- HS Adds Incentives to Revive the Multisport Athlete
by Michael Gaio September 2014
The multisport athlete is a rare breed these days. In fact, in his September column, our own editor in chief, Dennis Van Milligen, proclaimed the multisport athlete was dead altogether.
"This was back when your best athletes played multiple sports — an era that appears to be ending, as sport specialization dominates the modern high school scene," he wrote.
- Blog: Brand Recognition
by Emily Attwood September 2014
Branding. I grew up in Wyoming where branding means something totally different than its current emphasis in college athletics. Or maybe not.
Recently I was in a bar in Meeteetsee, Wyoming. In the restroom, on a rough-sawn wood wall, (I can hear the urbanites collectively saying "Iccch") someone had painstakingly recreated cattle brands in pen. Some were very simple and self-explanatory, others more complex, requiring thought and interpretation. The "lazy A" or "bar UE" are easy; the "H lazy B rockin' T" requires a bit more study.
Not so much for Athletics branding. It is everywhere -- on people's clothes, on their cars, in their homes, and especially at their alma maters. Some brands are easy, like the buffaloes. Or wait, is it bison? Attaching the university's monogram to the brand or emphasizing school colors often clarifies any confusion, and surprisingly most brands seem pretty identifiable.
Seemingly, transferring the brand to facility design should be easy. And it can be. But I like it when it's not blatantly obvious. I also like the fact that collegiate mascots endure, but the brands change. A school's history of brands can be fascinating. And these days, brands evolve almost constantly--hence the popularity of flat screen TVs or massive video boards as an architectural statement. The image is constantly refreshed. Reinvention and adaptation is essential, otherwise the experience for a spectator or recruit might be stale.
I don't mind the overpowering visual stimulation prevalent in college athletics, but sometimes I yearn for simpler times, when branding was simple, fun to interpret and timeless.
- Leadership Tips from Fast Company's Bill Taylor
by Paul Steinbach September 2014
As a twenty-something editor at the Harvard Business Review in the early 1990s, Bill Taylor sensed a pending revolution. Baby boomers were gaining power.
- Rutgers Removes Rice References from Stadium, Website
by Michael Gaio September 2014
In light of the disturbing video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator released yesterday by TMZ, Rutgers University is beginning to distance itself from its former star running back.
- Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH
by Paul Steinbach August 2014
Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.
- Spurs Hire NBA's First Paid Woman Assistant Coach
by Rexford Sheild August 2014
Coming off a 2014 NBA Championship, the San Antonio Spurs added to the depth of their coaching staff with the hire of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. But this isn't an everyday-type of hire. Hammon, the former WNBA star who is finishing up her 16th year in the league, will be the first woman paid to serve as an assistant coach in NBA history.
- 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.
- Shaping the Future of Athletics Safety and Security
by 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.
- 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.