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Love What You Do and Feel That it Matters

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Lynne Andrew is an inspiration and an example of how hard work, building connections and following your passion can lead to a life you love.  She followed her passion for basketball through many states and not so temperate climates to pursue her dreams. My favorite quote from Lynne is:

Love what you do and feel that it matters

She followed her love of basketball to a different country being awarded a scholarship in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota.  She was even able to travel to Germany to play basketball, not knowing the language did not stop her from following her passion!  After finishing her degree in Physical Education at Montana State University, she ventured back to Devil’s Lake, North Dakota to be an assistant coach wanting to teach her skills and pass it on to others.  She kept her goal of being head coach in mind as she took a position as second assistant coach to a Division I school in Utah and moved to Idaho State to complete a Master’s in Athletic Administration before moving to Fairbanks, Alaska to gain more experience.

Her goal had changed and she wanted to continue to gain more experience in the administrative area of athletics and found that she enjoyed the experience she was gaining in compliance.  She applied for a position as Head Coach for Fort Lewis College after spending 5 years in Alaska and has been an asset to the college ever since.  She wears many hats in her position including: coordinating sporting events, budgeting, mentoring “at risk” student-athletes and making sure the college is complying with the many rules for all sports.

What I have taken away from what she shared with us is that it is important to keep your goals in mind, do not be afraid to speak up, effectively learn how to manage your time, take time to build connections with people even if you are busy and put your heart into your work because no task is too mundane even if it is pulling out bleachers for an event.

I want to apply this to my life by not losing sight of my goal to teach yoga and eventually open a studio.  After interviewing the co-owners of YogaDurango this seemed like an insurmountable feat, but I think that if I put my heart into it, continue to build connections in yoga and take opportunities to learn even the mundane aspects of business it will be achievable.

Thank you Lynne for sharing your words of wisdom.

For the love of the sports

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

I feel that Lynne Andrews is a prime example of giving back to the sport she loves, which is basketball. However, she is also giving the love back to all the sports that she administers. She made the transition from basketball player to a teacher and eventually an associate athletic director. Not a lot of people have so much enthusiasm for the job, but after listening to Lynne, I have an interest in sports administration or management.

So after the lecture, I begin having an interest in being an athletic director or a sports agent. I did not play college basketball, but I played in high school. I never a stray from the sports side, that is why I pursue a degree in exercise science.

Athletic director


I love what I do for Fort Lewis College.

I love this quote that Lynne use, because I want to have that love for my job.

I’m glad that I got to hear about her job and explaining how she progress through hard work.


For the love of the game

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

If I could sum up Lynn Andrew’s speech in one word, it would be Passion.

Our Administration program in Exercise Science class was fortunate enough to have Lynn Andrew, the Associate Athletic Director at Fort Lewis College come speak to us on behalf of her career path.

Being a student athlete, I throw up a wave, a “hey how are ya”, and a smile whenever I see Lynn-usually on the daily.  But in reality, I didn’t know a whole lot about her.  The hour we were able to meet, it was evident she is full of drive, energy, determination and connections.  After today not only can I say I know a load more about Lynn, but gained the upmost respect for everything she does for us as student athletes.  From event management on game days to scholarships to team budgets, she does it all.

We all gotta start somewhere, for Lynn it was with a dream and one that she felt strongly about at a young age. A few of us are blessed with a passion like that at such a young age.  And even fewer of us are able to stick to it to achieve what they want and deserve.  In college she was a very successful college basketball player which lead her to play in the professional league in Germany.

Hall of fame. Nuff said.

Many people would hang up their hats there but that just drove Lynn farther.  (Have I mentioned passion?).  After her playing days she went back to the states and coached women basketball teams from University of North Dakota, all the way to University of Alaska Fairbanks.

During her coaching days she went back and got her master of Science-Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.

To say we are lucky to have her now at Fort Lewis College is an understatement. This quote hangs in her office as a daily reminder:

Love what you do, feel what matters.

One point she drilled into our heads (and is also clear throughout her career so far) is it’s all about who you know. Majority of her opportunities, from coaching jobs to playing, came from connections. Along with connections, it’s about how hard you work. She said, “you never know who’s watching-always work hard.” Even if it won’t get the credit it deserves, it matters.

The sky is the limit. Lynn’s “pre-game pump up talk” has me ready and excited for my future career endeavors!

Thank you Lynn Andrew!

Peace and blessings,


Vi-queens new castle

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The memories from the Minnesota Vikings Metrodome reign back all the way to 1982. It holds many more historical moments beyond the Vikings football games. From monster truck events to Kirby Puckett’s game winning home run to win the 1991 world series, the Metrodome earned its nickname as Minnesota’s “rec room.”

 Early Sunday morning on December 12th 2010, the Metrodome collapsed after a snowstorm dumped nearly 20 inches of snow on Minneapolis.

Mn metrodome collapse


“We’ve worked particularly close with the Vikings over the last two or three years on plans and designs and steps and obviously it can’t help but call attention to the fact that the facility is 28 years old,” Terwilliger said. “It’s one of the oldest facilities in the NFL. There’s a problem when we run this risk of not being able to play a game, because it’s a huge economic hit to the team. But the policymakers will handle these issues.”

This 2013 season for the Vikings will be the last seasons played at this location. The Mall of America Field (Metrodome) will be demolished and the team will be playing at the University of Minnesota’s football TCF Bank Stadium in 2014-2015.

The new stadium will seat approximately 65,000 fans, and can expand to 73,000 seats for a super bowl. 150 suits and up to 7,500 club seats. Compared to the Metrodome, Viking Fans will have more restrooms, enhanced concessions, wider concourses, better accessibility for fans with disabilities, and more space for tailgating and pre-game activities.


  • The total project cost will be $975 million.
  • The Vikings have guaranteed 49% of the cost will be privately covered.
  • They will rely on NFL financing and private financing to cover the rest.
  • The rest, $498 million will be split between the City of Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota and will not include new taxes or have a negative impact on the State’s general fund.

“The City’s $150 million contribution will be paid by redirecting a portion of the current “Convention Center Taxes, while the State will issue appropriation bonds for $348 million. The appropriation bonds will be repaid through the modernization of State-authrorized charitable gaming that includes electronic pull-tabs and bingo.” (

new vikes stadiumHere is a potential design idea for the future stadium.

Vikings remaining six games, Minnesota will be done with Metrodome in just 34 more days.

Peace & Blessings,

-Al & Ab

why pay so much for new stadiums

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Economic impacts of sporting events and facilities bring to light the idea of growth of sport industries. Not all impacts are good. According to the text by Paul M Pederson, Janet B Parks, Jerome Quarterman and Lucie Thibault, experts disagree about the potential of sporting events and facilities to generate such economic growth and activity.

Economists have long known stadiums to be poor public investments. Most of the jobs created by stadium-building projects are either temporary, low-paying, or out-of-state contracting jobs, none of which contribute greatly to the local economy. Today the locals spend less money at sporting events simply because costs are too high. Economic impacts done to the local economy drastically reduces the real gain that is said to do in the first place. Not all facilities bring economic gain. According to the article by Aaron Gordon, “America Has a Stadium Problem” Despite every number suggesting they shouldn’t, American cities keep building sports stadiums funded with public money. Topics discussed by economists of Americas cities have also been, according to Gordan, drastically underestimating the true cost of these so called “projects”. They fail to consider public subsidies for land and infrastructure, the ongoing costs of operations, capital improvements, even upgrades such as new score boards.

the basis behind subsidies for sports stadiums is as follows: owner wants new stadium to make more money and increase the value of the franchise. Owner threatens to move team. Politicians save face by pretending they won’t offer millions of dollars in subsidies. Politicians eventually offer millions of dollars in subsidies and keep the team in the city. If there’s a justification for all this, it comes from the concept of a public good.


These acts for building new stadiums on taxpayers budgets are outrageous. The discussion in the text describes how certain key findings we can take away from theses outrageous spending done on behalf of the economy. A financial manager can take into consideration how much money the organization needs to meet the long term obligations of use of the organizations funds. To be thinking broader than selling tickets and merchandises to increase revenue, and rather thinking about other ways to increase revenue for the organization. This is all easier said then done, who knows what the future brings for these “brilliant”  organization financial managers.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

21 is the new old..

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The Atlanta Falcons’ came out with a plan back in April of 2013 to build a brand new $1 billion retractable-roof stadium by 2017 in downtown Atlanta.  After over two years of negotiations, the city’s economic development armed voted 8-1 in approving the issue of over $200 million in bonds from Atlanta city’s hotel-motel taxes to help with the funding of the new stadium.  Since the current Georgia Dome stadium was built only 21 years ago in 1992, this raised a lot of questions and concerns.  The questions are exemplified by something along the lines of why now, why is this necessary, the stadium just turned old enough to drink! Falcons owner says

We’re not simply swapping one stadium for another. We’re building a best-in-class facility that will help us attract new events and retain the Falcons.

The remaining money to support the costs of the stadium will come from other private funds as well as the Atlanta Falcons.

In another Q&A article found at: it is asked “Since this is an NFL stadium deal, how much blatant robbery of public money occurred here?” Following the response:

A bit, but that’s money long since stolen via the hotel tax, which by law must go towards ‘Promoting tourism, conventions, and trade shows.’ There are local costs to it, as there are with any tax, but the direct amount of money in theory is coming from tourism taxes levied on hapless conventioneers breezing through town.

When it comes to using public funding, it seems like something that is rather hard to swallow.  If after 21 years, the Falcons for some reason need a new stadium that is still relatively new, shouldn’t we be asking more questions?  It seems as though this hotel-motel tax could be used for a cause beneficial for more people as well as a better cause.  $200 million is no small fee, which yes, gives the new stadium a good step in the financial direction that they need but it could be better used for other things within Atlanta.  Using this $200 could be used towards education, construction in the city, or many other aspects that could be beneficial to many people around the city, rather than just the team and the people surrounding the sport.

LPGA harnesses social media’s benefits

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Before social media exploded into what it is now, (not that long ago) organizations of all kinds would hold expensive social events. This was the case for the LPGA. In order to bring more social attention, they utilized new social media sites. Twitter becametheir main avenue through the social media stream. Not only was holding Twitter events significantly cheaper, but it addressed a broader audience.

Twitter was not the end of it though. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Foursquare were great mediums of communication for the LPGA as well. These sits greatly promoted fan involvement by using social contests with prizes,

Fans were instructed to post pictures to their Instagram accounts and use the hashtag #LPGASeeWhywhere the best one will win a prize.

Thanks to social media sites, a tidal wave of public opinion and interest hit the LPGA tour and they don’t plan to stop there.

Their “social event of the season” was the icing on the cake for LPGA’s emphasis on innovative social media practices this year. If you recall, they were the first league to put player’s Twitter handle on their caddies bibs in June during the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

Now most of the golfers in the LPGA have Twitter accounts that are easily accessed.

Their goal is to spark interest in the the majors and have them take the Twitter route as well. Perhaps they could have contests between organizations to hype fans into participation. This could improve awareness and interest to the mainstream media.






New Media for a New Arena

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

New Media is on the rise, the internet is now more accessible and available and many companies and organizations are eager to reach a broader public through social media participation. This channel of communication allows for quicker diffusion of information between fans and organizations. It also allows for fans to create there own content with pictures and videos. Nearly all leagues and teams in all sorts of sports are already participating in social media. So much so that even sports journalists cannot be credible without a twitter account. Since the internet is not limited to local markets marketing through these sites is essential for any business in the sports market.

New media has become commonplace in many homes and offices but not so much in the arena setting. New part owner of the Sacramento kings Andrew Miller has plans to change that. the former Apple executive in charge of the Iad department is now head of the technology committee for the Sacramento Kings arena set to open in 2016.  Miller plans on upgrading the wifi in the arena and possibly implementing hands free tablets in the back of seats where fans can post on the jumbo tron, search stats, and order food from their seats. The folling link provides an interview with andrew miller.

Kings New Arena