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Report: Staley Resigns as Sports Executive in Tuscaloosa

20 Feb, 2014


According to a news report, Don Staley, a champion of the effort to bring football's Super 6 Championships to Tuscaloosa, has resigned from the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission.

In the article published by the Tuscaloosa News, Staley did not offer details of his resignation but did say that he had another job.

According to the article,

In the past few years, Staley was a leading advocate of a proposal to add more football, soccer and baseball fields and other amenities at Munny Sokol and Bowers parks in an effort to attract more sporting tournaments and their tourism dollars to the Tuscaloosa area. The parks improvement proposal at one time exceeded $20 million in improvements.

The parks are jointly funded by the city of Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa County. City officials generally favored adding new sports fields, but county officials generally wanted recreation funds spent throughout the county. Late last year, the city and county finally agreed to spend $7.5 million to upgrade existing facilities at the two parks but not build additional fields or facilities.

Asked Tuesday if the decision not to add more sporting facilities was a factor in his resignation, Staley said that was a difficult question to answer but then said there was a possibility that he would not have considered the job opportunity if the sporting fields expansion had been approved.

The entire article is available online here

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