- Financially Troubled YMCA to Shut Down
by Mike Harris November 2017
Due to annual operating losses of about $100,000, the Miller Family YMCA in the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park is closing after 10 years on Dec. 31.
- Proposal Would Provide Aid to Park
by Susan McCord November 2017
A deal is in the making to preserve Augusta's use of Pendleton King Park, City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson assured Friday.
- Committee Investigates Mishandling of Football Money
by Rosana Hughes November 2017
The Tennessee comptroller's office has been notified of possible money mishandling by Grundy County Schools, according to a committee report made at Thursday night's school board meeting.
- Proposed Tax Bill Would Slash Breaks for Pro Stadiums
by Stephen Dinan November 2017
The NFL would lose its ability to claim tax breaks for stadiums and colleges and universities would have to start paying taxes on massive endowments under House Republicans' proposed tax bill.
- Why LEDs Are Taking Over the Indoor Athletics Market
by Andy Berg October 2017
It's a typical summer morning in Granville, Ohio. Temperatures hover in the low 80s, and humidity is pegged in the 70 to 80 percent range. Chris Crume, director of the Trumbull Aquatics Center at Denison University, is glad there are no scheduled events for the day. "Right now, we have a standard lighting setup. We use metal halide," Crume says. "It takes about 20 minutes for them to come up. They produce great light, don't get me wrong, but if we have a power outage — we're expecting some storms here today — we're 20 minutes down after the power comes back on."
- Chicago Sports Venues Slam Mayor’s Exorbitant Taxes
by Andy Berg October 2017
Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel is taking heat for slapping large concert and sports venues with a hefty amusement tax, while eliminating tariffs for smaller venues.
- Tennis a Casualty of U. of Evansville Budget Shortfall
by Pat Hickey October 2017
On Monday, University of Evansville athletic director Mark Spencer announced the Purple Aces' women's tennis program will be eliminated following the semester.
- Families Budget to Keep Kids Involved in Sports
by Adam Shell September 2017
Annual spending for club travel-team tuition, personal trainers, top-of-the-line equipment, showcase tournaments and outlays for gas, airfares, hotels and food on the road runs into the thousands of dollars.
- USF Announces Results of Stadium Feasibility Study
by Courtney Cameron August 2017
On Tuesday, the University of Southern Florida announced the findings of a $75,000 feasibility study to examine potential locations and construction costs for a new on-campus stadium.
- Missouri Slashes College Athletics Budgets
by Andy Berg July 2017
Missouri is slashing state funding to higher education and much of that money is coming from the state's college athletics programs.
In order to balance Missouri’s state budget, Governor Eric Greitens cut $251 million in spending, $36 million of which was gouged from higher education.
According to a report from the Kansas City Star, public colleges and universities at all levels will feel the pinch. Missouri State has cut its field hockey team and UMKC will be without cheerleaders.
In 2016, UMKC had an athletic budget of $14.7 million. This year, the school will have to trim $1.5 million from its athletics budget. Dropping the cheerleading squad will trim $45,000 and affect 20 squad members.
Cheerleading coach Dawn Todd told the Star she was “shocked” by news her program was being cut. “It wasn’t just losing a team, it’s been part of my life,” she said.
After eliminating five full-time positions, UMKC is also looking at ways to shore up travel expenses. As part of the Western Athletic Conference, UMKC competes with schools on the West Coast, including California and Washington. Athletic Director Carla Wilson said the cuts have been difficult. “It’s been very tough work, and it’s not over. Resources are tight. We’re working on this every single day,” Wilson said.
Missouri State, which had a 2016 budget of $26.2 million, is also being squeezed. The school has reduced expenses in each of its athletic programs by 7-12 percent. It’s also cut scholarships and restructured some aid programs for student athletes.
Missouri State also cut its field hockey team, which saved about $1.1 million and included a roster of 17, including 12 scholarship athletes. Athletic director Kyle Moats said, “Cutting a sport is the worst thing you can do as an athletic director. It’s the toughest thing to do and there was nobody who wanted that.”
Mizzou, which enjoyed $97 million in revenue from the SEC in 2016, is also looking at ways to save. The Tigers are cutting some technology upgrades and other equipment purchases, which will shave about $1.4 million in spending in the coming year.