Daily Archives: April 8, 2009

BK Tennis Academy to move, expand

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Brothers Kenny and Brent Fields are expanding their BK Tennis Academy and moving it from near Kellogg and Tyler to the Maize area. They expect to sign a deal for new space Thursday and will share more details then.

They’re also going to change the name of the academy, which they opened in 1992, to Wichita Tennis and Fitness.

“We just want to try to get back to what we used to do,” Kenny Fields says of training kids early to be tennis stars later.

“To do that, we just need to grow and get bigger,” he says.

Fields and his brother started playing tennis at about age 5 and went on to play at Wichita State University.

He says tennis players in surrounding states “are really beating us on a beginner level and getting their kids started earlier.”

The new facility will have six or possibly eight indoor courts and at least six outdoor ones. There also will be fitness equipment for students to use. It will also be available for parents who are waiting on their children during lessons.

Marneys sue Golf Warehouse

The Marney brothers have filed a lawsuit against their employer, the Golf Warehouse.

Mark, Mike and Rick Marney filed the suit, which alleges breach of contract and violation of the Kansas Wage Payment Act, this week in Sedgwick County District Court.

Mark Marney declined to comment on the case, and no one with Redcats USA, which owns the Golf Warehouse, immediately returned calls to comment.

The Marneys founded the Golf Warehouse in 1998. In 1999, they sold 70 percent of the company to IMG Sports Capital, which later sold the entire company to Sportsman’s Guide. In 2006, Redcats, which is owned by PPR, acquired the company.

The lawsuit states that the Marneys had employment agreements, including an annual bonus plan, that were amended and supplemented through the years. The Marneys allege that the Golf Warehouse breached those agreements.

Rick Marney is seeking to recover $62,500. Mark and Mike Marney are each seeking $502,875. They’re all also asking for interest, penalties and attorneys’ fees.

You don’t say

ā€œIā€™m still waiting on my thank you card.ā€
ā€” Tyler Patterson, former owner of the Intrust Bank Arena Web site, who saw the new site go live Tuesday and says it looks great

Go Wichita launches contest

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“The Wizard of Oz.”

“Cowboys and Indians.”

“Flat.”

These are some of the kinder perceptions leisure travelers made in survey conducted by Go Wichita, formerly known as the Greater Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Some of the not-so-kind remarks?

“First bathroom break on the way to Colorado.”

“As familiar as some town in the middle of Canada.”

“Unsophisticated.”

Tumbleweeds were a common theme, too.

Go Wichita and branding agency Sullivan Higdon & Sink are out to change those perceptions with a contest they started today.

The Search for Wichita Skeptics” encourages Wichita-area residents to nominate people from other places who have less-than-positive views of the city.

Nominations, which involve a bit of Mad-Libbing, will be accepted until April 22. Five finalists will be selected, and those will be narrowed to three winners (selected in online voting), who will win trips to — where else? — Wichita.