Wednesday, August, 29, 2018
Athletic Department Bans Activism in Code of Conduct
Athletics officials at Southern Illinois University added language to its code of conduct policy explicitly banning activism for student-athletes, cheerleaders and members of the spirit squad.
Monday, August, 27, 2018
Leak, Power Outage at MLB Ballparks Cause Delays
First the fountain leaked. Then the lights went out.
A pair of oddball incidents at MLB stadiums this weekend caused delays in Kansas City and Los Angeles.
At Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, a game between the Royals and the Cleveland Indians was delayed for 30 minutes while the grounds crew dealt with flooding caused by a burst pipe in the stadium’s signature outfield fountains. According to the Associated Press, flooding began during the fourth inning of Friday night’s game, and water began to leak onto the field when players in the Royals bullpen shouted to notify officials of the problem.
Out west, fans in Los Angeles dealt with a delay of their own when the lights went out in the 12th inning of a Saturday night game between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. The Los Angeles Times reports that the blackout was caused by a circuit malfunction. One fan captured the moment the lights went out on Twitter.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said on Twitter that while an automatic switch restores power to Dodger Stadium quickly when such an outage occurs, lighting systems and equipment take time to reset.
When a momentary disruption in power to @Dodger Stadium occurs, an automatic switch restores power within seconds. Stadium lights and internal stadium equipment take time to reset. LED lights remaining on indicate a momentary outage occurred.— LADWP (@LADWP) August 26, 2018
It was the second time in less than a month that a power outage hit Dodger Stadium — the first coming on July 30 when a similar situation delayed a game about 21 minutes.
Both games eventually resumed play. Both the Royals and Dodgers won their disrupted contests.
Friday, August, 24, 2018
Facility Friday: Wyoming Football Facility, Louis Armstrong Stadium
The University of Wyoming celebrated the grand opening of the Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center and the reopening of the Rochelle Athletics Center last weekend. The $44 million facility adds on 71,000 square feet to the original Rochelle Athletics Center, and features amenities such as a new football weight room, an Olympic sports weight room, an altitude simulation chamber, a team meeting room, recovery pools, a new football locker room and a recruiting lounge. — Casper Star Tribune
Friday, August, 17, 2018
Facility Friday: Alabama's 'Crimson Standard,' University of Phoenix Stadium
The University of Alabama announced a $600 million plan to upgrade its athletics facilities this week. Dubbed the Crimson Standard, the 10-year plan calls for upgrades to Bryant-Denny Stadium, Coleman Coliseum, the Mal Moore Athletic Facility and more. Dates, final costs and details haven’t been announced yet, and all facility plans are subject to trustee approval — however, rough estimates say that Bryant-Denny Stadium will get a more-than $250 million renovation, and Coleman Coliseum will receive a $115 million facelift. More details in the video below: — TideSports.com
Thursday, August, 16, 2018
Cheer Coach Not Renewed Over 'White Power' Video
A Massachusetts cheerleading coach will not return this season after a video recording of her on Snapchat went viral.
Friday, August, 10, 2018
Facility Friday: Texas Football Stadium Renovation, URI Stadium Upgrades
The University of Texas appears poised to renovate Royal-Memorial Stadium. At a board of regents meeting held this week, school president Gregory Fenves and athletic director Chris Del Conte presented a plan for a $175 million project that would expand the facility’s south end zone. Specific details on the project weren’t released, but documents say the plan would construct new suites, clubs, loge boxes, sponsor amenities, fan seating and coaches’ offices. — Hookem.com
Wednesday, August, 08, 2018
Gym Member Barred for Attacking Teen Mid-Deadlift
For some, the grunts and slams heard in a gym are simply part of the experience. For others, however, those noises can be a catalyst for confrontation.
Tuesday, August, 07, 2018
GPS-Tracking Vests Ramp Up Football Practice
In the landscape of fitness trackers and user-generated fitness data, it may be unsurprising to learn that a school is utilizing GPS-tracking “smart vests” during football practice. What might be surprising, however, is the perceived benefits those devices provide.
Friday, August, 03, 2018
Facility Friday: Northwestern's Walter Athletic Center, ECU Locker Room
This week, Northwestern University dedicated its brand new Walter Athletics Center. The facility, located on the banks of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Ill., will serve the school’s football program, as well as women’s lacrosse, field hockey, cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and swimming and diving. Designed by Perkins+Will, the facility features sports performance spaces, locker rooms, a dining center, a football auditorium and sports medicine areas. — NUSports.com
Monday, July, 30, 2018
Officials Investigate Defaced HS Football Field
An Idaho school district is investigating a case of vandalism that left a football field defaced with offensive images.
Friday, January, 19, 2018
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Here’s a look at some of the stories that AB’s editorial staff found interesting this week:
First, $1.75 million for hurricane relief and a rivalry renewed. We like this.
Kudos to all of the other programs participating in these fun events for a worthy cause!
Now, to the news highlights…
- Good news for the turf industry as another study indicates that recycled rubber synthetic turf infill poses no health risks.
- Upscale gym Equinox got hit with separate lawsuits: one by a former member alleging a yoga instructor sexually assaulted him, another claiming a personal trainer drove a man to injury.
- High school coaches in hot water over behavior that crosses the line. A longtime track coach was axed after making an inappropriate joke, and a cheer coach was fired for text communication with a student (though she claims her firing was retaliatory after she reported the athletic director for sexual harassment).
- Also, be sure to check out our club columnist Rob on how focusing on customer service helped turn the tide for his business.
Elsewhere on the internet…
- Sports Illustrated: Football in America: Chicago—Where Traditions Are Born, Revived and Obsessed Over
- ESPN: Gaffes, TV ratings concerns dominated as NFL, players forged anthem peace
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