Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
Columnist: Patent Office 'Redskins' Ruling is Offensive
by Rich Lowry June 2014
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's contribution to the Washington Redskins debate is pettifogging absurdity in the service of rank politically correct bullying.
Beer and Wine Sales Trending at College Stadiums
by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports June 2014
Southern Methodist's Rick Hart and Texas A&M's Eric Hyman run athletics departments that share a state, once shared a conference and still have enough in common to play each other in multiple sports, including football this season. But Texas A&M fans who land tickets to their team's Sept. 20 game at SMU's Ford Stadium will have the opportunity to do something that is forbidden in the Aggies stadium: buy a beer. After a successful trial run during basketball season that netted the athletics department a six-figure windfall over the course of 12games, SMU is one of a handful of schools that will begin selling beer and wine at its on-campus stadium. And with athletics departments getting ready to absorb multimillion-dollar obligations in new player benefits thanks to a wave of litigation and NCAA restructuring, it's plausible that others might soon follow suit.
AD: Ban on Parent-Coaches Would Devastate Teams
by Post & Courier June 2014
A proposal to ban so-called dad coaches from high school sports in Berkeley County has some residents riled up, and some athletic directors and coaches concerned. The Berkeley County school board, which meets Tuesday night in Moncks Corner, is considering a proposal that would prevent volunteer coaches from coaching their own children at the varsity and junior varsity levels. More than 350 people have signed a petition at change.org to protest the idea. The children of Berkeley County deserve to have as many programs available to them as possible, Moncks Corner resident Sally Wofford wrote in the petition. Banning parent coaches will reduce the number of teams.
Chiropractors, Doctors at Odds Over New Concussion Law
by Laura A. Bischoff June 2014
Tanya Clark of Harrison Twp. talks to her son, Justin, at a summer league basketball game. Justin Clark, a 2013 Chaminade Julienne High School graduate, suffered a concussion during a 2012 game . COLUMBUS - Ohio's new law requiring that young athletes be pulled from practice or play if they appear to have suffered a concussion is likely to get a mini-makeover because of a dispute over who should be allowed to clear injured kids to return to competition. Chiropractors want in on the action. Medical doctors want to keep them on the sidelines, saying that chiropractors lack the training and expertise to diagnose and treat brain injuries in young athletes.
Will Redskins Trademark Ruling Impact Prep Level?
by BOB McGOVERN June 2014
Bay State high school logos from the Tewksbury Redmen to the Wakefield Warriors could be history after yesterday's bombshell trademark ruling against the Washington Redskins breathed new life into the fight against Native American mascots, said two opposing advocates. More than 40 high schools in Massachusetts use Native American images or names - but maybe not for long after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled the Redskins name is offensive.
Officials Unsure Where Civic Center Recycling Goes
by Rusty Marks June 2014
Members of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority aren't sure what happens to recycling collected at the Charleston Civic Center - but the arena's general manager said recycling is happening there.
Bills' Stadium Beer Sales Plan Goes Flat in Legislature
by Tom Precious; News Albany Bureau chief June 2014
At a time when a $130 million renovation of Ralph Wilson Stadium is underway, including new concession areas, the team and Ryan, D-Buffalo, had said the measure was intended to get more people into the stadium earlier.
Miami's Recruiting of Nine-Year-Old Raises Questions
by The Buffalo News (New York) June 2014
Jaden Newman was a starter on the girls' varsity basketball team last season, an accomplishment by any measure. It meant she was in the minority among high school athletes. She averaged 15.1 points and 8.1 assists per game, confirming the point guard was hardly out of place. Her undeniable talent and uncanny court sense is available for the world to see on YouTube. She was a dribbling whiz with an ankle-busting crossover. She showed the quickness to gain entry into the lane along with the ability to stop and shoot from the outside while playing for Downey Christian School in Orlando, Fla.
Virginia State Parks Audit Yields 93 Recommendations
by Super User June 2014
The sheer number of problems uncovered by an audit at the state Department of Conservation and Recreation speaks to an alarming failure in the agency's culture and processes.
IHSA Puts 'Success Factor' Reclassification on Hold
by Mike Clark, Staff Reporter June 2014
The "success factor" has been put on hold. On Monday, the Illinois High School Association board of directors voted to wait until the 2015-16 school year to implement the success factor criteria and changes to the enrollment multiplier waiver for non-boundaried schools.