Andy Berg
Andy Berg (andy@athleticbusiness.com) joined Athletic Business as Executive Editor in May of 2017. Andy brings 10 years of B2B publishing experience to AB. In 2008, he began as an associate editor for Advantage Business Media’s Wireless Week brand, which covers the wireless communications industry. From there, Andy took over the executive editor position at Wireless Week and CED Magazine. In 2015, Andy moved within Advantage Business Media to become Editorial Director for the company’s Manufacturing vertical, which is comprised of seven brands positioned across the manufacturing sector.
  • Monday, June, 26, 2017
    Mizzou Arena Joyride Causes $100K in Damage

    A Columbia, Mo., man faces felony charges Monday after taking a joyride through the University of Missouri's Mizzou Arena early Sunday morning.

    According to a report from St. Louis Post Dispatch, Nathaniel Conant, 23, drove his Volkswagen Passat through Mizzou Arena, causing an estimated $100,000 worth of damage. 

    Conant turned himself in early Sunday evening and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and first-degree property damage. He posted $4,500 bond for the burglary charge and $6,000 for the property damage charge.

    Conant reportedly drove through a closed gate on the south side of the arena, plowing through a garage door and dock area. In the process, he damaged several golf carts and also drove his car onto the basketball court.

    Mizzou Arena opened in 2004 and has a capacity of 15,061. 


  • Monday, June, 26, 2017
    Duke Venue Takes Top Safety and Security Honor

    Duke University’s Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium will receive NCS4’s top honor for the venue’s excellence in safety and security.

    According to a press release, NCS4 has recognized 10 facilities with the award, which commends facilities for leadership in addressing safety and security issues. Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium is one of three NCAA football facilities to receive the award. The other two NCAA facilities are Vaught Hemingway Stadium (Ole Miss) and Ryan Field (Northwestern).

    “The Facility of Merit Award is to allow professional leagues, NCAA member institutions and marathon and endurance organizations to honor outstanding facilities that have gone above and beyond for their sports safety and security,” said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani, in a statement. “These contributions involve enhancing safety and security at their venue beyond what is normally required, and setting an example for other facilities to follow.”

    Duke representatives will formally accept the award at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 11-13 in Orlando, Fla.


  • Friday, June, 23, 2017
    Rec Center Playground Blaze Causes $31K in Damages

    Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a playground Wednesday at a St. Paul, Minn., recreation center.

    According to a report from the Star Tribune, the fire at the Baker Recreation Center caused an estimated $25,000 damage to the structure itself, and an additional $6,000 damage to a nearby building. Only metal parts of the playground’s play structure were left standing after the fire had been extinguished. The playground was a total loss but no one was hurt in the fire. 

    The official cause of the blaze was undetermined, but St. Paul fire marshall, Steve Zacard, told the Tribune the fire was “suspicious,” noting that it was “surprising” how quickly the flames grew.

    A spokeswoman for the parks department, Clara Cloyd, said the city has filed a claim with its insurance company and plans to rebuild the playground.


  • Wednesday, June, 21, 2017
    Air Force Major Dies After Fitness Test

    An Air Force Major died Saturday after losing consciousness during his fitness test.

    Maj. Elgin "Rick" Ross, 47, became unresponsive during his fitness test Friday at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. He died early Saturday at University of Colorado Hospital.

    The reason for Ross’ death is under investigation.

    Airmen are required to complete a physical fitness test twice a year. The test consists of three components that measure body composition, aerobic fitness and muscular fitness. According to the Air Force’s website, body composition is evaluated by abdominal circumference measurements, while the aerobic component includes a 1.5-mile run. Muscular fitness is evaluated by the number of push-ups and sit-ups completed within one minute.

    The Air Force Times reported that Ross was head of the Air Force’s Total Force Service Center in Denver where he provided customer service to Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and retired airmen.

    Brig. Gen. Ellen Moore, Air Reserve Personnel Center commander, expressed her sympathies in a statement. "We are heartbroken over the loss of our teammate and friend," Moore said. "ARPC is coming together in this sad time, and we are ensuring that Rick's wife and children are taken care of now and in the future."


  • Tuesday, June, 20, 2017
    Berg: Time for Teams to Evaluate Names, Mascots

    The highest court in the land ruled Monday that trademarks — offensive or otherwise — are private speech, and as such are protected under the First Amendment. While the ruling came in response to an unrelated case, SCOTUS has set the stage for the Washington Redskins – which had their pejorative trademark yanked back in 2014 – to have the rights over their racist name reinstated.


  • Monday, June, 19, 2017
    Redskins Get Big Win in SCOTUS Trademark Decision

    The Washington Redskins’ battle over the legality of its trademarked name may finally be over, as the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that offensive trademarks are protected under the First Amendment.


  • Wednesday, June, 14, 2017
    Auburn's Jacobs Takes Top AD Award at NACDA

    Auburn University athletic director Jay Jacobs was presented Tuesday with the Under Armour AD of the Year award at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics show in Orlando.

    According to a post on oanow.com, Jacobs in the 19th recipient of the annual award.

    Jacobs, an Auburn alum, was hired as the athletic director back in 2004, after working in almost every area of the Auburn Athletics Department for the previous 20 years.

    During Jacobs' tenure as AD at Auburn, the athletics department has focused on five strategic goals, according to the Auburn University website. Those goals include winning, graduating student-athletes, managing the department’s finances, complying with SEC and NCAA rules and providing a “positive gameday experience.”

    Under Jacobs’ guidance, Auburn has won four titles and the football team won the BCS National Championship in 2010. Meanwhile, Jacobs has moved forward with a number of facilities, including the $86 million Auburn Arena and practice facility.

    It’s worth noting that in 2005, Jacobs signed a five-year contract with Under Armour Performance Apparel to be the official outfitter of Auburn’s athletics teams. A full list of recipients of the award can be found here.


  • Wednesday, June, 14, 2017
    Branding Is All About Change

    As I sat down to write this Editor's Note for Athletic Business, I couldn't help but reflect on the inevitability of change. AB's branding issue is all about how high schools, universities and rec centers implement changes to shape, refine and, in some cases, redefine perceptions of their institutions. From something as small as a logo redesign to a massive branding overhaul of an entire facility, change comes in all shapes and sizes and for varying reasons.


  • Wednesday, June, 14, 2017
    Paterson Recruiting Scandal Ends with Suspensions, Fines

    After months of investigations, the boys and girls basketball teams at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, were put on probation after state officials found that the teams had violated state recruiting rules.


  • Tuesday, June, 13, 2017
    Ex-PSU President Asks Court to Toss Conviction

    Former president of Penn State, Graham Spanier, has asked a judge to throw out his conviction on charges that he endangered a child in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case.

    A jury found Spanier guilty of endangering a child because he failed to act on a report he received in 2001 that stated Sandusky, former PSU assistant football coach, was seen showering with a boy in a university locker room.

    According to a report from Law360, Spanier filed a post-trial motion arguing that his failure to report the incident amounted to a “course of conduct that extended the statute of limitations.”

    “The jury found that Dr. Spanier had not committed endangering the welfare of children through a course of conduct,” argued Spanier’s lawyers in the motion. “The jury thus rejected the only argument the commonwealth has ever made that its prosecution of Dr. Spanier on [the child endangerment count] is not time-barred.”

    Spanier is also arguing that the prosecution did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had an obligation under law to those minor children whose welfare he allegedly endangered.

    Spanier’s motion comes nine days after he was sentenced to up to 2 months in jail and up to 10 months on house arrest. He also received a $7,500 fine and is required to do 200 hours of community service.

    The Sandusky case recently ensnared a number of personnel associated with the PSU athletic department. In March, the former PSU athletic director, Tim Curly and vice president Gary Shultz both plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.

    Law360 reported that this was not the first the court had heard about the statute of limitations surrounding the charges against Spanier, Schultz and Curley. The three raised the issue ahead of their trials but the request to consider the issue was thrown out.