The University of Alabama opened a new football-training center last February. Any professional team would be happy to have it. The amenities include a $9 million weight room, a hydrotherapy pool with a Club Med–style cascade of hot water and an anti-gravity treadmill that’s more NASA than Nautilus. Coach Nick Saban goes over the finer points of football with his team in a 212-seat theater with a multiplex-sized screen. After practice, players shoot pool or kick back on a leather couch with a video game, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.
College basketball and sports television mark a colorful milestone today: 30 years of coaches wearing Hawaiian shirts at a tournament in a tiny gym that helped turn ESPN into a 24-hour ratings and revenue machine.
Texas A&M University accepted an invitation to join the Southeastern Conference beginning in 2012, creating uncertainty over the future of the Big 12 Conference, which has lost three schools in the last year.