Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
College Players' Union Effort Starts Today with Hearing
by Kevin Trahan, @k_trahan February 2014
While the focus of the movement has been on what the players can get from the NCAA, that is of no concern to the labor board. It has one question to answer: Are college athletes employees?
D-I Hockey Coaches Allowed Fairer Access to Recruits
by Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff February 2014
ORONO, Maine -- Division I college hockey coaches will have a better chance to land players in their battle against the Major Junior hockey leagues thanks to legislation passed by the NCAA last month that will allow them earlier and more frequent contact with potential student-athletes.
Calls for Instant Review of Head Hits in College Hockey
by JASON GONZALEZ; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) February 2014
Nobody saw it coming but Ben Marshall. The Gophers defenseman glided across his blue line and slammed into Minnesota Duluth's Austin Farley. The hit sent Farley airborne before he slumped to the ice. Marshall retreated to the penalty box assuming a minor penalty would be called for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. Instead, Marshall received a major penalty - contact to the head, a game misconduct - and he was disqualified. It was the latest example of a crackdown on certain hits, especially hits to the head.
Archdiocese Denies High School Girl a Chance to Wrestle
by Lou Rabito; Inquirer Columnist February 2014
Amanda Leve talks with confidence and pride about her accomplishments in Brazilian jiujitsu, her unyielding willingness to battle boys her age and older, and her ability, at times, to force them into submission. This being 2014, those opportunities exist for a 17-year-old girl. Leve also speaks enthusiastically about wanting to become a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter, with the goal of competing on the sport's biggest stage, UFC.
NFL Data: Concussions Down 13 Percent in 2013
by Alan Robinson February 2014
NEW YORK "” NFL concussions were down 13 percent overall this season and 23 percent for those caused by helmet-to-helmet hits, according to league-supplied data "” a positive trend the league and its players union hope will continue.
Coaches Draft Counter to No Summer Contact Proposal
by By Patricia Babcock McGraw February 2014
Hollywood has done high school football no favors. In the movies, players are sometimes depicted as out-of-control, law-breaking punks. And win-at-all-cost coaches are hard and relentless and overbearing to an extreme. Practice conditions have been shown to be unsafe, and even inhumane. Real-life high school football coaches around Illinois don't appreciate the perceptions, and they might be wondering if current proposals by some IHSA officials and state politicians are based more on the fiction that is often depicted on the big screen rather than the reality that they see every day at their own practices. "There are way too many football movies from the ‘80s and '90, like ‘The Program' where you've got players being launched at each other and everyone's making these big, crazy hits, and no one's focusing on safety and that's just not the way it really is," Antioch coach Brian Glashagel said. "Everyone I know is doing it the right way. I can't think of one coach who's not. You don't even hear rumors about coaches who aren't."
Expert: Unionizing College Athletics Is Years Away
by MIKE KASZUBA; JOE CHRISTENSEN; STAFF WRITERS, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) January 2014
The push by Northwestern University football players to form a labor union that would dramatically change the landscape of collegiate athletics likely will come down to a key legal question: Are college athletes employees of a university? The 854,000-member United Steelworkers union, which is paying the legal bills for the athletes' organizing drive, is betting that the answer is yes. "Our attorneys, [they all] believe, yes, they are employees," said Tim Waters, the United Steelworkers national political director. But Waters predicted that the legal dispute with the NCAA, the governing body for major collegiate sports, could drag through the courts for years. On the day after Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and the United Steelworkers held a news conference in Chicago to announce the intent to unionize, the impact was being felt across the country.
Ultimatum: Suspend Coach for Ref Bump or Miss Playoffs
by CHRIS HARLAN January 2014
The Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team will be banned from this season's playoffs unless the school suspends coach Greg Bisignani for three regular season games. That ultimatum was delivered Tuesday by the WPIAL Board of Control, said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley. The punishment was the outcome of a hearing Monday that examined Bisignani's interaction with an official in the moments after an overtime loss to McKeesport on Jan. 18.
Northwestern Football Players Intend to Unionize
by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder, USA TODAY Sports January 2014
Do college athletes work for their school or play for their school? That's the question raised by a group of Northwestern football players who Tuesday announced their intent to unionize and be recognized as employees under federal law.
NCAA Big-Five Autonomy Move May Harm Basketball
by Paul Woody January 2014
The major conferences have every advantage in college athletics. So, of course, they want more. The biggest conferences -- the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern -- do not want to be bothered with the smaller fish in the NCAA Division I pond. Finally, the smaller fish have sighed in resignation and said, OK, have at it.