RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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.)

  • NFL to Players: Pot Now Legal for Some, But Don't Smoke It

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    Just because recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington - thanks to voters approving constitutional amendments in those states Tuesday - doesn't mean NFL players can smoke it.

  • Study: Blacks More Likely to Favor College Athlete Pay

    by Paul Steinbach October 2012

    NCAA president Mark Emmert has long held that college student-athletes should not be compensated beyond the aid they already receive. A University of Texas at Dallas study has found that the public is inclined to agree with him.

  • FIFA Program Certifies Synthetic Turf Performance

    by Paul Steinbach September 2012

    This month, a small fraternity of field inspectors will gather in Paris for an annual brush-up on the latest techniques in testing synthetic turf. The goal is to establish consistency among the entities entrusted by FIFA to conduct lab and field tests on synthetic turf product and the finished pitches that seek the world soccer governing body's stamp of approval. Using highly specialized instrumentation, FIFA-endorsed labs test everything from a fiber's melting point to a finished field's interaction with players' feet.

  • Record NCAA Graduation Rates Don't Tell The Whole Story

    by Paul Steinbach December 2011

    Nearing the end of a year marked by scandal and scrutiny, the NCAA finally had some good news to share.

  • New Report Urges Transgender Student-Athlete Policies

    by Michael Popke October 2010

    In what is being hailed as a "groundbreaking report" on transgender student-athletes, a new document sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the It Takes A Team! initiative of the Women's Sports Foundation, urges high school and college athletic associations to adopt standard policies to provide transgender student-athletes fair and equal opportunities to participate on sports teams. The free report, "On the Team: Equal Opportunities for Transgender Student Athletes," was released Monday and is intended to provide leaders in education and athletics with the information to make effective policy decisions about the participation of transgender student-athletes in high school and college athletic programs. "Educators and parents must be open to this challenge if we are to create educational institutions that value and meet the needs of all students," says report co-author Pat Griffin, former director of It Takes A Team!, an educational campaign designed to end homophobia in sports.