• Blog: In Search of a New St. Patrick's Day Tradition

    by Mary Helen Sprecher March 2011

    St. Patrick's Day is on the horizon, meaning that soon, a huge number of people will feel compelled to immerse themselves in what they fervently believe is a great example of the Irish culture.

  • Tailgating Causes Trouble at Reliant Park

    by Andrew Cohen October 2010

    The game-day tradition of tailgating by fans without tickets is a problem for the Houston Texans.

  • Another Case of School Colors Gone Wrong

    by Andrew Cohen September 2009

    We all know that universities are far cozier with beer companies than educators of underage drinkers probably ought to be. It's tough, though, when part of your educational mission is to send your boys out onto the gridiron in front of 70,000 paying fans who, let's face it, have been known to - on occasion - pop open a few beers in the parking lot beforehand. So, let's give props to the University of Wisconsin athletic department for "taking one for the team" (in the words of Vince Sweeney, the school's vice chancellor for university relations) by battle against binge drinking by UW sports fans.

  • Schools Seek New Ways to Combat Student-Athlete Alcohol Abuse

    by Paul Steinbach August 2009

    A parade of off-season DUI offenses has schools seeking new ways to combat student-athlete alcohol abuse.

  • Success of High School Athlete Drug Testing Still Unknown

    by Michael Popke March 2009

    Is testing high school student-athletes for drugs really working?

  • Hawkers More Likely than Concessions Stand Workers to Sell Alcohol to Minors

    by Paul Steinbach September 2008

    New research suggests stadium hawkers are more likely than concessions workers to sell alcohol to minors and impaired individuals.

  • One on One: Roger Tobin Studies Steroids' Effects on Home Run Stats

    by Paul Steinbach October 2007

    Professor Tobin uses physics modeling to study the effects of steroid usage on home run results.

  • Division III Institutions Sign On to NCAA Drug Testing Program

    by Paul Steinbach April 2007

    Division III colleges and universities sign up for the NCAA's pilot program of year-round drug testing.

  • Sporting Events and Booze a Volatile Mix

    by Paul Steinbach September 2004

    Sporting events and alcohol can make for a volatile mix unless management strategies exist to ensure the safety of all in attendance

  • How Tailgating Policies Help Schools Control Game Day Alcohol Abuse

    by Paul Steinbach August 2003

    Whenever Louisiana State University's football schedule produces a marquee Southeastern Conference matchup, at least 100,000 people roll into Baton Rouge to make the scene — the invasion beginning Thursday and lasting all weekend. Tiger Stadium (capacity: 91,600) has managed to squeeze no more than 92,141 fans through its gates (vs. Auburn in 2001), meaning that on most fall Saturdays, upwards of 10,000 fans descend on Death Valley only to park their vehicles and party — the time-honored autumn ritual known nationwide as tailgating. Once there, according to research commissioned by the LSU athletic department, the average tailgater logs 10 hours behind his or her wheels. "Our fans come the earliest, stay the latest and make a real Mardi Gras out of the football game," says LSU athletic director Skip Bertman.