Jason Scott
Jason Scott (jason@athleticbusiness.com) joined the Athletic Business team as the Online Managing Editor in 2015. Before joining AB, Jason worked as the social media manager for a small business, and before that he was a radio producer working with local talk shows and live sports broadcasts. When he's not at work, Jason enjoys reading, podcasts, sports, sophomoric TV cartoons, and long walks on the beach. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. 
  • Monday, September, 21, 2015
    Texans Changing to Synthetic Turf for Rest of Season

    The NFL’s Houston Texans announced Friday that they’re replacing their natural grass turf with synthetic turf for the remainder of the 2015 season.

    The Texans will resurface the field at NRG Stadium immediately.


  • Friday, September, 18, 2015
    Players on National TV: Coach Ordered Hit on Referee

    This morning on “Good Morning America,” Michael Moreno and Victor Rojas, the high school football players who blindsided a referee during a game earlier this month, said they were following instructions from their coach.


  • Friday, September, 18, 2015
    Atlanta Hawks Parody Ashley Madison in Ad Campaign

    In recent weeks you may have heard about the hack on the affair-assisting website Ashley Madison.  

    The hack exposed names of people that had signed up for an account, apparently looking to have an extramarital affair. It kind of ruined a lot of people’s lives.


  • Friday, September, 18, 2015
    Blog: No Dirty-Play Epidemic in High School Football

    Earlier this week, we shared another story about a high school football player making another ugly play on the field.

    This time, the play was at least directed at an opponent, unlike the premeditated hit on a referee that made headlines earlier this month. There was also a less-publicized story about a player shoving a referee as a reaction to a call.

    So what’s going on? Is there a culture problem in football? Are coaches skipping the part where they instill values? Are players out of control? Is there something in the water?

    The likely answer: Probably not. Any of these might be a root cause for these incidents, or any random occurrence might have triggered them. The players involved in the hit on the referee alleged the ref had used racial slurs.

    Whatever the motivation, this sort of thing has been going on for a long time — just with less media attention.

    In today’s Internet culture, things can get noticed more quickly. The premeditated hit on the referee was just sensational enough to make us as observers perk up our ears. As new cases pop up that look and smell similar, we’re trying to connect the dots, looking for larger trends where perhaps none exist. 

    That’s not to say that we should do nothing to keep incidents like this from happening. We absolutely should.

    What we should not do is panic. We don’t have to turn into football Chicken Littles. The sky is not falling.

    For every instance of dirty play, the kind that grab headlines and leave us shaking our heads, there are many more examples of sportsmanship. Those things don’t get headlines, because the culture considers them boring.

    Football idealists might look at the dirty plays recently and question their worldview. If participation in athletics is supposed to instill young people with values, how could this be happening?

    That’s a question worth asking. We should look at some of the dirty play recently and double our efforts to teach sportsmanship to our young athletes. But let’s not freak out to the degree of questioning the value of sports participation in general.

    Don’t let a few outliers ruin your enjoyment of the game. 


  • Wednesday, September, 16, 2015
    WATCH: High School Football Player Rips Helmet from Opponent, Hits Him With It

    Another instance of dirty play in high school football occurred in New Jersey last week.


  • Tuesday, September, 15, 2015
    Texas Fires Athletic Director Steve Patterson

    University of Texas president Gregory Fenves has reportedly fired athletic director Steve Patterson after just 22 months on the job.


  • Tuesday, September, 15, 2015
    Michigan First School to Use Virtual Reality in Recruiting, Fan Engagement

    The University of Michigan athletic department is beginning to utilize Virtual Reality (VR) technology for recruiting and fan engagement.


  • Monday, September, 14, 2015
    California Poised to Become First State to Ban 'Redskins'

    The California State Assembly voted on Thursday to approve legislation that would ban any schools within the state from using the term “Redskins” as their nickname or mascot.


  • Friday, September, 11, 2015
    Blog: Headset Allegations Just Another Conspiracy Theory

    The first game of the NFL season happened Thursday night, and the defending champion New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21.

    Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were terrific, but it should come as no surprise that much of this morning's reaction has been centered on something other than the game: an allegation of malfunctioning headsets.


  • Thursday, September, 10, 2015
    Football Hazing Prompts Lawsuit Against School District

    The family of a high school football player who committed suicide following a hazing scandal is suing the Milton (Vt.) School District and two of its leaders for failure to follow anti-hazing/bullying policies.