• 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. 

  • Enhanced Security Expected For Bills Monday Night Game

    by Aaron Besecker October 2018

    Under the stadium lights and with a key divisional rival across the field, it will be all hands on deck Monday night at New Era Field.

  • 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.

  • Police Captain Under Review for Altercation with Ref

    by Courtney Cameron January 2018

    The Wichita (Kan.) Police Department confirmed Tuesday that a man accused of confronting and shoving a 17-year-old female youth basketball referee at a game Saturday is a Wichita police captain, according to USA Today.

  • Bank Underwrites Tech's $25K Court-Storming Fine

    by Paul Steinbach January 2018

    Cory Newsom's trip to United Supermarkets Arena last Saturday turned out to be quite costly, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

    Newsom, president and CEO of Lubbock, Texas-based City Bank, announced yesterday that the bank would cover the $25,000 in fines levied against Texas Tech after fans stormed the court to celebrate the Red Raiders' 72-71 win over second-ranked West Virginia. The Big 12 Conference deemed the university's post-game safety protocols insufficient during the post-game chaos, which led to a WVU player striking a Tech fan.

    “It was an unfortunate incident that happened, but I think it was for all of the right reasons,” Newsom said, as reported by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “The fan support was there. Watching the fan support was so exciting. We love our university; we love our team. We just felt like this was our chance to stand up and support them."

    Newsom described the game-day experience as electric. “While we support Texas Tech in its efforts to make certain game-day operations provide a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone involved, we also understand the outright excitement and spontaneity that a breathtaking victory over a highly ranked team can have on a university’s students," he said. "We see it at universities across the country on a weekly basis. Supporting your team is a big part of the college experience.”

    Newsom added that he agrees with the way in which Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt handled the matter, which he feels is the exception and not the rule at Tech events, stating, “We know he has reviewed Saturday’s situation and has made the necessary adjustments to assure that the safety of players, officials and fans will not be compromised."

    Hocutt thanked Newsom for his support. “We’re very appreciative of City Bank stepping forward in this generous and supportive way for Texas Tech athletics,” Hocutt said. “It’s sincerely appreciated. I think they’re stepping forward in this particular situation because of the excitement and support Texas Tech basketball has created this season.”