- Groundskeeper Looms Large in Sports Landscape
by David Dorsey March 2017
George Toma has guided the grounds crew at all 51 Super Bowls. He has installed and maintained fields for the NFL in London, Barcelona, Tokyo and Mexico City among others cities worldwide.
- Kiffin Named in Fraud Lawsuit
by A.J. Perez March 2017
Former University of Alabama receiver Antonio "A.C." Carter alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin that Kiffin deceived him to secure a prospect, USA TODAY Sports confirmed.
- AB Show: 35 years advancing the industry
by Kate Rampone March 2017
At our last company meeting, huddled around the conference room table reminiscing about the history of the Athletic Business Show, we couldn't help but ask ourselves where the time has gone and marvel at the evolution of our annual show from its humble beginnings to where it is today. With the growing success of Athletic Purchasing and Facilities, it became clear that athletic, fitness and recreational professionals, as well as manufacturers around the world, needed an event where they could come together to share ideas, find solutions and drive the industry forward. The AP&F Facilities/Equipment Conference was born, providing a single event and educational platform designed to cultivate a strong sense of community within our industry. Join us on our trek down memory lane, as we recall some key moments over the past 35 years that have helped to shape today's AB Show and our industry:
- Building Basketball Brand on Ball Brothers
by Josh Peter March 2017
If you thought LaVar Ball sounded outrageous when he said his son Lonzo, a freshman point guard at UCLA, is better than Stephen Curry, well, you haven't heard anything yet. "Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one," said Ball, the 49-year-old basketball dad who is 6-6 and 270 pounds and has a mouth to his size. The mouth was motoring during a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports while LaVar Ball stood in the kitchen of his home here, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles and heaven knows how far from reality. "I would just back (Jordan) in and lift him off the ground and call a foul every time he fouls me when I do a jump hook to the right or the left," Ball said. "He cannot stop me one-on-one. He better make every shot, 'cause he can't go around me. He's not fast enough. And he can only make so many shots outside before I make every bucket under the rim."
- AB Perspectives: What Would You Change About Your Facility?
by Emily Attwood March 2017
AB wants to know what design changes you'd make to the facilities you work in. If you could change one thing about your facility, what would it be, and why?
- Ex-Middle School Hoops Coach Cleared in Abuse Case
by Jeremy P. Kelley March 2017
A claim of sexual abuse against Aaron Chivington, a Fairborn pastor who coached middle school basketball for Fairborn City Schools, has been ruled unsubstantiated. "I knew that the stories that were told about me were greatly exaggerated versions of the truth, so I really wasn't worried about if we were going to be cleared, it was just a matter of when," he said.
- Ex-Coach Briles Says He Didn't Cover Up Sexual Assaults
by Spokesman Review March 2017
Breaking months of public silence, former Baylor coach Art Briles said Thursday he did not cover up sexual violence by his players or try to obstruct any investigations tied to the assault scandal at the nation's largest Baptist university.
- Angels Pitcher Put Off Surgery for Stem Cell Treatment
by Jorge L. Ortiz February 2017
Garrett Richards' first thought when he found out about his torn elbow ligament in May was to schedule Tommy John surgery as soon as possible. It made sense, considering the ligament-replacement procedure has become the standard fix for such injuries. Plus, the Los Angeles Angels ace was familiar with the operating room, having had surgery for a ruptured patellar tendon he suffered on Aug. 20, 2014, toward the end of a breakout season. Richards knew how to handle the seemingly interminable months of rehab, and he wanted to get the clock started on his return. But a conversation with Angels head physical therapist Bernard Li convinced Richards to consider other alternatives, and in mid-May he tried a relatively novel treatment in which stem cells taken from bone marrow in his pelvis were injected into the damaged area.
- Charles Oakley Speaks Following Arrest at Knicks Game
by Laura Albanese February 2017
Oakley was escorted out of the Garden after a skirmish with security guards near the seat of Knicks owner James Dolan.
- Augie's Quest Continues with 12th Annual BASH
by Jason Scott February 2017