• With Comcast, SEC Network Would Reach 50M Homes

    by Andy Johnston; For the AJC July 2014

    You might want to hold out for a couple of weeks if you're a Comcast subscriber who's worried that you won't have the SEC Network.

  • Big 12 Conference Launches New Logo, Identity

    by Andrew Brandt July 2014

    The Big 12 Conference unveiled a number of new identity and branding standards Tuesday, including — most visibly — the official launch of its new logo.

  • Opinion: Soccer Growing at Its Own Pace in U.S.

    by By Bob Ford July 2014

    Asking whether the United States is now a "soccer nation," which has become a timely if peculiar fascination during the excitement of the World Cup, is like asking if the U.S. is a "broccoli nation." Soccer is consumed here regularly; fervidly by some, occasionally by others, and not at all by those who simply don't care for it. For the most part in this country - with the notable exception of the NFL - that's no different than any other sport.

  • BYU Coach: Split Divisions Only When Schools in Black

    by Dick Harmon, Deseret News June 2014

    PROVO - If 65 Power 5 athletic programs want to create a new NCAA division, they'd better come through with the coin. Right now, most are not balancing their checkbooks. That's the warning from BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall, whose school is one of only 25 Division I universities operating in the black. "The issue of 65 breaking off is all because of money. Why not say nobody breaks off unless they are operating in the black? College sports is becoming more and more commercialized and like professional football," said Mendenhall.

  • World Cup Interest Proves U.S. Finally a Soccer Nation

    by Nancy Armour, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    Never has a loss felt so good. Or meant so much. The USA backed its way into the Round of 16 on Thursday, advancing ahead of Portugal despite a 1-0 loss to Germany. But as big as the result on the field was, marking the first time the Americans have made it out of the group stage in consecutive World Cups, it was dwarfed in importance by the reaction off of it. Just as countries in Europe and South America have for decades, the USA came to a standstill for two hours, die-hard fans and bandwagon jumpers alike glued to the Americans' game against Germany.

  • Big Ten Leaders Join Push to Boost Athlete Benefits

    by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    The timing, they say, was largely coincidental. But what if the statement released Tuesday by the Big Ten -- and signed by all 14 of its presidents and chancellors -- serves to back up the testimony given last week by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany? "A lot of things end up maybe better than we planned," Delany said.

  • Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Against NJ Sports Betting

    by Suzette Parmley; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dashed New Jersey's hopes to institute sports betting at Atlantic City casinos and the state's racetracks by upholding a federal ban that limits the activity to four states and denying the state's appeal of a lower court ruling. Last year, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a trial judge's ruling that sided with the four professional sports leagues - Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA, as well as the NCAA - and shot down New Jersey's attempt to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the federal law that limits sports betting to Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana.

  • NCAA's Fast-Paced Reform: How Did We Get Here?

    by DEREK REDD, Daily mail sportswriter June 2014

    How the reformation of intercollegiate athletics could affect West Virginia schools and the amateurism of the student-athlete Change is coming to the NCAA's Division I, a transformation likely to happen not in a matter of years, but in a matter of months.

  • USC to Offer Four-Year Scholarships in Revenue Sports

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    The University of Southern California is joining a short list of Division I schools offering student-athletes an added sense of security with its scholarship offers.

  • For Teams, There's Life After Dropping Offensive Mascots

    by Mary Sanchez, Dayton Daily News (Ohio) June 2014

    Daniel M. Snyder, the beleaguered owner of Washington's National Football League franchise, had a setback this week when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deemed the team's name trademark "disparaging" and unworthy of protection.