• The AB Extra: July 31

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    In this week's AB Extra, you'll find news about PED testing at e-sport competitions, a cooling mask for athletes designed by Nike and a mouth guard made by a former NFL player that gives real time data on players' hydration and heat levels. 

  • The AB Extra: July 24

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Featured in this week's AB Extra is news about an accidental addition to the ACC Football Media Guide, a creative way to dry out the L.A. Angels' field and a gym especially for dogs. 

    A Cry for Help Buried in the ACC Media Guide
    Someone in the ACC is seemingly unhappy about something to do with its media guide. 

    The ACC Football Media Guide was released on Monday and on page 145 beneath Wake Forest's 2014 game results reads the phrase, "F--- this s---." 

    Different media sources have speculated as to why such a message would appear. Some say maybe it's a response to Wake Forest's less-than-stellar season. Another detailed his experiences with media guides, saying just reading them turned his "brain to mush" and he sympathized with whoever had to actually write one.

    It's not known who wrote the message in the media guide, but the ACC has since removed it and released a statement regarding it.

    “We sincerely apologize for the offensive error in the media guide. It has been appropriately updated," the ACC said.

    International Special Olympics Spend Night in LA Gym After Transportation Delays
    Special Olympians arriving in California on Tuesday for the 2015 World Summer Games had to make the best of a bad situation when transportation delays stopped them from getting to their host cities. This resulted in about 1,500 athletes having to sleep on the gymnasium floor at Loyola Marymount University for the night.

    Athletes from the Cayman Islands, Kenya, Norway, Mexico, Norway and Venezuela were those affected by the delays when they arrived in Los Angeles. Despite being tired from a long day of travel, Kenyan swim coach Collins Marigiri told Fox News, "It really wasn't bad... The athletes didn't have any problems."

    According to Marigiri, "They had food. They had water. They had a place to sleep. There were no medical issues."

    Some of the athletes played board games and took advantage of the opportunity to meet athletes from other countries. At one point, a conga line was formed. The Red Cross provided bedding for the athletes and all were able to leave for their host cities on Wednesday. 

    The Opening Ceremony for the Games takes place on Saturday. 

    Controversy Over New Lululemon Beer
    Yoga apparel company Lululemon has another PR snafu on their hands after announcing the release of a Lululemon branded beer with a cartoon totem pole on the can. 

    The company posted a picture of the beer can on Instagram last week and immediately drew backlash with some saying the cartoon was insensitive to Indigenous people. Some also questioned whether producing a beer was the right choice for a yoga company. 

    One Instagram user commented on the photo saying, “The ‘totem pole’ is cultural appropriation and incredibly offensive."

    The beer, called Curiosity Lager, is limited edition and only 88,000 cans will be produced in conjunction with the 2015 SeaWheeze Sunset Festival and Half Marathon in August in Vancouver. It will also be able to be purchased in some liquor stores across Canada.  

    L.A. Angels Use Helicopter to Dry Rain-Soaked Field
    For the first time since 1995, the Los Angeles Angels had a game rained out. The rain soaked the field, forcing the team to take some creative measures to get the field in playing condition for the next day. 

    The organization deployed a helicopter to fly over the field to dry it in time for the Angel's double header against the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

    Despite being a little over-the-top, the field was dry by the time the game needed to start and the teams began play at 2 pm PT. 

    A Gym for Dogs... With a Pool
    Dogs in Tucson, Arizona don't just have to hit the pavement anymore to get in their exercise. Now, they can become a member at A Loyal Companion, a rec center just for dogs, to get in their workout.

    They can hit the pool to get some cardio or climb on inflatables to improve strength and balance. If they need some down time, the dogs can get a massage or reiki treatments or if they're looking to learn, there are options to enroll in obedience classes or therapy dog training.

    Gym owner Kate Titus says A Loyal Companion is a great way for dogs to get exercise because many times, people don't walk fast enough for dogs to get enough of a cardio workout. She says her gym not only gives dogs a different way to exercise that's more complete, but it also allows for a nice bonding opportunity between dogs and their owners.

    Currently, A Loyal Companion has about 50 to 60 members and dues start at $29 per month.

    Check out the AB Extra from previous weeks: 
    July 17
    July 10
    June 26

  • The AB Extra: July 17

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    In this week's AB Extra, you'll find news about Nike's response to a ban by CrossFit, a rebranding of a Canadian town to welcome a new hockey arena and the United States' top swimming city.

  • Japan Scraps $2B Olympic Stadium Design

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    The original design for the stadium to be used for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics gained criticism from many. Not only for its odd look, but also for its cost, which had reached $2 billion, double its original budget of $1 billion.

  • Senate Puts Milwaukee Bucks on Brink of Arena Deal

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    It looks like the Milwaukee Bucks will be staying put. After two days of negotiations, state senators in Wisconsin have finally struck a deal to finance a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, putting to rest speculation that the team might move to a new city. 

  • Fan Files Lawsuit Demanding MLB Extend Safety Netting

    by Paul Steinbach July 2015

    An Oakland Athletics season-ticket holder has filed a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status and greater protection for fans everywhere from flying bats and balls. The suit, filed Monday in the Northern District of California, wants MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to extend safety netting from foul pole to foul pole.

  • How LED Lighting Is Reaching All Levels of Outdoor Sports

    by Paul Steinbach July 2015

    The future for high-intensity discharge bulbs as an instrument of sports illumination grows dimmer by the day.

  • The AB Extra: July 10

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    This week's AB Extra features the world's first sliding field at a new stadium in London, a high school that's getting creative in solving a rodent problem and a Texas-shaped pool that's fighting to become a historical landmark.

  • Pan Am & Parapan Am Games Kick Off This Weekend

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    The 2015 Pan Am Games are slated to take place July 10-26 in Toronto, followed by the Parapan Am Games, which run August 7-15. The Games will bring thousands of athletes, spectators and volunteers to Toronto and the surrounding area for a variety of summer sporting events. Between the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, 57 different sports will be played over the course of the three weeks that the Games take place. The city of Toronto hopes that the Games will have a positive impact on the area and leave a lasting legacy far after they end. Here are some of the highlights associated with the Games:

  • In the Winning Tradition

    by Pamela D. Scott July 2015

    This article originally appeared in the September 1990 issue of Athletic Business.

    Today’s stadiums need to provide the ultimate in comfort and a diverse variety of amenities to achieve the winning tradition.