• 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.

  • Dieticians Push for Deregulation of Student-Athlete Feeding

    by Paul Steinbach September 2012

    Deregulation. Job creation. Putting food on the table. It may sound like tired election-year rhetoric, but these are issues foremost on the minds of members of the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dieticians Association.

  • Pregame Prayers Under Attack at High Schools, Colleges

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor August 2012

    Football teams and fans in Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee have responded in a variety of ways to warnings from a Madison, Wis.-based national state-church watchdog group targeting pregame prayers. For months, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been sending letters to school superintendents and college chancellors objecting to the practice of opening football games and other school or university functions with a prayer.

  • Blog: Olympic Gold Medal Cheater Riles Former Swim Ref

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor August 2012

    For three years, I was a USA Swimming-certified stroke and turn official, which means I stood at the end of a pool for hours making sure each and every swimmer in my lane (or, as was more typical, my lanes) legally executed their strokes. If not, it was my duty to disqualify that swimmer. Most of the DQs I issued were to kids 14 and younger, and I'm pretty sure the majority of them knew they screwed up before I even raised my arm to report the infraction to the head referee.

  • Smoking Bans Take Effect in Parks and Other Outdoor Areas

    by Emily Attwood May 2012

    Aligning itself with policies already in place in New York City, New York state parks, beaches and playgrounds went smoke-free in April.

  • Fighting in Ice Hockey Faces Unprecedented Scrutiny

    by Paul Steinbach April 2012

    Derek Boogaard's brain is handled with care these days. It resides with dozens of others at Boston University, donated to the Sports Legacy Institute so that it might be studied for signs of long-term damage.

  • Exercise Intervention Policies in Campus Fitness Centers

    by Emily Attwood March 2012

    Today's generation of incoming college freshmen expect a college to deliver the full package - not just a good education, but the latest technology, luxurious dorms, state-of-the art buildings, an elite athletic program and of course, an extensive offering of recreational activities to keep them busy outside of class.

  • Shaving Incident Costs Girls' Swim Team Its Title

    by Emily Attwood February 2012

    From the "You Never Thought This Rule Would be Enforced" file, a violation by a member of the Broadneck (Md.) High School girls' swim team retroactively cost the team its county title and prevented the coach from watching the squad sweep regional titles last weekend. The infraction? Shaving at the meet.