• The AB Extra: April 10

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    This week's AB Extra includes updates on two prominent professional stadiums, a warning for anyone thinking of attending The Masters and a new potential programming idea for your facility. But we begin with a new youth football league aimed at fixing the "broken" culture in sports. New to The Extra? Here's last week's edition.

  • The AB Extra: March 27

    by Laura Godlewski March 2015

    Editor's note: Today we're introducing a new feature to, The AB Extra. Each Friday this space will feature news, notes and interesting articles from around the web in a quick, concise format. We hope you enjoy this first edition of the The AB Extra.

  • Dance Team Member Files Lawsuit After Hazing Incident

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    An Oregon high school, its school district, and its administration are under scrutiny after a student and former dance team member filed a lawsuit claiming her constitutional rights were violated.

    According to the lawsuit, the 14-year-old was blindfolded, harassed, humiliated, and abused by older members of the Lakeridge High School dance team, as well as other students from the school during hazing events. She was then told by various school officials to remain quiet about what took place. 

  • Prep Team Reinstated in Playoffs After Jersey Violation

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    A California high school girls’ basketball team that was forced to forfeit a win after a jersey violation has been reinstated in the playoffs after winning an appeal. 

  • Minnesota Law: Ex-Coach Details Parent Settlement

    by Paul Steinbach March 2015

    Details have come to light regarding a settlement reached between a former high school hockey coach and the parent of a player he cut from his team.

  • IHSAA Penalizes Teams Involved in Basketball Brawl

    by Paul Steinbach February 2015

    The Indiana High School Athletic Association on Tuesday cancelled the seasons of boys’ basketball teams involved in a Feb. 10 brawl, video of which went viral.

    In addition, the rival programs from Hammond and Griffith high schools have been placed on probation for the 2015-16 season. Other penalties include mandatory completion by coaches and players of online courses administered by the National Federation of State High School Associations and a $500 per-game reimbursement to other schools scheduled to host the teams yet this season.


    The game, which Hammond led 4-0 with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter, was ruled a double forfeit.

  • Another Bizarre Score: Prep Basketball Game Ends 2-0

    by Michael Gaio February 2015

    It wasn't a controversial blowout, but the final score was equally as unusual. A boys high school basketball game in Alabama ended with just one made basket.

  • High Schools Earn Failing Grade in Security Planning

    by January 2015

    It was a situation that, according to reports, school officials should've seen coming.

  • Post-Scandal Sayreville: AD Resigns, Team to Play in Fall

    by Michael Gaio January 2015

    The months-long fallout in the wake of the hazing scandal at Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey continues.

  • Sayreville AD Suspended Amid Hazing Investigation

    by Emily Attwood December 2014

    The Board of Education voted on Tuesday night to suspend the Sayreville High School athletic director amid an investigation into the hazing scandal involving its football program. The football team's season came to an abrupt and early end in October following allegations of harassment, bullying and sexual assault. 

    The board voted 8-0 to suspend athletic director John Kohutanycz with pay, effective December 17. The school's football coach, George Najjar, has been suspended since October, though four assistant coaches suspended at that time have been reinstated. 

    At Tuesday night's meeting, the board also approved the hiring of one of those assistant football coaches, Michael Novak, as the school's new strength coach, a position Najjar held until his suspension. The move was a controversial one among board members, some of whom felt that Novak should not have been considered for the position because of his connection to the football hazing investigation. Said one board member in a written statement, "I voted no on appointing Michael Novak as strength and conditioning coach because I don't believe that any of the football coaches should be returning to any coaching position at this time."

    Seven players have been charged as part of the ongoing investigation, though no coaches or administrators have faced charged.