- Wednesday, March, 22, 2017
Coastal Carolina Breaks Ground for Stadium Expansion
Coastal Carolina University, known for its teal-colored turf, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Brooks Stadium on Tuesday.
- Wednesday, March, 22, 2017
SFIA CEO Urges Passage of ‘Game Changer’ PHIT Act
Wednesday is National Health Through Fitness Day, a day in which the Sports and Fitness Industry Association partners with other members of the sports and fitness communities to lobby Congress to support and promote physical activity.
- Tuesday, March, 21, 2017
Lawsuit: Man Got Legionnaires’ Disease from Hot Tub
A Long Island man is claiming that a hot tub at an LA Fitness location is to blame for his contracting Legionnaires’ disease.
- Thursday, March, 16, 2017
Athletic Complex Dome Collapses Under Snow
As snowstorms continue to cause all kinds of problems in the northeast, a New Hampshire athletic facility is dealing with a dramatic problem caused by the weather — a collapsed dome.
- Tuesday, March, 14, 2017
Snubbed by NCAA, Coach Tweets Scheduling Plea
After his team narrowly missed out on an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, Illinois State basketball coach Dan Muller took to Twitter (bitmoji included) to try to find power conference opponents to boost his team’s resume.
- Monday, March, 13, 2017
EMU Students Rally Against Proposed Football Facility
Plans to build a $35 million training facility for the Eastern Michigan University football team face opposition from the university’s student government.
- Thursday, March, 09, 2017
Financial Concerns Behind Memphis Rec Center Delay
In February, University of Memphis president Dr. M. David Rudd announced that the school would delay construction on its planned recreation center by 18 months, and that the facility would be redesigned.
- Thursday, March, 09, 2017
Health Club for Gay Men Scrutinized by Councilman
A health club that caters to gay men is under scrutiny by a Louisville metro councilman over concerns that it operates as a sex club.
- Wednesday, March, 08, 2017
California High School Hit with Title IX Suit
In a class-action lawsuit filed this week, female athletes at Red Bluff High School in California claim that the school has failed to provide equal access to sports programs and facilities and is in violation of Title IX.
- Thursday, March, 02, 2017
European Report: No Need for Crumb Rubber Concerns
A report published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on Tuesday indicated that there is little cause for concern regarding exposure to chemicals as a result of contact with synthetic turf surfaces and recycled crumb rubber infill.
- 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.