RECENT ARTICLES
  • Opinion: Do Sports Really Make Men of Boys?

    by Mark Wiedmer March 2016

    As the institutions we publicly fund to shape our young adults into responsible citizens become more and more sullied by these male-made monstrosities, is it not time, if not past time, to consider what larger good major college football and men's basketball are doing for their athletes in particular and society in general?

  • High School Hero Honored on New Turf Field

    by Chris Thomas February 2016

    Zaevion Dobson, a 15-year-old sophomore, died in December while shielding three girls from random bullets fired in a gang shooting.

  • Female Basketball Ref Faces Up to On-Court Scrutiny

    by Al Lesar February 2016

    Surviving in a “man’s world” of basketball officiating can be a challenge for a young female. Amanda Bender recognizes the pressure, even if it’s not there overtly. Down deep, the 35-year-old native of Cassopolis, Michigan, who now lives in Granger and works part time in retail, feels she has to work harder, be sharper and act tougher than her male counterparts to establish herself.

  • First Female HS Football in Fla. Coach Could Open Doors

    by Jodie Wagner February 2016

    Lakatriona "Bernice" Brunson, a tow truck driver and business manager who is featured on the truTV show "South Beach Towing," will coach the Miami Jackson High School varsity team when it takes the field this fall.

  • JRW Parents Sue Little League, ESPN Personality

    by Andy Grimm February 2016

    The parents of players on the Jackie Robinson West youth baseball team, which was stripped over the 2014 U.S. Little League championship in a residency scandal, have sued the volunteers who ran the team, the rival coaches who turned them in, Little League, ESPN and sportscaster Stephen A. Smith.

  • Opinion: Goodell's Dismissiveness of CTE Is Insulting

    by John Smallwood February 2016

    TREGG DUERSON was right when he reacted negatively when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell compared the risk of NFL players developing the degenerative brain disease CTE to ordinary risks we all experience in life. In his self-serving annual Super Bowl press conference, Goodell said the NFL "has made great progress" in guarding against concussions. He naively added, "There are risks in life. There's risk sitting on the couch." Duerson's father - late Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson - was one of several NFL players to have committed suicide and later diagnosed to have had CTE.

  • Four Characteristics of a Great Leader

    by George Deines January 2016

    This article appeared in the January/February issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

    Organizational success depends on great leadership. Throughout nearly 14 years as a municipal parks and recreation professional, I saw the best and worst of leadership. And though I didn't necessarily realize it at first, at times I was part of the problem. For example, an off-handed comment by a first-year lifeguard made me realize that the supervisory team I had put in place was viewed as lazy, entitled and unwilling to help their fellow team members — both a shock to me, and a disservice to my lifeguards. I wanted a team of great leaders, and I had the exact opposite.

  • AB Reader Perspectives: What's Your New Year’s Resolution?

    by AB Staff January 2016

    This article appeared in the January/February issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

    Big ideas for 2016? Share your thoughts, comment below.

  • ABC 2015: Trade Show Spotlight

    by AB Editors November 2015

    In this video update Athletic Business takes a look at one of many new exhibitors at the 2015 Athletic Business Conference & Expo. Curtis Smith shows off his startup company, Handle Fitness, and explains why he chose ABC to launch his product.

  • Learning About Leadership from a Past ABC Attendee

    by AB Editors November 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.