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  • City Employee Indicted for Stealing More Than $400K

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    A former office manager for the Bloomington, Indiana parks and recreation department has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a wire fraud charge. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Judith Seigle allegedly stole more than $400,000 over a period of 13 years from the department. Seigle is the second city employee in less than a year that has been charged with taking money intended for use by the city. 

  • Dance Team Member Files Lawsuit After Hazing Incident

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    An Oregon high school, its school district, and its administration are under scrutiny after a student and former dance team member filed a lawsuit claiming her constitutional rights were violated.

    According to the lawsuit, the 14-year-old was blindfolded, harassed, humiliated, and abused by older members of the Lakeridge High School dance team, as well as other students from the school during hazing events. She was then told by various school officials to remain quiet about what took place. 

  • Winnipeg's CFL Stadium's Poor Design Leads to Lawsuit

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    Owners of Investors Group Field, home of the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers, are suing the architect and builder of the stadium for faulty design and construction and are seeking money to pay for extensive repairs at the stadium. 

  • Oregon Sexual Assault Case Highlights Bigger Issue

    by Michael Gaio March 2015

    Ugly details have emerged regarding an alleged sexual assault at the University of Oregon and the school’s handling of the lawsuit that followed.

  • New York High Schools Sue Over Eligibility Rule Change

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    A new rule regarding athletic eligibility at charter and private schools in upstate New York has caused nine schools to sue in order to overturn the rule. The rule states that students who transfer to a new school without changing residency would be ineligible to participate in sports at the school for a year. 

  • Court Rules Toronto YMCA Must Pay Property Taxes

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern February 2015

    On Wednesday, the Appeal Court in Toronto, Ont., ruled that the YMCA will have to pay property taxes on four buildings it leases in Toronto.

  • Pop Warner Football Blamed for Former Player’s Suicide

    by Michael Gaio February 2015

    Pop Warner youth football is being sued for $5 million following the suicide of 25-year-old Wisconsin man. The lawsuit, filed by the man’s mother, alleges her son suffered severe brain damage caused by playing youth football and that Pop Warner failed to warn players about, and protect them from, the dangers of head trauma.

  • Jury: Vanderbilt Rape Defendants Guilty on All Charges

    by Michael Gaio January 2015

    Two former Vanderbilt football players who once had promising futures are now convicted rapists. A Nashville jury found Brandon Vandenburg, 21, of Indio, Calif. and Cory Batey, 21, of Nashville guilty of a total of 16 felony charges after raping an unconscious former student in a Vanderbilt dorm on June 23, 2013. Two other defendants, Brandon Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, who are also former Vanderbilt football players, are also accused in the case. They are awaiting trial.

  • Former NCAA Chair Admits to Not Reading Freeh Report

    by Emily Attwood January 2015

    According to new court documents released this week, former NCAA executive committee chair and Oregon State president Ed Ray did not read the Freeh report before sanctioning Penn State’s football program. The report was the primary piece of evidence used by the NCAA to hand down sanctions. 

    RELATED: Did Emmert Deceive PSU Over Death Penalty Threat?

    The revelation comes from court documents filed as part of the Paterno lawsuit, Ray admitted to only reading the executive summary and press accounts. From the documents:

    Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers: You reviewed the Freeh Report at or about the time it came out, I take it.

    Ray: Actually, it was -- I think I did not go through the detailed report until after the agreement was reached. Remember, the report came out on the 12th. I went to Hawaii on, I don't know, the 14th. So, I may have looked at the executive summary when it came out, and certainly read press accounts, but I don't believe I read or was able to download and get a copy of the full report until after I got back, which would have been around the time of the press conference [announcing the Consent Decree], or sometime shortly thereafter.

    Sollers: Did not have the Freeh Report sent out to you in Hawaii?

    Ray: No. No.

    Sollers: Do you recall when you got back--

    Ray: So let me be clear about that. When I went to Hawaii, I didn't even know that we were going to be having any conversations about the Freeh Report. So I had no sense that I needed to prep for anything.
    We went on either the 14th or the 15th, at this point I can't remember. And then we had this conference call on the 17th. So no, I didn't have the Freeh Report. 
    And then I came back on, I think the 19th or 20th, traveling from there, probably on the 20th, and then the 21st we had this phone call [approving the Consent Decree]. So I didn't have a lot of time to prep for anything.
     

    "These are extraordinary circumstances," Ray said at a news conference announcing the sanctions. "The executive committee has the authority to act on behalf of the entire association in extraordinary circumstances. And we have chosen to exercise that authority.

    The NCAA has been under increasing criticism as of late for its handling of the Sandusky scandal, especially with new information coming to light as part of the lawsuit filed against the NCAA by the Paterno family. 

    Read the entire Paterno lawsuit filing here. 

    The scrutiny has also prompted a meeting of the Penn State board of trustees to discuss joining a lawsuit filed by state senators set for trial next month. The board is meeting today (January 16) to discuss and vote on a resolution to join the suit, which alleges that the NCAA had no authority to hand down its punishments.

     

     

  • Oregon, Coach Sued Over Transfer's Assault History

    by Michael Gaio January 2015

    A University of Oregon student is suing the school and head basketball coach Dana Altman contending the school knowingly admitted a transfer student with a previous record of sexual assault. The student reported in March 2014 that she was raped by three Oregon basketball players.