Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
- New Mexico to Sell Beer and Wine at Football Games
by Chris Quintana May 2016
It appears Lobo fans will be able to enjoy a brew and cup of wine - legally - at University Stadium this fall. University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs wants to sell beer and wine during football games to lure more fans and revenue, and he has the support of UNM President Bob Frank and Board of Regents President Rob Doughty. "There is revenue to be made and it would help us to increase attendance," Krebs said Tuesday morning during a presentation to the regents' Finance and Facilities Committee meeting. He said the university already has the proper state licenses to sell alcohol to the public at both University Stadium and WisePies Arena, aka The Pit.
- Ban on Meldonium Questioned After Athletes Fail Test
by Rachel Axon April 2016
Maria Sharapova is the most noteworthy athlete to have failed a drug test for meldonium. But in the month since the tennis star revealed her use of a drug she contends is for medical reasons, a slew of other top athletes have been implicated. They include fellow Russians Yuliya Efimova, a four-time breaststroke world champion, and Nikolai Kuksenkov, the country's best male gymnast. In all, 140 athletes have tested positive for meldonium in the three months after it was banned Jan. 1, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency spokesman. But as the tally of failed tests is increasing, critics are raising questions about whether meldonium enhances performance and how WADA could ban the drug with what they say is relatively little scientific evidence. "There's really no evidence that there's any performance enhancement from meldonium. Zero," said Don Catlin, a longtime anti-doping expert and the scientific director of the Banned Substances Control Group.
- Coaches Acted Fast to Respond to HS Drinking Incident
by Kendi Anderson April 2016
Baseball coaches at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tenn., took swift action after they found nine students drinking beer and wine during the team's spring break trip to South Carolina.
- Penn State Pushes for Liquor License
by Jason Scott February 2016
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour has reportedly asked the Board of Trustees to approve increased alcohol sales at on-campus athletic venues.
- Understanding the Ultimate Risks of Teenage Steroid Use
by Paul Steinbach January 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.
The signs of steroid use were there. Taylor Hooton had put on 30 pounds of muscle in less than three months.
- The AB Extra: July 31
by Laura Godlewski July 2015
In this week's AB Extra, you'll find news about PED testing at e-sport competitions, a cooling mask for athletes designed by Nike and a mouth guard made by a former NFL player that gives real time data on players' hydration and heat levels.
- U. of Maryland Approves Beer Sales Trial Run
by Laura Godlewski June 2015
The University of Maryland approved a trial plan that will allow the school to sell beer and wine at football games, as well as at other sporting venues starting in the fall.
- San Francisco Nears Smokeless Tobacco Ban at City Fields, Including Giants' AT&T Park
by Michael Gaio April 2015
San Francisco officials are on the verge of spitting out a rule that would ban smokeless tobacco from ball fields throughout the city, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.
- Jury: Vanderbilt Rape Defendants Guilty on All Charges
by Michael Gaio January 2015
Two former Vanderbilt football players who once had promising futures are now convicted rapists. A Nashville jury found Brandon Vandenburg, 21, of Indio, Calif. and Cory Batey, 21, of Nashville guilty of a total of 16 felony charges after raping an unconscious former student in a Vanderbilt dorm on June 23, 2013. Two other defendants, Brandon Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, who are also former Vanderbilt football players, are also accused in the case. They are awaiting trial.
- Halloween Parties Lead to Suspension of 45 Athletes
by Emily Attwood November 2014
The winter sports season is off to a bad start — and the fall season a bad finish — at Tahoma High School in Covington, Wash., where 45 student-athletes have been suspended from playing sports after attending Halloween parties where drugs and alcohol were present.
Police responding to a noise complaint discovered one of the parties. According to the King County sheriff's office, dozens of students were present, including many in school letter jackets. Those involved in the parties included 14 football players, four girls’ soccer players, two boys’ soccer players, two softball players, four wrestlers, seven baseball players and 12 cheerleaders.
According to a letter sent to parents, “Student-athletes who attended the parties will forfeit a portion of their athletic season, including any athlete whose team is currently involved in post-season play. The investigation to determine whether additional students attended the parties is continuing.”
Suspensions for those involved will range from one quarter to one half of the sports season, with those student-athletes not currently in season serving their suspension when the season begins.
"Our student-athletes are well aware of the Tahoma School District Athletic Code and the consequences of these poor choices,” said principal Terry Duty. “We hope this will be a lifelong lesson for our entire school, both those who choose to attend the parties and those who elect to do the right thing and not attend."
Officials are also investigating alleged threats made online against students who reported the parties to authorities. "School officials also are aware of negative comments on social media that name individuals or groups of students and blame them for reporting the parties to school authorities,” read the letter to parents. “School officials take all threats seriously and are investigating any threatening language directed at students or staff. Appropriate disciplinary actions have and will continue to be sanctioned.”