RECENT ARTICLES
  • Intramural Coed Basketball Playing Rules Vary Greatly

    by Paul Steinbach January 2013

    Suppose for a moment that you're a recreational basketball player at Gonzaga University - and a woman.

  • Athletic Departments Apply Disney Principles to Game Day

    by Paul Steinbach January 2013

    A young boy attending an Arizona State University football game last fall slipped and skinned his knee. Nothing unusual about that, except for what happened next. An usher at Sun Devil Stadium flagged down Sparky, the ASU mascot, and introduced him to the child at a first-aid station. The costumed character promptly cleaned the wound, applied a bandage and escorted the boy to field level for a photo.

  • Parkour Is Finding a Foothold in United States

    by Emily Attwood December 2012

    Less than two minutes into the opening scene of 2006's "Casino Royale," James Bond is chasing a bad guy through a construction site in Madagascar, racing across beams high above the ground, climbing steel cables and leaping from cranes.

  • Stanford Professor Talks Sleep Deprivation Among Athletes

    by Paul Steinbach December 2012

    William Dement wakes up students who doze in his class (there's at least one every day) by targeting them with a squirt gun, often after classmates in a lecture hall of 300 have pointed the person out.

  • Blog: Why Do College Kids Whine About Swimming?

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor December 2012

    Given the excitement surrounding the Athletic Business Conference & Expo last week, you might have missed a front-page story in Thursday's Wall Street Journal about colleges and universities requiring students to either pass a swimming test or take a beginner's learn-to-swim class in order to graduate. Not everyone is a fan of the prerequisites. "I guess it's a noble skill to have," 21-year-old Jessica McSweeney, a senior Human Development major at Cornell University, told reporter Melissa Korn. "But I don't intend to be a water-going person."

  • UT Athletics Suspends Support of Campus Academics

    by Paul Steinbach November 2012

    Perhaps the clearest anecdotal evidence of the impact escalating coaching salaries is having on higher education at large comes to us from the University of Tennessee, which announced Tuesday that its athletic department will not subsidize academic initiatives on the Knoxville campus for at least the next three years. The reason? The athletic department needs to stabilize its own budget in the midst of a football coaching change.

  • NCAA Institutes Indexing System for 2012-13 Indoor Track and Field

    by Emily Attwood November 2012

    While the idea of building an outdoor competition track in any length other than 400 meters is preposterous, no one bats an eye at the variation in indoor track lengths.

  • Colleges Seek Third-Party Help in AD Searches

    by Paul Steinbach November 2012

    It has been dubbed the "Wonder Blunder." A botched concert promotion, in which the budget-weary University of Hawaii paid a $200,000 deposit for an on-campus Stevie Wonder concert that never happened

  • Women's College Drops Sports to Focus on Wellness

    by Paul Steinbach November 2012

    Citing the rising cost of sponsoring an intercollegiate athletics program, as well as concern over general students' health, Atlanta's Spelman College has decided to replace sports with a wellness program that serves the entire campus population.

  • Dieticians Push for Deregulation of Student-Athlete Feeding

    by Paul Steinbach September 2012

    Deregulation. Job creation. Putting food on the table. It may sound like tired election-year rhetoric, but these are issues foremost on the minds of members of the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dieticians Association.