• AB Reader Perspective: Facility Improvement Wish List

    by AB Staff April 2017

    Is there something you would change about your facility's design? 

  • Accused Predator May Have Targeted Youth Sports

    by Andrew Marra April 2017

    Corey Perry, the middle school teacher wanted on child pornography charges, was a coach for the basketball team at Watkins Middle in Palm Beach Gardens, but Superintendent Robert Avossa said the computer science teacher had also worked with children in recreational sports leagues and knew some of his victims through those teams.

  • Athletic Business CEO Gretchen Brown Reflects on Magazine's Past

    by AB Staff April 2017

    From the very beginning, Athletic Business has been a family affair. The original publication combined founder Fenton Kelsey Jr.'s passion for ice hockey with a family tradition of publishing. Current CEO Gretchen Kelsey Brown played an integral part in the magazine's early production, and since her father's retirement in the mid-'80s has been at the helm of a publication credited with guiding the athletics, fitness and recreation industry through major changes and challenges. Account executive Michael Gaio recently sat down with Brown to discuss the evolving industry.

  • Opinion: Silver's Words a Disservice to Female Coaches

    by AB Staff April 2017

    Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner and self-appointed social engineer, has now turned his attention from North Carolina's bathrooms to female coaches in the NBA. Responding recently to a statement made by a radio host that there would never be a female head coach in the NBA, Silver told ESPN: "There definitely will (be a female head coach). And I think it is on me to sort of ensure that it happens sooner rather than later ... I do think there are things that the league can and should be doing to accelerate the move toward a woman being a head coach in the league."

  • To Better Understand the Present, Look Back

    by Emily Attwood April 2017

    Athletic Business, as you will know quite well after you finish reading the APril issue, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. I, however, will only be celebrating six years with the company this year, which has made the past few months all the more invaluable.

  • Sandusky Case: Ex-Penn State President Spanier Guilty

    by Susan Snyder, Angela Couloumbis March 2017

    Graham B. Spanier, the former Pennsylvania State University president once considered one of the nation's most prominent college leaders, was convicted Friday of endangering children by failing to act on signs that Jerry Sandusky was a serial sex predator. After nearly 12 hours of deliberation, a Dauphin County jury of seven women and five men found Spanier guilty of a misdemeanor count of endangerment. He was acquitted of a second endangerment count, as well as a felony conspiracy charge. Still, the guilty verdict was a stunning blow to Spanier, 68, who had long proclaimed his innocence, and to his supporters, who had fiercely defended him and accused prosecutors of overreaching and unfairly staining the university. Many, including Spanier's wife, Sandra, a Penn State English professor, and his son were in the courtroom to hear the verdict. Spanier didn't appear to react when it was announced and declined to comment later. His lawyer promised an appeal.

  • 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."