Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
- Opinion: Baylor Fiasco Produces Tough Talk, Little Else
by Dan Wolken July 2016
For two months, Big 12 Conference presidents have been standing up and waving their arms, using every available buzz phrase to tell us they want to do something about Baylor. Transparency! Potential sanctions! Nothing is on or off the table! Heck, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby didn't even dance around it Monday at the Big 12's media days: "There are certainly those among our board that have felt that the image of the Big 12 and the other members of the Big 12 have been sullied as a result of this incident."
- Could MLB Reduce Regular Season to 154 Games?
by David Lennon July 2016
After taking steps recently to shorten the games, will Major League Baseball's next significant move be to trim the length of the season? Sounds radical. But with negotiations already underway to craft a new collective-bargaining agreement, the practicality of playing 162 games in the span of 183 days - as influenced by the often grueling scheduling demands of TV networks - is a topic that is generating plenty of discussion between MLB officials and the union. The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently. Exhausted players have complained about the rigors of the modern travel schedule, which can force teams to jump as many as three time zones on consecutive days. The American League switched to a 162-game schedule in 1961 after expanding by two teams, which then allowed the 10 teams to play each other 18 times. The NL didn't go to 162 games until the following season, when it also went to 10 teams.
- Anti-Doping Leaders Call for Russian Ban from Olympics
by Stephen Wilson and Eddie Pells July 2016
A letter drafted by U.S. and Canadian anti-doping leaders urging Russia's removal from the upcoming Olympics is circulating days before the public release of a report expected to detail a state-sponsored doping system that corrupted the country's entire sports program.
- College Football Playoff May Shift Semi Schedule
by George Schroeder July 2016
The College Football Playoff's attempt to change the paradigm of New Year's Eve might be finished after only one year. "We will be exploring whether there is a better way for the semifinals," Bill Hancock, the Playoff's executive director, said Wednesday. "We will be thinking about whether New Year's Eve is the right way to go."
- MLB Commish: Baseball's Drug Testing Best in Sports
by David Lennon July 2016
The day after Giancarlo Stanton's personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball's sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a chiseled 6-6, 245 pounds, and seeing him launch long drives over 450 feet is nothing new. But league-wide, teams are mashing home runs with much more frequency this season, one every 30.7 at-bats, down from 34.9 a year ago and 40.7 in 2014.
- Pitch Count Rules Coming to HS Baseball Nationwide
by Joe Sirera July 2016
The National Federation of State High School Associations has decided it's time to protect baseball pitchers' arms.
- KSHSAA Mulls Rule Change After Softball Controversy
by Rick Peterson July 2016
With inclement weather threatening state tournaments in several sports across the state, the KSHSAA was left scrambling to get tournaments completed while also abiding by regulations established by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
- Opinion: MLB Should Fix All-Star Game Farce
by Barry Rozner July 2016
In the dream, Ron Manfred steps to the podium and smiles. The commissioner of baseball says that while he understands the reason why his predecessor decided to take an exhibition game and arbitrarily attach meaning to it, Manfred has concluded that homefield advantage in the World Series should be determined by the team having the best record during the 162-game regular season, during which each game counts in the standings. He means no disrespect to Bud Selig. In fact, he waited two All-Star Games and watched carefully the selections and management of the game itself, while weighing the arguments for and against.
- Utah Considering Sanctioning Prep Lacrosse
by Trevor Phibbs July 2016
Many club sports prefer to remain unsanctioned for various reasons ccc particularly to avoid regulations and procedures established by the UHSAA — while others petition for inclusion, such as lacrosse, which is widely believed to be on the precipice of joining the realm of sanctioned sports.
- Ga. Southern Staff Provided Academic Help to Players
by Doug Roberson July 2016
Georgia Southern's football team received several penalties on Thursday after the NCAA announced that an investigation found two former members of the athletic staff provided impermissible academic assistance to three players.