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  • Cubs Sue 'Unofficial Mascot' Over YouTube Bar Brawl

    by The Associated Press July 2014

    The Chicago Cubs have filed a lawsuit against several people whom the team accuses of being behind a fake mascot that has been engaging in bad behavior near Wrigley Field, including getting into a bar fight that was captured on video and posted online.

  • School District Cancels Contract with Officials Provider

    by Adam Fisher and Scott Claire July 2014

    Collier County Public School District canceled its contract with the vendor that supplies sports officials Tuesday as controversy surrounds the private company’s finances.

  • Raiders, A's at Odds Over Coliseum's Future

    by Andrew Brandt, Athletic Business Intern July 2014

    The A's are inking a deal to remain in the O.co Coliseum for 10 years; the Raiders are making separate plans to tear it down and build a new stadium on the exact location. Forget Orange County — real California drama happens in Oakland.

  • AD Accused of Framing Coach Could Face Charges

    by James Yodice, Journal Staff Writer July 2014

    Tom Knauber's fate as a potential criminal defendant now rests in the hands of the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office. Albuquerque Public Schools has forwarded to the DA's Office its investigation into the former Sandia High School athletic director, who is accused of planting drug paraphernalia in the office of boys basketball coach Alvin Broussard. It will be up to the district attorney to decide whether criminal charges should be filed against Knauber. He was not fired by APS, which said last month it had only enough evidence to transfer him. Knauber has been moved to Volcano Vista High, where he will teach social studies.

  • Charleston Coach Accused of Verbal Abuse on Thin Ice

    by apmiller@postandcourier.com July 2014

    Doug Wojcik was on the verge of being fired as College of Charleston basketball coach Monday and still might lose his job for alleged verbal abuse of his players, The Post and Courier has learned. After meeting with current players for more than an hour Monday afternoon, athletic director Joe Hull told team members he was going to fire Wojcik. Hull was overruled by then-school President George Benson later in the day.

  • Coaches in Athletic Gear Kickback Scheme Seek Jobs

    by ELYSSE JAMES, STAFF WRITER May 2014

    Former Capistrano Unified School District high school coaches Charles "Chi Chi" Biehn, Brent Melbon and Eric Patton were fired in February 2012 after an investigation into accusations that they participated in a kickback scheme from 1993 to 2008 involving Lapes Athletic Team Sales in Laguna Hills.

  • 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.

  • 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.