Blog: After a Sad Week, Count Your Blessings
by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein April 2013
"This is just like New Orleans."
In the wake of the tragedy in Boston this week, we were reminded of that quote from 2005. It came from one of our health club members and is seared into our brains. And it reminds us never to become the kind of people who would say that. Such a statement colors our opinion of customer service and how we respond to difficult situations.
Hope (for Humanity) Springs Eternal at Spring Games
by Paul Steinbach April 2013
There's a lot of humanity at college football spring games in 2013. The University of Kentucky drew 50,831 to its game last Saturday. That's 30,506 more fans than had ever seen the Wildcats scrimmage before, and that places Kentucky second in the current spring game attendance rankings. But not for long. Alabama, which tees it up tomorrow, has averaged 86,089 fans per spring game during the six-year Nick Saban era.
Rutgers AD Out; Faculty Call for President's Resignation
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013
Two days after Rutgers University men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for shoving, grabbing and hurling balls and anti-gay slurs at players, athletic director Tim Pernetti has resigned, according to Associated Press reports.
Augie Nieto Presses for ALS Cure with Best BASH Yet
by Paul Steinbach March 2013
"Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada." A replica of the famous sign that greets visitors to America's playground greeted attendees of the eighth annual BASH for Augie's Quest, held Thursday night at Mandalay Bay in conjunction with the 2013 International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association convention and trade show. Showgirls and an Elvis impersonator welcomed fitness pioneer, author and philanthropist Augie Nieto and guests, as well.
Fitness Industry Leader Charles M. Leighton Dies
by Emily Attwood March 2013
Charles M. Leighton, the founder of the company responsible for making NordicTrack one of the most iconic and revolutionary lines of exercise equipment, has passed away. The NordicTrack line started with a single piece of at-home exercise equipment, a cross-country ski simulator, in 1975. Leighton's company, CML Group, acquired the equipment brand in the late 1980s and expanded the NordicTrack line to include treadmills, leg machines, cross-trainers, elliptical-style machines and more.
Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus
by Paul Steinbach December 2012
The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.
Study: Kids Need 7 Minutes of Vigorous Activity a Day
by Emily Attwood November 2012
Forget the one-hour-a-day recommendation. A study by University of Alberta medical researchers suggests that seven minutes of exercise is the key to keeping kids healthy, as long as it's the right kind of exercise.
Colleges Seek Third-Party Help in AD Searches
by Paul Steinbach November 2012
It has been dubbed the "Wonder Blunder." A botched concert promotion, in which the budget-weary University of Hawaii paid a $200,000 deposit for an on-campus Stevie Wonder concert that never happened, led to the August dismissal of athletic director Jim Donovan, who was first contacted about the potential event back in March. But the "blunder" was only the beginning of the Rainbows' woes.
Schools Attempt to Control Athletes' Social Media Use
by Paul Steinbach October 2012
"Denard Robinson is soooo bad! And it makes me feel so good."
That was Michigan State University backup safety Kyle Artinian's take via Twitter during archrival Michigan's Sept. 2 season-opening loss to Alabama - a game in which Robinson, the Wolverines' star quarterback, struggled. Two MSU linebackers likewise sent tweets mocking Robinson that Saturday. By Sunday, it was national news.
N.H. School Board Member Proposes Killing Football Program
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2012
A proposal to ban high school football in Dover, N.H., a small city in the state's southeastern corner, has taken the community - including Dover High School athletic director Peter Wotton - by surprise. "I sure would like to believe [football will survive]," he told Foster's Daily Democrat. "Just the idea of what football is - it's an event. It entails the band, the cheerleaders, the community. That's what makes football so different from the other sports. Good and bad."