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Canadian Superstarr

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Today Lynne Andrew gave us insight regarding her career accomplishments. Lynne is a very successful woman as seen in her biography here, http://www.goskyhawks.com/staff.aspx?staff=35 .While basketball had been a sport Lynne was very involved in as a child and into her young adult stage, she continued on to be a coach in the sport she so dearly loved. After all of her crazy coaching experiences, she moved on to the administrative side of collegiate sport. Lynne stressed that the most important thing in jobs is to keep connections and do not burn any bridges. She also explained how connections are the reason she is where she is today.

Today I have learned all about Lynne’s career and there are many things I will take away from listening to her experiences. The first and most important thing I am going to do in order to be successful in my career is network and find connections as well as maintain good relationships with others. I will also work hard for my program, not to be seen and awarded, but instead to make the program the best it can be.

Another thing I learned from Lynne that will be helpful for my future is that if there is a task to be done that nobody likes to do, then just do it. Just because you have a higher title then someone else doesn’t mean you do not share some of the responsibilities.

 

The last and most important thing I learned from Lynne that I can apply to my career is to love what you do. If you love what you do, you will be good at it and you will be happy with where you are at. For Lynne, it wasn’t about the money, it was about the students and their success and I want to follow in her footsteps because I agree %100.

 

Thank you Lynne

Who benefits the most from a stadium?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

No one can argue that America loves her sporting events. It is a natural tendency for humans to glorify athletics in some manner. The Roman Colosseum was very similar to the stadiums and arenas that we have today. Who should pay for these stadiums of ours though? Well the public is often the provider. Tax payers pay for a stadium that they might never go to, or ever support. This might seem fair to a fan of the said stadium’s team, but to someone who could care less this could be viewed as highly unfair.

http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/america-has-a-stadium-problem-62665/

All the while, American cities, counties, and states continue to struggle. Glendale, Arizona, may actually sell City Hall so they can afford to keep subsidizing a hockey team that few people actually pay to see.

Pacific Standard’s article illuminates several other issues concerning public funding of stadiums. The following link shows some exact costs of stadiums, as well as the percentage that the tax paying public contributed.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2010/05/cleveland_browns_1999_stadium/

The mainstream excuse for stadiums is that they create jobs. Well these jobs are limited, and not as glamorous as they make out to be. No one aspires to work at a concession stand. More private donors should take charge in building and upgrading stadiums. An economy that is already suffering enough shouldn’t have to pay for frivolous improvements that don’t have an impact on the majority of the city. I know sports are a huge part of the American tradition, but not at the expense of the public who receives no real benefit.

New stadium, another million dollars from the public

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

When professional sports industries plan to build new stadiums, where do they expect to get their funding from? From their own salaries or the public money? Well, of course from public financing, the people, the fans.

The Atlanta Braves, for example, plan to build a new stadium in Cobb County in which they will put into use in the 2017 season. This new stadium has reserved about 60 acres of land in order to build the new stadium, which will also include parking, land and infrastructure. This project is expected to cost about $672 million dollars; but where will this funding come from? As stated in the article “Braves plan to build new stadium in Cobb”, Derek Schiller says that the Braves will be a “significant investor” but not giving to how much money they will put in and that Cobb County will also be responsible to giving large amount of money as well, but the Braves will pay any cost over the set amount. This new stadium is expected to “enhance fan experience”; for this reason the new stadium will reach supposedly reach new heights.

The new stadium well get to a better fan experience for their fans than the Turner Field, but at what cost. If the reason to build the new stadium is to build and enhance the experience of their fans, why not upgrade the Turner Field? This will cost a little more than half of the new stadium. Instead of building the new stadium, where the reserved area can be used for other buildings needed in the county and may build new employments, the management of the Braves should find ways to upgrade the current field in a more economic way and keep the stadium to where many memories have been made. This way the public can use their finances in their own leisure or needed buildings for the area. Why give and fund more public money than a team that makes millions of dollars. The public should have a say into if they would want a new stadium, not just the home team.

http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/baseball/braves-plan-to-build-new-stadium-in-cobb/nbpNQ/

Can Detroit Support a New Arena

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Detroit, as we all know is in shambles, public institutions and services are falling apart, the art museum is being sold piece by piece and yet Detroit’s mayor, Rick Snyder, has approved the construction of a new Red Wings arena. This news comes shortly after the city declared bankruptcy. This $650 million stadium (half of which is public funds) will be the third publicly funded major stadium along with the Lion’s stadium and the Tiger’s stadium. Both built on the premise of investing in the future, Snyder is now promising the same. The problem is the first two were not only unsuccessful but they also exacerbated the the central issues Detroit is facing.In a city that can hardly afford to fund hospitals and schools how can it afford another stadium for a team that sucks (Avs Fan!):) This is just another case of billionaire team owners cutting line to public funding regardless of the public’s interests.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/175467/vultures-and-red-wings-billionaire-gets-new-sports-arena-bankrupt-detroit

Building new stadiums can sometimes be easier when times are hard, do to its unifying affect for the city. For example game attendance usually increases after a disaster or tragedy.  Whenever a new Major Sorts project is breaking ground we must ask ourselves was this what is best for the future of residents and fans or was it schemed up by corporate moguls who have politicians in their pockets.