NBC Suspends Use of Batboys, More Reaction to 9YO's Death
The father of Kaiser Carlile, the 9-year-old batboy who died after being struck in the head by an errant swing, spoke publicly for the first time Monday as the National Baseball Congress suspended use of batboys and batgirls for the remainder of its World Series in Wichita. read more
BYU: Lessons Learned in Wake of Miami Bowl Brawl
During spring practice last March, coach Bronco Mendenhall said "10-ish" players would be disciplined for their role in the fight. He added that possible suspensions likely wouldn't be announced until the week of the season-opener at Nebraska on Sept. 5. read more
Georgia Dome interim security manager Parris Brooks has steadily climbed the sports security ladder, starting as a security officer 10 years ago. An expert in numerous facets of venue safety and security, as well as sports and special events incident management, Brooks was instrumental in implementing various security tactics that have been critical to protecting the home of the Atlanta Falcons, as well as the annual SEC Championship game and two NCAA Final Fours. Gameday Security editor in chief Dennis Van Milligen recently talked with Brooks about his security challenges outside the Georgia Dome.
The numbers don't lie. More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletics administrator tasked with providing a safe atmosphere for those millions of fans and athletes, the stakes have never been higher.
An Oakland Athletics season-ticket holder has filed a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status and greater protection for fans everywhere from flying bats and balls. The suit, filed Monday in the Northern District of California, wants MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to extend safety netting from foul pole to foul pole.