• AB Conference: Beware of the Exploding Exercise Ball

    by Andrew Cohen December 2010

    Attorney Jeffery Long of Sacramento, Calif.-based Prout-LeVangie sees a lot of human suffering in his practice. Speaking at the Athletic Business Conference in San Diego this morning on "How to Avoid a Lawsuit," he listed some of his recent cases -- an exerciser whose trainer dropped weights on his chest, a health club member scalded by steam in the steam room and two gentlemen who landed in the ER with chemical burns after 30 minutes in a spa that (apparently) got accidently super-shocked. At the top of the list? Exploding exercise balls, four cases this year alone.

  • One on One: Sports Agent John Phillips Tackles Corruption

    by Paul Steinbach August 2010

    The sports-agent profession is spiraling out of control.

  • Academics Confront the Exploitation of African-American Male Athletes

    by Paul Steinbach May 2010

    A growing number of academics confront the perceived exploitation of African-American male student-athletes.

  • Remembering P.E. Advocate Phil Lawler

    by Michael Popke April 2010

    If your organization has received a Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress (PEP) grant sometime during the past decade, you have Phil Lawler to thank. Lawler lost his battle with cancer last Friday at the age of 60, but his legacy will live on for generations.

  • Life-Changing Leadership

    by Paul Steinbach April 2010

    Congratulations to Pat Laus, owner and founder of The Atlantic Clubs in Manasquan and Red Bank, N.J., on receiving the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association's Outstanding Community Service Award.

  • Reconnecting with Paul Wilson

    by Paul Steinbach April 2010

    Opening day of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association conference is history, and I can't think of a better person to have spent a good chunk of it with than NIRSA historian Paul Wilson, who dropped by the Athletic Business booth to reconnect.

  • Augie's Army

    by Paul Steinbach March 2010

    It was a night of dress blues and olive drab, and ultimately a lot of green. The fifth annual B*A*S*H for MDA's Augie's Quest raised more than $822,000 toward amytorphic lateral sclerosis research Friday during the 29th International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association Convention & Trade Show in San Diego.

  • AB Conference: Friday With Mitch

    by Michael Popke December 2009

  • AB Conference: Dodgeball - Another True Underdog Story

    by Paul Steinbach December 2009

    In his session this morning titled "Burned Out or Fired Up!" Rick Hanetho, executive director of the Northbrook (Ill.) Park District, presented attendees with his C3+P6=Success formula. The Cs include contact, connections, these are the things that count. Passion, purpose, people, process and performance, planning and perserverance comprise the Ps. (Seems like seven Ps to me, but who's counting?)

  • AB Conference: Do You Google Yourself?

    by Nicholas Brown December 2009

    That is the question Hilary Bride asked the approximately 110 people attending her seminar, "Networking Sites: What Youth Sports Administrators Need to Know." Bride, in fact, encourages the practice, as it helps one better understand one's "e-self."