Wednesday, November, 30, 2016
Fitness Clubs Under Scrutiny for Payment Practices
The Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness health club, a subsidiary of the Healthy Way of Life Company, has agreed to pay $976,458 in back wages and liquidated damages after a federal investigation found club practices to be in violation of minimum wage requirements outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act. An announcement Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor said the amount will be paid out to 16,000 employees in 26 states.
Tuesday, November, 29, 2016
Stadiums Improve Wi-Fi to Compete with Home Screen
As the home viewing experience gets bigger, louder and more interactive, college and professional sports teams are challenged to continue to bring in a live audience. In response to fans’ growing need to stay constantly connected and to keep up on fantasy sports scores and other live games, stadiums are spending big money to up their Wi-Fi offerings.
Monday, November, 28, 2016
World’s Tallest Waterslide to Be Torn Down
The Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City (Kan.) announced last Tuesday that the Verrückt, known to be the world’s tallest waterslide, will not reopen following the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, son of state representative Scott Schwab, in August. The slide has been closed since the incident, and is now scheduled to be torn down.
Wednesday, November, 23, 2016
Baltimore Unveils New UA House Rec Center
On Tuesday, Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank unveiled the new UA House at Fayette, a recreation and community center in East Baltimore. The UA House project started with a revitalization of the former Carmelo Anthony Center, and has grown into a center for creative learning and innovation offering a recording studio, design lab, yoga and dance studio and other classrooms, workforce development and entrepreneurship center, and gymnasium. The entire project took 336 days to complete.
Tuesday, November, 22, 2016
HS Sues Association After Controversial Playoff Loss
Fenwick High School filed a lawsuit Monday against the Illinois High School Association after the board of directors made the decision to uphold an illegitimate overtime win for Plainfield North in the class 7A semifinals.
Monday, November, 21, 2016
Parent-Volunteers Take AYSO to Court Over DQ
Earlier this month, parent-volunteers for the Ventura (Calif.) Fighting Yams, a U-10 boys' soccer team, testified in the Ventura County Superior Court against the American Youth Soccer Organization in protest of the team’s disqualification from the 2016 season playoffs for failing to meet the minimum requirement for weekly referee points.
Friday, November, 18, 2016
Sooners Coach Responds to Loss of Defensive Ends
On Tuesday, head coach Bob Stoops of Oklahoma University announced that star defensive end Charles Walker has left the team to pursue his NFL ambitions. This news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that fellow defensive end Matt Dimon has also left the team. Both players were starters for the Sooners before suffering injuries on the field.
Thursday, November, 17, 2016
Calif. Mayor Issues Stadium Ultimatum
In a city council meeting on Tuesday, Santa Clara mayor Lisa Gillmor issued an ultimatum: the 49ers must hand over their financial records to city auditors, or she will take over management of Levi’s Stadium. Gillmor believes that the team, which has been asking for a $5 million reduction in rent for forty years, is not being forthcoming with the city about how much revenue they are pulling in.
Wednesday, November, 16, 2016
HS Postseason Ban Overturned After Eligibility Hearing
On Tuesday, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association called for a hearing to investigate the eligibility of Wayne Hills varsity football players Hunter and Tyler Hayek. Claims of ineligibility were based on the assertion that the brothers transferred to the Wayne Hills school district in October of last year without registering a suitable change of residence. Evidence to these claims was provided by driver’s licenses showing a previous address in Woodland park, and a voter registration for the boys’ father under the same outdated address.
Tuesday, November, 15, 2016
Columbia Suspends Wrestling Season to Investigate Group Chat
One week after the Harvard men’s soccer team’s “scouting report” was publicized and condemned by university officials, the Columbia University wrestling team finds itself at the hub of a similar scandal. The team has been called out by student journalists who gained access to private messages sent by the team using the app GroupMe which contained a sequence of racist, misogynistic and homophobic slurs.