance for women's basketball, which has steadily declined in recent years.

  • Iowa's Free-Tuition Student Ticket Promo Goes Awry

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    Attracting students to college football games is a challenge for schools across the country. As AB reported last year, even the Alabamas of the world are having a tough time drawing students away from the tailgating scene and into the stadium. Last week, the University of Iowa launched a promotion to solve this problem.

  • Oakland Raiders Owner Meets with San Antonio Officials

    by Jerry McDonald Contra Costa Times July 2014

    Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed a published report of a visit with San Antonio officials, but the extent of his interest in relocating his franchise to Texas is not known. Davis, reached by phone Tuesday, said he was in San Antonio with close friend and former Raider Cliff Branch, who was being inducted into a local hall of fame. “Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town,’’ Davis said. “I have nothing further to discuss on the topic.’’ According to a report in the San Antonio Express-News, Davis met with Cisneros, then-mayor Julián Castro, City Manager See RELOCATION, 6C Sheryl Sculley and the president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

  • Editorial: Bad Business Deal Reflects Drifting Park Board

    by Dmedit July 2014

    The Putnam County Commission met with Scott Williamson, parks director, to go over the finances of the county's Parks and Recreation Commission. The meeting was illuminating. The parks board bought a building and renamed it The Commons. The plan was to pay off the mortgage by renting the building to businesses.

  • Tennessee Witnessing Turnaround in Season Ticket Sales

    by Ben Frederickson July 2014

    Handing $805 in cash through a ticket window at Neyland Stadium made Blake Gentry feel funny. “It kind of gives me the shakes a little bit,” he said. The 18-year-old from Cleveland, Tenn., remained pleased with his transaction after his nerves settled. “A diehard,” Lamont Gentry said of his son.