Law & Policy: Sportsmanship
- Berg: Time for Teams to Evaluate Names, Mascots
by Andy Berg June 2017
The highest court in the land ruled Monday that trademarks — offensive or otherwise — are private speech, and as such are protected under the First Amendment. While the ruling came in response to an unrelated case, SCOTUS has set the stage for the Washington Redskins – which had their pejorative trademark yanked back in 2014 – to have the rights over their racist name reinstated.
- Prep All-Star Football Game Called After Multiple Scuffles
by Ken Sikenger June 2017
Short tempers made for a short evening at Friday night's Class 3A/4A All-Star Football Game at Nusenda Community Stadium.
- Mr. Met Caught on Camera Flipping the Bird
by Laura Albanese June 2017
It wasn't the type of salute you'd expect from Mr. Met. In a three-second video posted to Twitter Wednesday, the Mets' baseball-headed mascot is shown lifting one puffy hand in an obscene gesture - apparently, toward a fan filming him as he headed through the tunnel. The clip was credited to Twitter user Anthony DeLucia and was posted shortly before the Mets lost to the Brewers, 7-1, at Citi Field.
- Harper Charges Mound in Nationals, Giants Brawl
by Jorge L. Ortiz May 2017
Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland, antagonists in baseball's 2014 playoffs, were at the center of an ugly brawl in the eighth inning of the Washington Nationals-San Francisco Giants game Monday.
- Brawl Ends Postseason for NJCAA Baseball Teams
by Gregg Sarra May 2017
"Both benches cleared like wildfire," said Kevin Foley, the Suffolk CCC director of athletics. "It popped in an instant. There was no warning at all. It just exploded and got out of control immediately. It was mayhem."
- Toxic Culture Threatens High School Referees
by Jason Scott May 2017
Stories about unruly fans, parents, coaches or even players creating threatening environments for high school sports officials have become common. Could it finally be having an impact on sports leagues’ abilities to find people willing to do the job?
- Fan Banned from Fenway for Life After Using Racial Slur
by The Boston Herald May 2017
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said, “It’s not an indictment on Boston and this marketplace. It’s an indictment on the ignorant people and intolerant people who utter these words, who say these things, and they need to be held accountable.”
- MLB Mulls Harsher Penalties for Fan Behavior
by Courtney Cameron May 2017
Major League Baseball officials will be entering into a planned discussion to hash out the parameters of potential stadium policy changes meant to check unruly fans.
- MLB Commish Defends Harsh Penalties for PED Users
by Rob Biertempfel April 2017
After putting together a breakout season in 2016, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte eight days ago was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.
- Competitive Boxing Mulls Hijab-Inclusive Uniform Policy
by Courtney Cameron April 2017
This weekend, 16-year-old Amaiya Zafar will box in her first competitive match in Minnesota. After three-and-a-half years of focused training, Zafar was granted a religious exemption last week by national governing body USA Boxing to compete wearing a hijab.