Monday, September, 11, 2017
Lawsuit May Follow High School Players’ Racist Photo
Five football players at a high school in Iowa have been kicked off their team after a picture surfaced on social media of the boys wearing white hoods while standing next to a burning cross. A confederate flag also is featured prominently in the photo and one of the boys was holding a rifle.
Thursday, September, 07, 2017
Girls Soccer Coach Charged with Sexting Players
A girls soccer coach in Roseville, Mich., is being accused of sending sexually explicit texts to current and former players.
Tuesday, September, 05, 2017
Irma Threatens NFL, College Games
College and professional football teams in Florida and along the East Coast are likely flipping between opponents’ game footage and the Weather Channel. While her forecasted path is still uncertain, Hurricane Irma — now a Category 5 storm swirling in the Atlantic — has much of the Eastern Seaboard, from Florida north to the Carolinas, on notice.
Tuesday, September, 05, 2017
Letter from the Editor: Back to School
The thermometer remained pegged above 80 degrees, while high humidity kept air conditioners working overtime for most of July. However, as we wrapped up production on this month's issue, the calendar turned to August and here in Madison we saw our first day below 70 degrees. By the time some of you read these words, school will be back in session and the season's first football games will have already been played.
Thursday, August, 31, 2017
Florida Bills Would Nix State Assistance for Stadiums
A Florida legislator is pursuing laws that would significantly curtail public assistance for franchise stadium developments in the state.
House Bill 13, introduced by Rep. Bryan Avila (R), would ban the building or renovation of stadiums on public lands, while House Bill 6005 would nix a program that set aside state funds for stadium projects.
In HB 6005, Avila is proposing legislation that would do away with a program sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala (R) and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in 2014. The program offers $13 million a year for stadium projects. A number of facilities, including EverBank Field in Jacksonville and Daytona International Speedway, have been approved to receive assistance from the fund, but legislators in the House have blocked disbursement of the money.
Chris Hudson, director of Americans for Prosperity in Florida, questioned the program in a statement. “Why should taxpayers foot the bill for billionaire sports owners who want to expand their facilities?” Hudson said.
According to News4Jax.com, HB 13 was filed for the 2018 legislative session, which is scheduled to begin in January.
Monday, August, 28, 2017
Cracks Appear in Fresno State Stadium Project
According to a report from the Fresno Bee, Fresno State may have to delay a planned renovation of Bulldog Stadium due to cracks in the seating and walkway areas. The grand reopening of the facility was scheduled for 2019, but a new timeline could push that date out to 2020 or 2021.
Athletic director Jim Bartko called the cracks in the foundation the “100-pound gorilla,” noting that plans for the renovation are set, naming rights have been secured, and donations for the revamp are already coming in. “But we have to determine is it just the west side, or do we need to do it over a two-year span?”
The cracking foundation won’t have any affect on the 2017 football season, and the Bee reports that the a fix could be as simple as patching the cracks. That said, concerns remain that the entire facility may have to be torn down and rebuilt, which would cost a lot more than the $60 million renovation currently under consideration.
Bartko says that Fresno State’s fundraising efforts have already secured $15 million for the project.
Wednesday, August, 23, 2017
Buckeyes Mull $7.8M Revamp of Practice Facility
Ohio State may be looking to renovate the school’s Woody Hayes Athletic Center where the Buckeye football team trains.
According to a report from Columbus Business First, which was picked up by ElevenWarriors.com, donors are considering a $7.8 million renovation of the facility’s east wing. That would mark the largest investment in the building since the $2.5 million renovation of the center’s locker rooms in 2014.
According to a school spokesman, donors will cover 90 percent of the project.
Pending approval, the renovations would start in March 2018, with completion slated somewhere around December.
The Woody Hayes Athletic Center opened in 1987, followed by a $21.5 million 53,000-square-foot expansion that began in 2005 and was completed in 2007. In total, the facility is comprised of 78,000 square feet of facilities, offices and meeting rooms.
Tuesday, August, 22, 2017
Businesses Hit by HS T-Shirt Sponsorship Scam
Businesses should be wary of companies soliciting ads and sponsorships that claim to be in partnership with their local high schools.
The latest to blow the whistle on the practice is Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill. Evanston Now reports that an Arizona-based company, T.K.O. Sports, has been trying to sell ads to businesses that they say will be printed on T-shirts, to be provided free at ETHS events.
Chris Livatino, ETHS athletic director, told Evanston Now that he’d never heard of the company, which operates out of Fort Mohave, Ariz. Livatino warned that the company is definitely running a “scam.”
If local businesses want to support ETHS Athletics, there are legitimate sponsorship opportunities that provide much better exposure!!! https://t.co/zb2yY2hKH0— Evanston Athletics (@ETHSports) August 21, 2017
Evanston Now contacted T.K.O. Sports to ask who had approved the partnership with ETHS but has not yet received a response from the company.
The news comes after Hough High in Cornelius, N.C., alerted local businesses in early August of a similar scam. Boost Sports, which operates out of Texas, is calling businesses in the town of Lake Norman, where Hough is located, and asking if they want to buy things like Hough High t-shirts, banners and sponsorships.
Hough High Athletic Club President Richard Colven said Boost claims it is working with Hough High but that isn’t the case. “They are taking advantage of that because people want to help out,” Colven said. “People want to get their names involved with local schools and people want to help the students.”
According to a report from wsoctv.com, Boost Sports isn’t even using the correct husky mascot on the printed items it’s selling.
Tuesday, August, 15, 2017
AB Spotlight: Nashville MLS Stadium
Investor John Ingram and his team released the first renderings, drawn up by HOK architects, of a proposed Major League Soccer stadium for Nashville. Music City has seen success hosting MLS games at the existing Nissan Stadium. The initial design for the new stadium makes room for 30,000 seats.
Monday, August, 14, 2017
Colorado Schools Seek Naming Rights Partners
The University of Colorado and Colorado State University are both looking to generate some revenue by selling the naming rights to their stadiums.
The Denver Post reports that the two schools are seeking either corporate sponsors or a philanthropic donor. It remains to be seen what the Colorado schools will get for the naming rights to their stadiums, but the strategy isn’t new for college teams.
Grocery chain Albertson’s will pay Boise State $12.5 million over the course of 15 years for naming rights to the Bronco’s stadium. In the Pac-12, the University of Washington will get $41 million over 10 years from Alaska Airlines, and the University of Southern California will take home $70 million over 15 years from United Airlines.
CSU athletic director Joe Parker said his team will be looking for a partner that will commit to at least 10 years. “You don’t want to get into a three-, four- or five-year cycle where you’re changing the name of the stadium,” Parker told the Post. “You want a company that’s reputable. You want a business that’s in a market segment that everyone in higher education would feel good about.”
Parker said any funds generated through the naming rights to CSU’s $220 million stadium will be set aside in a “rainy-day fund.”
CU’s facility has been called Folsom field, after coach Frederick Folsom, since 1944. CSU’s field was named Hughes field in 1968 after coach Harry Hughes.
Wednesday, November, 08, 2017
Letter from the Editor: Common Ground
It's an interesting time to be part of this industry. In recent months, sport has again realized its platform as an effective channel for social and cultural debate. Whether or not you feel strongly about protests taking place on the sidelines of NFL games — and those at the college and high school levels — it's hard to ignore that this industry finds itself at the epicenter of a politically charged conversation.
Monday, October, 09, 2017
Letter from the Editor: Never Lose Perspective
Perspective is everything. It's a phrase that went through my head more than once as we put together our annual Facilities of Merit® issue.