• 500 NFL Employees Turned in Phones for Rice Probe

    by Associated Press December 2014

    Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and staff pursued the Ray Rice case.

  • Little League Review: No Violation of Residency Rules

    by Michelle Manchir. Tribune reporter December 2014

    Little League International said Tuesday it has found no merit in complaints by an Evergreen Park athletic organization that Jackie Robinson West skirted residency rules in building its national championship team.

  • Senator: Make College Athlete Compensation S.C. Law

    by December 2014

    Under a bill pre-filed by state Sen. Marlon Kimpson, Clemson University and the University of South Carolina would be required to pay some of their athletes both a weekly stipend and a trust-fund payment upon graduation.

  • PIAA Heat Acclimation Rules Go to District Review

    by Chris Harlan and Bill West December 2014

    The state-mandated heat acclimation period for football teams would increase from three days to five under a proposal the PIAA Board of Directors reviewed at this week's meeting in Mechanicsburg.

  • NCAA: Paterno Estate Trying to Influence Public Opinion

    by Lori Falce, Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) December 2014

    In court documents filed Wednesday, the NCAA said the reason the estate of former Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno wants to modify a protective order in its lawsuit is to try the case in the media.

  • New NFL Code of Conduct Met with Criticism from NFLPA

    by Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY Sports December 2014

    Much to the chagrin of the NFL players union, team owners adopted a new personal-conduct policy Wednesday.

  • Michigan Takes Step to Ban College Athlete Unions

    by Michael Gaio December 2014

    In April, football players at Northwestern cast a historic vote to determine if they would unionize. Student-athletes in Michigan may never get that chance.

  • Big Ten Approves Enhanced Concussion Protocols

    by Michael Gaio December 2014

    Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by the Big Ten Conference.

    ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) held its annual December meeting in Indianapolis on Sunday, December 7, and took another step toward improving student-athlete welfare when it approved a conference recommendation to establish enhanced concussion protocols.

  • Senators Rip Leagues During Domestic Violence Hearing

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports December 2014

    A Senate Commerce Committee hearing on domestic violence in professional sports resulted in league and union officials getting berated Tuesday about their top executives' refusal to appear, their responses and approaches to incidents of abuse, their collective-bargaining fights and their sports' various tax-exempt and antitrust statuses.

  • NJSIAA Votes Down Proposal to Toughen Transfer Rule

    by Phil Anastasia; Inquirer Staff Writer December 2014

    By a 139-98 margin, the schools in the association shot down a proposal that would have required student-athletes who transfer without a change of residence to sit out for 45 days and also to be ineligible for tournament competition.