RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sports Activism Targets Arizona Immigration Law

    by Paul Steinbach June 2010

    Arizona's immigration law has left its mark on sports, but how much influence should sports have over lawmaking?

  • Court: Illinois Association Overreached in Enforcement of Transfer Rules

    by John T. Wolohan March 2010

    An appeals court tells the IHSAA that it overreached in the enforcement of its transfer rules.