• Hoops Coach Comes Out, Becomes First Openly Gay DI Coach

    by Dayton Daily News October 2015

    Bryant assistant Chris Burns, left, is the only openly gay assistant or head coach in Division I men's and women's basketball. SMITHFIELD, R.I. Chris Burns stands before his players in Bryant University's men's basketball locker room. He is shaking, yet resolute. He has rehearsed this conversation in his head dozens of times. But that's just practice. This is game time. "There are parts of this business that lead me to believe what I'm about to tell you is not acceptable here," the assistant coach says. "This is something I struggle with. It's made me consider giving up coaching. It's made me think I'm not supposed to be here." Players are wide-eyed. Burns takes a deep breath.

  • Opinion: Parents Should Teach Children to Be Coachable

    by Deseret Morning News October 2015

    As I picked my 10-year-old daughter, Aspen, up from her gymnastics class, I could tell that she was visibly upset. She had obviously had a rough practice, and I knew that as soon as we got in the car I would hear all about it. "My coach got mad at me," she said.

  • Vikings to Install Lactation Booths at Chiefs Game

    by DeMario Phipps-Smith September 2015

    The Minnesota Vikings will become the first NFL franchise to install Mamava lactation suites at the Oct. 18 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced Tuesday.

  • Funding, Academics Early Hurdles for UT's Hart

    by Mike Strange September 2015

    Dave Hart last week observed his fourth anniversary as Tennessee’s athletic director and vice chancellor. To say it has been an eventful four years would be an understatement. The head coaches in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball are different than when he arrived in 2011 from Alabama. A construction site that has altered the campus skyline towers over the football practice fields.

  • Talking Disruptive Fitness with a Past ABC Attendee

    by AB Editors September 2015

    Every year, attendees from a variety of backgrounds come to the Athletic Business Conference & Expo — all driven by different motivations that inform each unique experience. We're catching up with attendees to see what they've taken home from ABC.

  • ABC Speakers Describe Their Educational Sessions and Expectations

    by Paul Steinbach September 2015

    The 2015 Athletic Business Conference & Expo hits New Orleans, Nov. 19 -21 — representing ABC's second visit to the Crescent City in four years. But as popular a destination as New Orleans has proven to be, it's the educational opportunities that will have hundreds of attendees descending upon the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to learn about industry trends affecting today's athletics, fitness and recreation professionals. AB touched base with a handful of this year's session leaders — from first-time presenters to individuals with decades-long ABC speaking resumes — to find out what attracts them to ABC, and what attendees can expect to take away from New Orleans.

  • South Carolina, Va. Tech to Honor Victims of Gun Violence

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    As the national conversation on gun violence continues, two college football teams in communities that are dealing with shocking instances of violence are paying tribute to the victims.

  • N.C. Venues Clarify Transgender Restroom Policies

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A North Carolina woman and transgender activist won a personal battle to gain clarity on policies at sports stadiums, arenas and race tracks on bathroom access now that all of the major venues in North Carolina have gone on the record to say transgender fans can use the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

  • Seven Things to Know About ABC Keynote Speaker Shawn Achor and His Research on Happiness

    by Michael Gaio May 2015

    The Athletic Business Conference & Expo is proud to welcome New York Times best selling author, Harvard researcher and positive psychology expert Shawn Achor as our 2015 keynote speaker.

  • Virginia Tech Professor Explains Helmet Research

    by Paul Steinbach May 2015

    In February, the NFL suspended its concussion research program employing helmet sensors, citing player privacy and data-reliability concerns. Stefan Duma disagrees with that decision. After attending a military conference in 2003, the head of Virginia Tech's biomechanical engineering department helped the Hokies football program become the first in the nation to track head impacts.