Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
Opinion: NFL Tries to Hide True Nature with Tax Switch
by Robert Lipsyte May 2015
Just in time for last week's draft of college players, the National Football League announced that it was giving up its non-profit status "to eliminate the distraction associated with the misunderstanding of the league office's status."
Maine Goes to Five Enrollment Classes for Basketball
by Tom Chard, Staff Writer May 2015
The Maine Principals' Association approved the most sweeping change to high school basketball in generations Thursday, expanding the annual postseason tournaments to five enrollment classes.
MIAA Votes Down Rugby as Varsity Sport, 13 to Nil
by Dan Ventura May 2015
Rugby is experiencing a growth in several Massachusetts communities, just not enough to sway the MIAA board of directors.
Lady Vols Backlash Draws Response from UT Chancellor
by Ben Frederickson firstname.lastname@example.org April 2015
University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek responded to critics of the Lady Vols name change in a mass email last week, acknowledging “differences of opinion” about the branding decision while standing by the controversial shift.
West Palm Spring Training Park Clears Florida Senate
by John Pacenti and Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writers April 2015
The Florida Senate and House may not be able to play ball on health care and the budget, but that doesn't mean they are going to stand in the way of bringing spring training back to West Palm Beach
NFL Voluntarily Opts to Drop Tax-Exempt Status
by Stephen Dinan, THE WASHINGTON TIMES April 2015
Commissioner Roger Goodell said complaints that the wealthy league was skimming millions of dollars from taxpayers had become a "distraction."
How Is South Carolina Reclassification Going to Work?
by Lake Morris April 2015
Last week the South Carolina High School League’s (SCHSL) executive committee held its April meeting, and the board approved, among other things, adding a competition classification by creating AAAAA starting in 2016.
NFL Institutes Mandatory Violence Seminar for Rookies
by Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports April 2015
The program features blunt definitions of what domestic violence and sexual assault entail as well as examples of scenarios that could be considered as or escalate into such crimes.
San Francisco Nears Smokeless Tobacco Ban at City Fields, Including Giants' AT&T Park
by Michael Gaio April 2015
San Francisco officials are on the verge of spitting out a rule that would ban smokeless tobacco from ball fields throughout the city, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.
If the ban is approved, AT&T Park would become the first major league ballpark to ban smokeless tobacco. It’s a move welcomed by Major league Baseball.
“As we have repeatedly and publicly acknowledged, MLB has long supported a ban of smokeless tobacco at the Major League level," the league said in a statement, "and we intend to comply with all applicable laws regarding the use of smokeless tobacco on the field in all of our ballparks.”
As the Los Angeles Times reports, The ban still needs to pass a second Board of Supervisors vote and be signed by Mayor Ed Lee.
“San Francisco will send a simple and strong message,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the ordinance. “Tobacco use in sports will no longer harm our youth, our health.”
Bans against smoking have become commonplace in this country, but rules against smokeless tobacco are not as widespread.
According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 1,203 municipalities in the United States have enacted 100% smokefree laws and all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums have rules that limit or completely prohibit smoking. The same cannot be said about smokeless tobacco.
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell, told the L.A. Times he chews a can of smokeless tobacco each day. However, he’s still in favor of the San Francisco ban.
"I'm for it,” he said. “It should be enforced. It's common sense. It's a filthy habit. I do it. Maybe it will help me quit," Howell said. "I've tried to quit every off-season. It's mainly more cutting back than quitting.”
But he may not speak for all major leaguers.
Per the L.A. Times:
The Major League Baseball Players Assn. declined to comment on the legislation.
During the last round of collective bargaining, management sought — and the union rejected — a ban on smokeless tobacco. Such a ban is in place in the minor leagues, where management can implement changes unilaterally.
The union argued that it would not be appropriate to ban a product that remains legal and widely available.
However, management and the union agreed to forbid the use of smokeless tobacco in televised interviews and player appearances, to restrict players from carrying tobacco products in their uniforms, to develop and implement educational programs to demonstrate the health risks of tobacco use, and to provide resources to any player wishing to quit.
The Campaign for Tabacco-Free Kids estimates about 535,000 children ages 12 to 17 start using smokeless tobacco each year.
Florida Lawmakers Pave Way to Replace FHSAA
by Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster April 2015
Lawmakers on Wednesday attempted to put Florida’s long-standing high school sports authority on notice, passing legislation that gives the state education commissioner the authority to replace it.