• Understanding Fitness Center Contracts

    by Marla Matzer Rose January 2017

    Complaints about fitness-center contracts are prevalent. About 170 people a year report them to the Ohio attorney general's office. The Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio reports receiving 271 fitness-center complaints in the past three years.

  • Wilson's Dismissal Could Prove Costly for Indiana

    by Randy Beard December 2016

    We may never learn just how much of a misstep Kevin Wilson made as Indiana University's head football coach, but it was clearly egregious enough to athletic director Fred Glass for him to decide a line had been crossed from which there was no turning back.

  • Wilson Out at Indiana After Player Mistreatment Claims

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    Athletic director Fred Glass of Indiana University announced in a press conference Thursday that six-year Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson has resigned.

  • Assault Case Triggers Court Arguments over Arbitration Clause

    by John Wolohan and Eric Centner December 2016

    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.

  • Audit Examines Utah's Athletics Spending

    by Dennis Romboy November 2016

    University of Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak has yet to pay the $80,000 cancellation fee he vowed to personally cover for breaking a contract to play BYU this year, according to a legislative audit released Tuesday. Instead, the university paid the fee and the coach will repay the money in four installments over four years. Krystkowiak made the first $20,000 payment from his Kyrstko Foundation, but auditors say they were unable to independently confirm if he used personal or donated funds.

  • Long-Tenured NFL Coaches May Be on Hot Seat

    by Tom Pelissero November 2016

    Mike Tomlin's star quarterback discussed another loss Sunday by repeatedly raising issues of discipline and accountability.

  • Ex-SDSU Women’s Coach Wins Wrongful Termination Suit

    by Courtney Cameron September 2016

    After a three-year legal battle and four weeks on trial, former San Diego State women’s basketball coach Beth Burns was awarded $1.35 million for past and future economic losses and $2 million for punitive damages by the San Diego Superior Court for wrongful termination.

  • Gross Negligence, Waiver Validity at Issue in Treadmill Injury Case

    by John Wolohan February 2016

    This article appeared in the January/February issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • St. Louis Season Ticket Holders Sue Rams for $50M

    by Jason Scott February 2016

    A month after NFL owners approved Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plan to relocate the team to Los Angeles, jilted fans in St. Louis are calling for their money back.

  • Judge Rules Against Parks and Rec Employees in Lawsuit

    by Emily Attwood August 2015

    A Shawnee County, Kan., judge has ruled in favor of the city of Topeka in a lawsuit filed by 10 former parks and recreation employees. The lawsuit was filed in May 2012 by the 10 employees following the merger of the city’s parks and recreation department with the county of Shawnee’s parks and recreation department. The case was brought before Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca W. Crotty in April and a verdict issued last week.