Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
Bill Boosts Native American Mascot Defense
by Michael Gaio November 2013
The Wisconsin Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames. Senate Republicans passed the bill 17-16. It will now go to Republican Governor Scott Walker's desk for approval.
NCAA (Finally) Issues Punishment Against U. of Miami
by Michael Gaio October 2013
It's been more than two years, but the NCAA finally issued its punishment on the University of Miami following an investigation into the school's athletic department.
Lax Reporting Sparks Revisions to Mass. Concussion Law
by Emily Attwood July 2013
Less than a third of Massachusetts schools turned in reports last year on sports-related concussions and head injuries as required by state law, but even the small amount of data collected demonstrates that concussions among student-athletes pose a significant health issue.
Minnesota Statute Offers New Protection for Coaches Under Fire from Parents
by Michael Popke June 2013
The day after Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill in late May adding a new layer of protection for high school coaches besieged by upset parents, John Erickson had three simple words: "We got it."
NFL's Goodell, Idaho School Diverge on Use of 'Redskins'
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor June 2013
While NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defends the controversial name of the Washington Redskins, a school superintendent in Idaho has announced that sports teams for Teton High School will no longer be called the "Redskins."
Texas Pushes for Review of State HS Association
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013
Just weeks after time ran out in the Florida Legislature, where proposed bills could have significantly restricted the authority of the Florida High School Athletic Association, another state association's future hangs in the balance.
Eighth-Grade Basketball Player's Hair a Federal Court Case
by John T. Wolohan May 2013
As a general rule, the courts will not get involved in the internal decision-making process of pri-vate athletic associations.
NFHS, FHSAA: Bills Would Damage High School Sports
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013
The Florida High School Athletic Association - under fire by state lawmakers - announced Thursday the support of the National Federation of State High School Associations in the FHSAA's efforts to fight proposed legislation that both organizations claim would damage the integrity of high school sports in Florida and potentially across the nation.
Lawsuit Seen as Embarrassing, Merited, Political Football
by Paul Steinbach January 2013
Reaction to Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett's announcement Wednesday that he intends to sue the NCAA over its response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State came with swiftness reminiscent of NCAA's original actions.
Illinois High School Association Wins Webcasting Hearing
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012
An Illinois county circuit court judge on Tuesday ruled that the Illinois High School Association did not breach the terms of a live stream an IHSA football playoff games last week. (IHSA broadcast-rights fees are only applicable during postseason IHSA events.)