• 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.

  • 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.

  • Columnist: The Disturbing History of Baseball's Mascots

    by Frank Fitzpatrick; Inquirer Columnist June 2014

    Few outside of Cleveland would be surprised, or dismayed, if the Indians' overtly racist logo - the toothy Chief Wahoo - soon vanished. The supporters of these anachronistic sporting symbols see them as worthy, innocent, and long-standing traditions. But to believe that, you've got to overlook the disturbing history from which they arose.

  • Three Key Questions Asked in the UNC Academics Probe

    by Wes Platt June 2014

    CHAPEL HILL - During the past five months, former federal prosecutor Ken Wainstein and his team have interviewed 80 people, searched 1.5 million emails and electronic documents and analyzed thousands of transcripts - some dating back to the 1980s. "We're in the thick of it," Wainstein told the University of North Carolina Board of Governors during a high-level briefing Friday. "It's impossible to give an exact timeframe (for when the investigation will end). We think it's important to do it thoroughly and do it right."

  • O'Bannon Trial: Impact of Emmert Testimony Unclear

    by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder June 2014

    As smoking guns go, it seemed pretty mild. For high drama, the testimony was pretty mundane. But after several hours of cross-examining NCAA President Mark Emmert on Thursday morning, attorney Bill Isaacson finally worked his way to the line in a nearly 4-year-old e-mail that might as well have been in all capital letters. In a long memo to Emmert, who had just arrived on the job in the fall of 2010, then-NCAA vice president Wally Renfro had outlined several issues facing the organization. In a section on the commercial exploitation of student-athletes, Renfro suggested it was "a fairness issue, and along with the notion that athletes are students is the great hypocrisy of intercollegiate athletics."

  • 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.

  • Ruling Heartens 'Redskins' Opponents, Changes Nothing

    by Erik Brady, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    The Washington NFL team can still call itself "Redskins." That didn't change with Wednesday's ruling by a federal trademark board. But opponents of the name, who call it a racial slur, hope team owner Daniel Snyder will change it on his own.

  • Washington Redskins Lose Federal Trademarks

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    In what's being called a "landmark decision," the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans." Due to its "disparaging" nature, the name cannot be trademarked under federal law which prohibits protection of offensive or disparaging language.

  • Opulent Sports Events Losing Luster for Would-Be Hosts

    by USA Today June 2014

    When FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, chose Brazil to host this year's World Cup it seemed a safe bet. Brazilians are crazy for the so-called beautiful game, and they play it with a flair that gives it much of its beauty.