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Recognizing weather risks at sports venues: why it's important - Washington Post (blog)

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Washington Post (blog) Recognizing weather risks at sports venues: why it's important Washington Post (blog) In the midst of a riveting game at a packed stadium, a weather disruption is often the last thing on attendees' minds and the last thing...

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Monique Tester's curator insight, April 27, 2014 5:47 AM

Check out the lightning after warning and then as you continue reading a tornado takes effect in the beginning of a basketball game. Talk about taking a hit at the box office.

Brandon Hockenbarger's curator insight, April 26, 2015 12:36 AM

This video show a great scenario of what can happen if the person in charge of an event doesn't take action with bad weather.

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E-pulltab haul for new Vikings stadium is zero in first year - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Dave Stokes of St. Paul played an electronic pulltab game at Skinner's Pub in St. Paul.
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Philly’s Bloggers, Strippers Taxed While Comcast Given Tens of Millions in Gov’t. Handouts | Stop the Cap!

Philly’s Bloggers, Strippers Taxed While Comcast Given Tens of Millions in Gov’t. Handouts | Stop the Cap! | Sports Facility Management 4435010 | Scoop.it

This week, Philadelphia residents are pondering why the city is hounding entrepreneurs and middle class, at-home workers with new taxes and fees while the nation’s largest and richest cable company, Comcast, is receiving enormous tax breaks and government handouts.

 

Welcome to the United Corporations of America, where taxpayers front at least $80 billion in corporate welfare handouts, according to the New York Times. Comcast is the fourth biggest recipient of corporate welfare in Pennsylvania, dwarfed only by a giant oil company and two Hollywood studios that have learned how to cash in by filming movies inside the Keystone State.

 

The average Pennsylvanian contributes $381 in taxes per year that gets diverted to multi-billion dollar corporations. At least 18 cents of every dollar in the state budget is now spent on corporate welfare programs.

 

The budget busting handouts have continued without interruption, even during The Great Recession. Elected officials believe the only way to keep big business from picking up and moving to another city or state is to keep making them offers they cannot afford to refuse. But local taxpayers can’t afford to make up the difference. While the economy was melting down from 2008-2010, Philadelphia-based Comcast scored $18 million in tax abatements, credits, and other government handouts.

 

At the same time, local officials faced with upside down city budgets enacted controversial new taxes and business fees on some of the city’s smallest businesses, ranging from bloggers, freelance writers, to independent contractors and consultants.

 

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The subject may not directly deal with sports facility management; however, the article talks a great deal about the tax abatements and subsidies a community faces with a new stadium.

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Sports Warriors to SF Oakland-aposs Mayor Wants to Block Shot.

The Golden State Warriors is the latest sports franchise considering a move out of Oakland. NBC Bay Area-aposs Cheryl Hurd reports from the east bay.
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Silver lays out why Milwaukee is vital to NBA as arena talk swirls - CBSSports.com

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ChicagoNow Silver lays out why Milwaukee is vital to NBA as arena talk swirls CBSSports.com The interview comes days after a report indicated Silver told sponsors at a private event that Milwaukee "needs" to build a new arena to replace the Bradley...
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Miami New Times: 'Miami Marlins Keep Lying About Stadium'

Miami New Times: 'Miami Marlins Keep Lying About Stadium' | Sports Facility Management 4435010 | Scoop.it

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It's the bottom of the ninth, and as usual the Marlins are about to lose. Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel zips a fastball past a befuddled Miami hitter, notching another strike on the way to a 3-0 Braves shutout.

 

Just outside the center-field bathrooms, Steve Corbin clutches a Jose Reyes bobblehead to his chest, squints at the field, and shakes his head in disgust. The bald fan in a Marlins T-shirt has rooted for the Fish since the team opened up shop in Miami Gardens in 1993. This year, he's had time to see a dozen games at the team's gleaming new Little Havana stadium.

 

"The ballpark is great," Corbin says. Then he sighs heavily. "I just wish they hadn't completely screwed over taxpayers to build this thing."

 

Before the park opened, Miami New Times counted down the six biggest lies the team's owners told to sell what we predicted would be the "worst deal for taxpayers of any stadium in America." Those falsehoods included absurd promises that the stadium would revitalize Little Havana, bogus pledges that fans would flock to games, and laughable claims that the Marlins would go bankrupt without the deal.

 

Now, as the team's first season on NW Sixth Street draws to a close this week, it's time to look back and confidently declare: This stadium has been a fiasco for the ages...

 

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FAU to receive $12 million over 6 years to name football stadium after private prison company

FAU to receive $12 million over 6 years to name football stadium after private prison company | Sports Facility Management 4435010 | Scoop.it

UPDATE: FAU will receive $6 million over 12 years from The GEO Group for naming rights to the stadium. The facility will be re-named the GEO Group Stadium.

 

FAU was able to tap into one of its alumni and a former chairman of its board of trustees to end the nearly two-year attempt to secure naming rights for the new on-campus football stadium.

 

The group, which is headquartered in Boca Raton, operates a range of correctional and detention facilities, including maximum, medium and minimal security prisons, including the South Bay Correctional Facility. It is a provider of governmental services specializing in the management of correctional, detention and mental health residential treatment centers in North American, South Africa and the United Kingdom...

 

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david Plassmann's curator insight, August 21, 2013 8:35 PM

Great example of direct public subsidy.

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Gonzalez: Yankee Stadium parking garages owe city more than $42M in rent ... - New York Daily News

Gonzalez: Yankee Stadium parking garages owe city more than $42M in rent ... - New York Daily News | Sports Facility Management 4435010 | Scoop.it
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American disability rights activist Judith Heumann

American disability rights activist Judith Heumann joins The Morning Show to talk about creating inclusive environments, and the power if inclusive thinking.

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Dana Lescoe's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:53 AM

I think this would be great for employees to watch and undestand the ADA

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"Lead On" - Americans with Disabilities Act 23 years later

2013 American Association of People with Disabilities interns share their experiences of the ADA, as persons with a disability.
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New Tampa Bay Rays stadium financing ideas to be presented

New Tampa Bay Rays stadium financing ideas to be presented | Sports Facility Management 4435010 | Scoop.it

TAMPA, Fla. -- Almost two years after the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce dove head-first into the Rays' Stadium Saga, the influential group will release its findings today on "best practices" to fund a new Rays stadium.

 

The Tampa chamber teamed up with the St. Pete chamber for the study, dubbing their group of prominent business leaders the "Baseball Stadium Financing Caucus."

 

The group, which has been supportive of a new stadium in Tampa Bay without delving into preferred locations, has been meeting behind closed doors for the better part of the last 18 months.

 

Monday's press conference is likely to address the elephant in the room: location of a new stadium may not matter as much as finding a way to finance it.

 

While the timing of the announcement could be better - a recent firesale of talent by the Miami Marlins has cast public subsidies of stadiums in a negative light - the group is hoping its ideas can break the stadium stalemate the Rays and the region have been locked in for the last few years.

 

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Scott Chadwick's comment, June 26, 2016 11:44 PM
Although most people cant afford to build a billion dollar stadium. The money needs to come from somewhere I just don't agree with taking it from the tax payers. I know its difficult to get the money but I don't want to pay for it.
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The next Florida baseball stadium scheme: Tampa Rays unveil plan for new $577 million stadium (VIDEO)

The next Florida baseball stadium scheme: Tampa Rays unveil plan for new $577 million stadium (VIDEO) | Sports Facility Management 4435010 | Scoop.it

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St. Petersburg, Florida - Private developers pushing for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium in the Carillon Park area say the price tag for a new ballpark could range from $424-million to $577-million.

 

But the developers, during a public presentation on Friday, were not willing to talk about how a new park might be financed.

 

Below however are some options that will likely be considered:

 

Selling the Trop

 

The first source of revenue for a new stadium could come from what happens with the Rays current home, Tropicana Field. Some have estimated the city could net as much as $50-million by selling the land the Trop sits on...

 

State Help

 

Another source of revenue for building a new park could be state money. As with other Major League Baseball stadiums, state money may not be used directly for stadium construction, but to pay for infrastructure costs like roads and possibly parking lots.

 

Bed Tax

 

A third source could be extending the county's bed tax. "There would be the potential for up to 90% of 1 of the 5-pennies that's currently collected in bed tax. But that would only occur after 2015 when the Trop is paid off," said Visit St.Pete/Clearwater Executive Director D.T. Minich.

 

Based on the current bed tax, that could bring in $5-million a year for a new stadium...

 

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Traded Marlin Mark Buehrle: "Just like the fans in South Florida, I was lied to..."

Traded Marlin Mark Buehrle: "Just like the fans in South Florida, I was lied to..." | Sports Facility Management 4435010 | Scoop.it

2:21PM EST November 21. 2012 - The first of the Miami Marlins included in a 12-team blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays has broken the group's silence.

 

And Mark Buehrle minced no words about getting shipped to Canada one year after signing a four-year deal in Miami.

 

"Just like the fans in South Florida," Buehrle said in a joint statement released with his agent, Jeff Berry, "I was lied to on multiple occasions."

 

The trade caused backlash in the Miami area after taxpayers approved - and footed the bill for most of - a new $634 million stadium. One year after pouring resources into the club, the Marlins pulled back in dealing Buehrle, who was signed for $58 million, along with shortstop Jose Reyes and reliever Heath Bell.

 

Added Berry: "In an off-season of change and uncertainty, the overriding factor in Mark's signing with Miami was Ozzie Guillen and the level of comfort his presence provided Mark and his family. Throughout the recruiting process, the Marlins made repeated assurances about their long-term commitment to Mark and his family and their long-term commitment to building a winning tradition of Marlins baseball in the new stadium.

 

"This is unquestionably a business, and signing with the Marlins was a calculated risk. Mark held up his end of the bargain; unfortunately, the same can't be said of the Marlins."

 

Earlier this week, shortstop Jose Reyes' agent, Chris Leible, said his client was "shocked" by the trade and had been told "numerous times he wasn't going anywhere." Marlins GM Larry Beinfest said on a conference call this week that he gave Reyes and Co. no verbal assurances and if they were given, he was not "privy to them..."

 

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