Andy Berg
Andy Berg (andy@athleticbusiness.com) joined Athletic Business as Executive Editor in May of 2017. Andy brings 10 years of B2B publishing experience to AB. In 2008, he began as an associate editor for Advantage Business Media’s Wireless Week brand, which covers the wireless communications industry. From there, Andy took over the executive editor position at Wireless Week and CED Magazine. In 2015, Andy moved within Advantage Business Media to become Editorial Director for the company’s Manufacturing vertical, which is comprised of seven brands positioned across the manufacturing sector.
  • Tuesday, October, 31, 2017
    Jurich: ‘I Was Earning Every Penny’

    Former Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich claims he was deserving of the $2.76 million salary he was earning before he was fired last month.


  • Monday, October, 30, 2017
    Gatesville ISD Reverses PED Suspensions

    The Gatesville Independent School District in Gatesville, Tex., has reversed suspensions for six football players accused of using PEDs.


  • Friday, October, 27, 2017
    Big Ten Reviews Locker Rooms after Speight Injury

    How Michigan Wolverine quarterback Wilton Speight’s injuries were treated is calling into question the overall state of Purdue’s facilities, as well as visiting locker rooms across the Big Ten.


  • Thursday, October, 26, 2017
    Study: Recycled Rubber Infill Poses No Health Risk

    A new study found recycled crumb rubber infill to have no risks to public health. 

    The study, which appeared in the journal Environmental Research, evaluated all available date in North American on the chemical composition of recycled rubber, as well as air sampling data collected on or near synthetic turf fields. Researchers evaluated ingestion, dermal contact, and inhalation pathways according to guidelines set by the EPA, and the study also took into account exposure scenarios for adults, adolescents, and children.

    According to the study’s conclusion, the research adds “to the growing body of literature that suggests recycled rubber infill in synthetic turf poses negligible risks to human health. This comprehensive assessment provides data that allow stakeholders to make informed decisions about installing and using these fields.”

    From ABTurf Industry Bolsters Defense of Crumb Rubber Safety

    Dan Bond, president and CEO of the STC, said the study shows that recycled rubber infill poses no greater health risk than natural grass surfaces. “This risk assessment aligns with more than 90 other peer-reviewed academic studies, third-party reports and federal and state government analyses that also have not found public health concerns from playing on synthetic turf fields with this material,” Bond said. “In just the past 12 months, multiple government agencies, including the Washington State Health Department, Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and European Chemical Agency have published reports and analyses that have come to a similar conclusion and found no reason to advise people of all ages against playing on synthetic turf fields with recycled rubber infill.” 

    The STC notes that there are more than 11,000 synthetic turf field in the United States, and each saves more than 1.5 million gallons of water per year and eliminates the need for 8,000 pounds of pesticides per year. The STC also claims that a single synthetic turf field with recycled rubber diverts 20,000 tires from landfills.


  • Wednesday, October, 25, 2017
    Racist Snapchat Leads to Cancelled Football Season

    Members of a middle school football team in Virginia have sabotaged their season with a racist video posted to Snapchat.


  • Wednesday, October, 25, 2017
    Equinox Gym Slapped with Sexual Assault Suit

    A Canadian man is suing Equinox, claiming sexual assault by a yoga instructor at one of the luxury gym brand’s San Francisco locations.


  • Wednesday, October, 25, 2017
    Why LEDs Are Taking Over the Indoor Athletics Market

    It's a typical summer morning in Granville, Ohio. Temperatures hover in the low 80s, and humidity is pegged in the 70 to 80 percent range. Chris Crume, director of the Trumbull Aquatics Center at Denison University, is glad there are no scheduled events for the day. "Right now, we have a standard lighting setup. We use metal halide," Crume says. "It takes about 20 minutes for them to come up. They produce great light, don't get me wrong, but if we have a power outage — we're expecting some storms here today — we're 20 minutes down after the power comes back on."


  • Tuesday, October, 24, 2017
    Family Settles with High School Over Player’s Death

    The family of a Rolesville (N.C.) High School football player who died as a result of head injuries sustained during practice has settled a lawsuit against the Wake County school system.


  • Monday, October, 23, 2017
    U. of Arizona Denies 'Zero-Tolerance' Violence Policy

    The University of Arizona’s athletic department is refuting charges that it had a “zero-tolerance” policy toward athletes implicated in domestic violence incidents.


  • Friday, October, 20, 2017
    Georgia AD: Scandal Good for College Basketball

    At least one Division I basketball program sees the recent corruption scandal as a good thing.


  • Wednesday, November, 08, 2017
    Letter from the Editor: Common Ground

    It's an interesting time to be part of this industry. In recent months, sport has again realized its platform as an effective channel for social and cultural debate. Whether or not you feel strongly about protests taking place on the sidelines of NFL games — and those at the college and high school levels — it's hard to ignore that this industry finds itself at the epicenter of a politically charged conversation.


  • Monday, October, 09, 2017
    Letter from the Editor: Never Lose Perspective

    Perspective is everything. It's a phrase that went through my head more than once as we put together our annual Facilities of Merit® issue.