• Columnist: If Lawsuits Don't Kill NCAA, Members Might

    by Deron Snyder, The Washington Times June 2014

    ANALYSIS/OPINION: The NCAA that we've come to know and despise is in critical condition with a prognosis that suggests the end is near. The equivalent of flesh-eating bacteria are close to devouring the body from within. Outside, it is suffering injury from a series of blows that ultimately could be fatal. External attacks include the trial in Ed O'Bannon's class-action antitrust lawsuit, which enters day four Thursday in Oakland. Just as those proceeding got underway, the NCAA announced a settlement to pay $20 million to current and former college athletes who sued in a lower-profile case involving use of their likenesses in video games.

  • TSSAA Proposes 'Best of Both Worlds' Classification Plan

    by Stephen Hargis June 2014

    Looking to simplify the state's high school football playoff scenario, TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress unveiled a classification plan designed to combine the best aspects of two proposals.

  • AMA: Cheerleading as Rigorous, Risky as Any Sport

    by The Associated Press June 2014

    The American Medical Association says cheerleading should be considered a sport because of its rigors and risks.

  • Sixers Given $82M in Tax Credits to Build Facility in NJ

    by Julia Terruso; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    In one of the most generous development deals in state history, New Jersey awarded the 76ers $82 million in tax credits over 10 years to build a practice facility on Camden's waterfront. The dollar-for-dollar exchange allows the Sixers to recoup every cent they spend - not to exceed $82 million - on construction of a 120,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility and team headquarters. For Camden, it means 250 new jobs - about 200 of which are already filled by Sixers administrators, players, and staff - and the hope that the state-of-the-art behemoth lures additional developers to its tax revenue-strapped city. The state predicts the deal will net $76.6 million over 35 years, but naysayers called the projection inflated and questioned how the move will help local residents. "This will be the biggest and best training facility ever built in the U.S.," Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said at a news conference Tuesday, after a meeting of the state's Economic Development Authority (EDA) at which the board voted unanimously to approve the project.

  • 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.