RECENT ARTICLES
  • Update: NFL Passes Controversial Rule on Helmet Hits

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor March 2013

    The biggest news to come out of the National Football League's annual owners' meetings this week in Phoenix was the decision to ban ball carriers and defenders from delivering forcible blows with the crown of their helmets in the open field - a significant step toward making the game safer.

  • The 'Baseball Rule' - Not the Rule in Idaho

    by Carla Varriale March 2013

    A sweeping decision by a unanimous Idaho Supreme Court has called into question the future of the well-known "baseball rule," which for generations has insulated stadium owners and operators from liability for claims by spectators injured by errant bats and balls. In its ruling for plaintiff Bud Rountree, the court also held that primary or secondary assumption of the risk is not a defense except in a situation involving express written or oral consent, signaling that the baseball rule may be giving way to a duty of care based on traditional negligence principles.

  • Md. Bill Sparks Conversation About Lacrosse Safety

    by Emily Attwood March 2013

    While a Maryland bill requiring girls' lacrosse players to wear headgear was met with an outcry of opposition from the lacrosse community and quickly withdrawn, its authors say it has served its purpose. As participation in girls' lacrosse has increased, so have concerns about player safety, most notably, the risk of concussion. (Currently, helmets and facemasks are mandated in men's lacrosse, while helmets are banned in women's lacrosse for all but goalkeepers.) Delegates Dana Stein and Jon Cardin say that the proposed bill "accomplished an important goal of pushing the conversation to include vital safety concerns and is a win-win for parents and youth athletes."

  • 'Harlem Shake' Not Viral Fun for Every Sports Team

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor February 2013

    The U.S. Olympic swimming team became America's darlings even before the first event at London's Aquatic Centre last summer, thanks to its lip dub video of the smash hit "Call Me Maybe." But a different kind of viral video is now threatening to have much more dire consequences for sports teams.

  • Intramural Coed Basketball Playing Rules Vary Greatly

    by Paul Steinbach January 2013

    Suppose for a moment that you're a recreational basketball player at Gonzaga University - and a woman.

  • Commish at Center of Anthem Flap: I Made Mistake

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    Ed Sam, the commissioner of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League who set off a national firestorm when he suggested skipping "The Star-Spangled Banner" to save ice time, admitted Wednesday that he was wrong.

  • Pennsylvania Prep Hockey League Ices National Anthem

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    Citing the need to not waste precious ice time, the commissioner of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League has discouraged the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games. Late last week, Ed Sam sent an email to the PIHL's 183 high school team members in central and western Pennsylvania conveying that message.

  • Massive Youth Football Gambling Ring Busted in South Florida

    by Emily Attwood October 2012

    An 18-month investigation of a youth football gambling operation in South Florida culminated in the arrest of nine men, all coaches and assistants from the league. "Operation Dirty Play," as the investigation was called, started with journalists from ESPN who videotaped parents exchanging money in the stands. According to investigators, larger sums of money were exchanged off the field, and as much as $100,000 was wagered on a youth football championship.

  • Cheerleaders Win Banners Battle, At Least Until June

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2012

    A group of high school cheerleaders in southeast Texas appears to have won its battle for religious freedom, at least until the middle of next year. State District Judge Steven Thomas issued an injunction on Thursday that allows Kountze High School cheerleaders to continue using run-through banners decorated with Bible verses at home football games. Thomas ruled that the school district's ban on the Biblical banners violated free-speech rights.

  • Battle Over Scriptural Banners Reaching Biblical Proportions

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2012

    What began with one resident's complaint about the use of run-through banners decorated with Bible verses at Kountze (Texas) High School football games has turned into a national controversy. Reporters from coast to coast have invaded this small southeast Texas town of fewer than 2,200 people that has become - at least for now - the center of the debate over religious freedoms.