• SEC Spring Meetings Focus on Autonomy Talks

    by Tim Tucker; Staff May 2014

    DESTIN, Fla. --- Even with one of their longtime, hot-button issues resolved, SEC coaches and officials face no shortage of pertinent topics at the league's annual spring meetings this week. Whether to play eight- or nine-game conference football schedules --- a frequent debate at these meetings the past two years --- was settled when the SEC decided last month to stick with eight. That cleared the table for the league to tackle topics related to a significant change expected in college athletics this summer. The meetings, which convened Tuesday and run through Friday, unfold amid expectations that the NCAA Division I Board of Directors will vote in August to give the SEC and four other conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12) autonomy to enact rule changes that would enable the 65 schools in those lucrative leagues to provide increased benefits and resources to their athletes.

  • Senators Pressure NFL to Replace 'Redskins' Nickname

    by S.A. Miller, THE WASHINGTON TIMES May 2014

    A group of 50 members from the Senate Democratic caucus signed on to a letter Thursday urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to follow the lead of the National Basketball Association, which banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for his racist comments about African-Americans attending basketball games.

  • NBA Commissioner Favors Raising Minimum Age to 20

    by Keith Pompey; Inquirer Staff Writer May 2014

    Two 19-year-olds - Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins - are expected to be among the first three players picked in the NBA draft on June 26.

  • FSU Holds Hearing for Teammates in Winston Sex Case

    by Rachel Axon, @RachelAxon, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    As two Florida State football players faced a code of conduct hearing Tuesday for observing a sexual encounter between Jameis Winston and a woman who said the quarterback raped her, the Heisman Trophy winner was noticeably absent.

  • Team Credits Sports Psychology for NCAA Appearance

    by Super User May 2014

    The Charleston Southern softball season began like all others, with virtually no one expecting the Buccaneers to wind up in the NCAA tournament for the first time. But as the big bus pulled out of a CSU parking lot Wednesday, few members of a traveling party bound for an NCAA tournament regional in Knoxville were surprised. They visualized this.

  • Michael Sam Draft Has Retail, Political, Cultural Impact

    by Christine Brennan,, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Two days ago, Michael Sam was the eighth-to-last man selected in the NFL draft. Today, he is the most important football player in the nation. Sam, the first openly gay man to be drafted by an NFL team, has drawn us into conversations that we as a culture were going to get to, sooner or later. Turns out it's sooner.

  • Value of Dayton's NCAA Touranment Run? $73 Million

    by Randy Tucker May 2014

    The University of Dayton Flyers' run in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament generated nearly $73 million in exposure for the city through television and social media publicity, according to a study released Wednesday by city commissioners.

  • NCAA Endorses Autonomy for 'Power Five' Conferences

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    The NCAA took a major step toward restructuring its governing system for the "Power Five" conferences on Thursday.

  • Exploring New Ways to Improve Fan Engagement

    by Emily Attwood April 2014

    With myriad media options available for fans to experience their favorite sporting events, the competition for viewers' attention is starting to rival the competition on the field. From online social media campaigns driving awareness to facility enhancements aimed at luring fans back into the seats, athletic organizations are focusing more attention and resources on what's happening off the court to help them gain a greater understanding of their audience.

  • Mavs' PA Announcer Blasts Refs on Twitter, Gets Benched

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    Dallas Mavericks public address announcer Sean Heath has been suspended for two games by the NBA after a series of tweets criticizing the league.