• One Campus May Host Eight Conference Tournaments

    by Greg Hardwig July 2014

    On Friday, the conference officially announced that Florida Gulf Coast University will be home to the volleyball, sand volleyball, baseball and softball tournaments for the 2014-15 season.

  • With Comcast, SEC Network Would Reach 50M Homes

    by Andy Johnston; For the AJC July 2014

    You might want to hold out for a couple of weeks if you're a Comcast subscriber who's worried that you won't have the SEC Network.

  • New Bucks Owners See Opportunity in Arena Design

    by CHARLES F. GARDNER, June 2014

    The process of building a new downtown arena for the Milwaukee Bucks will get a jump-start Wednesday when three or four stadium design firms present plans to new owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry in New York.

  • Keebler-Sponsored Elf Door Art Draws Visitors to Parks

    by Carrie Wise, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH June 2014

    It's not your imagination. Small wooden doors really are nestled at the bottom of a few trees in Columbus parks. And they are meant to look as if little elves built them.

  • Forward Passports: Schools Prepare for Bowl in Bahamas

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    Every day this week from 9a.m. to 5 p.m., Marshall University has set aside space in its football office for something that might not even matter by the end of the season. But Mark Gale, the assistant athletics director for football operations, would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to getting passports for a possible trip to December's Bahamas Bowl. Because the first-year bowl will be in a foreign country, schools in Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference already are working on securing passports for their players, coaches and support staff.

  • Big Data Helps Sports Teams Understand Their Customers

    by Bob Cohn June 2014

    During the last Penguins' season, Abby L., a 34-year-old fan from Evans City, attended 14 weekday games at Consol Energy Center. She sat in the upper bowl and spent an average of $83.50 on tickets. She bought nachos, sushi and beer during her 11 concession visits and purchased nine merchandise items, including a Sidney Crosby jersey (small). The club has access to this information, and more, because Abby L. participates in Pens Points, a loyalty program that offers a wide range of perks and privileges in return for her dogged support. Members also enjoy a personalized game experience, further increasing their likelihood of remaining dedicated fans. Abby L. is known as a "power user," and the Penguins want to keep her.

  • Atlanta's New Stadiums Focus on Fans in Different Ways

    by Tim Tucker; Staff June 2014

    Seats that would vibrate with each hard hit on the field didn't make the final cut. But a 100-yard-long bar and a fantasy football lounge did make it, along with a roof that is supposed to open and close in about seven minutes. The Falcons last week received complete design drawings from their architects for the team's downtown stadium, a milestone in the transition from the planning to building phases of the project. The Braves, meanwhile, said their architects continue to refine the design and amenities of the team's planned Cobb County stadium, with particular emphasis on the connection between the ballpark and an adjacent entertainment complex. Both stadiums are scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, if all goes as planned. Both teams vow the venues will significantly change the fan experience, albeit in different ways.

  • Redskins' Sponsors Quiet in Wake of Trademark Ruling

    by Josh Peter, @joshpeter11 June 2014

    A day after the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled the Washington Redskins' nickname is disparaging to Native Americans, the team's corporate sponsors largely remained on the sidelines. Only Harris Teeter, a grocery chain with stores primarily in the South, took a stance -- supporting team owner Daniel Snyder and his vow to keep the Redskins' nickname. FedEx, the company whose name is most closely tied to the Redskins because it owns the stadium's naming rights -- the team plays at FedExField -- distanced itself from the legal proceedings rather than the team's use of the nickname.

  • Inside Minnesota's Successful Bid for 2018 Super Bowl

    by ROCHELLE OLSON, Minneapolis Star Tribune June 2014

    Atlanta - Minneapolis' stadium-trumpeting pitch triumphed over party magnet New Orleans and earnest Indianapolis to win the 2018 Super Bowl. Minneapolis' theme, "Built for the Bold," emphasized the new $1 billion Vikings stadium under construction and the state's friendly ethos. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the victor after the 32 NFL team owners' fourth ballot, raucous cheers and shouts of "We did it!" from Minnesotans reverberated in the hallways of the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta's upscale Buckhead neighborhood, where the high-stakes drama played out.

  • Small Private College Hoping Sports Boost Enrollment

    by Jay Tokasz; News Staff Reporter June 2014

    Villa Maria, the small Catholic commuter college located on the Cheektowaga-Buffalo border, has big plans for its future, including adding intercollegiate sports and potentially building dormitories on campus.