• Portland Considers Adding e-Cigarettes to Tobacco Ban

    by Randy Billings, Portland Press Herald April 2015

    Portland City Council on Mondy will vote on whether to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public. Richard Gadourey started smoking cigarettes when he was 13 years old. But last year he switched to smoking e-cigarettes and has since noticed an improvement in his health.

  • SCHSL's Private School Proposal Would Violate State Law

    by April 2015

    The S.C. High School League's proposal to force private schools such as Bishop England to play up a classification likely would have violated state law, according to an opinion from the state attorney general s office.

  • Smoking Ban Proposal Expanded to Include All Park Facilities

    by MATT MURPHY, Daily Mail staff April 2015

    Charleston's proposed ban was originally written to apply only to public recreation centers and for smoking, but committee members favored expanding the proposal to cover all parks and recreation facilities and e-cigarettes.

  • NFL Punishment of Hardy Suitable, But Will It Stick?

    by Jarrett Bell,, USA TODAY Sports April 2015

    Docking Greg Hardy 10 games is a good look -- albeit way, way too late in one sense -- for a league determined to change its track record for dealing with domestic violence.

  • San Francisco Nears Smokeless Tobacco Ban at City Fields, Including Giants' AT&T Park

    by Michael Gaio April 2015

    San Francisco officials are on the verge of spitting out a rule that would ban smokeless tobacco from ball fields throughout the city, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.

    If the ban is approved, AT&T Park would become the first major league ballpark to ban smokeless tobacco. It’s a move welcomed by Major league Baseball.

    “As we have repeatedly and publicly acknowledged, MLB has long supported a ban of smokeless tobacco at the Major League level," the league said in a statement, "and we intend to comply with all applicable laws regarding the use of smokeless tobacco on the field in all of our ballparks.”

    As the Los Angeles Times reports, The ban still needs to pass a second Board of Supervisors vote and be signed by Mayor Ed Lee.

    “San Francisco will send a simple and strong message,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the ordinance. “Tobacco use in sports will no longer harm our youth, our health.”

    Bans against smoking have become commonplace in this country, but rules against smokeless tobacco are not as widespread.

    According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 1,203 municipalities in the United States have enacted 100% smokefree laws and all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums have rules that limit or completely prohibit smoking. The same cannot be said about smokeless tobacco.

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell, told the L.A. Times he chews a can of smokeless tobacco each day. However, he’s still in favor of the San Francisco ban.

    "I'm for it,” he said. “It should be enforced. It's common sense. It's a filthy habit. I do it. Maybe it will help me quit," Howell said. "I've tried to quit every off-season. It's mainly more cutting back than quitting.”

    But he may not speak for all major leaguers.

    Per the L.A. Times:

    The Major League Baseball Players Assn. declined to comment on the legislation.

    During the last round of collective bargaining, management sought — and the union rejected — a ban on smokeless tobacco. Such a ban is in place in the minor leagues, where management can implement changes unilaterally.

    The union argued that it would not be appropriate to ban a product that remains legal and widely available.

    However, management and the union agreed to forbid the use of smokeless tobacco in televised interviews and player appearances, to restrict players from carrying tobacco products in their uniforms, to develop and implement educational programs to demonstrate the health risks of tobacco use, and to provide resources to any player wishing to quit.

    The Campaign for Tabacco-Free Kids estimates about 535,000 children ages 12 to 17 start using smokeless tobacco each year.

  • SCHSL Tables Private School Issue, OKs 5-Class System

    by J. Hartsell, Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) April 2015

    The S.C. High School League decided Tuesday to divide its member schools into five classifications beginning in 2016-17, but punted on a proposal that would have forced private schools such as Bishop England to play up a class.

  • College Athletic Departments’ Role in Investigating Sexual Assaults

    by Dennis Van Milligen April 2015

    The case of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston received as much media attention for the manner in which it was handled as it did for the star player involved. Erica Kinsman met Winston at a nightclub in December 2012, and after doing a shot with the then freshman quarterback that she believes was spiked, she found herself in a cab going back to his apartment where the alleged rape occurred.

  • SEC Pushes NCAA for Cost-of-Attendance Transparency

    by Ben Frederickson, Knoxville News-Sentinel April 2015

    Beginning in August, college athletes across the country can receive increased scholarship payments that cover the full cost of attendance, the result of a January vote in which the five power conferences freed themselves to pay for more than just tuition, fees, room, board and books.

  • South Carolina Prep League to Vote on Private Schools

    by Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) April 2015

    Some major changes in South Carolina high school athletics could be in store as the S.C. High School League's executive committee votes on controversial proposals Tuesday.

  • Angels, Ticket Staff Resolve Anthem Controversy


    The Angels and their ticket takers have apparently resolved a dispute over whether they should continue working and allowing patrons through the turnstiles into Angel Stadium during the national anthem.