• 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.

  • Jets Scrap Paper Season Tickets, Offer Attendance Perks

    by The Capital July 2014

    Other NFL clubs, such as the Broncos and Chiefs, already have gone to paperless access control systems. But as Seth Rabinowitz, the Jets' vice president of marketing and fan engagement said Tuesday: "Certainly we are the first to do this much."

  • Experts: Logo Redesigns Run Risk of Alienating Loyalists

    by Randy Tucker July 2014

    The University of Dayton Flyers' successful run in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament prompted school officials to seek a stronger, more iconic logo design. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF The University of Dayton is following in the footsteps of a long list of other schools and corporations who have redesigned their logos in an effort to expand their brands to new markets and consumers. UD's fresh logo is an effort to capitalize on the Flyers' successful run in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament with the goal of opening the team to new fans and recruits across the country.

  • Dayton Moving Forward with New Logo Despite Criticism

    by David Jablonski July 2014

    "Horrible, ugly and bush league" were among the descriptions of the Flyers' new logo on social media. Recruits seem to like it. DAYTON - Some Dayton fans arrived early at Korporate Kasuals on Friday, eager to be the first to buy shirts or hats or even golf bags with the new Flyers logo. UD unveiled the logo at 1 p.m. That's also when the doors opened at the store. "I had people jiggling the doorknob at 12:30," said John Kelly, owner of Korporate Kasuals, on Saturday. "I was pleasantly surprised by how many people we had come in. We had a real positive reaction to it."

  • Lower Fees Double Basketball Sign-Ups at State Games

    by Kevin Carmody July 2014

    At this time last year, Kelley Stewart loved her life as a basketball coach, but didn't much like having her team comprised of several members of her Pine Creek girls' basketball team on the road, again.