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  • San Francisco Nears Smokeless Tobacco Ban at City Fields, Including Giants' AT&T Park

    by Michael Gaio April 2015

    San Francisco officials are on the verge of spitting out a rule that would ban smokeless tobacco from ball fields throughout the city, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.

  • New Orleans Suburb Considers Privatizing City Parks

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    A suburb of New Orleans is responding to a drop in participation in its youth sports leagues by privatizing municipal parks, as well as removing restrictions about what teams a child may join based on where they live. 

  • The AB Extra: April 10

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    This week's AB Extra includes updates on two prominent professional stadiums, a warning for anyone thinking of attending The Masters and a new potential programming idea for your facility. But we begin with a new youth football league aimed at fixing the "broken" culture in sports. New to The Extra? Here's last week's edition.

  • Anonymous Donation Will Keep City Pools Filled This Summer

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern April 2015

    With a severe drought hitting the southwestern United States, many towns are forced to rethink the way they use available water. Mineral Wells, Tex., was planning on keeping their public pools closed this summer in an effort to conserve water. 

  • Organized Fights at Sports Complex Concern Residents

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    Residents in a Mississippi town are concerned about their safety and that of other park-users after a planned fight occurred at a sports complex, leading to the arrests of four women. 

    On March 6, police arrived at Goldin Sports Complex in Gulfport to find a large group of people brawling. The crowd dispersed once police arrived, however footage the fight was posted on various social media sites, which allowed police to identify the four women who were primarily involved. 

  • Sponsored Video: Kifco Irrigation Solutions

    by AB Staff March 2015

    Kifco is a leading provider of water-reels, hoses, pumps and sprinklers based in the USA. Whether you are watering one football field or irrigating multiple playing and practice fields for football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, or golf courses, Kifco® has the perfect traveler for the job.

  • Environmentally Friendly Athletic Field Maintenance

    by Emily Attwood March 2015

    College campuses nationwide are getting greener, focusing on environmental sustainability, from designing LEED-certified buildings to launching zero-waste recycling campaigns and taking "Carbon-Neutral" pledges. College athletic programs are doing their part, increasing energy efficiency through the use of LED lighting and alternative energy sources, reducing water consumption and implementing gameday recycling programs.

  • Community Supports Footing Tax Bill for Church Ballpark

    by Emily Attwood March 2015

    While nonprofit and religious organizations have been under the microscope in recent years when it comes to tax-exempt status of their fitness and recreation facilities, voters in Boscawen, N.H. last night approved a plan that would donated $6,000 to a local church to cover property taxes and maintenance on its baseball field.

    The field, owned by Boscawen Congregational Church, was built in 1915 and has been offered free for use by local groups over the last century, including Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball and Softball. But in 2014, the city’s tax assessor determined that because the lot was not being used for religious purposes, it was not tax exempt, and the church was billed $1,600.

    In addition to covering the property tax bill, the city’s donation will also help defray maintenance and upkeep costs for the church ballpark. Church and community volunteers had been assisting with the efforts and will continue to do so.

    “It does need some work,” Merrimack Valley Little League president Eric Crane told the Concord Monitor. “Our plan has always been to revitalize and rebuild the church park.”

    Not all voters agreed that the donation was a grand slam, however. “My concern isn’t about the kids playing baseball. If you give money to one nonprofit, how do you deny others that come forward?” one resident asked.

  • Rec and Parks Manager Critically Injured by Falling Tree

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    A recreation and parks manager in San Francisco is in critical condition after being hit by a falling tree on Tuesday in the Bayview district, reports CBS San Francisco

  • Snow Skiing Planned for Extreme Sports Park in Florida

    by Michael Gaio February 2015

    The Orlando area is home to Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World among other attractions. But one thing you can't do in Florida is snowboard or snow ski. That could change if a new extreme sports park comes to fruition.