Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
Report: HGH Use Among Teens Doubles to 11 Percent
by David Crary July 2014
Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey. In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 11 percent reported using synthetic HGH at least once - up from about 5 percent in the four preceding annual surveys. Teen use of steroids increased from 5 percent to 7 percent over the same period, the survey found. Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, depicted the numbers as alarming but not surprising, given the extensive online marketing of performance-enhancing substances and near-total lack of any drug testing for high school athletes. "It's what you get when you combine aggressive promotion from for-profit companies with a vulnerable target - kids who want a quick fix and don't care about health risk," Tygart said in an interview. "It's a very easy sell, unfortunately."
Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium to Offer Alcohol on New Patio
by Journal Gazette July 2014
With nearly 6,000 bleacher seats removed, the southzone at Ross-Ade Stadium is being turned into a patio area that will serve alcohol and food during games, Purdue announced Tuesday.
Lifeguards Smoked Marijuana While on Duty, City Says
by Dana Sauchelli , Jennifer Bain and Natalie O'Neill July 2014
A group of New York City baywatchers are charged with smoking pot on duty at Rockaway Beach on a rainy Fourth of July, police and parks officials said.
World Cup Drunkenness Reignites Beer Sales Debate
by Taylor Barnes July 2014
When Brazil was named the 2014 World Cup host in 2007, a protracted battle began between the country and soccer's governing body, FIFA: whether to allow beer sales in Brazilian stadiums. Alcohol is usually banned in soccer matches here in the interest of public security and avoiding fights. But with Anheuser-Busch InBev as a tournament sponsor, FIFA insisted that Brazilian authorities allow beer sales during the month-long event, leading to President Dilma Rousseff signing legislation in 2012 that allows alcoholic beverages inside World Cup stadiums. That's why the recent about-face in comments from Jerome Valcke, FIFA's secretary general, came as a source of frustration and vindication for Brazilians who long had fought for the alcohol sales restriction.
Beer-Photo Softball Coach Wants Due Process, Job Back
by Mark Cooper, Staff Writer July 2014
Jay Creps wants his job back. Creps was fired as Chatsworth's softball coach in early June after a parent turned in a photo of him drinking beer at a team gathering that occurred within the past couple of years. Creps, who coached Chatsworth the past five seasons, retained an attorney to fight for due process.
Beer and Wine Sales Trending at College Stadiums
by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports June 2014
Southern Methodist's Rick Hart and Texas A&M's Eric Hyman run athletics departments that share a state, once shared a conference and still have enough in common to play each other in multiple sports, including football this season. But Texas A&M fans who land tickets to their team's Sept. 20 game at SMU's Ford Stadium will have the opportunity to do something that is forbidden in the Aggies stadium: buy a beer. After a successful trial run during basketball season that netted the athletics department a six-figure windfall over the course of 12games, SMU is one of a handful of schools that will begin selling beer and wine at its on-campus stadium. And with athletics departments getting ready to absorb multimillion-dollar obligations in new player benefits thanks to a wave of litigation and NCAA restructuring, it's plausible that others might soon follow suit.
Coach Photographed Drinking Beer Around Players Fired
by The Orange County Register June 2014
Jay Creps, who led Chatsworth's softball team to the L.A. City Section Division 1 championship game this season, was fired last week by Principal Tim Guy after a parent turned in a photo of him drinking beer out of a bottle during a team bonding party at his home that was attended by parents and players in either 2012 or 2013. Creps, who just completed his fifth year as coach, was confronted with the photo from the party and was told by Guy that it was against district policy to have any alcohol at any team function. Creps reportedly was given the option of resigning or being fired and refused to quit.
Doctor: MLB Needs New Chewing Tobacco Policy
by LANDON HALL, STAFF WRITER June 2014
In 2011, Major League Baseball for the first time set some rules about smokeless tobacco use by players. They could no longer carry around tins or packages of "chew" when fans were in the ballpark, and they couldn't use the products during interviews before or after games. But the powerful MLB Players Association prevented any further restrictions, and even though fewer players chew tobacco than in years past, they can and do stuff tobacco between their cheeks and gums, or behind their lower lips, whenever they want.
Columnist: Baseball Has Booted the Tobacco-Ban Issue
by Deron Snyder, THE WASHINGTON TIMES June 2014
One of my best memories in more than 25 years as a journalist has nothing to do with the Super Bowls, World Series or NCAA tournaments that I've been privileged to cover. It doesn't involve the Rose, Sugar, Orange or Fiesta bowls. It isn't the Kentucky Derby, NBA All-Star game or PGA events with Tiger Woods. It didn't take place at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium. All of those were tremendous, unforgettable experiences. But another recollection that stands out is going to Tony Gwynn's house.
Coaches Find Lesson in Tobacco Use from Gwynn's Death
by Thomas Clouse firstname.lastname@example.org, (509) 459-5495 June 2014
Baseball legend Tony Gwynn turned hitting into an art form. His engaging smile and high-pitched voice made him an approachable sports legend young players wanted to emulate.