• NBA's Silver Talks Age Requirement, Extending Season

    by Greg Logan June 2017

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league and the NBA Players Association will take the next year to study the possibility of changing the eligibility rules for the draft. Silver cited concern about curtailing the burgeoning number of one-and-done players leaving college to enter the NBA Draft.

  • Opinion: College Football Eligibility Should Be Five Years

    by John Adams June 2017

    Player eligibility surely will be a topic of conversation among SEC football coaches when the conference's spring meetings begin Tuesday. But that's nothing new. The subject has been popping up for several years now. It gained momentum earlier this year when the American Football Coaches Association announced a proposal that would allow players to play in as many as four games in a season without losing a year of eligibility. Under current rules, a player has five years to play four seasons and could lose a year's eligibility by playing in a single game, unless he was injured.

  • Court: Leagues Have Duty to Shield Youths from Predators

    by John Wolohan and Gao Fei May 2017

    In an effort to protect minors from sexual predators, a number of youth sports organizations have developed policies designed to educate adult volunteers, coaches, employees, parents and players regarding the prevention and detection of sexual abuse. Additionally, youth organizations have also started mandating criminal background checks of all adult volunteers, coaches and employees. Is the combination of education and checks enough, or must national sports organizations ensure that their state and local affiliates actually follow the national guidelines? That was the question the Court of Appeal of California, Sixth Appellate Division was asked to decide in Jane Doe v. United States Youth Soccer Association, 8 Cal. App. 5th 1118; 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 148.

  • SEC Could Relax Penalty for Graduate Transfers

    by David Paschall May 2017

    The Southeastern Conference continues to wrestle with the NCAA's graduate-transfer rule, with Tuesday's opening of the league's spring meetings in Destin, Fla., providing the latest evidence. League policies currently penalize programs for multiple years after graduate transfers fail to meet academic benchmarks, but that could be relaxed later this week when SEC athletic directors gather with conference commissioner Greg Sankey. Football coaches took turns Tuesday discussing the issue. "What is the intent of the rule to start with?" Alabama's Nick Saban said in a news conference. "I think the intent of the rule to start with was based on somebody changing schools for academic reasons. That was the intent of the rule to start with, and now that doesn't matter.

  • Coach Reviews Mixed for NCAA Early Signing Period

    by David Paschall May 2017

    An early signing period in college football has gone from proposal to reality. For the 2018 recruiting cycle already underway, that means a 72-hour signing window beginning Dec. 20, and then the traditional signing date on the first Wednesday in February. It's a great unknown for Southeastern Conference coaches, who typically dominate the recruiting landscape. "It's going to be different because of the manpower and the hours that it takes," LSU's Ed Orgeron said. "It's a war out there, and now you have two of them. A lot of teams will be practicing for some very important bowls, so you've got to balance your time between the new signing day and the practice and preparation."

  • NCAA Basketball Graduate Transfers Stir Controversy

    by Ed Miller May 2017

    With a year of eligibility remaining, James Daniel did what an increasing number of college basketball players are doing: He entered the graduate transfer market. The experience was nothing like his recruitment coming out of high school.

  • MLB Hands Suspensions to Harper, Strickland, Appeals Forthcoming

    by Jorge L. Ortiz May 2017

    San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland received a six-game suspension and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper a four-game ban for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl Monday, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

  • Campus Carry Critics Question New Guidelines

    by Eric Stirgus May 2017

    House Bill 280, passed by the Georgia Legislature and signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Nathan Deal, prohibits firearms at athletic events but not in parking lots where people tailgate.

  • Texas Set to Pass Transgender Bathroom Bill for Schools

    by Will Weissert May 2017

    A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools.

  • NFL Tweaks Celebration, OT Rules; Moves Super Bowls

    by Bob Glauber May 2017

    The No Fun League is no more. Commissioner Roger Goodell has responded to increased criticism that the NFL discourages players from having fun by loosening the celebration rules following big plays. Goodell announced Tuesday at the league's annual May meetings in Chicago that players can be more expressive without fear of incurring a penalty.