- Friday, June, 23, 2017
NCAA Policy Aside, UCF Player Keeps YouTube Channel
Donald De La Haye, a kicker on the University of Central Florida’s football team, has decided to maintain his popular YouTube channel — a move that could prompt NCAA sanctions.
- Wednesday, June, 21, 2017
Illinois Revises Football Stadium Renovation Plans
The University of Illinois is changing gears on a plan to renovate Memorial Stadium. Athletic Director Josh Whitman announced Tuesday that the $132 million plan that was proposed in October will be postponed, and the school will instead shift focus to a standalone football performance center.
- Tuesday, June, 20, 2017
HS Coaches Fired for Using Team Bus to Buy Beer
Two Oklahoma high school basketball coaches were reportedly fired after using a school bus to make a beer run.
- Monday, June, 19, 2017
Could the CAP Agreement Shake Up College Athletics?
A new kind of agreement between college players and their schools could bring fundamental changes to the balance of power in collegiate athletics.
- Friday, June, 16, 2017
How Brands Break Through to Millennials
Much ink has been spilled about millennials — the generational cohort born roughly between the early 1980s and the late '90s — and for good reason. According to the Pew Research Center, millennials surpassed baby boomers as the largest living generation in the United States last year, boasting 75.4 million members. And their influence transcends mere head counts. Millennials spend about $600 billion domestically each year and are projected to command more than $1.4 trillion in annual purchasing power by 2020.
- Wednesday, June, 14, 2017
YouTube or UCF? Player’s Channel Raises Amateurism Concerns
A popular (and profitable) YouTube channel run by a University of Central Florida football player has created yet another controversy regarding the NCAA's amateurism policies.
- Friday, June, 09, 2017
College Player's Teen Conviction Raises Concerns
A report published in The Oregonian/OregonLive on Thursday brought to light a controversy that could put a damper on the Oregon State baseball team's attempt to qualify for the College World Series.
- Wednesday, June, 07, 2017
District Takes Over Athletic Trainer Expense from State
The state of Illinois has been without a comprehensive budget for about two years, and it’s starting to cause problems for some public high schools that are taking it upon themselves to pay for athletic trainers if the state won’t.
- Tuesday, June, 06, 2017
Michigan State Football Players Face Assault Charges
Three Michigan State football players were formally charged Monday with sexual assault related to an alleged incident that took place in January.
- Friday, June, 02, 2017
New Hotel Rooms Can Transform into Personal Gyms
Hilton Worldwide Holdings this week announced a new program that will allow guests to get in a workout without leaving their rooms.
- 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.