Safety & Security: Facility Security
- After Altercation, MLS Union Questions Security
by Anne M. Peterson April 2017
A day after Major League Soccer suspended Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard for an altercation with a fan, the MLS Players Union questioned security at Sporting Kansas City's stadium.
- Fired Trainer Kills Two Equinox Employees
by Courtney Cameron April 2017
On Sunday, Equinox gym sent an email to members confirming the deaths of three employees at their Merrick Park location in Coral Gables, Fla. The deaths were a result of injuries sustained in a fitness center shooting.
- Copper Thieves Turn Out the Lights at Sports Complex
by Jason Scott March 2017
Over the weekend, a Tulsa, Okla., sports complex was robbed of roughly 200 feet of copper wire, damaging the transformer and turning out the lights, making it difficult for the complex to accommodate the 130 youth soccer teams that use its facilities.
- SEC to Implement Conference-Wide Clear-Bag Policy
by Jason Scott March 2017
Following a unanimous approval vote from the league’s 14 athletic directors, the Southeastern Conference has announced that it will implement a clear-bag policy for the 2017 football season.
- Bill Could Impact Tenn. Sports Venue Gun Policies
by Jake Lowary March 2017
A bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee would fly in the face of the gun policies of nearly every major sporting venue in Tennessee, potentially pitting the Legislature against some of the state's most popular sports teams.
- Jewish Groups Upgrade Security Measures Amid Threats
by Danae King, The Columbus Dispatch March 2017
As Jewish groups across the country grapple with anti-Semitism and bomb threats, the local Jewish community in Columbus, Ohio, is refusing to let fear paralyze it. Instead, Columbus area organizations have been propelled into action -- training staff, upgrading security measures and learning more about how to respond in the event of future threats, all while daily activity bustles along. There have been 133 bomb threats against Jewish organizations in the country since Jan. 1, according to ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit online news source. That includes one on Jan. 18 called into the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus.
- Families Resolute in Face of JCC Threats
by Lauren Markoe February 2017
Dozens of families have withdrawn from the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando since three waves of bomb threats rocked JCCs across the nation last month. But the Orlando JCC, the only one targeted in all three waves, and situated in the city where a gunman killed 49 people at a nightclub in June, is a glaring exception. Across the nation, JCCs have lost few clients and some have even seen enrollments rise, according to a survey of 73 JCCs taken by the JCC Association after the third wave of threats. A fourth threat targeted at least 10 JCCs Monday.
- Trampoline Park Safety Standards Sidelined
by Katie McKellar February 2017
Despite push from city officials and even trampoline park owners, lawmakers decided this week to hold off on enacting statewide safety standards for trampoline gyms, wary of overregulation.
- JCC Bomb Scares Tied to Nationwide Threats
by Gene Warner February 2017
A bomb threat late Monday morning that forced the local Jewish Community Center to evacuate both of its buildings, on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo and North Forest Road in Getzville, was part of a nationwide effort that saw at least 10 such centers targeted with similar threats, according to local and national officials.
- Former Club Directors Arrested for Theft
by Courtney Cameron February 2017
On Friday, two former employees of the Mandeville, La., area Franco’s Athletic Club were arrested on charges of racketeering, theft, identity theft and money laundering.