• Tax Expert: Unionizing May Cost College Football Players

    by JAMES HAMILL April 2014

    Northwestern players claim they want to unionize to get better medical benefits, concussion testing, and perhaps to be paid for their services. Players also say they want four-year scholarships, although a recent change in policy at Northwestern already provides football players with four-year scholarship "tenders."

  • MLS Franchise to Play in New Atlanta Falcons Stadium

    by Doug Roberson; Staff April 2014

    The Atlanta team would become the 22nd franchise in MLS and would open play in 2017, which is also when the new $1 billion downtown stadium is scheduled to open.

  • Kansas Senate Approves Tax Break for Health Clubs

    by Emily Attwood April 2014

    After a long and heated debate, the Kansas Senate approved a bill on Friday exempting for-profit health clubs from paying property taxes on the premise that such businesses face unfair competition from nonprofits such as the YMCA. 

  • Opinion: NCAA's Problem-Solving Promises Ring Hollow

    by Nancy Armour, April 2014

    Ignoring a problem and hoping it goes away is no way to get things done. The NCAA has managed to turn it into an art form.

  • What Impact Could Unionizing Have on Women's Sports?

    by Super User April 2014

    What if the preliminary right given to Northwestern scholarship football players to form a union expands to various men's and women's teams across the country?

  • Northwestern Coach Urges Players to Say No to Union

    by LAMOND POPE. Sun-Times Media April 2014

    The players will have a chance to vote on forming a union April 25, but Fitzgerald's stance on the issue is pretty clear. ''I believe it is in their best interest to vote no,'' Fitzgerald said Saturday.

  • UHSSA to Factor Socioeconomics into Class Realignment

    by Bubba Brown, The Salt Lake Tribune April 2014

    Kearns football coach Matt Rickards recently began digging into the relationship between the socioeconomic statuses of Utah high schools and their athletic success. After hours of work, he was surprised at what, exactly, he found. He had believed there would be some correlation -- that much he knew just from watching schools populated by students from lower-income families, such as Kearns, struggle athletically. But he wasn't prepared for just how significant the disadvantage schools with students from mostly lower-income families deal with when it comes to athletic success, compared to schools populated with students from more affluent families. Rickards' findings were so drastic, in fact, that he proposed to the Utah High School Activities Association that it take into account the socioeconomic statuses of schools during its upcoming classification realignment process for the 2015-2017 seasons.

  • High school league tackles football issues

    by DAVID LA VAQUE; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) April 2014

    The calendar said spring and the weather forecast said winter, but the talk was mostly football Thursday at the Minnesota State High School League board meeting. The rejected plan would have revamped the Class 6A section quarterfinals. The league's football advisory committee sought to change the method of seeding teams and create a 32-team tournament bracket.

  • Momentum to Nix NBA-Influenced One-and-Done Rule

    by Brad Townsend, Brad Townsend The Dallas Morning News April 2014

    During his Monday radio show, John Calipari launched into a soliloquy. It wasn't about his Kentucky team's improbable run to the Final Four. Or the Wildcats' prognosis for winning their second championship in three years. It was about pro basketball's much-maligned "one-and-done" rule - and the perception that Kentucky is the NCAA's poster program for exploiting it by unapologetically recruiting players who fully intend to jump to the NBA after one season. In reality, Calipari is on record as criticizing the rule, which requires that players can't be drafted into the NBA until they are at least 19 and one year removed from their high school class' graduation. Calipari and many others want the minimum age raised to at least 20.

  • Players Get T-Shirts as Hoops Coaches Reap Bonuses

    by Josh Peter, and Steve Berkowitz April 2014

    Moments after UCLA won the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament in March, coach Steve Alford and his players climbed a ladder, cut down the nets and took a piece of the nylon string as part of their respective, and very different, rewards. The players got hats and T-shirts. Alford got a hat and a T-shirt -- and notched $40,000 in bonuses. It added to a lucrative year for the new coach -- $2.6million in annual compensation from UCLA, along with an $845,000 signing bonus last spring to cover his buyout and taxes when he left the University of New Mexico. Alford's players, by contrast, attend UCLA on scholarships that pay tuition, room and board but fail to cover more than $4,000 a year in living and other expenses, according to the school's most recent financial report to the NCAA.