I posted the first part of a recent Q&A with Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock yesterday.Here's Part II, dealing with, among other things, athletic department revenues, future building projects and improvements to the fan experience.Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.AB: How are football ticket sales going right now?WB: Very well. I haven’t gotten an update in a couple weeks, but with seven home games and Notre Dame and a slight price increase, it’s hitting our budget numbers and exceeding it. We feel good about it.AB: In terms of revenues next year, you’ve explained the $3.3 million shortfall in the last fiscal year as an accounting result. You earmarked the $4 million guarantee from the Battle at Bristol to be moved over to cover an expected deficit in scholarship funding, only for fundraising for that to exceed expectations, and it was too late to move the money back. How are those revenues and expenditures looking in the … [Read more...] about Whit Babcock Q&A, Part II: Athletic department revenues, future building projects and improvements to the fan experience
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Capitals giving Washington fans reason to believe as they take 2-0 lead vs. Lightning home The Capitals had never been to the Eastern Conference final in the Alex Ovechkin era, but strong performances by both stars and role players send them back to Washington with a 2-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Kevin Allen, USA TODAY Sports Published 12:12 a.m. ET May 14, 2018 | Updated 12:55 a.m. ET May 14, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE TAMPA — A running joke for Washington area sports fans for many years has been that every spring, in our … [Read more...] about Capitals giving Washington fans reason to believe as they take 2-0 lead vs. Lightning home
click to enlarge Jaime Monzon Art Villarreal, James Rivera and Robert "Bobdog" Catlin (left to right) perform with the South Texas Legion supergroup at TexPop's Metal Mayhem show. Guitarist Art Villarreal discovered just how big the legends of S.A.’s ’80s heavy metal scene loomed when Karion, one of his bands from that era, reunited a few years ago to play Germany’s Keep It True Festival. In the crowd of 3,000 metalheads, he spotted t-shirts for old-school Texas bands like Militia and S.A. Slayer, another of his old outfits. But the fans he met weren’t just familiar with the names of the bands he played in 30 years ago. They also traded their unreleased demo recordings on the Internet. “I had a Portuguese kid come up and ask what we had in the water down here,” Villarreal said. “He knew about bands from the late ’70s that I didn’t think anybody outside of here had ever heard of. He knew the demos I’d played on. We … [Read more...] about San Antonio Was Once the ‘Heavy Metal Capital of the World.’ Will It Ever Be Again?
LOS ANGELES Homeowners who spend more time talking about renovating their living room than doing anything about it soon will have one less reason to procrastinate. After a decade in storage, TLC’s “Trading Spaces” returns this weekend, hoping to ride the same wave that brought old favorites “Will & Grace,” “Full House” and “Roseanne” back onto the pop-culture landscape. Paige Davis, the show’s unsinkable host, said her social media following ballooned by 20 percent the day the reboot was announced. “It really felt like the right moment with this big sweep of nostalgia hitting the media,” said Nancy Daniels, who left her position as TLC president last month to become chief brand officer at Discovery Channel and Science Channel. “From the moment we announced it, people have been coming out of the woodwork with their favorite episodes and stories.” The network has fanned the flames by luring back … [Read more...] about ‘Trading Spaces’ is the latest TV show hoping to capitalize on the nostalgia wave
HAPPY FLAG DAY from Park City, Utah, where Mitt and Ann Romney are hosting a three-day E2 Summit (“Experts and Enthusiasts”) that has brought together 300 family members, advisers and donors for a weekend of outdoor fun and indoor wonkery. The program – staged by Solamere Capital, the Boston investment firm founded by Romney oldest son, Tagg -- includes a slew of audition sessions for 2016 possibles: Sen. Rand Paul, Chairman Paul Ryan, Mike Huckbabee and New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez held sessions yesterday. Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rob Portman spoke this morning. Romney says he invited Secretary Clinton, who had something else going on this week. But he did manage to lure one Democrat, former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer, an MSNBC contributor and 2016 hopeful. Schweitzer told ranching stories, called the audience “big shots,” and quipped: “I don’t have a vote in this room.” The lingering bitterness of 2012 poked through when … [Read more...] about ROMNEY NOSTALGIA WEEKEND: Backers gather in Utah, where he hits ‘the Obama-Biden-Hillary-Clinton foreign policy’ — PAT CUNNANE, JESSICA ALLEN promoted at White House — STENY HOYER is 75