Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
Opinion: District Should Have Vetted Officials Provider
by Naples Daily News July 2014
Collier County Public Schools Collier County Public Schools staff blew the call in deciding not to check out the leaders of the organization that hires officials for athletic contests. The district this week notified the Collier Officials Group it no longer will be its vendor to coordinate the hiring of sports officials for high school games. This came after revelations by Daily News reporter Adam Fisher and correspondent Scott Clair that more than 30 umpires and officials hadn’t been paid the total of $30,000 or more they were owed by COG for working games this spring.
Opinion: Embattled IHSA Works Hard for Athletes
by Greg Cohen July 2014
The Illinois High School Association is an easy target. It is difficult for me to watch quietly as people attack this organization. The people attacking the IHSA get upset over one event, one decision or one action and don't recognize all of the good the IHSA does for students and athletes in the state of Illinois. The IHSA administers to more than 800 public and private schools. They range in enrollment from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Rockford with 11 students, to Morton in Berwyn-Cicero with 8,327 students.
KHSAA Recommends Softball Players Wear Facemasks
by Rexford Sheild, Athletic Business Intern July 2014
As safety has become a bigger priority at every level of sports, the state of Kentucky is considering taking things even further for its high school softball players. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) voted to recommend that softball players playing first base, third base and pitcher wear protective face gear during games.
Senators Grill NCAA's Emmert, Accomplish Little
by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
Senate Commerce Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., began a hearing on college athletics Wednesday with vigor, skepticism and the promise that this is the start of a campaign of NCAA oversight.
School Board Member Decries Costs of VHSL Realignment
by Mike Connors July 2014
Chesapeake School Board member Tom Mercer voiced displeasure Monday night with recent alignment plans of the Virginia High School League, which oversees interscholastic sports in the state.
NCAA Recommends Limited Football Practice Contact
by Schuyler Dixon, The Associated Press July 2014
The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.
IHSA Takes Big Cut from Major Events Hosted by Schools
by CHRIS FUSCO AND LAUREN FITZPATRICK July 2014
The Illinois High School Association offers guarantees to schools on how much money they'll get to host playoff and championship events - whether they're tennis matches, where admission is free, or basketball games, where tickets are sold.
Illinois Lawmakers Call for Greater IHSA Transparency
by LAUREN FITZPATRICK and CHRIS FUSCO July 2014
The push comes as legislators and some school officials have questioned whether high schools should be getting a bigger share of the nearly $11 million the IHSA generates each year through ticket sales, sponsorship deals and other money-making aspects of high school sports.
N.Y. Governor Vows to Work to Keep Bills in Region
by Robert J. McCarthy; News Political Reporter July 2014
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will be "personally involved" in securing the future of the Buffalo Bills in Western New York, following the departure of two of his top aides.
NCAA Reopening 2011 Examination of UNC 'Irregularities'
by Harold Gutmann, The Herald Sun July 2014
The NCAA isn't done investigating UNC-Chapel Hill after all. UNC athletic director Bubba Cummingham said Monday that the NCAA is reopening its 2011 examination of "academic irregularities" at the school. "The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff," Cunningham said in a statement. The NCAA concluded its initial investigation into academic misconduct and impermissible benefits involving the Tar Heels football program in 2012 and handed down penalties that included a one-year postseason ban.