• 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.

  • Law Professor Promotes Way to Pay College Athletes

    by Paul Steinbach June 2017

    It's called the Duke Model for a number of reasons. Its architect attended Duke University's School of Law, the Blue Devils basketball program is emblematic of big-time college sports, and the Rice Model sounded too agricultural for David Grenardo, who played football for the Owls in the mid-1990s. People are just starting to digest Grenardo's writings on collegiate student-athlete compensation, which suggest athletic conferences control payment amounts based on their own purse and individual performance — a player's availability (games started) and statistical impact (categories led), as well as conference members' post-season success. Poised to see his 46-page work published this year by the Brooklyn Law Review, the author believes this to be a better approach than the type of free-market system being fought for in the ongoing Jenkins v. NCAA class action. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Grenardo, an associate professor of law at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, to make his case.

  • Supreme Court to Hear Case on NCAA Sports Betting

    by Dan Wolken June 2017

    The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would hear a case that could determine whether the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is legal.

  • USA Gymnastics Report: Culture Must Change

    by Nancy Armour and Rachel Axon June 2017

    USA Gymnastics needs a "complete cultural change" after not doing enough to educate its staff, members and athletes about protecting children from sexual abuse and failing to ensure that safeguards were being followed, according to a critical review by a former federal prosecutor. The safety and well-being of the governing body's athletes, not world and Olympic medals, must be the focus, Deborah Daniels said in her 100-page report, which was released to the public Tuesday. She also said membership in USA Gymnastics should be "revoked if policies are not followed." The USA Gymnastics board was unanimous in accepting the 70 recommendations Daniels made, chairman Paul Parilla said Monday night. "What we've recommended will take time and strategic planning and execution to implement," Daniels said on a call late Monday with USA TODAY Sports and selected other news outlets. "But if USA Gymnastics does as they have said they will today, adopt these recommendations and implement them effectively, it's poised, I would think, to be in the forefront of the U.S. Olympic movement in the protection of athletes from abuse."

  • Horizon League Welcomes IUPUI for 2017-18

    by Jay Morrison June 2017

    The Horizon League Board of Directors on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as a league member. IUPUI replaces Valparaiso, which left to join the Missouri Valley Conference last month. The Jaguars officially will join the Horizon League on Saturday and will begin competing in the 2017-18 academic year. "We are excited to welcome IUPUI to the Horizon League family," Commissioner Jon LeCrone said in a statement. "The Jaguars bring us tremendous competitive potential, particularly in men's basketball, along with an engaged and energized city. Their addition solidifies our broad community partnerships in Indianapolis and is the right school at the right time."