• NFL's Super Bowl Hosting Demands Lengthy, Expensive

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    If your city wants to host the Super Bowl, it better prepare to bend over backward for the NFL. The league has plenty of demands, 153 pages of them to be exact, and they're not all exactly easy to meet.

  • NCAA Settles EA Video Game Lawsuit

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    The NCAA announced Monday morning it had agreed to settle the lawsuit brought against it over the popular college-themed Electronic Arts video games.

  • For Smaller Schools, D-IV Idea More Like a Threat

    by BOB MOLINARO June 2014

    Wood Selig appeared to be wound up. "I don't like the mentality of, 'We're going to take our ball and move on,' " Old Dominion's director of athletics said Monday. "I don't think any of us need to be a bully or to feel bullied." If Selig is agitated, you can't blame him. These are turbulent times in intercollegiate sports as the haves threaten to leave the have-nots even farther behind than they've been.

  • Lawsuit Could Transform NCAA, College Athletics

    by Mike Casazza June 2014

    MORGANTOWN - The Ed O'Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA goes to court June 9 and could forever change the look of intercollegiate athletics. Personally though, it was already real. Real personal, in fact, when EA Sports decided in September it would no longer make its college football game. Gone was symbol of a generation entertained and even educated by the digital versions of our Saturday saviors.

  • NCAA-Critic Ridpath to Look for System Fix in Europe

    by Todd Jones, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH June 2014

    Dateline: ATHENS, Ohio The search for answers regarding the future of big-money college athletics is causing one critic to head overseas. Dr. David Ridpath, an associate professor of sports administration at Ohio University, leaves today for Germany, where he'll spend the next year studying the European sports system and how it differs from a college model unique to the U.S. Ridpath will teach at the University of Bayreuth in Germany for 14 months, with that school providing him grant money to conduct a research project into how European sports governing bodies funnel college-aged athletes through a system not tied to education.

  • SEC Commissioner Slive Talks of Division IV Possibilities

    by Mark Bradley; Staff June 2014

    The most powerful man in college sports has put the NCAA on notice. SEC commissioner Mike Slive said last week --- and Slive isn't known for voicing idle thoughts, or threats --- that his and the other four major conferences need to be accommodated.

  • SEC to Split Record $310M, or Nearly Double '09 Revenue

    by John Adams June 2014

    The annual SEC spring meetings reached a familiar conclusion Friday. And the ending was accentuated by a dollar sign. As expected, the 14 conference schools will make more money this school year than last. Another record-revenue year is business as usual for the SEC. This time, the conference will split $309.6 million. That comes to slightly more than $20.9 million per school.

  • Is Sterling Playing Chicken with the NBA?

    by Brent Schrotenboer, @Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Does Donald Sterling plan to let his wife sell the Los Angeles Clippers? Or will he fight? The answer is both.

  • SEC Spring Meetings Focus on Autonomy Talks

    by Tim Tucker; Staff May 2014

    DESTIN, Fla. --- Even with one of their longtime, hot-button issues resolved, SEC coaches and officials face no shortage of pertinent topics at the league's annual spring meetings this week. Whether to play eight- or nine-game conference football schedules --- a frequent debate at these meetings the past two years --- was settled when the SEC decided last month to stick with eight. That cleared the table for the league to tackle topics related to a significant change expected in college athletics this summer. The meetings, which convened Tuesday and run through Friday, unfold amid expectations that the NCAA Division I Board of Directors will vote in August to give the SEC and four other conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12) autonomy to enact rule changes that would enable the 65 schools in those lucrative leagues to provide increased benefits and resources to their athletes.

  • Opinion: Illinois Lawmakers Clueless on Prep Sports

    by MARLEN GARCIA May 2014

    Now and then a reasonable point was made during reprehensible grandstanding by state legislators in a hearing this week on how the Illinois State High School Association is run.