- Looking Ahead to AB Show 2018
by Jason Scott October 2018
"Elevating Facilities. Enriching Programs. Empowering Leaders." That phrase is at the heart of what Athletic Business strives to do — our mission. Next month, Nov. 7-10, professionals from all corners of the athletics, fitness and recreation industries will unite in New Orleans, La., to bring those values to life at the 37th annual AB Show. Whether you hope to improve yourself as a professional, give your programs a boost or build a facility to be proud of, AB Show is a must-attend event for anyone seeking to get ahead of the competition. Here's what AB Show attendees can look forward to:
- Ex-NBA Star Bosh Joins Esports Franchise
by Jeff Zillgitt October 2018
Chris Bosh admits his premature transition from NBA player to non-playing days was a struggle. "It's extremely different because as athletes, especially in the NBA, you work your whole life and sacrifice to get this point professionally."
- Opinion: Baseball Attendance Woes Worse than Football
by Christine Brennan October 2018
For many months now, we've been talking about the NFL as a sport in trouble. It turns out we've been focusing on the wrong sport.
- San Diego Takes Issue with Grand Jury's Stadium Stance
by Paul Steinbach September 2018
A subcommittee of the San Diego City Council on Wednesday disputed recent conclusions of a grand jury assembled to assess the financial management of San Diego County Credit Union Stadium in Mission Valley.
According to KPBS public broadcasting in San Diego, the grand jury report took issue with some aspects of stadium management being assigned to third parties rather than stadium staff. Following the Chargers' departure as the stadium's main tenant, the city contracted with Fox Sports to handle stadium advertising sales and with the San Diego College Bowl Association to sell skybox and luxury suite leases. While the grand jury determined those duties could and should have been handled in house, the city argues that the outsourcing of those tasks, which were beyond the staff's expertise anyway, freed up stadium personnel to focus on booking lucrative events — a strategy that paid dividends.
"In fact, by spending so much time on booking additional stadium events, the city was able to garner $3.7 million in additional revenue above and beyond what was actually budgeted for fiscal year '18," said Lisa Byrne, speaking for the city's office of the Independent Budget Analyst.
Stadium officials had been hopeful that the stadium could finally be profitable without the Chargers, who had collected the lion's share of advertising, concessions, parking and ticket revenue from their NFL home games.
The grand jury further recommended that the city make policies and rules to evaluate future stadium contracts, and the city council and mayor now have until mid-November to accept those recommendations or make a case for refuting them.
- Liberty May Drop Nike Deal Over Ad Campaign
by Josh Moody September 2018
Nike's embrace of Colin Kaepernick has Jerry Falwell Jr. rethinking Liberty University's contract with the company, which has signed on to supply the Flames with athletic gear until 2024.
- Louisiana Town Bans Nike Gear for Rec Programs
by Jared Leone September 2018
The mayor of Kenner, La., has issued a directive banning booster clubs from buying any Nike athletic apparel or equipment for use at city recreation centers.
- MLB's Indians Drop Logo After Failed Legal Challenge
by Spokesman Review September 2018
The Cleveland Indians removed the Chief Wahoo logo from the sleeve of their uniforms for a four-game series in Toronto.
- Ohio State, Oklahoma at Odds Over Block 'O' Trademark
by Max Filby September 2018
Ohio State filed a motion Aug. 29 opposing the University of Oklahoma's attempt to trademark the block "O," according to records submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
- NFL Opens Door to Casino Advertising
by Alexandra Steigrad September 2018
Several NFL team owners have recently persuaded the league to reverse its longstanding ban against casino advertising, according to several reports.
- How the Club Market Continues to Change
by Rob Bishop August 2018
A few weeks ago, I was talking with a friend who owns a small chain of very successful paint and wallpaper stores in my area. He said, "Even with all of the experience I've gained over the past 20 years, I'd never open an independent paint store in today's market." I was surprised by this comment, as I know he really loves what he does.