• Poll: Ohioans Against Collegiate Unions Nearly 2 to 1

    by Michelle Everhart and Kristen Mitchell, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH May 2014

    While most Ohio voters consider themselves sports fans, they are not in favor of college athletes forming unions or receiving salaries, according to a poll released yesterday. "Ohioans may love their Buckeyes, and they have a favorable view of unions, but they don't think the two should meet," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

  • O'Bannon Plaintiffs Won't Seek Monetary Damages, Jury

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    After another flurry of legal maneuvers between lawyers for plaintiffs led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon and lawyers for the NCAA, the happiest group of lawyers in the fight over the use of college athletes' names and likenesses probably was the one representing former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller. Over a roughly 12-hour span that ended late Thursday afternoon, each had gotten something it wanted -- but only the Keller group had come away with nothing it didn't want.

  • Sterling Refuses to Pay NBA Fine, Threatens Legal Action

    by Jeff Zillgitt, @JeffZillgitt, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling won't pay the $2.5 million fine levied by the NBA, Sterling's attorney wrote in a letter to the league, a person with firsthand knowledge of the letter told USA TODAY Sports.

  • NCAA Allows Boise State to Assist Homeless Recruit

    by TOM MAHON; Daily News Staff Writer May 2014

    The oft-maligned organization yesterday granted permission for Boise State to provide assistance to Antoine Turner, a homeless football recruit who graduates from Fullerton Junior College next week.

  • Fight Over NCAA Voting Power Could Dilute D-I Changes

    by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    By August, the NCAA's Division I board of directors is expected to approve a revamped governance structure, with the goal of vastly increased autonomy for the SEC, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences, allowing them to provide athletes with unprecedented benefits and resources.

  • Latest Donald Sterling Interview Digs Hole Even Deeper

    by Nancy Armour,, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Every time he opens his mouth, Donald Sterling reminds his fellow NBA owners why he has to go. Now. Already a pariah for his vile and racist comments, it didn't seem possible the Los Angeles Clippers owner could further damage his image and, by association, that of the NBA. Yet that's exactly what he did in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper that aired Monday, throwing gasoline on a fire the NBA had only just begun to get under control. Despite his repeated insistence that he's not a racist, everything else Sterling said showed him to be an ignorant and hate-filled person. He trashed Magic Johnson, claiming -- wrongly -- that the Lakers' Hall of Famer has done nothing for the black community.

  • NCAA Faces Scrutiny, But No Action from Washington

    by Todd Jones, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH May 2014

    Richard Johnson knows the inner workings of the NCAA as someone who has battled in court against the governing body of college sports. Such experience allows Johnson, a Cleveland attorney, to see how the NCAA would be more vulnerable to attacks on its authority if Congress viewed the besieged organization in the broader context of higher education. "Paying the players is not the most important thing," Johnson said. "We need to re-establish our priorities. If we are going to pay $350 billion (in taxes) for higher education, what are we doing in sports? What should we be doing?

  • College Union Model Takes Hits at Congressional Hearing

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Billed as an examination of the consequences of unionizing college athletes, a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing Thursday involved plenty of that. But the hearing also became a platform for congressional criticism of the NCAA and Division I schools' approach to addressing athletes' concerns that triggered the effort to unionize scholarship football players at Northwestern. One of the five witnesses, Stanford athletics director Bernard Muir, told the committee that if his school's athletes were allowed to unionize, the school "might opt not to compete at the level we are competing in." And in an interview with USA TODAY Sports after the hearing, he was unequivocal: "If (Stanford's athletes) are deemed employees, we will opt for a different model."

  • Opinion: No One-Stipend-Fits-All Solution for NCAA

    by Deron Snyder, THE WASHINGTON TIMES May 2014

    Congress will hold hearings this week on the Northwestern football union case, promising more rampant examples of "college sports" being misused as a one-size-fits-all label.

  • Kansas House Crushes For-Profit Fitness Clubs Tax Break

    by Tim Carpenter. May 2014

    The House engaged in extraordinary debate Friday before overwhelmingly rejecting a bill that would deliver a property tax exemption for fitness clubs statewide sought by a Wichita businessman who donated liberally to dozens of lawmakers.