- Friday, April, 28, 2017
Borrowing Plan OK'd for Mississippi State Ballpark
Mississippi State University trustees approved plans Thursday for the school to borrow up to $30 million to renovate and expand Dudy Noble Field-Polk DeMent Stadium.
- Thursday, April, 27, 2017
Portland Timbers Announce Stadium Expansion
Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers MLS franchise, is set to receive a big upgrade under a proposed $50 million expansion plan.
- Tuesday, April, 25, 2017
Youth Soccer Players Record Attack on Teammate
An elite youth soccer team has been temporarily suspended after video surfaced of the 14- and 15-year-olds attacking a teammate in a hotel room.
- Monday, April, 24, 2017
Wheaton College Student Killed by Hammer Throw
A 19-year-old freshman at Wheaton (Ill.) College was pronounced dead on Saturday after being accidentally struck in the head by a hammer during a track and field event.
- Friday, April, 21, 2017
College Fitness Facility Stands Firm on Dress Code
A student who was kicked out of the College of Charleston’s fitness facility for wearing a shirt that exposed her midriff got some attention on social media this week, but C-of-C is standing firm in its choice to ask her to leave.
- Thursday, April, 20, 2017
Indiana Athletics Bans Athletes with Records of Violence
A new policy instituted by Indiana University bars athletes with a history of domestic or sexual violence from participating in the university’s athletics programs.
- Tuesday, April, 18, 2017
Concrete Panel Falls from Stadium
Contractors working on Wheeling Island Stadium in West Virginia were attempting to pull down a concrete panel for examination on Monday when a second panel collapsed to the ground unexpectedly.
- Thursday, April, 13, 2017
Outdoor Climbing Gym Returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park
North America’s largest outdoor climbing park is returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park on a five-year operating license. The facility will reopen for the season this weekend, and host a Grand Opening on May 6.
- Wednesday, April, 12, 2017
Angry Neighbor Brings Rifle to Youth Baseball Game
An Ohio man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly threatened a youth baseball game with a high-powered rifle.
- Tuesday, April, 11, 2017
Austin to Close Three Pools for Summer
As summer approaches and temperatures rise in Austin, Texas, residents will have three fewer public pools in which to cool off during the 2017 season.
- Monday, December, 05, 2016
AB Show 2016: On the Trade Show Floor at #ABOrlando
A trade show floor can be a daunting experience for the inexperienced. Such was my perspective coming away from my first AB Show last year in New Orleans, where I spent the majority of my time manning the AB booth.
- Thursday, November, 03, 2016
Blog: Cubs’ Victory One for the Ages
Just in case you thought 2016 couldn't get any more bizarre: you now live in a world where the Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. The Chicago Cubs!
- Wednesday, July, 20, 2016
Individuals, Stadiums Getting In on 'Pokemon Go'
Have you guys heard of this Pokemon Go thing?
Twenty years after the country was first introduced to Pikachu and the horde of collectable monsters, Pokemon is once again sweeping the nation – but this time feels different.
- Tuesday, December, 15, 2015
Blog: Missouri Scholarship-Pulling Bill Is Asinine
While checking Twitter yesterday as I often do during the afternoon, I noticed some reporters that I follow out of Columbia, Mo. (the home of my alma mater, the University of Missouri) tweeting about a proposed bill in the state legislature that would automatically revoke the scholarship of any athlete who refuses to play for reasons not related to health. It would also call for coaches who support such strikes to be fined by their institution.
- Friday, September, 18, 2015
Blog: No Dirty-Play Epidemic in High School Football
Earlier this week, we shared another story about a high school football player making another ugly play on the field.
This time, the play was at least directed at an opponent, unlike the premeditated hit on a referee that made headlines earlier this month. There was also a less-publicized story about a player shoving a referee as a reaction to a call.
So what’s going on? Is there a culture problem in football? Are coaches skipping the part where they instill values? Are players out of control? Is there something in the water?
The likely answer: Probably not. Any of these might be a root cause for these incidents, or any random occurrence might have triggered them. The players involved in the hit on the referee alleged the ref had used racial slurs.
Whatever the motivation, this sort of thing has been going on for a long time — just with less media attention.
In today’s Internet culture, things can get noticed more quickly. The premeditated hit on the referee was just sensational enough to make us as observers perk up our ears. As new cases pop up that look and smell similar, we’re trying to connect the dots, looking for larger trends where perhaps none exist.
That’s not to say that we should do nothing to keep incidents like this from happening. We absolutely should.
What we should not do is panic. We don’t have to turn into football Chicken Littles. The sky is not falling.
For every instance of dirty play, the kind that grab headlines and leave us shaking our heads, there are many more examples of sportsmanship. Those things don’t get headlines, because the culture considers them boring.
Football idealists might look at the dirty plays recently and question their worldview. If participation in athletics is supposed to instill young people with values, how could this be happening?
That’s a question worth asking. We should look at some of the dirty play recently and double our efforts to teach sportsmanship to our young athletes. But let’s not freak out to the degree of questioning the value of sports participation in general.
Don’t let a few outliers ruin your enjoyment of the game.
- Friday, September, 11, 2015
Blog: Headset Allegations Just Another Conspiracy Theory
The first game of the NFL season happened Thursday night, and the defending champion New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were terrific, but it should come as no surprise that much of this morning's reaction has been centered on something other than the game: an allegation of malfunctioning headsets.
- Wednesday, August, 19, 2015
No Social Media, No Problem for Clemson Football
The first day of fall camp for the Clemson University football team was Aug. 3, and that also marked the occasion of players hanging up their hashtags until the winter. That means no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, no pokes, retweets or mentions until the pads are put back into storage.