- Wednesday, May, 17, 2017
The Case for High School Strength Coach Hires
By the time student-athletes reach the collegiate level, most have gained some measure of elite status — even before a certified strength and conditioning coach has had a chance to assess their talents and influence their trajectory. But what about high school athletes? Physical maturity can vary greatly from ninth grade to 12th grade, or even within the same class of peers. Moreover, the difference in developmental rates between boys and girls ages 14 to 18 is pronounced, not to mention each gender's inherent physical differences.
- Wednesday, May, 10, 2017
LED Lighting Brings Special Effects to Stadiums
When the Minnesota Vikings' Brad Sorensen tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Jhurell Pressley near the end of the first half of a game against the Rams last season, it set off a spectacle never before seen at a Super Bowl, let alone a preseason game in September.
- Tuesday, April, 25, 2017
Stadium Design Evolution from 1977 to 2017
From Athens, Greece, to Atlanta, Georgia, stadiums exist to give as many as tens of thousands of people a clear view of a singular field of play. That much hasn't changed for more than a century, but plenty has changed in terms of stadium design over the 40 years Athletic Business has been examining the process.
- Thursday, April, 20, 2017
Clemson Football Complex Features Player Slide
It's a college player's playground.
- Monday, April, 17, 2017
Iowa's Treatment of Gay Administrator on Trial Today
Former University of Iowa senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer, who claims the university discriminated against her because of her sexual orientation and her willingness to fight gender bias in the athletic department, gets her day in Polk County court today. In actuality, the trial — which will likely hear testimony from Iowa athletic director Gary Barta, board of regents president Bruce Rastetter, football coach Kirk Ferentz, and Big 12 Conference commissioner and former UI athletic director Bob Bowlsby — is expected to last weeks, with much of the college sports world focused on its outcome.
Meyer saw her position at the university eliminated in September 9, 2016. According to the Associated Press, she claims it was the latest act of retaliation for her defense of Tracey Griesbaum, a field hockey coach who was fired in 2014 and with whom Meyer had a decade-long relationship. Griesbaum was fired after complaints over harsh treatment of her players. Meyer, Iowa's senior women's administrator at the time, chastised Barta, who announced before the end of that year that Meyer would be transferred outside the athletic department, claiming that her insubordination made it impossible to run the department. He also claimed that Meyer hadn't disclosed her relationship with Griesbaum, and that it represented a conflict of interest.
Meyer's lawyers counter that she was transferred a day after she handed Barta a memo about alleged department bias, including his termination of other lesbian coaches.
Even before she was transferred, Barta created a position of deputy athletic director, which included some of Meyer's duties, and hired Gene Taylor at a salary of $245,000. At the time she was laid off, Meyer had spent 13 years at Iowa and was earning an annual salary of $176,617. Now 57, she argues the disparity amounts to an equal pay violation.
- Thursday, April, 06, 2017
Organized Sports Snapshots from 1977
While pondering the 40-year history of Athletic Business magazine, it became increasingly clear just how much times have changed for organized sports. Consider the following:
- Monday, February, 20, 2017
CU Hires Lawyers to Review Handling of Allegations
The University of Colorado has hired attorneys who specialize in institutional response to sexual violence and gender-based harassment to review the university's handling of domestic violence allegations against a former assistant football coach.
- Thursday, February, 02, 2017
UNF Osprey Brand Embodied in Building Form
Recreation centers can communicate a college's brand better than most campus buildings — a concept that takes full flight in the design of the University of North Florida's Student Wellness Complex.
- Friday, January, 27, 2017
New Hampshire School Board Okays Transgender Policy
A school board committee in Keene, N.H., has signed off on a plan to protect students who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming, becoming the latest to address a growing issue facing educators nationwide.
According to The Keene Sentinel, the policy as proposed allows, on a case-by-case basis, for transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the gender they identify with.
School board chairman Edward Murdough said he “wasn’t too concerned” that transgender students competing in interscholastic athletics — for example, a transgender girl playing on a girls’ team — would evolve into a fairness issue. Murdough added that final judgment on interscholastic athletics policy is ultimately governed by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association, which allows teams to protest if they think competition is unfair, the Sentinel reported.
School districts nationwide aren’t obligated to create a policy specifically protecting transgender students — just to prevent “discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status,” according to a May 13 letter co-signed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education, the Sentinel reported. The letter states failing to prevent discrimination on those grounds are in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Many of the nationally controversial policy points, such as locker room and athletic competition clauses, are mostly the same between a sample policy — issued in 2015 by the New Hampshire School Boards Association as a guideline — and the one proposed in Keene.
- Tuesday, January, 10, 2017
School District Settles Suit Over Bullying, Sexual Assault
A school district in Wyoming has settled a lawsuit alleging its employees “looked the other way” as student-athletes were bullied and sexually assaulted by a teammate. The settlement came Friday, days before the case was to go to trial in U.S. District Court.
- Wednesday, November, 30, 2016
AB Show 2016: The Magic of Orlando
There’s something about Orlando, Fla., that stirs the nostalgia in this AB Show-goer. It’s where the conference and expo (as it used to be known) was held my first eight years at Athletic Business, and it has been there another four times since. In all, Orlando has served as the annual home away from home for AB roughly half the time in our show’s 35-year history.
- Monday, November, 10, 2014
Get to Know Your Peers When Attending ABC
This is a story about a conversation Lou Holtz and I never had.
- Tuesday, August, 12, 2014
Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH
Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.
- Thursday, January, 17, 2013
Blog: The Tangled Webs of Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o
The twisted tales of Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are now intertwined. Heroes to many, these athletes have lived lies before our eyes, and now those lies are unraveling within the same week.
- Monday, December, 03, 2012
Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus
The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.
- Friday, August, 17, 2012
Blog: Cheer These Pro Athletes for Giving Back
Assuming your membership in the Latrell "I have a family to feed" Sprewell Fan Club has expired, may we suggest a couple of options.
- Sunday, January, 17, 2010
Blog: Still Believing, 34 Years (and Counting) Later
Editor's Note: AB Senior Editor Paul Steinbach authored this piece in January 2010, but with February 22nd marking the 34th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the U.S. men's hockey team facing off against Canada on Friday, the message still rings true.
For nearly 30 years now, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has been an off-and-on obsession of mine.
- Thursday, December, 10, 2009
A Choice to Make
There's precedent for a Catholic institution sticking with a coach despite his pro-choice stance on abortion. Rick Majerus is in his third season heading the St. Louis University men's basketball program after admitting during a TV interview at a January 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign rally that he is "pro-choice, personally." But will a Catholic institution hire a pro-choice coach? Somehow, during speculation that University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly is next in line to bear the Notre Dame football cross, the rumor spread that Kelly, an Irish Catholic who decades ago campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, is pro-choice. But no one seems to know for sure. "I searched online media archives all day today trying to find one reputable media reference to Kelly's stance on abortion," read a Tuesday post by Brooks at sportsbybrooks.com. "I found none."
- Wednesday, November, 11, 2009
Hit 'Em Straight
When the AB editors dedicated our July issue to best environmental practices in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, we managed to overlook one egregious hazard to our planet's health: golf balls.