• Expanding Sports Tourism a Numbers Game

    by Brent Batten August 2016

    A sports tourism study under consideration by Collier County commissioners puts up some big numbers. As in, "$58 million to build a new multi-sport complex hosting 400 events annually bringing 265,000 visitors to the county every year."

  • MLB Considering Changes to Boost Offense, Pace

    by Bob Nightengale August 2016

    Major League Baseball, alarmed by the game's lack of action this season, is considering making the most radical changes to the game in more than a century. Commissioner Rob Manfred said baseball is contemplating everything from altering the strike zone to limiting the number of pitching changes in a game, to curtailing the number of shifts, to even installing 20-second time clocks for pitchers. If these changes are implemented, it would lead to perhaps the most radical rule changes since 1889, when baseball reduced the number of balls to constitute a walk to four. Certainly, it would have more impact than the American League instituting the designated hitter in 1973.

  • HS Teams Adjust to Reclassification, Realignment

    by Lake Morris August 2016

    One question comes to mind after the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) voted to reclassify the state: What region are the teams in now? Back in the spring, the SCHSL voted to expand the state from four classifications to five. The move was done, the SCHSL said, to level the playing field because of the large enrollment disparity in what was Class AAAA. But reclassification, along with realignment that is done every two years, has pushed the state of South Carolina athletics into a new era.

  • NFL Demands to Hear from Players Accused of PED Use

    by Dan Spears August 2016

    The NFL's senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, Adolpho Birch, sent a letter Monday to the NFL Players Association detailing a plan to indefinitely suspend James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal if they don't speak with the league by Aug. 25 as part of its investigation into an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs.

  • School Board Okays $354K Field Improvement Project

    by Joe Napsha August 2016

    The Norwin School Board took a step Monday toward fulfilling a promise it made to its high school baseball supporters by authorizing $354,600 in improvements to ensure the team has a home field next season.

  • Big Question for Big 12: Add Two, or Four?

    by Phil Stukenborg August 2016

    These are crazy, ever-changing, intense times in the Big 12 Conference, the Power Five league that dropped a mini-bombshell — at least according to national media who follow the league — on July 19 when it was announced thought-to-be-shelved expansion would be explored.

  • USA Gymnastics Under Fire for Abuse Allegations

    by Marisa Kwiatkowski August 2016

    One of America’s most prominent Olympic organizations failed to alert authorities to many allegations of coaches’ sexual abuse — relying on a policy that enabled predators to abuse gymnasts long after USA Gymnastics had received warnings. An Indianapolis Star investigation uncovered multiple examples of children suffering the consequences, including a Georgia case in which a coach preyed on young females for seven years.

  • FCS Playoffs Tweaked to Be Less Regional

    by Eric Peterson August 2016

    If five Missouri Valley Football Conference teams make the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs this season, there won't be a repeat of last year, commissioner Patty Viverito reiterated Tuesday. The five MVFC teams that made the postseason a year ago were placed in the same side of the 24-team bracket, causing an outcry from the league's fans, coaches and administrators last November. "This will not happen again," Viverito said during the annual MVFC media teleconference. "We really want the playoffs to be more national in scope rather than regional."

  • Changes to Olympic Boxing Raise Safety Concern

    by Martin Rogers August 2016

    Several rule alterations by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) have been introduced for the Rio Olympics, all intended to restore boxing to something resembling prominence at the Games.

  • HS Forfeits Two Years of Wins Amid Financial Aid Probe

    by Jodie Wagner and Palm Beach Post Staff Writers August 2016

    The fallout continues for the Oxbridge Academy athletic department. The ThunderWolves, whose administration has undergone a major restructuring over the past four months since The Palm Beach Post published its findings from an investigation of the West Palm Beach private school, have forfeited all athletic wins from the past two school years.