Friday, March, 07, 2014
Former WVU Football Player the Latest to Sue NCAA
Former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston is the latest former student-athlete to sue the NCAA. Alston filed suit against the NCAA and college football's five major conferences on Wednesday, claiming they violated antitrust laws by agreeing to cap the value of an athletic scholarship at less than the actual cost of attending school.
Thursday, March, 06, 2014
Wisconsin Students OK Rec Facility Overhaul in Landslide
A $223 million plan to upgrade the University of Wisconsin-Madison's lagging recreational sports facilities passed in a landslide student vote that ended Wednesday, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Wednesday, March, 05, 2014
Proposed Law Sets Cardiac Arrest Prevention Protocols
More than 2,000 teenagers die from sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year, according to the Connecticut Post. And now the state of Connecticut is trying to do its part to limit that number, particularly in high school student-athletes.
Monday, March, 03, 2014
Wage Issues Halt UConn Facility Construction
Construction of the University of Connecticut's new $33 million basketball practice facility has been put on hold due to illegal payments to workers by two of the construction companies working on the project.
Friday, February, 28, 2014
'Extensive Cracking' Closes $60M High School Stadium
Remember when Allen (Texas) High School's football stadium was making headlines for its price tag? The 18,000-seat stadium cost $60 million to build and opened in August of 2012. Today its making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Friday, February, 28, 2014
Fans, Players, Coaches Caught in Court-Storming Melee
It's a situation any administrator or facilities professional dreads: a court-storming gone wrong. And that's exactly what happened Thursday night in Orem, Utah, after Utah Valley knocked off New Mexico State to remain atop the standings in the Western Athletic Conference.
Thursday, February, 27, 2014
Sponsored Video: Inside Cybex's Manufacturing Facility
Athletic Business recently had the exclusive opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at Cybex's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Owatonna, Minn. Our ABtv video crew met up with international club owner Ron Hemelgarn as he toured the 340,000 square-foot facility learning the ins and outs of how some of the most popular fitness equipment in the world is made.
Can't get enough? Check out our extended version with even more details on Cybex's manufacturing process.
Monday, February, 24, 2014
Video: Down Goes the Metrodome
The 32-year-old Metrodome is dying a slow and painful death. What was once home to more than 300 events a year, "The Dome" as Minnesotans called it, is on its way to becoming nothing more than a pile of rubble. The stadium is coming down in pieces as the Vikings build their new stadium on the same site.
Thursday, February, 20, 2014
Transgender Students Allowed to Play, Homeschoolers Benched in Virginia
It was a big news week for high school athletes in Virginia.
Thursday, February, 20, 2014
Texas A&M Adding Largest Video Board Among Colleges
Texas A&M is going all out with its makeover of Kyle Field. Already a revered stadium in college football with a capacity of 82,589, Texas A&M is spending $450 million to expand and improve the venue.
Never mind the fact that $450 million is more than several entirely new college stadiums cost (such as Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, which opened in 2009, or Baylor's McLane Stadium, which opens this year) the Aggies want to have the "Greatest venue in the history of college football," according to their website. And part of accomplishing that goal will be including a 47-by-163-foot video board, the largest in college athletics. For comparison, each side of the video board in Dallas' AT&T Stadium is 72-by-160-feet.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp announced the addition of the video board on Tuesday. The 7,661-square-foot board will be about twice the size of A&M's previous video board.
"It's another intimidating feature of the redevelopment of Kyle Field," sharp told the Chronicle.
Other intimidating features will include the addition of about 20,000 seats, boosting capacity to 102,500. That will make Kyle Field the largest stadium in Texas and in the Southeastern Conference. Additionally, Populous, the architectural firm designing the renovation, will add two canopies on the stadium's east and west sides for the purpose of amplifying crowd noise.
"These canopies will not only offer shade to patrons, but also reflect the crowd noise back down into the stands and onto the field," said Craig Kaufman, a senior associate with Populous.
The stadium renovation began immediately following A&M's final home game in November 2013 and is "on schedule" to be finished in time for the 2014 home opener. Capacity in 2014 will be 106,511. New suites added for the 2015 season will drop the final number to 102,500. As for filling all those seats? Texas A&M has already sold out of seating options for the 2015 season.
Monday, February, 10, 2014
Blog: Don't Let Sexual Orientation Define Sam
"I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," he said. "I'm comfortable in my skin."
Friday, December, 13, 2013
RG3's Best Qualities Transcend Football
A man best known for his athletic accomplishments does his best work off the field.
Tuesday, October, 29, 2013
Blog: 9 Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Student-Athletes
A professor of mine in journalism school at Missouri once said (actually, he tweeted): "Social media is like a gun. Smart people will use it as a useful tool, not-so-smart people will shoot themselves in the foot with it."
Thursday, October, 10, 2013
Blog: The Wussification Has to Stop
First there were youth sports leagues that stopped keeping score for fear of someone having hurt feelings. Then there's the football league in California that does keep score, but penalizes the teams that win by too much. Now, it appears we've reached a level of softness even Charmin can't match.