Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
- Blue Jays Incident Revives Call for Beer Can Ban
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
Almost a year after fans’ behavior led to a beer can ban in the upper decks of Toronto Blue Jays’ Rogers Centre for the remainder of the AL Championship Series, a new incident threatens to revive the ban.
- Penn State Pushes for Liquor License
by Jason Scott February 2016
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour has reportedly asked the Board of Trustees to approve increased alcohol sales at on-campus athletic venues.
- Understanding the Ultimate Risks of Teenage Steroid Use
by Paul Steinbach January 2016
This article appeared in the January/February issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
The signs of steroid use were there. Taylor Hooton had put on 30 pounds of muscle in less than three months.
- 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.
- U. of Maryland Approves Beer Sales Trial Run
by Laura Godlewski June 2015
The University of Maryland approved a trial plan that will allow the school to sell beer and wine at football games, as well as at other sporting venues starting in the fall.
- San Francisco Nears Smokeless Tobacco Ban at City Fields, Including Giants' AT&T Park
by Michael Gaio April 2015
San Francisco officials are on the verge of spitting out a rule that would ban smokeless tobacco from ball fields throughout the city, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.
- Jury: Vanderbilt Rape Defendants Guilty on All Charges
by Michael Gaio January 2015
Two former Vanderbilt football players who once had promising futures are now convicted rapists. A Nashville jury found Brandon Vandenburg, 21, of Indio, Calif. and Cory Batey, 21, of Nashville guilty of a total of 16 felony charges after raping an unconscious former student in a Vanderbilt dorm on June 23, 2013. Two other defendants, Brandon Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, who are also former Vanderbilt football players, are also accused in the case. They are awaiting trial.
- Halloween Parties Lead to Suspension of 45 Athletes
by Emily Attwood November 2014
The winter sports season is off to a bad start — and the fall season a bad finish — at Tahoma High School in Covington, Wash., where 45 student-athletes have been suspended from playing sports after attending Halloween parties where drugs and alcohol were present.
Police responding to a noise complaint discovered one of the parties. According to the King County sheriff's office, dozens of students were present, including many in school letter jackets. Those involved in the parties included 14 football players, four girls’ soccer players, two boys’ soccer players, two softball players, four wrestlers, seven baseball players and 12 cheerleaders.
According to a letter sent to parents, “Student-athletes who attended the parties will forfeit a portion of their athletic season, including any athlete whose team is currently involved in post-season play. The investigation to determine whether additional students attended the parties is continuing.”
Suspensions for those involved will range from one quarter to one half of the sports season, with those student-athletes not currently in season serving their suspension when the season begins.
"Our student-athletes are well aware of the Tahoma School District Athletic Code and the consequences of these poor choices,” said principal Terry Duty. “We hope this will be a lifelong lesson for our entire school, both those who choose to attend the parties and those who elect to do the right thing and not attend."
Officials are also investigating alleged threats made online against students who reported the parties to authorities. "School officials also are aware of negative comments on social media that name individuals or groups of students and blame them for reporting the parties to school authorities,” read the letter to parents. “School officials take all threats seriously and are investigating any threatening language directed at students or staff. Appropriate disciplinary actions have and will continue to be sanctioned.”
- U. of Washington to Sell Beer in 'Off-Leash' Deck
by Michael Gaio August 2014
Washington Husky fans are being given a longer leash at home football games this year.
- NCAA (Finally) Issues Punishment Against U. of Miami
by Michael Gaio October 2013
It's been more than two years, but the NCAA finally issued its punishment on the University of Miami following an investigation into the school's athletic department.