Posts Tagged ‘MeganStriedel’

You get a stadium and you get stadium! Oh wait…

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Public funding for stadiums and arenas has seemed like a grand idea for cities for a long time, but is that really the case?

Since 2000, 28 new major league1 stadiums have been built costing over $9 billion dollars. More than half, over $5 billion, of the costs of the new stadiums were funded using public dollars

http://www.imakenews.com/cppa/e_article001083889.cfm?x=b11,0,w

I believe that publically funding stadiums is a good idea, it brings people of the city into the events and festivities. With this, finance generation is possible through more than one avenue, creating a multitude of ways for residents to get involved.

If a decision has been made to use tax payers money for a stadium, finance generation is possible through: (a) Government backed bonds (b) Excise duties (c) Personal seat licenses (d) State lotteries (e) Tourism taxes (f) Sales taxes (g) Ticket surcharges (h) General fund revenues, and, (i) Lodging taxes

http://www.moneyandsports.com/financing.htm

Bringing a sports team to a city and building the venues for those sport teams has been said to bring many benefits such as: increasing revenue, creating jobs, and benefiting the overall economy. When asking any residence of a city if they would like to have a major sports team reside in their city, few would say no, because of the “known” benefits and possibly personal satisfaction. What some people don’t realize it that the actual economic gain seen from publically funded stadiums is a shocking number, zero.

Milwaukee County did a report to determine the actual impact the city would see as a return on its significant investment of funding a new arena. A sports economist cited in the report stated that..

One should not anticipate that a team or a facility by itself will either  increase employment or raise per capita income in a metropolitan area

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/publicly-funded-sports-arenas-add-little-to-local-economy-report-says-cc9ehcj-201706591.html

Again, the proponents for a new arena often say construction of a new facility will create jobs;  that those who attend sports events generate new spending; that a sports  franchise attracts tourists and companies; and that the new spending produces a  so-called multiplier effect in terms of additional spending. What is actually happening is an economic term called the “substitution effect”.

The substitution effect basically explains that instead of residents spending their money on local restaurants or movie theatres, they are spending it at the sporting arena or sporting events. So in fact, there is no gain of revenue but rather putting that revenue in a different spot. This keeps the overall entertainment spending constant, with the overall effect being that a city might actually lose money.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/publicly-funded-sports-arenas-add-little-to-local-economy-report-says-cc9ehcj-201706591.html

There are many studies that contradict the typical thoughts of a sports stadium benefiting the local city. With the evidence that I’ve seen, I no longer believe that a new stadium would be best for most cities. The construction and possible final cost of the project could prove detrimental if the team or funding doesn’t work out. Of course there is always the argument of personal satisfaction though. Does building a new stadium or getting a major sports team benefit society in a way that isn’t measureable?

The quality of life argument is brought to light because people of a city might be uplifted or benefited in intangible ways that make the building of a new stadium worth it. This of course would be hard to measure academically because of its qualitative values, but I believe it’s worth a shot.

Overall, building a new stadium and getting a town involved in a new project would seem like a good idea, but unfortunately is not. The fiscal benefits aren’t there and the value of the city could quite possibly go down. I do believe the quality of life measurement is the next step to go before people completely rule out the idea of a new sporting venture.

 

Watch Beyonce while on the toilet? OK!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

You really have to go but don’t want to miss a second of the action in the super bowl, what do you do? CBS made it easier than ever to make sure that you would get the ultimate Super Bowl experience no matter where you watched the game. They decided to go viral by putting a live stream of the game, commercials, and half time show onto CBSSports.com. This means that through your laptop, tablet, or mobile device you can watch the game and more.

We have developed a deeply integrated second-screen environment that perfectly complements the television broadcast of the game, from the pre-game show to the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy.

http://sportsbusinessnow.com/cbs-looks-to-bring-super-bowl-second-screen-experience-to-next-level/

Along with the CBSSports.com live stream, they’ve made the experience different by adding features that the typical television viewer would not have access to. In this package included four different camera angles so the viewer could see the game from the typical full-field 50 yard line, or switch up to be able to evaluate the game as a coach and break down formations.  Not only were additional camera angles offered but viewers could go directly to their social media with the hash tag #CBSSuperBowl, where viewers could talk amongst one another about the ads that were just seen!

The biggest part of this stream was the amount of new viewers it brought in, even if all of them weren’t in it for the game.

CBSSports.com live stream of the matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens attracted three million unique viewers to the Super Bowl XLVII video player, up 43 percent from Super Bowl XLVI.

http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/0ap1000000136438/article/super-bowl-xlvii-live-stream-sets-viewership-records

With that statistic came others, viewers generated nearly 10 million live video streams, up more than 100 percent from 2012, resulting in a record 114.4 million minutes streamed, which was up 46 percent over 2012’s game.

http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/0ap1000000136438/article/super-bowl-xlvii-live-stream-sets-viewership-records

The CBSSports.com stream not only set records but it made a new avenue of media possible that can be carried out by other networks as well. With this experiment of CBS having become a hit, networks of this years Super Bowl are already planning streams of the game and half time show. Through a Facebook profile, three or more streams are already being advertised about for the 2014 Super Bowl.

https://www.facebook.com/superbowlXLVIII2014livestream

New media avenues is the biggest hit of information streaming and advertising. If organizations can find multiple ways of getting themselves out there, I feel they will without a doubt find more success in whatever endeavor they are trying to achieve. CBS started the revolution for big sporting events and advertising, I can’t wait to see what else companies will come up with.

 

 

So,chi? Or So, no? 2014 games could be in the dumps

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Sochi has set up a list of criteria to meet in order to not only be ready for the 2014 games but also produce a sustainable economy, environment, and social sphere after commencement of the games.

The project is not a standalone action/event but it has a mid-term/long-term planning horizon, the project contributes to create tools and assets that will work and have a long-term positive impact in the area of project implementation.

http://sochi2014.blob.core.windows.net/storage/games/strategy/development/award/Sustainability%20Award%20Brochure%202012.pdf

In terms of the projects they have set up to help with the sustainability plan, this includes objectives such as youth engagement, healthy living, and harmony with nature. Of these I feel the healthy living objective will prove to be the most sustainable. In this project Sochi has come up with a “Green Marathon” where people of all ages and fitness levels can compete, which promotes physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Along with running the marathons the event consists of trees being planted all along the trail to renew resources and keep the environment prospering.

The project enabled all participants, regardless of their age or fitness levels, to feel part of the Olympic Games and make their own personal contribution to the preservation of the natural heritage of Russia.

http://sochi2014.blob.core.windows.net/storage/games/strategy/development/award/Sustainability%20Award%20Brochure%202012.pdf

The part of Sochi’s sustainability plan that has shown to have controversy involves their Zero-Waste pledge for the building of and during the Games.  In October of 2013 some IOC members found that there was illegal dumping of concrete slabs and other waste in Akhshtyr, a landfill just north of Sochi. The illegal dumping in this region could cause water contamination to the host city, hence why it has caused so much concern. The local organizations recognized in this event were supposedly fined, says the Sochi committee and Russian organizers. With this I don’t believe that Sochi is being honest in their complete effort towards their sustainability plan.

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/ioc-members-urge-action-sochi-dump-report-20743588

One of Sochi’s sustainability projects that I find most interesting is their Beer Watch project. In this, they’re monitoring compliance with the rules of selling beer; it has been running throughout Russia since 2008.

The initiative seeks to limit the access of minors to alcohol, and involves retail outlets across the country displaying a special sticker sign, «Are you 18? Prove it!»

http://sochi2014.blob.core.windows.net/storage/games/strategy/development/award/Sustainability%20Award%20Brochure%202012.pdf

Part of the goal is to identify sellers who are not obeying the laws and get them out of the business. Those who do follow the rules are encouraged to sell <Beer Watch> souvenirs to encourage others to follow the rules as well. This project has involved over 160 tests of around 1800 retail outlets and dozens of violations were discovered. I think this project is not only healthy because of discouraging under age drinking but can be very sustainable past the 2014 Games. It has a simple goal with many ways to achieve that goal either by getting rid of those who don’t obey the law or simply having cameras to make sure all retailers card the buyers. With it’s simplicity, I believe sustainability will be achieved.

Sochi has done an excellent job to map out all of their goals of sustainability and discuss the ways they are trying to achieve those goals. Although some projects may need a second look or follow up to make sure Russian committees and Sochi are complying, I feel most of their projects are going according to plan and will be sustainable past the games in 2014.

One.Hundred.Billion.Dollars…to play sports?

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Sondra must pay at least 125 dollars for her two older children to be able to play baseball at their local recreational center. Although she isn’t in the best financial situation the recreational center will not give her any sort of assistance and it does not seem that her children will end up being able to play. Why should they not be able to play simply because they can not pay the fees? Is it ethically right to deprive children of the opportunity to play sport because their parents can’t afford it? I believe it’s not.

Youth sport has become a very expensive “opportunity” and is causing many people being put in a situation to choose one way or another.

http://www.cqnews.com.au/news/players-walk-over-fees-fee-rebate-incentive-to-vol/1290796/ 

This article shows examples of what people say about youth sport becoming too expensive such as:

“We had some people pull out of our team because they were already playing touch, which has got high fees as well, and they couldn’t justify paying both sets of fees.”

Although Sondra was offered some help because she had multiple children entering the program she was still unable to afford the fees and I believe that is not right, there are other options.

There are some recreational programs that now offer assistance such as scholarships for those who qualify. Fairfax County offers assistance for low income families who do not already receive help for sports.

The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services (CRS) provides registration fee scholarships and equipment voucher to help eligible youth participate in sports programs in Fairfax County. This scholarship program provides assistance to youths from low income families who are not currently being served by existing scholarship or fee waiver programs.

You can find this article and example of an application at:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec/team_sports/pdf/ysspform.pdf 

Children should all be given equal opportunity to play sports as it has many benefits such as leadership, teamwork, and commitment. No families should be turned away because of their financial situation.