• Ohio State AD: Black Football Uniforms Worth Risk

    by David Jablonski October 2015

    Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith played football at Notre Dame and remembers the Irish switching to green jerseys one season for a game against Southern California.

  • Group Seeks to Stop U. of North Dakota Nickname Vote

    by Anna Burleson, Forum News Service October 2015

    Documents were filed in district court in Grand Forks on Thursday in an attempt to stop the University of North Dakota's upcoming nickname vote, slated to begin Monday morning.

  • Youth Soccer Tourney Expecting $4.5M Economic Impact

    by Sharahn D. Boykin October 2015

    The fourth annual Haunted Classic Youth Soccer Tournament is expected to draw more than 30,500 people to the Dayton, Ohio region this weekend.

  • Ten Tips for Maximizing the ABC Expo Experience

    by Paul Steinbach October 2015

    Canvassing an exhibition as large and diverse as the Athletic Business Conference & Expo — with its 260 vendors encompassing everything from sports architecture to team apparel — can be a time-management challenge, if not outright intimidating. It doesn't need to be. AB asked frequent ABC visitors to put on comfortable shoes and walk us through their tricks of the trade show floor. Here's what we learned:

  • Broncos Unveil Twitter-Powered Vending Machine

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    Social media continues to wind it’s way into the sports world, and teams are using social to take fan engagement efforts to a new level. Generating social mentions is valuable, and teams are driving presence online is of increasing importance to teams.

  • Congress Calls for Ban on 'Pay for Patriotism' Promotions

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    From 2011 to 2014, the NFL collected a reported $5.4 million in taxpayer money for mid-game salutes to the military. Calling the promotions “pay for patriotism” and “marketing gimmicks,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has convinced Congress to ban this kind of activity at major sporting events.

  • Top Apparel Companies Vying for College Athletic Contracts

    by Laura Godlewski October 2015

    Largest video board in college athletics? Auburn University claims that honor, at least for this year, debuting a new 10,830-square-foot board in August. It's been a point of distinction proudly displayed during the current football season.

  • South Bend Tourism Officials Eye Indoor Sports Center

    by Jeff Parrott South Bend Tribune September 2015

    Hoping to capitalize on the growing youth travel sports industry, Michiana tourism officials want to see if they can fill more hotel rooms with dedicated parents and young athletes. St. Joseph County's Convention & Visitors Bureau, branded as Visit South Bend Mishawaka, plans to hire Chicago-based consultant Hunden Strategic Partners to study whether the market could sustain an indoor sports facility that would host travel basketball, volleyball and soccer tournaments, said Rob DeCleene, Visit South Bend Mishawaka's executive director.  The study would be funded with $50,000 from the county's hotel/motel tax board, would begin in January and be completed by the end of April.

  • Vikings Mascot Hopes to Reconcile with Team, Return

    by The Bismarck Tribune September 2015

    Ragnar, the mascot who was given a Viking funeral after asking for $20,000 per game, wants to bring his battle axe back to the negotiating table.

  • U. of North Dakota: Nickname Vote Will Be Binding

    by Anna Burleson, Forum News Service September 2015

    A vote between Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders and Sundogs is scheduled for the week of Oct. 19.