Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
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.
IOC Official Blasts Rio Olympic Preparations
by Michael Gaio April 2014
Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Olympic Games, but according to the vice president of the International Olympic Committee, preparations for those games are severely off track.
Northwestern Football Players Cast Historic Union Vote
by Michael Gaio April 2014
Northwestern football players cast their votes to determine if they will unionize Friday morning. The vote by about 70 scholarship players will be watched closesly by colleges and universities across the country due to the impact it could have on the dynamics of college athletics. However, the outcome of the vote may not be known for some time.
NCAA Endorses Autonomy for 'Power Five' Conferences
by Michael Gaio April 2014
The NCAA took a major step toward restructuring its governing system for the "Power Five" conferences on Thursday.
Looking Back to 1989: Future Games
by Rick Berg April 2014
A March court ruling granting football players at Northwestern University the right to unionize has left everyone speculating about the future of the NCAA, but such speculation has been floating around longer than most of today’s college athletes have been alive. Check out the predictions about the NCAA’s future set forth in this AB article from December 1989.
Kansas Senate Approves Tax Break for Health Clubs
by Emily Attwood April 2014
After a long and heated debate, the Kansas Senate approved a bill on Friday exempting for-profit health clubs from paying property taxes on the premise that such businesses face unfair competition from nonprofits such as the YMCA.
Athletes' Unionization Attempt Scores Major Victory
by Michael Gaio March 2014
In their attempt to unionize college athletes, the Northwestern football players and the recently formed College Athletes Players Association scored a major victory on Wednesday.
HS Baseball Player with Rare Disease Deemed Eligible
by March 2014
Competing in sports at the high school level is no easy feat, but for one Louisiana high school student becoming eligible to compete has been a challenge in itself.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association ruled that 18-year-old Sean Thiel was ineligible to participate in spring baseball this season after missing too many days of school. The absences were caused by a rare medical condition from which Thiel suffers known as achalasia. The disease affects the esophagus’s ability to move food to the stomach, which led to a number of absences — including a surgery at the Mayo Clinic to stabilize his condition in early March.
According to The Advocate, after filing a federal suit against the LHSAA March 3, Thiel was finally granted a hardship waiver that allowed him to begin playing earlier this month.
"I commend the LHSAA for taking another look at this. We have no ill will. We're just happy they re-evaluated the situation," Michael Thiel told The Advocate Friday. "It is a positive story for a change. It's the right result.”
"It reinforces your faith in humanity."
Hardship waivers are used in high school sports to help make a student eligible for competition if he has a condition that causes him to not meet the requirements for eligibility. As a part of the lawsuit that brought Thiel’s situation to the LHSAA’s attention, Thiel’s family claimed that the LHSAA had violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by not allowing Thiel to play baseball even though he met the requirements for a hardship waiver.
After Thiel became eligible to play, Thiel’s family dropped the suit March 18.
As part of the agreement with the LHSAA, Thiel — a high school sophomore — must meet all future eligibility requirements if he wishes to continue playing high school sports in his junior and senior seasons.
Thiel’s father told The Advocate his son has already recorded a couple of hits in two games since his reinstatement on the team.
Blog: Every Athlete Deserves a Certified Athletic Trainer
by Mike Hopper, Guest Contributor March 2014
Youth sports injuries seem to continue to pile up. Unfortunately so do the fatalities. In recent years, we’ve heard about many football players who have died after suffering brain trauma. We’ve heard reports of athletes who have died of sudden cardiac death. And we’ve heard of athletes dying of heat illnesses such as exertional heat stroke or sickle cell anemia. In response to that, there have been significant regulations in the way of law or league policies for these various cases.