• Opinion: For Hockey, Bigger Ice Sheet Is Better

    by Michael Arace, The Columbus Dispatch February 2014

    The NHL, as it expanded in the last decade of the last century, had a chance to get bigger in another fashion. Twenty-six arenas were built or renovated in the past 20 years. The opportunity was there to install Olympic-sized ice sheets throughout the league. It was not done, primarily because it did not occur to the people who run the league. This is the NHL: It leaves knuckle tracks.

  • Georgia Senate Bills Shine Light on State Association Ops

    by Jim Galloway; Staff February 2014

    Here's something you might not know: Of the 58 board members who run the $4.7 million-a-year Georgia High School Association, which supervises athletics and other activities for 145,000 young men and 129,000 young women, only six are African-American. The rest are white. Only four are women.

  • Bill Would Let College Prep Teams Compete Nationally


    A bill passed by the Senate Education Committee would allow the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission to recognize college prep teams. St. Joseph High School in Huntington is home to a top-flight basketball program known as Huntington Prep.

  • Football Coaches Split on NCAA Idea to Slow Offenses

    by Wire services February 2014

    The NCAA is trying to pump the brakes on the breakneck pace of college football. Coaches around the country seem split on a proposed NCAA rules change that would grant defenses a 10-second window to substitute players before each snap. The proposal, in effect, would slow down the accelerating tempo of college offenses, which has become prevalent throughout the game in the last live years, and especially so in the Pac-12.

  • Temple Athletics Facing Title IX Inquiry on Program Cuts

    by Mike Jensen; Inquirer Staff Writer February 2014

    The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Temple University's athletic department for possible Title IX gender-equity issues, university president Neal D. Theobald said. In a letter to Temple's board of trustees and the coaches of seven sports the board has voted to cut, Theobold said the department's Office for Civil Rights is looking into whether "the University is failing to provide equal athletic opportunity for female athletes compared to male athletes, with regard to Locker Rooms, Practice and Competitive Facilities, Housing and Dining Facilities and Services, and in the area of Athletic Financial Assistance." Theobald said Thursday in a telephone interview that he received notification of the investigation Monday, but he was not told what had prompted it.

  • SCHSL Extends Basketball Season Due to Weather Woes

    by February 2014

    The South Carolina High School League extended the conclusion of the basketball regular season from Friday to Tuesday because of the winter weather that has ravaged the state. That will allow teams more time to make up postponed games.

  • Eligibility of Online School's Hockey Players Examined

    by DAVID LA VAQUE; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) February 2014

    Amid a growing outcry and with a state tournament berth just one victory away, Achiever Academy and the Minnesota State High School League spent Wednesday trying to answer eligibility questions about six of the girls' hockey players on the online high school team.

  • Union Hearing 'Beginning of End' of Athlete Exploitation

    by Kevin Trahan, Special for USA TODAY Sports February 2014

    Though Wednesday's hearing with the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board was largely procedural, attorney John Adam, representing the College Athletes Players Association, called the day the beginning of the end of the current reality for college athletes.

  • Improved Women's Hockey No Longer on Thin Olympic Ice

    by Kevin Allen, USA TODAY Sports February 2014

    International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel makes it clear there is no doomsday clock counting down on the future of women's hockey in the Olympics. "We will stay, we will stay, there is no doubt," Fasel told USA TODAY Sports. Women's hockey's Olympic future seemed hazier four years ago when a series of non-competitive, blowout games in Vancouver prompted public discussion of whether the sport truly was Olympic-worthy. The USA and Canada were the only countries with strong programs.

  • Lawyer Finds Niche in HS Student-Athlete Transfer Cases

    by ERIN KOURKOUNIS; Tribune staff February 2014

    Peter Hobson remembers having kids who play sports - a son who was in football at Jesuit High and the University of Pennsylvania and two daughters in softball and rowing at Academy of the Holy Names. So the 62-year-old Tampa lawyer has a soft spot for student athletes deemed ineligible to play sports and for the parents who seek him out when they consider fighting the decision - before a local school board, the state association that governs high school sports, or even a judge. It's all about the students, Hobson said. If I didn't believe this was an important aspect of their education, I wouldn't be doing these cases. In 2012, Hobson began representing some football players denied eligibility to play at state powerhouse Armwood High School in Seffner.