• NBA Combine Matters to Under-the-Radar Draft Prospects

    by Jeff Zillgitt May 2017

    Had it not been for the NBA draft combine, Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler would not have been a first-round pick and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine would not have moved from late-first-round selection to lottery pick. That's why the draft combine is important and necessary.

  • Law Professor Promotes Way to Pay College Athletes

    by Paul Steinbach May 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.

  • NCAA's 2015-16 APR Increase Gets Mixed Review

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    Yesterday, the NCAA announced that the 2015-16 Division I student-athlete Academic Progress Rate showed an increase over the previous four-year average for the 12th year in a row, resulting in another all-time high.

  • Opinion: IOC Should Award Olympics to L.A., then Paris

    by Christine Brennan May 2017

    There are seven years, three Olympic Games and two New Hampshire primaries between now and the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, but the final host decision is just around the corner.

  • Iowa Responds to Ruling, Orders External Investigation

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    The day following the decision by a Polk County jury to award $1.43 million to former University of Iowa athletics administrator Jane Meyer for discrimination, retaliation and unequal pay, the school announced its intention to undergo an external review of its employment practices.

  • L.A. to Host IOC in Hopes of Winning Olympic Bid

    by Rachel Axon May 2017

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA 2024 bid officials will host the IOC evaluation commission starting Wednesday. A team of International Olympic Committee experts will spend three days each in Los Angeles and Paris over the next week evaluating the two bids for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The evaluation commission will begin its review of Los Angeles' bid Wednesday and Paris' bid Sunday. In those three-day visits, the bid leaders will seek to demonstrate why their city is best to host the Games even as the IOC considers an option of awarding each city an Olympics in a dual award for 2024 and 2028.

  • Opinion: Vote Shows FIFA Not Serious About Reform

    by Nancy Armour May 2017

    FIFA just can't help itself. Anyone still holding out hope that soccer's governing body was sincere about wanting to root out corruption was disabused of that notion with Monday's FIFA Council elections. Moya Dodd, one of FIFA's few power brokers with a proven commitment to reform, lost the seat reserved for Asia's female representative to a woman who needed three tries to name the defending Women's World Cup champion. It wasn't even close, either, with Mahfuza Ahkter Kiron of Bangladesh winning 27-17.

  • Opinion: Racial Incident Highlights MLB's Diversity Problem

    by Mark Anthony Neal May 2017

    That the incident occurred less than a month after Major League Baseball celebrated the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking of the so-called color line speaks volumes about not only the challenges of diversity faced in the sport, but our nation at large. To be sure, the verbal abuse that Jones faced is nowhere near the level that Robinson experienced during his rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. This is the second incident involving Jones, who had a banana thrown at him at a game in San Francisco in 2013.

  • AAU Football Proposal Meets Opposition from HS Coaches

    by Amy Donaldson May 2017

    An effort to create an AAU tackle football league ran into massive resistance from high school coaches, who not only oppose the idea but also promise to actively fight it. "This is not good for the spirit of high school football," said Herriman High coach Dustin Pearce, who is the president of the Utah High School Football Coaches Association. "It's just not. It goes against everything we've been trying to accomplish the last little bit with the (State School Board and Utah Legislature)." Highland High coach Brody Benson said it will "decimate" current youth programs like Ute Conference Football, and the AAU philosophy emphasizes many of the things prep coaches try to eliminate. "High school football is less than 4 percent of your life," Benson said. "And right now everything is geared toward getting a scholarship and moving on and getting to the next level. The reality is that most of them are not going on. So what do you get out of sports? What are you able to use that you get out of football? That's where I think we're missing the boat as a society."

  • Iowa Discrimination Suit: Ex-Associate AD Wins $1.43M

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    Former senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer has been awarded $1.43 million in her discrimination suit against the University of Iowa.