Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
2012 Olympics Chief: Gambling Bigger Threat Than Doping
by Emily Attwood January 2012
While doping scandals have marred the image of the Olympic Games in past years, organizers of the 2012 Games in London are bracing for a new type of scandal: gambling. Minister for sport Hugh Robertson believes that contest-fixing will become a bigger concern, both to the Olympic Games and sports in general, as illegal betting syndicates in India and other parts of the Far East grow unchecked. He expects at least Â£300M ($467M) to be wagered in Britain alone during the London Games - which run from July 27 to Aug. 12. Spot-betting, in which wagers are placed not on the outcome of a contest but the occurrence or timing of a particular incident or event within a contest, is of particular concern, says the minister, recalling the November arrest of three Pakistani cricket players for spot-fixing during a 2010 match.
Athletic Departments and First Amendment Rights of Student Journalists
by Paul Steinbach October 2011
Aaron Smith was looking forward to joining a dozen or so members of the mainstream media at a scheduled gathering of University of Kentucky men's basketball players, each of whom would be available for eight-minute one-on-one interviews.
Administrators to High School Cheerleaders: Cover Up
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor September 2011
Cheerleaders in high schools from coast to coast are in danger of losing the privilege of wearing their uniforms to school on game days, as administrators crack down on dress-code violations.
Blog: 'Lunkheads' Judged in 'Judgement Free Zone'
by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein September 2011
It was great watching "The Daily Show" skewer Planet Fitness - home of the Judgement Free Zone® - for discriminating against "lunkheads," deadlifters serious enough to make noise while they work out.
California Lags in Regulating Athletic Trainers
by Michael Popke August 2011
In May 2009, Tommy Mallon was playing in his final high school lacrosse game for Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach, Calif., when he collided with an opposing player as both were scrambling for a bouncing ball.
Is North Carolina's New Concussion Law Best in the Country?
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor June 2011
The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Act - named after two football players who died after suffering concussions in 2009 - was signed into law by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue late last week. Every member of the state's House and Senate endorsed the law, which head-injuries expert Kevin Guskiewicz calls the best in the country.
Transgender Student-Athlete Leaves GW Basketball Program
by Paul Steinbach May 2011
As the issue of how transgender student-athletes fit into the organized sports landscape continues to evolve at both the college and high school levels, the collegiate ranks lost one such athlete this week.
AD Fired for Faking Classes, Fixing Grades
by Paul Steinbach May 2011
A Seattle Public Schools investigation has determined that Jim Valiere, former athletic director at Garfield High School, had manufactured grades for a Spanish class that didn't exist in order to keep a heavily recruited basketball player on course to attend his college of choice. Valiere was fired April 11.
Track Coach Fired After Boys Run Shirtless
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2011
A celebrated boys' track coach in Westwood, Mass., was fired and ordered off school property last week for letting his runners train without wearing shirts. Tom Davis led Westwood High's 4x800-meter relay team to the New Balance Indoor Nationals less than two months ago and had his outdoor team off to a 5-0 start this season when he started hearing about complaints regarding boys going shirtless.
High School Senior Ruled One Day Too Old to Play Basketball
by John T. Wolohan March 2011
The primary goal of every state high school athletic association is to develop rules and regulations that ensure fair and safe play.