• 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.

  • If Sterling Fights NBA Ban, It Could Get Ugly

    by Brent Schrotenboer, @Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Like a movie villain who jumps back to life in the final scene, Donald Sterling might have one last act of horror in store for the NBA. It's a nightmare scenario for the Los Angeles Clippers: Sterling fights to keep his family's ownership of the team, dragging out his case and creating a problem for the league next season if players decide they won't work for a team owned by Sterling. Sterling has been publicly mum on his plans since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned him for life Tuesday. Sterling's attorney declined to comment when contacted Thursday by USA TODAY Sports. But independent attorneys note Sterling has the deep pockets needed to stage lengthy court battles against big opponents. He's also a former divorce attorney who knows how to extract benefits from ugly separations. "He has a long history of filing cases, whether they are well-founded or not," said Jeffrey Kessler, a New York attorney who specializes in antitrust and sports law.

  • Opinion: Winston, Florida State Need to Learn Lesson

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    The jokes came easily Wednesday once details of Jameis Winston's latest immature episode started to surface, but none of them was as funny as the statements from Winston and a Florida State athletics department full of national title-level enablers. Less than five months ago, those same folks were trying to whisk him away from reporters the day before the Heisman Trophy ceremony once questions about a sexual assault investigation that had just concluded started coming his way. Though Florida State officials eventually realized their mistake and allowed Winston to complete the news conference, their instinct was to shield and protect rather than allow their then-19-year-old quarterback to feel the full-measure discomfort that the circumstances demanded.

  • Sterling Likely to Deploy Legal Barriers to Clippers Sale

    by Jeff Zillgitt, @JeffZillgitt, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    The NBA's constitution and bylaws lay out a speedy resolution for termination of ownership, but that does not take into account the possibility that Donald Sterling drags the league into a long court battle over Commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban Sterling from the NBA for life and force him to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Senate Leader: NFL's Redskins Should Change Name

    by Anderson Independent-Mail (South Carolina) May 2014

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it's time for the NFL's Washington Redskins to change their name, linking the issue to racist comments by a professional basketball team owner.

  • 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.

  • Rutgers AD Back in Headlines with Headline Comment

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann is not making any friends with the local media.

  • Athletes' Unionization Attempt Scores Major Victory

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    In their attempt to unionize college athletes, the Northwestern football players and the recently formed College Athletes Players Association scored a major victory on Wednesday.