• Opinion: Vegas No Longer Taboo as Pro Sports Town

    by John Smallwood August 2016

    As far as being a welcomed site for a professional sports league, Las Vegas got out of the penalty box in June, when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the mecca of gambling in America was granted an expansion franchise that would begin play in the 2017-18 season. Except for the 1982-83 NBA season when the Utah Jazz played 11 games there, Sin City had always been left on the outside looking in when it came to consideration from the "Big Four" professional leagues.

  • Poll: New Chargers Stadium Has 25 Percent Support

    by Brent Schrotenboer August 2016

    The San Diego Chargers face a difficult — if not impossible — task of getting their proposed new stadium approved by voters in November, according to a YouGov poll conducted this past week at the request of USA TODAY Sports. The online poll by YouGov, an international polling firm, showed a quarter of San Diego adults strongly or somewhat support the proposal for a new, taxpayer-funded $1.8 billion stadium and convention center downtown. The poll showed more than half -- 52% -- strongly or somewhat opposed the measure, with 23% not stating a preference.

  • Guaranteed Rate Field New Name for White Sox Park

    by Bob Chwedyk August 2016

    The White Sox played at New Comiskey Park from 1991-2002 before a deal changed the ballpark's name to U.S. Cellular Field from 2003-2016. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the owner and operator of the ballpark, approved the deal Wednesday afternoon.

  • Raiders Release Las Vegas Stadium Renderings

    by Jason Scott August 2016

    The Oakland Raiders failed in their attempt to relocate the team to Los Angeles, but appear to have gotten serious about a bid to move the team to Las Vegas.

  • Hall of Fame Game Lawsuit Moves to California

    by Stuart Goldman August 2016

    The lawsuit against the National Football League and the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game earlier this month was dropped in U.S. District Court in Ohio and filed in California.

  • Officials Celebrate LA Soccer Stadium Groundbreaking

    by Damian Calhoun August 2016

    There is a lot of work to be done before the Los Angeles Football Club makes its debut in Major League Soccer in 2018. Tuesday was another step on that journey. The club's owners and local politicians, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, took part in agroundbreaking ceremony at the site of the club's future home, a 22,000 soccer-specific stadium on the site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The new home will be known as the Banc of California Stadium. It was announced Tuesday that Banc of California would be the naming partner. The stadium is expected to open in time for the 2018 MLS season.

  • Coastal Carolina's $31.8M Stadium Project Approved

    by August 2016

    By a slim margin, the State Fiscal Accountability Authority approved a $31.8 million expansion of Coastal Carolina University's football stadium over the objection of Gov. Nikki Haley.

  • Opinion: Baseball Should Extend Safety Netting Now

    by Bob Ford August 2016

    The truth, as any baseball fans knows, is the same in the stands as it is on the field. The ball will find you. Pushing the nets another 10 feet down the lines, which is about what was recommended this season, still leaves great swaths of seating exposed. Some of the worst screaming line drives enter the stands way down the line beyond the dugouts.

  • Funding Stadiums Through Hotel Tax Draws Criticism

    by Brent Schrotenboer August 2016

    The people voting on so-called tourist taxes — local residents — generally won't have to pay for them because they don't stay in local hotels. The people who do pay for them — visitors — don't get a vote on them because they live somewhere else.

  • Construction on $55M MiLB Ballpark May Begin Soon

    by Christopher Placek August 2016

    Since announcing the plans at a State of the Village address last September, Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens has been working with investors of the proposed baseball franchise to secure the team's placement in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, a 12-team minor league based in Durham, North Carolina.