• Olympics Squeeze Out Neighborhood Residents

    by Martin Rogers June 2016

    The video presentations used to pitch for hosting rights to an Olympic Games are glossy and sparkling and bursting at the seams with the same kind of narrative. They focus on what an Olympics -- with its seven-ringed slice of international obsession and gleaming parks and multipurpose venues that purport to provide years of benefit -- would add. The word "legacy" is used. A lot. There is typically no mention of what the Olympics take away, and that is what most bothered Sandra Souza, as she gazed earlier this year from her balcony at the Vila Autodromo favela over a cluster of venues for this summer's Rio Games.

  • BYU Won't Budge on Sunday Games

    by Jeff Call June 2016

    For decades, BYU has fought to compete at the highest levels of college athletics while upholding its longstanding commitment to keep the Sabbath Day holy by not competing on Sundays. Is the Sunday play issue a major factor that's keeping the Cougars out of a Power 5 conference? While the answer to that question isn't clear right now, there's no doubt that BYU's unbending refusal to compromise on Sunday play has stirred up controversy in the past and has prevented its athletes from competing in certain cases.

  • Some Oppose OSU Athlete-Only Academic Center

    by Mary Mogan Edwards June 2016

    Ohio University wants to build a $6.1 million academic-support center for its NCAA-level athletes. Supporters say it's expected and needed for intercollegiate teams, but some OU professors see it as inappropriate special treatment of athletes.

  • NHL Views Vegas as Logical Expansion Choice

    by Kevin Allen June 2016

    Billionaire businessman Bill Foley, a former West Pointer who tackles questions head-on, doesn't view the NHL's decision to allow him to launch a franchise in Las Vegas as a gamble. He sees it as a safe bet. "I'm convinced we are going to be full every night," Foley said.

  • Board to Consider Parks Tax Ballot Measure

    by Daily News of Los Angeles June 2016

    On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider placing on the November ballot a parcel tax to fund the creation and maintenance of new and existing parks and recreational facilities.

  • Louisville President to Resign, Gov. to Name New Board

    by Chris McGaughey June 2016

    University of Louisville president James Ramsey is stepping down, and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will appoint a new board of trustees at the school, which has been plagued by scandal in recent years.

  • NCAA, NFL May Partner to Sponsor Camps

    by Harry Minium June 2016

    The NCAA is considering banning satellite football camps and replacing them next spring with camps it would sponsor at NFL training centers and high schools. If the NCAA doesn’t ban the current camps, documents indicate it is likely to set a 10-day window for coaches to attend camps. The current window is 30 days. High school players work out for and are coached by college coaches in satellite camps, often held on college campuses. In recent years, many Big Ten coaches have booked stops at satellite camps in the South in hopes of expanding their recruiting presence in the region’s rich talent pool.

  • History of the Major Sports Drafts

    by Max Rettig June 2016

    The draft is a relatively recent addition to most major sports, allowing teams to choose from the best up-and-coming players in the hopes that the worst teams will have the greatest chance to improve. These are the histories and experiences of the four major professional leagues: NFL Football's draft dates to 1936, after then-Eagles owner Bert Bell argued within the sport for an alternative to the waiver system created in 1934. Bell contended that the league needed a way to ensure competitive balance - that the worst team in the league would have the best chance to improve by selecting the best available college talent. The waiver system favored those teams that could afford to pay top money for players, leaving teams like Bell's Eagles at a disadvantage.

  • Navigating Olympic Penalty for Russian Doping Tricky

    by Brent Schrotenboer June 2016

    The largest country on the planet has been accused of conducting the biggest sports doping scandal in decades, including rampant cheating at the most expensive Olympics ever. At least three insiders who blew the whistle on it fled the country in fear. Two of its former anti-doping officials ended up dead in February, adding to the dread. Now the stakes have been raised to unprecedented proportions, all centered on one big question: Should Russia be banned from the Olympics? Many think it should be after witnesses and reports detailed systematic cheating by the Russians with the help of Russian state security agents. The latest came Wednesday, when a new report from the World Anti-Doping Agency said armed Russian agents threatened doping control officers with expulsion from the country.

  • Major Changes Coming to Florida HS Playoffs?

    by Jodie Wagner June 2016

    The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering a proposal that would drastically alter the state football playoff format starting in 2017, including the elimination of district play for small schools and doing away with the automatic bids that go to district runners-up in large-school classifications. Introduced this year and fine-tuned Tuesday during an FHSAA Board of Directors meeting, the proposal would abandon the district format in Classes 1A-4A, and determine most postseason qualifiers based on a points system weighed heavily toward strength of schedule.