• Can MLB Boost Participation Among African-Americans?

    by Bob Nightengale April 2017

    They gathered in two dugouts in Chicago this week, representing not only every component of the game but also perhaps the hope and future to help heal Major League Baseball's ongoing shortcoming: the scarcity of African Americans playing baseball. While baseball celebrates the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier Saturday with glorious ceremonies and a statue unveiling at Dodger Stadium, it will only camouflage the harsh reality that there are fewer African Americans in baseball than at any other time in the last 60 years. African Americans comprise just 7.1% of players on this year's opening-day rosters, the lowest percentage since 1958, according to a study by USA TODAY Sports. There are 62 African-American players among the 868 on active rosters and disabled lists. Eleven teams have no more than one African American on their roster, and the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies have none.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • Augie's Quest Continues with 12th Annual BASH

    by Jason Scott February 2017

    Augie’s Quest, the effort focused on treating and curing ALS, is once again partnering with IHRSA on the 12th Annual BASH for Augie’s Quest.

  • Infographic: Football's Popularity on Rise Among Women

    by AB Editors February 2017

    Today is National Girls & Women in Sports Day! This day serves to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports. Seeing as the 51st Super Bowl is just a few days away, let’s take a look at the progress women have made in the male-dominated world of football.

  • Letter from the Editor: What's Your Why?

    by Emily Attwood January 2017

    Athletic Business held its 35th conference and trade show this past November in Orlando. For attendees, it's a chance to learn, to network and to see the latest tools to improve their programs and facilities. For me, the experience offers a renewed outlook on why I do what I do.