• Northwestern Silences Loud Student Fan 'The Shrieker'

    by Paul Steinbach January 2019

    Emily Harriott is a senior at Northwestern University boasting a 3.9 grade-point average, but it's her presence outside the classroom that has caught much attention. Too much attention.

  • Fan Behavior Forcing Officiating Turnover in Michigan

    by Paul Steinbach January 2019

    According to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, game officials are leaving the profession or staying away for three reasons: life events such as a move or the birth of a child, local officiating politics and abusive behavior by adult spectators.

  • Texas Defends Handling of Mascot Bevo After Incident

    by Paul Steinbach January 2019

    The University of Texas athletic department says standard procedure was used in handling Bevo XV, the team's on-field mascot since 2016, when the 1,700-pound longhorn steer briefly acted up before Tuesday's Sugar Bowl.

    Bevo was standing within a makeshift corral when Georgia's live bulldog mascot Uga approached on a handler's leash. The two animals had been introduced earlier that day without incident, but this time Bevo lunged through the corral, clipping two photographers and sending other onlookers scrambling.

    "He got me in the back," said Nick Wagner, an Austin American-Statesman photographer who had been taking photos of Uga. "I don't know whether it was his horn or his snout, but I think it was his horn. His right horn came around and clocked me in the face along the cheekbone."

    Bruised and sore, Wagner added, "I'll just keep my head on a better swivel and pay him more respect in the future."

    A photographer from The Daily Texan student newspaper likewise felt grazed by a horn.

    Despite the scare, no changes are expected regarding how Bevo, a four-year-old longhorn owned by ranchers in Liberty, Texas, is cared for during live appearances. Members of the Silver Spurs, a student group, serve as Bevo’s handlers and caretakers. The Spurs’ website describes Bevo XV as "one of the friendliest and manageable" Bevos in UT’s history.

    "All of the established safety measures for Bevo at home and away football games were in place at the Sugar Bowl last night," John Bianco, a spokesman for UT's athletics department, told the American-Statesman in an emailed statement. "The handlers that are with him at all times are well-educated, trained and did their job."

    As the numerals after his name would indicate, Bevo is the latest in a long line of live mascot longhorns at Texas. Live animal mascots have long been part of the gameday atmosphere at many schools, and not without controversy, as AB reported in 2008. Following Tuesday's incident, PETA officials called on both schools to end their live mascot traditions.



  • SEC Championship a Super Bowl Security Test Run

    by Alexis Stevens December 2018

    It isn't the Super Bowl. But with two months to go until the NFL's biggest game kicks off in Atlanta, the Southeastern Conference Championship football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium offers police a pregame drill: a chance to test security measures long before the real deal.

  • Pro Football Stadiums Aim to Stem Fan Violence

    by Andy Berg November 2018

    The $1 million lawsuit filed this week by a Cowboys fan who was severely beaten at a game two years ago is yet another reason professional football stadium operators are trying their best to get fan violence under control. 

  • HS Football Game Cancelled After Fight Sparks Panic

    by Andy Berg August 2018

    The annual Salt Bowl between Benton and Bryant (Ark.) high schools drew more than 38,000 fans to Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, but the game was doomed to an abrupt end.

  • Flying Hot Dog Injures Phillies Fan

    by Andy Berg June 2018

    The Philadelphia Phillies may have to take something off their flying hot dogs, and we’re not talking condiments.

  • Golden 1 Center Again Closed Due to Protests

    by Courtney Cameron March 2018

    For the second time in as many weeks, entrances to the Sacramento Kings’ Golden 1 Center were blocked by protesters demonstrating against the police shooting of Stephon Clark.

  • Sacramento Kings Owner Addresses Fans After Protests

    by Courtney Cameron March 2018

    Thursday’s game between the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks was delayed as protesters gathered around the city to protest Sunday’s fatal shooting of 22-year-old, unarmed Stephon Clark.

  • Strava Responds to Controversy with Opt-Out Redesign

    by Courtney Cameron March 2018

    Earlier this year, it was discovered that data gathered and shared by popular fitness apps had the potential to reveal sensitive information regarding the movements of soldiers and the locations of U.S. military bases after the GPS tracking company Strava published a global heat map in November 2017 showing patterns of activity gathered by satellite over a two-year period.