• Blog: It's More Than Just the $28,097,736.20

    by Peter Brown — President, Athletic Business March 2011

    He no longer can speak or move his arms and legs. A medical device pumps life into his lungs. But he still smiles and writes to you on his computer using his foot on a roller ball. If you ask, Augie Nieto will tell you the happiest days of his life have been since he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

  • Blog: David Barton Gym's Demise Is Simple Economics

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein March 2011

    The news that David Barton Gym has filed for bankruptcy protection was another kick in the teeth for our industry. It also should serve as a reminder to every health club owner that the next new thing is not necessarily the right thing.

  • Economy Affects Fundraising for College Athletic Facilities

    by Nicholas Brown March 2011

    That college sports can be big business isn't exactly breaking news. Nor is the institutional strain that exists between academics and athletics.

  • School, Park Districts Explore Partnership to Save Sports

    by Michael Popke February 2011

    When Rockford (Ill.) Public Schools announced two weeks into 2011 that it was exploring a partnership that would transfer operation of interscholastic sports to the Rockford Park District, school officials cited several benefits.

  • Clubs Benefit from Aggressive Collections Efforts

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein February 2011

    One of the smartest business decisions we've made in recent years was to become more aggressive with our collections procedures for overdue accounts.

  • Club-Owner Strategies for Finding, Saving, Managing Cash

    by AB Staff January 2011

    This is for all of you who were stumped over the holidays when a relative asked, "So, how's business?" — given that you have no access to capital and your product is considered a discretionary expense by most consumers.

    All sorts of observations and advice, usually proffered by people who don't actually run a business, have left us speechless as the Great Recession has dragged on. Perhaps you've read those articles on "How to Manage Cash Flow in a Down Economy," which advise business owners to "Get out there and sell!"

    Gee — thanks!

    Or, perhaps you share our disgust with bankers. We had at least four local loan officers actually say to us, "It looks like you had a rough 2008." Uh. . . yeah. Maybe you read about the worst economy since the Great Depression? It was in all the papers, and you bankers had something to do with it. . . ?

  • Orlando Magic Fund Five New Recreation Centers

    by Nicholas Brown October 2010

    A local agency uncovered funding for five new rec centers during the development of Orlando's lavish new arena.

  • Booster Clubs are Saving High School Sports

    by Michael Popke September 2010

    At some schools, sports teams owe their existence to outside financial support.

  • Is This the End of Beach Volleyball?

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    The AVP Tour has shut down, citing financial hardship and cutting short its 2010 season. The Association of Volleyball Professionals, which helped usher in a new era of beach volleyball, is not funding the tour and has been unsuccessful at finding new investors.

  • Real Madrid Getting Its Kicks at UCLA

    by Michael Popke July 2010

    As part of an effort to build soccer's popularity in the United States, Real Madrid - the Spanish soccer team that has been dubbed the most successful club of the 20th century - is taking a brief preseason tour of California, playing Major League Soccer teams. Among the stops next week will be games against Club America in San Francisco on Aug. 4 and against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 7 at the Rose Bowl.