A recap of the 32nd annual Athletic Business Conference & Expo as told by the people who experienced it.
Oakland Raiders Owner Meets with San Antonio Officials
Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed a published report of a visit with San Antonio officials, but the extent of his interest in relocating his franchise to Texas is not known. Davis, reached by phone Tuesday, said he was in San Antonio with close friend and former Raider Cliff Branch, who was being inducted into a local hall of fame. “Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town,’’ Davis said. “I have nothing further to discuss on the topic.’’ According to a report in the San Antonio Express-News, Davis met with Cisneros, then-mayor Julián Castro, City Manager See RELOCATION, 6C Sheryl Sculley and the president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. read more
Columnist: Dungy Proof Intolerance Lingers as NFL Issue
It's not the NFL's fault that Dan Snyder and his Washington team continue to use and defend a blatantly racist nickname. It's also not the NFL's fault that former head coach and current TV talking head Tony Dungy said he wouldn't have drafted the NFL's first openly gay player because he "wouldn't want to deal with all of it." The NFL itself is not to blame for Richie Incognito's boorish and offensive behavior with the Miami Dolphins last season, or Minnesota Vikings special-teams coach Mike Priefer's equally nasty and unacceptable anti-gay language. read more
Editor's note: Look for more Sports Venue Safety articles as we publish a new one online each day this week. Or, view the entire digital issue here.
My first exposures to the issues of safety and security at a sporting event came when I was eight years old. It was at Old Comiskey, back when the Chicago White Sox were "winning ugly" in the American League West. I remember going to at least half a dozen games that year with my father as the White Sox fought for an AL West championship, but that wasn't the only fighting I witnessed. The fights in the stands became as much of a spectacle as the game itself. It got to a point that we never wondered if a fight would break it, but rather when. Though I attended games with my father, a U.S. Navy SEAL and Golden Gloves boxing champion, I never had a complete sense of safety. Still, I was undeterred. I loved going to Old Comiskey and watching the White Sox despite the extracurricular activities.