• City Officials Cut the Lights on Youth Baseball Game

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    The Pasadena Pony Baseball League’s first game of the season for youth players aged 13-14 was put on hold Monday when the city’s parks director instructed workers to turn out the lights at Gardner Field.

  • Ex-NFL Agent Pleads Guilty to Athlete Inducement

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    Monday afternoon, a list of three-year-old felony charges were resolved when former NFL agent Terry Watson pleaded guilty to violating North Carolina’s sports agent law. An initial investigation was launched in 2010 by the office of the Secretary of State, following up on an NCAA probe into the UNC football program.

  • Former Purdue AD: College Athletes Get Enough Benefits

    by Steve Berkowitz April 2017

    Recently retired Purdue AD Morgan Burke has an answer for those who believe athletes in the most prominent college sports should receive greater benefits than those currently allowed by the NCAA: No.

  • Iowa's Treatment of Gay Administrator on Trial Today

    by Paul Steinbach April 2017

    Former University of Iowa senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer, who claims the university discriminated against her because of her sexual orientation and her willingness to fight gender bias in the athletic department, gets her day in Polk County court today. In actuality, the trial — which will likely hear testimony from Iowa athletic director Gary Barta, board of regents president Bruce Rastetter, football coach Kirk Ferentz, and Big 12 Conference commissioner and former UI athletic director Bob Bowlsby — is expected to last weeks, with much of the college sports world focused on its outcome.

    Meyer saw her position at the university eliminated in September 9, 2016. According to the Associated Press, she claims it was the latest act of retaliation for her defense of Tracey Griesbaum, a field hockey coach who was fired in 2014 and with whom Meyer had a decade-long relationship. Griesbaum was fired after complaints over harsh treatment of her players. Meyer, Iowa's senior women's administrator at the time, chastised Barta, who announced before the end of that year that Meyer would be transferred outside the athletic department, claiming that her insubordination made it impossible to run the department. He also claimed that Meyer hadn't disclosed her relationship with Griesbaum, and that it represented a conflict of interest.

    Meyer's lawyers counter that she was transferred a day after she handed Barta a memo about alleged department bias, including his termination of other lesbian coaches.

    Even before she was transferred, Barta created a position of deputy athletic director, which included some of Meyer's duties, and hired Gene Taylor at a salary of $245,000. At the time she was laid off, Meyer had spent 13 years at Iowa and was earning an annual salary of $176,617. Now 57, she argues the disparity amounts to an equal pay violation. 

  • Did Costly Contract Lead to New Mexico Coach's Firing?

    by Geoff Grammer April 2017

    Neal's contract, which was to run through the 2019-20 season, included a $1 million buyout and a requirement to pay him the rest of that contract year's base salary of $300,000 in any fiscal year the school retained him. The contract year started Saturday, which is why talks about his future, and angst among an increasingly frustrated fan base, grew so intense this week. Inside

  • USA Hockey, Women's National Team Avert Boycott

    by Kevin Allen and A.J. Perez March 2017

    Members of the U.S. women's national hockey team agreed to a four-year contract with USA Hockey on Tuesday night to avert a threatened boycott of the IIHF World Championship in Plymouth, Mich.

  • U.S. Women's Hockey Team May Boycott Over Pay

    by Kevin Allen, Christine Brennan and A.J. Perez March 2017

    The women's national hockey team threatened boycott of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships as they seek better wages and other support from USA Hockey.

  • CSU Investigation Details Coach's Abusive Behavior

    by Courtney Cameron February 2017

    Colorado State University has released a 90-page report detailing an investigation into the atmosphere among the men’s basketball team and administration under head coach Larry Eustachy.

  • NBA's D-League Renamed with Gatorade Sponsorship

    by Sam Amick February 2017

    The NBA on Tuesday will announce a renaming of its Development League, with the 'D-League' set to be known as the 'G-League' starting in the 2017-18 season because of a multiyear partnership with Gatorade.

  • Assault Case Triggers Court Arguments over Arbitration Clause

    by John Wolohan and Eric Centner January 2017

    Arbitration clauses are intended to keep parties bound by contract out of court by requiring that all contract disputes be settled by arbitration. The benefits of such clauses are that arbitration is usually much faster and cheaper, and the outcome is confidential, all of which has led to arbitration clauses creeping into more types of contracts — especially employment contracts. A good example from the sports and recreation industry of how the courts treat arbitration clauses is the case of Amateur Athletic Union v. Augustus Bray, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 7044.