• Parks and Recreation Departments Turn to Mobile Platforms

    by Emily Attwood July 2013

    How does your program get the word out about its facilities, classes and events? What about when something is cancelled or rescheduled?

  • Wi-Fi Service Increasingly Seen As a Must-Have Stadium Amenity

    by Paul Steinbach July 2013

    Stanford Stadium got wired for wireless in 2011. Penn State's Beaver Stadium did so last year. Auburn (2011) and Alabama (2012) were already bringing Wi-Fi to the football game day masses when Southeastern Conference officials estimated this spring that it would cost member schools $2 million each to improve stadium cell phone and Wi-Fi connectivity.

  • Social Media Complicating Efforts to Oversee Student-Athlete Behavior

    by Michael Popke March 2013

    John Williams now realizes how close Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Va., came to being sued for violating a student-athlete's First Amendment rights. ...

  • Schools Attempting to Control Athletes' Use of Social Media

    by Paul Steinbach October 2012

    Denard Robinson is soooo bad! And it makes me feel so good." That was Michigan State University backup safety Kyle Artinian's take via Twitter during archrival Michigan's Sept. 2 season-opening loss to Alabama - a game in which Robinson, the Wolverines' star quarterback, struggled.

  • Fitness Facilities Control User Data with Remote Asset Management

    by Emily Attwood October 2012

    We're living in the era of the "quantified self," the idea that everything we do can be tracked using technology, recorded, integrated, analyzed and applied to our daily lives.

  • More Football Coaches Atwitter Over Social Media

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    Boise State football coach Chris Petersen, it seems, is on to something. On Wednesday, mere days after Petersen Twitter this season, New Mexico State football coach DeWayne Walker did the same thing. And Jimbo Fisher is considering following suit at Florida State. When told Seminoles were tweeting about the recent dismissal of wide receiver Jarmon Fortson for violating team policy, he told The Palm Beach Post that, "Maybe I do need to ban it."

  • Locker Room Shoot Proves Too Steamy for UCF Officials

    by Paul Steinbach August 2010

    George O'Leary is not master of his domain.

    Turns out the University of Central Florida's head football coach overstepped his bounds when he allowed a local entertainment magazine called aXis access to the Knights' locker room for a photo shoot of UCF alum Shanna McLaughlin, better known for her pictorial in the July issue of Playboy. While it didn't include nudity, the aXis locker room shoot, in which McLaughlin suggestively tugged on her UCF-logoed tank top and bikini bottoms, proved too steamy for university officials once video appeared online Aug. 7.

  • Colleges Use Social Media to Sell Sports Tickets

    by Paul Steinbach August 2010

    Social media offers ideal ways for ticket departments to build relationships and boost revenue.

  • Social Media Revolutionizing How Sports are Consumed

    by Paul Steinbach October 2009

    Social media is revolutionizing how sports are consumed, as well as how schools, conferences and fans interact.

  • A New Use for That Webcam

    by Michael Popke September 2009

    I felt a little older than I should have today after reading about new "Topps 3D Live" football trading cards. Participants in Topps' virtual sports community acquire coded cards featuring one of 25 current NFL quarterbacks - hmm, no Brett Favre - that are tucked inside every pack of the company's 2009 football series. Then they select that player on the ToppsTown web site, hold the card under a webcam, and - voila! - Jay Cutler will "pop up" on the computer screen. With the help of a few keystrokes, Cutler can fire passes to virtual receivers while dodging defensive obstacles.