Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
- Oakland, San Diego, St. Louis Plead to Keep NFL Teams
by The Boston Herald November 2015
The three NFL cities in line to potentially lose their NFL teams to Los Angeles made thorough and impassioned presentations to the league yesterday in New York, as a step toward keeping them
- Report Details Doping Allegations Among Russian Olympians
by David Wharton November 2015
In a 323-page report that occasionally reads like a spy novel, anti-doping authorities detailed years of cheating by Russia's track and field athletes in a program that may have involved the government. The World Anti-Doping Agency's independent commission alleges that coaches and team doctors in the country promoted a "win at all costs" mentality, encouraging and sometimes pressuring athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs. The investigation also found that track officials manipulated test results and agents from Russia's counterintelligence service, the FSB, infiltrated an anti-doping lab in Moscow to intimidate personnel.
- Pentagon Spent $9M on Patriotism at Pro Sports Events
by Bill Theobald November 2015
The Pentagon paid more than $9 million to professional sports franchises the past four years to stage phony "paid patriotism" events, Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain disclosed Wednesday.
- ACC Suspends Refs for Bad Calls in Miami-Duke Game
by Tim Reynolds and Joedy McCreary November 2015
The Atlantic Coast Conference threw some penalty flags of its own Sunday, suspending the officiating crew that worked the Miami-Duke game for two league contests after finding they committed "a series of errors" that allowed the Hurricanes to score a wild last-play touchdown and pull out a win
- Public Hearings Allow Raiders Fans to Voice Opinions
by Scott M. Reid October 2015
Autumn Wind Williams on Thursday afternoon will pull on his black No. 60 Oakland Raiders jersey, a tribute to former Raiders defensive lineman Otis Sistrunk, grab his silver football helmet and black eye patch and make the 90-minute drive from his home in Lodi to Oakland. Along the way, Williams will put his game face on for what many Raiders fans view as perhaps the most important night of the season.
- IOC: Refugees Eligible to Compete in Olympics
by The Colorado Springs Gazette October 2015
The president of the International Olympic Committee has announced that highly qualified athletes who are refugees will be allowed to compete in the Olympics for the first time. IOC President Thomas Bach made the announcement to the U.N. General Assembly which adopted a resolution Monday urging all countries to observe a truce during the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Bach appealed to all 193 U.N. member states to help the IOC identify talented refugee athletes. Until now, he said, qualified refugee athletes were not able to participate because they couldn't represent their home country and its national Olympic committee. Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette
- Questions Remain for Temple's Stadium Proposal
by Mike Jensen October 2015
Earlier this month, I walked around the Lincoln Financial Field parking lot before Temple's game against Tulane, asking the Owls faithful whether they wanted an on-campus stadium or to stay at the Linc. I was surprised by how many - almost all - liked the idea of a campus stadium. Talking to season-ticket holders, parents of players, and former players, I found plenty of uniformity in their opinions. However . . .
- In Rare Move, NFL Suspends Official for One Game
by Wire Reports October 2015
The NFL suspended side judge Rob Vernatchi for one game for not managing the clock properly in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh’s game at San Diego on Monday night.
- NFL Admits to Clock Error in Steeler's Win
by Press Services October 2015
For the second week in a row, the NFL acknowledged an officiating error in a nationally televised game.
- Florida QB Suspended for PED Violation
by Anthony Chiang October 2015
The undefeated Florida Gators suffered their first loss of the season. It's a big one -- and stunning. Starting quarterback Will Grier was suspended for the rest of the season and part of the 2016 season due to a violation of the NCAA's policy for performance-enhancing drugs. Grier will be suspended for one year and lose one full-year of eligibility, returning midway through the 2016 season as a redshirt sophomore. "I took an over-the-counter supplement that had something in it," an emotional Grier said to reporters Monday. "I did not check with the medical staff before taking it. I really hope that people can learn from my mistake. I'm really sorry to everyone. I'm just really sorry."