RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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.

  • NCAA Proposes Tougher Academic Standards

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    The NCAA's board of directors is backing a new proposal that would require incoming basketball players to have their academic records assessed by university officials. Those in need of additional class work would have to take at least six credit hours during the summer to become eligible to compete in the fall. Additionally, school officials would have to reassess the academic records of players at the end of each school year and determine whether additional summer classes are needed. Schools that do not offer summer classes would be exempt from the legislation.

  • Stevens Noted for Contributions to P.E., Title IX, Olympics

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who died Monday night in a Physical Education Program (PEP), which provides federal money to school districts and community-based organizations for physical education and innovative physical-activity methods. Stevens also was a member of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education's Hall of Fame.

  • 'STOP' the Pain

    by Michael Popke July 2010

    A national effort to prevent, recognize and treat the long-term consequences of sports-overuse and traumatic injuries in young athletes is quickly picking up steam. This month, STOP Sports Injuries (the acronym stands for "Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention") has enlisted several new supporters, including the California Athletic Trainers' Association, Dixie Softball Inc. and the Youth Football Coaches Association.