• Maine's Point System for Prep Postseason Perseveres

    by Ernie Clark BDN Staff June 2014

    If anyone had the right to be a bit dumbfounded by the Heal point system that seeds teams for postseason play in nine different Maine high school sports, it might be Gordon Faulkingham. The Jonesport-Beals boys basketball coach led his team to a No. 1 seeding in Eastern Maine Class D during the 2011-12 season, and the Royals went on to win the state championship in a finish that was true to Heal point form. But the last two years were quite at odds with the unique numerical formula that has served the state's high school sporting interests for more than six decades. Jonesport-Beals entered the 2012-13 basketball tournament again ranked tops in its division, only to be upset by No. 8 Easton in the Eastern D quarterfinals.

  • NFL Agrees to Lift Cap on Concussion Settlements

    by Jeremy Roebuck; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    The NFL agreed Wednesday to lift the $675 million cap on its settlement offer to former players suffering from concussion-related injuries - a move that league officials hoped would satisfy a federal judge who rejected an earlier plan over concerns that the money wouldn't last.

  • Big Ten Leaders Join Push to Boost Athlete Benefits

    by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    The timing, they say, was largely coincidental. But what if the statement released Tuesday by the Big Ten -- and signed by all 14 of its presidents and chancellors -- serves to back up the testimony given last week by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany? "A lot of things end up maybe better than we planned," Delany said.

  • Inside the Tricky Business of NCAA Secondary Violations

    by Jacob Thorpe June 2014

    'Secondary' violations cast large shadow within NCAA Self reporting NCAA violations very tricky Story by Jacob Thorpe, Illustration by Molly Quinn The Spokesman-Review If only the East Germans had known Kelli Kamura's doping methods, they could have built the Berlin Wall with Olympic medals. The Washington State women's golf coach's transformation into a peddler of performance enhancers happened last February during a competition, when she, undoubtedly spurred by society's enormous pressure to win, gave her athletes an Ensure supplement. Sure, Ensure is on the WSU list of approved supplements and foods, along with championship staples like Hershey's chocolate milk, Fig Newtons and Rice Krispy Treats.

  • Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Against NJ Sports Betting

    by Suzette Parmley; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dashed New Jersey's hopes to institute sports betting at Atlantic City casinos and the state's racetracks by upholding a federal ban that limits the activity to four states and denying the state's appeal of a lower court ruling. Last year, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a trial judge's ruling that sided with the four professional sports leagues - Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA, as well as the NCAA - and shot down New Jersey's attempt to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the federal law that limits sports betting to Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana.

  • NCAA's Fast-Paced Reform: How Did We Get Here?

    by DEREK REDD, Daily mail sportswriter June 2014

    How the reformation of intercollegiate athletics could affect West Virginia schools and the amateurism of the student-athlete Change is coming to the NCAA's Division I, a transformation likely to happen not in a matter of years, but in a matter of months.

  • USC to Offer Four-Year Scholarships in Revenue Sports

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    The University of Southern California is joining a short list of Division I schools offering student-athletes an added sense of security with its scholarship offers.

  • NCAA's Emmert: Pay Could Destroy College Sports

    by The Associated Press June 2014

    NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

  • O'Bannon Case: Is NCAA Defending the Indefensible?

    by Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City) June 2014

    The NCAA might be losing the Ed O'Bannon case. If testimony this week is any indication, the NCAA is reeling in its effort to protect the notion that student-athletes are just engaging in their favorite hobbies while being given full rides on the academic taxi. In a San Francisco courtroom this week, defense attorneys for the NCAA are trying to prop up the idea that student-athletes should not receive money for use of their images. Petitioners are arguing that they should get a cut when schools, who collect billions of dollars in revenue, use their likenesses and images for promotions and advertisements.

  • Washington Redskins Lose Federal Trademarks

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    In what's being called a "landmark decision," the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans." Due to its "disparaging" nature, the name cannot be trademarked under federal law which prohibits protection of offensive or disparaging language.