• Courtside Seats Set Syracuse Up for Attendance Record

    by Paul Steinbach February 2019

    Syracuse University has managed to squeeze four additional seats on both sides of the Carrier Dome scorer's table, setting the stage for a new on-campus basketball attendance record when Duke visits the Orange on Saturday.

  • LSU Broadens Booze Footprint at Football, Baseball

    by Paul Steinbach February 2019


    Louisiana State University continues to leverage alcohol sales at athletic events with two recent announcements. Football fans will soon have access to a second Tiger Stadium location of "The Chute," where a $20 entry fee afforded access to seven brands of beer — and, by midseason, a selection of three wines — in 2018. Meanwhile, baseball fans will be able to purchase beer and wine in two tented areas dubbed "The Yard" at Alex Box Stadium.

  • Stephen F. Austin State Offers Unique Rewards Program

    by Paul Steinbach January 2019

    Characterized as the first blockchain-powered rewards program in college sports history, the Token Club at Stephen A. Austin State University offers digital tokens to participants for purchasing tickets and attending sporting events, with the chance to win prizes.

  • LSU Changing Ticket Pricing for Football, Baseball

    by Paul Steinbach January 2019

    Louisiana State University has announced that it will raise certain ticket prices for football and baseball, keep other prices the same and lower some prices.

  • Lower Concessions Prices Carry Over to Super Bowl LIII

    by Paul Steinbach January 2019

    The same relatively reasonable prices enjoyed by Atlanta Falcons fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will extend to Super Bowl LIII, as well.

  • Schools Offer Free Basketball Tickets to Federal Workers

    by Andy Berg January 2019

    George Washington University’s athletic department is offering free tickets for men’s and women’s basketball games to federal government employees affected by the government shutdown.

  • LSU Looks to Build On Football Game-Day Improvements

    by Paul Steinbach January 2019

    Louisiana State University will continue to build upon improvements made last year to its football game-day experience in the hopes of furthering attendance gains.

  • BBB Offers Tips to Help Gym Shoppers Avoid Scams

    by Paul Steinbach January 2019

    Amid the annual wave of New Year's fitness resolutions, Better Business Bureau Pacific Southwest has alerted consumers in California and Arizona what to look for in a gym membership. BBB director of public relations Linda Karimi told San Diego's KUSI News that consumers report high-pressure sales tactics, misrepresentations about facilities and services, broken cancellation policies and lost membership fees when gyms go out of business.

    The bureau offers guidance to help would-be gym members avoid so-called fitness scams. Gym owners everywhere might be wise to see how their own advice — and day-to-day policies and practices — measure up to the following consumer tips:

    • Determine fitness goals. Making goals in advance can help a person select an appropriate facility. It’s also a good idea to check with a physician before embarking on a new fitness regimen, especially if medical conditions are present.
    • What is most important? Will a convenient location and extended hours be beneficial in reaching a fitness goal? Will a variety of equipment or classes keep people motivated? Work out while traveling and prefer a chain with numerous locations? Identify top priorities before shopping around.
    • Check BBB has business profiles on more than 15,000 health clubs, fitness centers and gyms nationwide and 231 are located in the Pacific Southwest region. Read what current and/or previous customers have to say and see how the business responds to complaints. This information may help narrow down the list of gyms selected to visit.
    • Take a tour. Does the gym have the equipment, classes and trainers needed, clean showers and available Wi-Fi? Ask questions and make sure to understand all the rules. What are the busy times, wait times for equipment, class registration requirements, availability and find out if there is an additional cost for personal training.
    • Ask about free trials. Fitness centers often offer a 2, 3 of even 6 free pass for potential members providing customers a great way to see if the gym is a good fit.
      Do not feel coerced. Don’t give in to high-pressure sales tactics and join right away. A reputable gym will give consumers time to read the contract, tour the facility and help them make an informed decision.
    • Calculate the true costs. Gyms often use special introductory offers to encourage new members, but the price could go up once the initial period is over. Know and understand what the regular monthly fees will be and what they include.
    • Understand all terms. Read the contract carefully before signing. Make sure all verbal promises are in writing. The document one signs is what matters, so don’t take a salesperson’s word for it. What happens if a member moves or the gym goes out of business? Will the membership renew automatically? Can one cancel the contract and, if so, under what circumstances?
    • Certified trainers. Research certifications any personal trainer claims to have. When paying more on top of the gym membership, make sure the trainer is qualified with appropriate certification.
    • Never use a debit card. Be aware when using a debit card, this give the fitness center direct access to ones bank account and money. Instead use a credit card. Credit cards serve as a barrier between your money and the people who want it and some offer benefits for purchases and even fraud protection. As a whole, credit cards offer more protection than debit cards do.
    • Get a receipt. Those who don’t like credit cards, often prefer to pay for things in cash. This includes gym memberships. There is nothing wrong with cash, but always make sure to get proof of payment – ask for a receipt.

    Gym owners, what do you think of the BBB's tips? Let us know in the comments.


  • What Do NBA Players Do with Complimentary Tickets?

    by Andy Larsen December 2018

    It’s a problem you might have faced before — you have tickets to a game, but you’re busy with work. What do you do with them? It turns out that NBA players face that problem 82 times per season.

  • MSU Applications Down in Wake of Nassar Scandal

    by Paul Steinbach December 2018

    Michigan State University continues to realize the tangible cost of the Larry Nassar scandal, as applications to the university have decreased for the second consecutive year, even as Big Ten Conference peer institutions and other schools across the nation continue to see increases.

    Nassar, the osteopathic physician employed by Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, was convicted earlier this year of sexually abusing multiple girls and women in his care and possessing child pornography. He is currently serving a minimum 100-year prison sentence.

    ESPN reports that undergraduate applications to Michigan State fell 8.3 percent over the past year, a drop of roughly 3,000 applications to 33,129, and an even steeper slide than the 3.6 percent decline realized in Fall 2017 applications.

    The Nassar story broke in 2016, and the headlines keep coming.

    On Tuesday, the university announced that it had completed its financial transfer to a court-created settlement fund, thus fulfilling its agreement with Nassar's sexual assault survivors. According to the Lansing State Journal, the $425 million transferred is earmarked for 332 survivors. That fund will now be frozen, though prior claims will be honored.

    A separate Healing Assistance Fund set up by the university will likewise be frozen. Closing the fund early, interim MSU President John Engler wrote in a memo to trustees, "permits us to use the $8.6 million remaining balance in the Healing Fund to reduce the amount of our borrowing to pay the settlement," the State Journal reported.

    Also on Tuesday, Michigan lawmakers advanced more bills inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case — voting to ease the prosecution of alleged abusers, stiffen child pornography penalties and let more people speak at sentencings under certain circumstances, according to an Associated Press report.