• Wages, 'Jiggle Test' Cited in Bills Cheerleader Suit

    by Paul Steinbach April 2014

    Perhaps following the lead of their counterparts in Cincinnati and Oakland, five former members of the Buffalo Bills cheerleading squad, known as the Jills, have sued the team, as well as the Jills' current and former management companies.

  • Mankato Reverse: Team Will Play for Reinstated Coach

    by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder, USA TODAY Sports April 2014

    The boycott is over. A day after refusing to practice to protest a coaching change, the Minnesota State-Mankato football players have agreed to accept Todd Hoffner's return as head coach.

  • Mankato Football Coach Returns, Players Boycott Practice

    by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder, USA TODAY Sports April 2014

    At 3:29 p.m. CT Wednesday, Todd Hoffner walked onto the football practice field at Minnesota State Mankato for the first time since August 2012. Hoffner was accompanied by athletics director Kevin Buisman.

  • Bills' Lease Makes Moving Team All But Cost-Prohibitive

    by Super User April 2014

    Far-fetched as that may seem, legal experts say the provisions of the Bills' 10-year lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium and an accompanying non-relocation agreement are so tough that a new owner who wants to move the team would likely be in for a rough encounter with the law.

  • Former AD Explains Lengthy Contract of Fired Coach

    by Arena notes, Staff reports March 2014

    Former WSU A.D. Sterk explains why he gave Bone 7-year contract Ken Bone may have been dismissed as the men's basketball coach at Washington State last week, but the school still owes Bone the $1.7 million remaining on the final two years of his contract. That is because former WSU athletic director Jim Sterk signed Bone to an atypically long, seven-year contract in April 2009. Furthermore, the contract was fully guaranteed, meaning that in the event the coach was fired he would continue to be paid as if he hadn't been dismissed.

  • Prep AD Suspended, Locks Changed, Investigation On

    by Shaun Sutner March 2014

    School district officials have launched an investigation into Leominster High School Athletic Director Chris Young after Superintendent James P. Jolicoeur suspended Mr. Young with pay Friday.

  • UT Report: Band Director Had Pattern of Insubordination

    by Megan Boehnke March 2014

    In the two years before Gary Sousa was suspended as University of Tennessee band director, he largely stopped talking to anyone in the athletics department, maintained a computer file called “Athletics Battle 2013,” and appeared threatened by the idea of reporting to the director of the School of Music.

  • Wage Issues Halt UConn Facility Construction

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    Construction of the University of Connecticut's new $33 million basketball practice facility has been put on hold due to illegal payments to workers by two of the construction companies working on the project.

  • Risk Management Audit at Heart of Rope-Climbing Lawsuit

    by John T. Wolohan January 2014

    In the sports and recreation industry, it is common to hire outside consultants to conduct risk management audits. Typically, these audits involve a site visit to inspect the facility, observe some of the activities or programs taking place in the facility, and interview members and employees of the organization. A review of the organization's policies, procedures and insurance coverage is also conducted. At the end of the visit, a written report — which usually includes a series of recommendations on how the organization can reduce its risks and legal exposure — is provided.

  • Sports Venues Facing More Legal Battles Over Captioning

    by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio, J.D. December 2013

    In September, the National Association for the Deaf filed a lawsuit against the University of Maryland College Park under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for its "long-standing and continuing failure to provide captioning of announcements and commentary made over the public address systems during athletic events at Byrd Stadium and the Comcast Center." Specifically, the plaintiffs seek court-ordered display captioning on Jumbotrons and scoreboards for announcements made over the PA system.