• Family Fitness Ordered to Retract Cancellation Policy

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Family Fitness Center of western Michigan has been issued a cease and desist order regarding its cancellation fees from the Michigan attorney general’s office.

  • Student Leaders: Ban Athletes Guilty of Sex Crimes

    by Chad Sokol July 2017

    Student leaders at Washington State University are demanding a policy that would bar the school's athletics department from recruiting...

  • NCAA to Investigate Strength Coach Certification, Oversight

    by Jason Scott July 2017

    During the Big 12 Conference’s media event on Monday, league commissioner and chairman of the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee Bob Bowlsby said that the governing body will examine the certification of NCAA strength and conditioning coaches.

  • Commander Proposes Rec Facility on Former Prison Site

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    The prison commander at the Guantanamo Bay naval base has filed notice with a federal court of plans to demolish the former detention site Camp Iguana and reclaim the area for recreational use.

  • Planet Fitness Privacy Suit Decision Appealed

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Yvette Cormier, whose Planet Fitness membership was cancelled after she complained about seeing a transgendered person in the club's locker rooms, says she's taking her case to the Michigan Supreme Court. 

    A Midland County Court dismissed Cormier's suit on Jan. 4, 2016, and the decision was affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals on June 1 of this year.

  • Montana Governor Signs Youth Concussion Bill

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Montana Governor Steve Bullock on Monday signed into law House Bill 487, which was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year, in an effort to expand the protection of young athletes.

    The Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act has been in effect in Montana since 2013 and requires public schools to educate parents, coaches and staff about brain injuries and the dangers of playing with a concussion.

    House Bill 487 extends those requirements to private schools and other youth athletic organizations and demands that those organizations provide documentation of training programs and educational materials.

    Jill Olson, director of the Dylan Steigers Concussion Project, said the 2013 bill increased the safety of sanctioned sports, but HB 487 covers young athletes playing even unsanctioned sports.

    "Our biggest concern is the plethora of concussions that we see in youth that are unidentified, mismanaged, minimized and marginalized," said Olson. "This law will help provide some boundaries and structure for coaches and parents to now lean into."

    Tom Steigers — father of Dylan Steigers, an Eastern Oregon University football player who died of a head injury in 2010 — told the Missoulian, "We knew all along that you weren't going to take care of the problem or even start to address it by only focusing on the high school realm.”

    "You had to expand it to all areas of sports,” he said, and he feels the expanded law accomplishes that.

    At the signing ceremony, Governor Bullock — the father of a soon-to-be fifth-grader who is excited to play contact football — said, "I know that because of Dylan, because of Tom, because of the work in this community, that my son and every other kid in this state are much safer.”

    The new bill goes into effect on October 1.

  • SEC Commissioner Addresses Division Realignment

    by Adam Sparks July 2017

    Here are five topics Commissioner Greg Sankey touched on at the Southeastern Conference media days Monday...

  • Opinion: High Court Ruling Won't End Redskins Fight

    by Mark Anthony Rolo July 2017

    Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling effectively allowing the Washington Redskins...

  • Ohio U.'s $6.5M Student-Athlete Center Sparks Debate

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Ohio University is fielding some debate over the construction of the new Perry & Sandy Sook Academic Center, an academic support space dedicated to the campus’ 425 student-athletes.

  • Tennessee Pioneers Safety Rating for Youth Leagues

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    This week, Vanderbilt University in Nashville partnered with the Tennessee Department of Health to develop the nation’s first statewide safety rating for youth sports.