Jocks from the athletic teams of Georgia Tech worked the runway on Tuesday, showing off the school's new uniforms
and a fat $20 million contract with Atlanta-based Russell Athletic. Who said there's not money in college athletics?
The deal is for 10 years and could be worth more than $20 million. The previous contract was for five years and $3 million. In addition, Tech will serve as a laboratory for new styles, designs and materials for Russell.
But this new deal goes way beyond apparel. It is in step with the exploding value of apparel sponsorships in college athletics, such as the new 10-year, $46 million deal between UConn and Nike.
Image matters more now, and selling stuff with a logo spreads the word.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution coverage includes a photo gallery
of the new unis. READ MORE »
Plans are continuing for the First Annual Best Ball Tournament
from the Women’s Outdoor Network.
The golf event is set for Sept. 20 and benefits WON, Pets Are Loving Support and the Women’s Health Center. There’s still room and registration fees are discounted until Sept. 10. And yes, the lesbians gave assurances that the tournament is safe for gay men, too. READ MORE »
The Hotlanta Softball League
wants to fill its rosters for Fall Ball, its shorter and more relaxed season that opens on Sept. 21. To help, the league is holding several registration events this month, including Saturday at the Starbucks in Ansley Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday at Woofs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Our Fall Ball is nowhere near as large as the regular season,” says Art Davenport, HSL’s Open Division secretary. “Fall Ball is there for us to have fun and it is more social than our regular season because we interact more.”
The season typically draws up to eight teams and about 130 players. READ MORE »
The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club
hits the pitch for tomorrow for Rugby 101, its introductory session for newbies looking to learn the sport.
The event, which opens at 9 a.m. at Coan Middle School in Kirkwood, also serves as the unofficial start of the club’s fall season, which opens Sept. 13 on the road in Chattanooga. The club wants to build on the momentum of capturing a trophy
at the Bingham Cup in June.
“We’ve got a really solid core of players and we want to build on that,” says Bullet Manale, the club’s president. “Everyone is excited after Bingham and we had a really good year. We are taking the right steps to a year or two down the line to be competitive across the board.”
For a look at previous Rugby 101 sessions, read my past Southern Voice sports columns here
and here. READ MORE »
The Hotlanta Classic XVII
drew volleyball players from 14 teams to the courts of Emory University last month. A spread
in the Aug. 6 David magazine includes some of the photos I snapped at the event.
For even more, check out my photo gallery
from the event. READ MORE »
Elton John is bringing gay (Martina Navratilova) and sexy (Andy Roddick) when he comes to town in October for his Advanta World TeamTennis Smash Hits,
an event that raises money for his Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Tickets for the Oct. 12 event go on sale Saturday and range from $39.50 for general admission to between $70 and $100 for reserved seats. The charity event returns to metro Atlanta, John’s adopted home, for the first time since 2000.
It’s raised more than $8.5 million since its inception in 1993.
But to get a glimpse of sexy Roddick (photo), Navratilova, John or Billie Jean King, you’ll have to travel to Kennesaw State University, which is hosting the event. READ MORE »
An Olympic watching and recruitment event hosted by the Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance
has been canceled. The event, set for Sunday afternoon at Taco Mac on Peachtree, was put on hold after the group encountered problems in securing the venue. Stay tuned for an event sometime after Labor Day.
The coalition of nine gay and lesbian sports groups always draws a crowd for their events. The last one,
in March, packed Blake’s and helped add to the rosters of the groups. Check out the photo gallery from the March 2 event here. READ MORE »
Things are looking up -- at least a little -- for Piedmont Park.
The crown jewel of Atlanta's park system, it's been on near lockdown since January
for most organized spots competition and all large-scale festivals. The long-running drought prompted the tightening of restrictions.
But now comes word from the Piedmont Park Conservancy that its athletic fields are opening again for organized league play. That means the return of the Hotlanta Softball League
's Fall Ball, which opens Sept. 21, and the National Flag Football League of Atlanta
's fall season, which opens sometime after Labor Day. The soccer fields are again open, too, though the Hotlana Soccer Association
takes part in a league that plays its games in a facility near Spaghetti Junction. READ MORE »