• 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.

    The story began when Dallas, currently clinging to the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, lost an overtime game to the Golden State Warriors on April 1. The day after the 122-120 Mavericks loss, league officials acknowledged that Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal should have been called for goaltending when he blocked a Dallas shot attempt that would have put the Mavs ahead with 16 seconds left in overtime.

    After the game, Heath turned to Twitter to publicly accuse the the NBA of being rigged. Danny Crawford, who is mentioned in the tweets, is one of the officials who worked the Dallas Golden State game.

    On Thursday the league announced Heath would be suspended for two games, but according to ESPN granted a request from the Mavs to postpone the suspension for one game to give the team time to find a suitable replacement. According to ESPN, Heath is known for his "high volume and passion."

    With the season winding down, Heath will miss the team's final regular season game and then either the first playoff game or the team's home opener next year should Dallas fail to make the playoffs.

  • Social Media Revolutionizes Campus Rec Marketing

    by Paul Steinbach April 2014

    As the literature on the bulletin board went unnoticed, Chris Butler could see the writing on the wall.

  • Security Firms Cull Social Media for Fan Behavior Clues

    by Abilene Reporter-News (Texas) March 2014

    LUKE MEREDITH // AP Sports Writer As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history.

  • Player of Year Award Stripped Following Obscene Tweet

    by Ian Clark March 2014

    The New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization announced Saturday that Pembroke Academy senior Pat Welch has been stripped of the Division II Player of the Year Award. NHBCO president Gary Noyes confirmed that the award had been rescinded due to an obscene tweet that Welch sent out via Twitter shortly after Pembroke defeated Portsmouth for the NHIAA Division II title on March 15.

  • Coaches Consider the Recruiting Potential of Snapchat

    by John Martin March 2014

    The University of Memphis had an athletic department meeting this week discussing several issues, one of them being Snapchat.

  • Internet Makes Recruiting Process Easier — and Trickier

    by DOUG FERNANDES February 2014

    John Peacock spoke about it as might someone recalling the time before television. Remember the VCR? When the Venice High head football coach was a player at Cardinal Mooney, preparing his highlight reel for prospective colleges, the VCR was a close companion.

  • Former Sporting Goods Exec Rallies Industry Around Inactivity Epidemic

    by Paul Steinbach December 2013

    While president of Wilson Sporting Goods at the time tennis was bouncing back from its 1990s participation slump, Jim Baugh began fielding calls from industry peers wondering how the turnaround could be replicated in other sports. That got Baugh thinking about a broader inactivity epidemic taking shape in America.

  • Technology and Social Media Alter the Future of Heisman Trophy Campaigns

    by Michael Gaio December 2013

    As gutsy coaching calls go, this one ranked right up there with any in the career of Baylor University's Art Briles. What set this one apart, though, was that it was made away from the football sideline.

    Briles' decision to give Baylor's athletic communications staff the green light to pursue an all-out Heisman Trophy campaign for a then under-the-radar quarterback named Robert Griffin III would change the school forever and rewrite a marketing playbook for other schools with Heisman hopefuls.

  • Introducing the New

    by Michael Gaio December 2013

    You might have noticed that things look a little different around here. After using our previous website design for more than three years, we felt was in need of a facelift.

  • In Your Words: #ABCSanDiego Recap

    by AB Staff December 2013

    A recap of the 32nd annual Athletic Business Conference & Expo as told by the people who experienced it.