• Editorial: No More Unequal Pay for World Cup Champs

    by Dallas Morning News April 2016

    In U.S. Soccer, particularly, pay comparisons are apples to apples. Men and women do the same job. They play the same number of games with the same amount of practice and travel.

  • Opinion: Demand Accountability for Sports Misconduct

    by Marlen Garcia April 2016

    Too often, top-level administrators are clueless about the inner workings of athletics. They see high-achieving athletes, many of whom also excel academically, and prefer to assume everything is dandy.

  • Boeheim: Difference Between 'Breaking Rules' and 'Cheating'

    by Dayton Daily News April 2016

    Jim Boeheim drew a distinction Thursday between what he considers cheating in college sports and the violations for which Syracuse was punished with a postseason ban last year. "It's something I regret," the basketball coach said. "I'm not happy about that. I don't think we gained any competitive advantage at any time in this whole case that we've been through for 10 years. I think it weighed on us for 10 years and affected recruiting for 10 years. That's just part of the punishment.

  • Final Four Families Get Travel Expense Help From NCAA

    by Ryan Aber March 2016

    For the second straight season, the NCAA will pay expenses to the family of each player for the teams in the men's and women's Final Fours. The money is for travel, hotel and meal expenses for family members.

  • Illinois Fantasy Sports Supporters Open to Regulations

    by Drew Zimmerman March 2016

    Supporters of online fantasy sports services in Illinois say they would be open to the type of regulations that were finalized by the attorney general of Massachusetts last week. Attorney General Maura Healey issued a series of regulations to daily fantasy sports companies across that state, including raising the minimum age to participate to 21, prohibiting contests based on college sports and providing consumer protections for compulsive players.

  • District Grants Gym Class Exemptions After Appeal

    by Madhu Krishnamurthy March 2016

    Elgin schools officials have reversed earlier decisions to deny physical education exemptions to dozens of high school juniors, mostly from Bartlett High School, after an appeals process. In February, nearly 45 Bartlett High School students urged the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board to allow exemptions for gym class for next school year. The students denied exemptions were among the top achievers, taking honors and Advanced Placement courses, and belonging to the school's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy.

  • NCAA in Spot: Final Four Teams Win Despite Scandals

    by Dan Wolken March 2016

    It was Mark Emmert's first year on the job as NCAA president, and scandal was about to become the buzzword rippling through college sports. Southern California had just been ordered to vacate its football national title as a result of an investigation into illegal benefits. A high-profile basketball coach (Tennessee's Bruce Pearl) and football coach (Ohio State's Jim Tressel) were fired within two months of each other for lying to NCAA investigators about transgressions in their programs. Major violations in Miami (Fla.) football were a few months away from being alleged by a former booster. The sex abuse scandal at Penn State was on the verge of being revealed to the world. And Emmert, weary from the string of black eyes on college sports, was launching a campaign to get tougher on cheaters. So it was at least a little bit ironic within the context of those times that Emmert had to hand the 2011 championship trophy to Connecticut and Jim Calhoun, who had illegally used an agent/booster to recruit a player and had been suspended earlier that season.

  • Kids May Not Be Getting Required PE Time

    by Sonja Isger March 2016

    Florida law already requires physical education class for 150 minutes a week in elementary school. But do students actually get the full 150?

  • Opinion: If Safety Is Goal, NFL Should Ban Returns

    by Jerry Sullivan March 2016

  • NFL Approves 1-Year Trial of Ejection Rule

    by From Our Press Services March 2016

    The NFL is putting some bite in its on-field discipline. NFL owners on Wednesday approved a one-year trial allowing officials to eject a player who draws two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties from specific categories. Those categories include throwing a punch at or kicking an opponent; taunting; and using abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures. It’s not quite as strong as what Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested during Super Bowl week when asked about players committing flagrant fouls. But it’s a step in trying to curb unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, which hit a high of 75 in 2015.