• Football Playoff Likely to Impact Scheduling, FCS Budgets

    by Paul Steinbach February 2013

    What impact the new Division I college football playoff will have on regular-season scheduling is anybody's guess right now, since the makeup of a selection committee and criteria won't be determined until late April. That's when it might be known how much weight strength of schedule will carry when the first four-team playoff field is picked following the 2014 season.

  • Armstrong Asked to Return Olympic Medal

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    Oprah's interview confirming Lance Armstrong's admission to doping hasn't aired yet, but the International Olympic Committee has heard all it needs to hear. A spokesman for the committee announced today that the IOC has asked Armstrong to return his 2000 Olympic bronze medal, won two months after his second Tour de France title.

  • Academics Ponder the Rigors of College Basketball

    by Paul Steinbach January 2013

    The 2012 Adjusted Graduation Gap Report for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball, released Thursday by the College Sport Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, indicates the overall AGG between NCAA D-I men's basketball players and the general full-time male student body is once again sizable. And while the AGG for women is only half as large, the gap is roughly the same as last year and slightly larger than in 2010, the inaugural year of the study.

  • HOF Ballots (the Released Ones, Anyway) by the Numbers

    by Paul Steinbach January 2013

    Seems everyone has an opinion about Wednesday's National Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, and if you're Goose Gossage, the lone 2008 inductee, you have several.

  • Blog: Women's Soccer Is Once Again Taking the Wrong Path

    by Andrew Cohen December 2012

    Professional women's soccer has a problem. Actually, a lot of problems. But here's one I'm not sure has occurred to the backers of the latest league: Women's soccer is running out of acronyms. There was the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA, 2001-3) and Women's Professional Soccer (WPS, 2009-11), and now there's going to be the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL, 2013-?). After this league folds (in 2015, if my math's correct), someone will be able to start up the WNSL and WNPS, but then they'll have to really dig deep in 2028 for a name that doesn't carry with it the stench of failure. Maybe by then it'll occur to women's soccer advocates that a different tack must be taken to establish it as a professional sport.

  • Illinois High School Association Wins Webcasting Hearing

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    An Illinois county circuit court judge on Tuesday ruled that the Illinois High School Association did not breach the terms of a live stream an IHSA football playoff games last week. (IHSA broadcast-rights fees are only applicable during postseason IHSA events.)

  • Armstrong Stripped of Tour de France Titles

    by Emily Attwood October 2012

    Less than two weeks after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report revealing doping allegations and losing nearly all of his endorsements, Lance Armstrong has now lost all seven of his Tour de France titles, as well. The International Cycling Union announced today it had accepted the USADA's findings and decision to ban Armstrong from competition for life, formally stripping him of titles earned between 1999 and 2005. Because so many of the second-place finishers in the events have also been linked to doping allegations, no winners will be named for those years, says Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme.

  • Sandusky Sentenced to 30-60 Years, Will Likely Die in Prison

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2012

    Jerry Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually abusing young boys. Centre County (Pa.) Judge John Cleland on Tuesday morning sentenced the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach to 30 to 60 years. In June, a jury found Sandusky guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 young boys from disadvantaged homes, using the Penn State football program and his charity, the Second Mile, to gain access to the victims.

  • USFL Attempts Comeback, Reveals New Logo, Targets Cities

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor July 2012

    If you haven't been paying close attention, you may not have noticed the gradual relaunching of the United States Football League. The organization, headed by San Diego businessman Jaime Cuadra, unveiled its new logo late last week as part of a plan to establish a fresh brand identity. "We are building this league from the ground up, and we believe it is vital to our early success to distinguish ourselves as a new brand of USFL football representing 'Real. Fun. Football,'" Cuadra, USFL president and CEO, said in a statement announcing the stocky powder-blue logo, which is said to incorporate elements that pay homage to the league's roots while also positioning the league as a dynamic and modern version of its predecessors.

  • Live Streaming of Prep Sporting Events Makes Slow But Sure Progress

    by Michael Popke April 2012

    Locals in southeastern Louisiana call it the "Battle on the River," the annual football rivalry between Destrehan and Hahnville high schools.