• Infrastructure Important to NCAA Tournament Sites

    by Mike Strange March 2016

    Thompson-Boling Arena is as fine a place to watch a college basketball game as any on-campus facility you’ll find. But don’t look for the NCAA men’s tournament to return to Knoxville any time soon. After Thompson-Boling arena opened in 1987-88, the men’s tournament visited three times — 1990, 1994 and 1999. In ’90, the venue also staged the women’s Final Four.

  • NFL PAC Donated to Concussion Reviewers in Congress

    by Wire reports March 2016

    The NFL’s political action committee has given campaign contributions to many of the lawmakers who are reviewing concussion research, Berkeley-based MapLight told the San Jose Mercury News. The nonprofit that analyzes campaign finance data reported the NFL’s Gridiron PAC has given money to 42 of 54 members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that began informal hearings last week on one of the league’s most pressing safety issues.

  • NFL Drama in Los Angeles Only Partly Resolved

    by Daily News of Los Angeles March 2016

    The National Football League gathered on Monday at the sleek Boca Raton Resort for its annual league meetings. And for the first time in more than 20 years, the 32 owners making up the most popular sports league in North America aren't looking quizzically at each other wondering how in the name of Pete Rozelle and Vince Lombardi and Deacon Jones the second biggest media market in the country is without a team. At long last, the NFL's Los Angeles problem has been solved - sort of - with the Rams being approved by fellow owners last January to return home to L.A., where they will spend three nostalgic seasons at the Coliseum before eventually moving into the $2.6 billion palace in Inglewood being built by owner Stan Kroenke. Finally.

  • TSSAA Tables Discussion on Targeting Rules

    by Tom Kreager March 2016

    A rule that would have suspended high school football players for two games if they targeted an opponent was tabled for further discussion by the TSSAA’s Legislative Council on Wednesday.

  • Partnership Seeks to Attract Youth Sports Tourneys

    by Art Marroquin March 2016

    Move over, Ducks and Angels. Youth sports tournaments may soon be on the rise here. The city's convention and tourism bureau is expected today to announce a partnership with the Amateur Athletic Union, the agency known for staging amateur events, including the Junior Olympic Games.

  • NHL GMs to Meet, Discuss Coach's Challenge System

    by NC Brown McLeod March 2016

    At their annual March meeting this week in Boca Raton, Florida, NHL general managers will debate changes to the coach's challenge system that has gotten some calls right but caused plenty of problems in its first season. The coach s challenge for goals on potential goaltender interference situations or offside plays has come under fire for inconclusive results, long video reviews and delay tactics. Ideas to tweak the system include allowing the league situation room to decide the reviews, making an unsuccessful challenge a penalty and even simply adding more cameras for more replay angles. I think there s challenges with the challenge, New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero said. I don t know what needs to change. I m looking forward to hearing all the different opinions from the GMs and certainly from the league on what the challenges have been.

  • With NFL Out, St. Louis Turns to Soccer

    by Tyler Allison March 2016

    On Jan. 13, Stan Kroenke and the St. Louis Rams made the decision to move west to Inglewood, California, transitioning from the Greatest Show on Turf to the Greatest Disappointment of the City. The Rams were the second NFL franchise to leave St. Louis in less than 30 years, and it showed that despite an appreciation for the sport the city may have had, the NFL wasn’t meant for the Gateway to the West. St. Louis has been dominated by baseball and has supported professional hockey for years. However, one sport that has flourished but flown under the national radar until now is soccer. For more than 100 years, St. Louis has been a hotbed for soccer in the Midwest. One of the first soccer leagues in the nation — the Saint Louis Soccer League — was created in 1907. The SLSL lasted for only seven years before combining with other area leagues to form the National Challenge Cup, now known today as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

  • US Olympic Committee Says Athletes Not Concerned with Zika

    by Nancy Armour March 2016

    If American athletes have fears about competing in Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika virus, they're not telling U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun. Given the fears and furor over the virus, which has been linked to birth defects, you'd expect Blackmun's phone to be buzzing 24/7 with athletes and sports federation officials frantically seeking answers and guidance about what they should do. But that hasn't been the case. Quite the contrary.

  • All Teams at Community College Get Postseason Ban

    by Dan Albano March 2016

    Orange Coast College's athletic department is facing a one-year ban from postseason play next school year for all of its sports team and two years probation for unspecified violations, an official for the school's conference confirmed Wednesday.

  • Dolphins Owner Eyes Soccer 'Super-League'

    by Hal Habib March 2016

    Talk about Europe's most powerful soccer clubs swerving onto a renegade path by forming their own "super-league" has been speculated upon for years, even though no one has pulled it off.