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  • Northwestern's Fitzgerald: Unionization Efforts 'a Positive'

    by Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press July 2014

    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insists no team is more unified than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.

  • Ex-Buckeye Helps Athletes with Catastrophic Injuries

    by Bill Wagner, Maryland Gazette July 2014

    Positive-Strides-Org is a charitable foundation that provides guidance and assistance to athletes that have suffered catastrophic or life-changing sports-related injury.

  • Columnist: Dungy Proof Intolerance Lingers as NFL Issue

    by Christine Brennan, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    It's not the NFL's fault that Dan Snyder and his Washington team continue to use and defend a blatantly racist nickname. It's also not the NFL's fault that former head coach and current TV talking head Tony Dungy said he wouldn't have drafted the NFL's first openly gay player because he "wouldn't want to deal with all of it." The NFL itself is not to blame for Richie Incognito's boorish and offensive behavior with the Miami Dolphins last season, or Minnesota Vikings special-teams coach Mike Priefer's equally nasty and unacceptable anti-gay language.

  • Dungy Clarifies Comments, Michael Sam Responds

    by Michael Gaio July 2014

    Former Buccaneers and Colts head coach Tony Dungy made news earlier this week when he was quoted saying he "wouldn't have taken" former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who is openly gay, in the NFL Draft.

  • Ex-Coach Dungy on Sam: 'I Wouldn't Have Taken Him'

    by Tom Mahon, Daily News Staff Writer July 2014

    Is Tony Dungy a hypocrite? You make the call.

  • Shaping the Future of Athletics Safety and Security

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2014

    Editor's note: Look for more Sports Venue Safety articles as we publish a new one online each day this week. Or, view the entire digital issue here.

    My first exposures to the issues of safety and security at a sporting event came when I was eight years old. It was at Old Comiskey, back when the Chicago White Sox were "winning ugly" in the American League West. I remember going to at least half a dozen games that year with my father as the White Sox fought for an AL West championship, but that wasn't the only fighting I witnessed. The fights in the stands became as much of a spectacle as the game itself. It got to a point that we never wondered if a fight would break it, but rather when. Though I attended games with my father, a U.S. Navy SEAL and Golden Gloves boxing champion, I never had a complete sense of safety. Still, I was undeterred. I loved going to Old Comiskey and watching the White Sox despite the extracurricular activities.

  • Big Ten Leaders Join Push to Boost Athlete Benefits

    by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    The timing, they say, was largely coincidental. But what if the statement released Tuesday by the Big Ten -- and signed by all 14 of its presidents and chancellors -- serves to back up the testimony given last week by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany? "A lot of things end up maybe better than we planned," Delany said.

  • Is Social Media Making Us Anti-Social?

    by Chris Yandle June 2014

    Is social media making us anti-social? The answer is complicated.

  • Video: Anti-'Redksins' Ad Airs During NBA Finals

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    The debate over the Washington Redskins' nickname isn't going away, not even during the climax of the basketball season. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a tribe based in California, paid for an anti-"Redskins" commercial that aired to a national audience during Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night. See an extended version of the commercial below.

  • NCAA-Critic Ridpath to Look for System Fix in Europe

    by Todd Jones, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH June 2014

    Dateline: ATHENS, Ohio The search for answers regarding the future of big-money college athletics is causing one critic to head overseas. Dr. David Ridpath, an associate professor of sports administration at Ohio University, leaves today for Germany, where he'll spend the next year studying the European sports system and how it differs from a college model unique to the U.S. Ridpath will teach at the University of Bayreuth in Germany for 14 months, with that school providing him grant money to conduct a research project into how European sports governing bodies funnel college-aged athletes through a system not tied to education.