Posts Tagged ‘Brandon Carrish’

Public funding for stadiums, what to do what to do…

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

In the state of Minnesota a professional baseball team, the St. Paul Saints, is looking forward to developing a brand new stadium in the heart of St. Paul. Their recent stadium is about 30 years old with sewage, piping and many other issues that make it reasonable for a new stadium to be constructed.  Local high school and college sports teams use the old stadium to this day, so to have a new one built it would not only benefit for the St. Paul Saints, but for many other baseball teams in the St. Paul area. The new stadium is proposing a Bonding Bill of 27,000,000 dollars that will begin construction in 2014. If the bill gets passed, it is said that the stadium will create up to 21,000 jobs, positive change for the entire neighborhood as well as local shops and stores in the area, and it will build on the economic vitality of the city. Previous invests such as the light rail and the union depot has produced positive change and if the city were to invest in the bonding bill, it would establish the cities vibrant and viral attributes. All this money would be generated by tax payer money and the governor as well as  the St. Paul commerce of city agree that it will produce a positive change with their city.

This discussion is related to our class because it deals with financial situations in us pro sport. 213 billion dollars is generated annually in the sport industry and we know that sports play a big part in public spending. The problems that are generated in sport are in small and large markets. With this being in St. Paul, it deals with a small market that needs something to spark up the sport industry. Once this new stadium is built it will generate more attendance at games, more media coverage resulting in a larger profit. The video that I am attaching to this blog explains the topic I am discussing, how and why it will improve the overall cities well being.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZxOabI3cc8

Golf, the hardest sport to play, the hardest sport to watch

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

I believe that golf is the most challenging sport to play and one of the most exciting, but others would disagree. People say golf is too slow and too boring to follow, but the PGA has created new ways of making golf entertaining for all ages. In my article, “The Golf world is stepping up its digital game” talks about how they are making golf more exciting and more attracting to sports fans. As some may have noticed, the pga and sponsers of the pga are releasing new and improved outfits that are veering away from the traditional golf wear. One of the main examples of this is Ricky Fowler, he is always sporting bright, vibrient colors on every tour which is catching the eye of young golf fans. With this new line of gear, it has, in my eyes, made golf more attracting and exciting to watch. Golfers are now starting to look like other athletes such as football and basketball players where they focus alot on their image, which in return has  more fans following athlettes on instagram and twitter.

Another tactic that the PGA has established through social media is how humorous and outgoing these athletes can be. It is portrayed on television through the PGA tour that these professional golfers are no fun games, its all serious business, but through twitter and instragram these golfers are showing a different side of their life. There are examples of Ricky Fowler, Bubba Watson and Rory Mcllroy showing the golf community that their personalities are more than just a serious golf face. These athletes are posting videos on a average day at the golf course with there buddies having a good time and shootin the shit, which is exactly what golf fans love to see.

Golfers are also posting tweets, videos and instragraming on how they give back to the community as well. Jason Dufner is a prime example due to his participation in charity events and contributions in community service. All of these tatics have improved the attendance at golf majors and has revealed to the sports community that professional golfers are just as exciting and entertaining as any other professional athlete.

The video that i posted relates to my topic because it shows that golf is more than just a serious game, there is humor involved in golf, and it is ok to joke and have fun of the golf course, which should make people want to play golf more and want to watch the GPA more often. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbxIAeu83Z8

so so so Sochi 2014 Olympics

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The Sochi organizing committee for the Olympic and Paralympic games have outlined seven key objectives for the games coming up this winter. Those objectives are vision, strategic aim, legacy, the Russian diamond, brand, sustainable development and the Olympic games impact. As i looked into the sustainable development section the committee focused in on six areas,1) a healthy life style,2) harmony with nature,3) barrier free environment,4) modern technologies,5) economic prosperity and 6) culture/ national values.

I believe the In Harmony With Nature section will definitely be achievable because the world is finally recognizing that we are effecting the environment daily with all the pollution and harmful chemicals we are putting into the air. The committee is adopting the nature and environmental management approach which will allow them to have a better understanding on how to manage the harmony with nature. Our ability to construct and build structures  that are environmentally friendly/efficient has improved tremendously in the past decade, which means that the buildings and stadiums for the Olympics will definitely represent that.

Modern technologies is another section of sustainability which i believe the committee will achieve. We all know our world is about using technology to better ourselves, and with the technology we have today, its very easy to use and implement it in any situation. With the use of innovative technology we can enhance our logistics, communication skills within the Olympics, transportation for spectators and it creates a higher education in sports management.

Now there are two elements of the sustainability development that i do not agree with and do not see the committee achieving. The first is a healthy lifestyle, at every sporting event and even the Olympics there is going to be unhealthy food and lots and lots of alcohol being distributed. No matter what sport or event it is, there will be spectators getting wasted and you cant tell someone to not drink alcohol when it is being offered to them. They also mention they will help to stop smoking, but you cant take away someones right to smoke in a public area, there is and always will be smokers and alcoholics.

Last but not least the culture/ national values will be another tough sustainable environment to achieve. here is one quote that i read in the Huffington post, “Russian President Vladimir Putin in June signed off on a law that bans the dissemination of so-called “gay propaganda” to minors which activists fear could be used for a broad crackdown on gays.” They also stated in the article that any participate disseminating “gay propaganda” will be fined or arrested. “Gay propaganda” is along the lines of wearing the rainbow stripes of the gay rights movement or even as simple as telling miners its normal to be gay. With these statements its pretty clear that cultural and national values are not being supported at the Olympics and there for it will be hard for them to achieve that sustainability.

The video that i am uploading relates to the end of my blog because once Russia realized how politically wrong and incorrect they were, rules had to change and the gay rights movement won the battle.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v41NN2IyQ2c

Everybody wants money

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

First we have to recognize the ethical issue which is, Sondra does not have the funds to afford baseball for her two children, the fee is $75 per child and the director of the rec center will not help Sondra financially.  Even though the league offers a $25 discount for families with multiple children playing in the sport, the rec center had recent budget cuts and there for were not willing to help. Sondra was  also told that sport participation is a privilege not a right.

There are a few alternatives that could possibly work if the rec center is willing to change there policy on financial aid. My first alternative would be house holds that have single parents and multiple children entering into a sport, the fee should be two for the price of one, so it should only be $75 for two kids, that rule will only apply for single parents. Another alternative i have thought of is allowing parents to make small payments at the beginning of each month until the full amount is covered. That way single parents such as Sondra do not have to pay for the entire fee up front, she has time to make the money and in return her children are able to participate in sports.

Both of these alternatives would have to be voted for by the rec center and then tested once the season has started. If parents are given multiple payments at the beginning of each month, and they are all making their payments on time, then it should be a option for those that are single parents with multiple children. On the other hand, if the rec center is seeing a major decline in profit due to the alternative, two for the price of one, that might not be the best option for the rec center. I believe if this rec center is willing to work with these alternatives, there will be more parents that are able to pay for their children to play, and in return more money will be flowing in. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDNFNTyaFzs[/youtube]