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  • N.C. Venues Clarify Transgender Restroom Policies

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A North Carolina woman and transgender activist won a personal battle to gain clarity on policies at sports stadiums, arenas and race tracks on bathroom access now that all of the major venues in North Carolina have gone on the record to say transgender fans can use the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

  • CPS Must Add Girls Sports After Title IX Investigation

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Following a federal investigation that found “significant” gender-based participation gaps in Chicago Public Schools district sports programs, CPS will increase the amount of organized sports opportunities for girls at no less than 12 high schools as part of a settlement with the federal government.

  • Four Cited After Fight at Community Pool

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    A fight at a public pool in Ohio led to the citation of two adults and two juveniles after the altercation got out of control.

  • Oklahoma, South Dakota Revisit Transgender Policies

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors approved a policy related to the eligibility of transgender student-athletes, which will go into effect on July 1.

  • Athletes-as-Employees Model Would Alter ND Approach

    by Paul Steinbach May 2015

    The University of Notre Dame is the latest school to express that it would withdraw from the current setup of big-time college sports in the event student-athletes are deemed to be employees, according to athletic director Jack Swarbrick, who appeared as a panelist at a Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Sports meeting Tuesday.

    "Notre Dame's just not prepared to participate in any model where the athlete isn't a student first and foremost — that's the hallmark for us," Swarbrick told USA TODAY Sports. "If the entire model were to move toward athletes as employees, we'd head in a different direction. Our president has been clear about that. I'm not articulating a unique position."

    It's one that's not unique to Notre Dame, either. Northwestern University president emeritus Henry Beinen, a Knight Commission member, expressed a hope that Northwestern athletics would likewise seek a different approach to athletics, if the National Labor Relations Board concludes that an employer-employee relationship exists. The NLRB is deliberating the March 2014 ruling of regional director Peter Sung Ohr that Northwestern's scholarship football players are employees of the university, a ruling that included an order that Northwestern players vote on whether or not to unionize.

    "If we wound up with a business where you wound up paying the players to play, I think alumni would have a different view [of college sports]," Beinen said. "I think the faculty would be unaccepting of it, at least at universities like Northwestern and Stanford and maybe Notre Dame, Rice, Duke. … We haven't gotten there by a long shot. Will we? I don't know. I hope not."

    After appearing at a Congressional hearing on the Northwestern unionization effort last May, Stanford University athletic director Bernard Muir told USA Today Sports, "If [Stanford's athletes] are deemed employees, we will opt for a different model."

    Speaking at Tuesday's meeting, NCAA vice president Kevin Lennon reiterated the associations long-standing position that student-athletes are amateurs. “Amateur status, as defined by being college eligible, is compromised when they use their athletic skill for pay,” Lennon said. “The introduction of pay may lead some — not all, but some — to not take full advantage of these educational opportunities that are available to them in their college years.”


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  • The AB Extra: May 15

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    This week's AB Extra features new plans for an abandoned outdoor stadium in Miami, the reopening of the 'world's most dangerous theme park', and a classy move by the Baltimore Orioles regarding the cancelled and rescheduled games due to protests in the city. Happy Friday!

  • Child's Injury Raises Questions About Rec Center Oversight

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    A Georgia mother is upset after she says her child was injured while playing on faulty equipment at a county recreation center. 

    Hilary Logan’s 11 year-old son J.J. was playing near a foam pit at the Tucker Recreation Center in DeKalb County when he fell into the foam pit and bumped his head. 

  • San Francisco Nears Smokeless Tobacco Ban at City Fields, Including Giants' AT&T Park

    by Michael Gaio April 2015

    San Francisco officials are on the verge of spitting out a rule that would ban smokeless tobacco from ball fields throughout the city, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.

  • College Athletic Departments’ Role in Investigating Sexual Assaults

    by April 2015

    The case of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston received as much media attention for the manner in which it was handled as it did for the star player involved. Erica Kinsman met Winston at a nightclub in December 2012, and after doing a shot with the then freshman quarterback that she believes was spiked, she found herself in a cab going back to his apartment where the alleged rape occurred.

  • Man Continued to Coach Youth Softball Despite Arrest

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    Parents in a Georgia county are upset and concerned after they learned a local softball coach was able to coach a team even though the man had been arrested on child pornography charges. 

    Anthony Bartlett was arrested two years ago after investigators discovered child pornography on his laptop, but has been out on bail since then.