• NCAA Proposes Tougher Academic Standards

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    The NCAA's board of directors is backing a new proposal that would require incoming basketball players to have their academic records assessed by university officials. Those in need of additional class work would have to take at least six credit hours during the summer to become eligible to compete in the fall. Additionally, school officials would have to reassess the academic records of players at the end of each school year and determine whether additional summer classes are needed. Schools that do not offer summer classes would be exempt from the legislation.

  • Stevens Noted for Contributions to P.E., Title IX, Olympics

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who died Monday night in a Physical Education Program (PEP), which provides federal money to school districts and community-based organizations for physical education and innovative physical-activity methods. Stevens also was a member of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education's Hall of Fame.

  • 'STOP' the Pain

    by Michael Popke July 2010

    A national effort to prevent, recognize and treat the long-term consequences of sports-overuse and traumatic injuries in young athletes is quickly picking up steam. This month, STOP Sports Injuries (the acronym stands for "Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention") has enlisted several new supporters, including the California Athletic Trainers' Association, Dixie Softball Inc. and the Youth Football Coaches Association.

  • Baseball to Begin Testing for Human Growth Hormone

    by Michael Popke July 2010

    Major League Baseball on Thursday became the first North American professional sports league to test for human growth hormone. Commissioner Bud Selig announced that blood testing for HGH will begin immediately as part of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The blood testing is limited to minor league players because they are not members of the players' association, which means that testing is not subject to collective bargaining. Testing in the minor leagues will allow Selig to see how the test works on a trial basis before asking the players' union to agree to testing, The New York Times reports.

  • Sports Activism Targets Arizona Immigration Law

    by Paul Steinbach June 2010

    Arizona's immigration law has left its mark on sports, but how much influence should sports have over lawmaking?

  • Court: Illinois Association Overreached in Enforcement of Transfer Rules

    by John T. Wolohan March 2010

    An appeals court tells the IHSAA that it overreached in the enforcement of its transfer rules.

  • On the Field and Off the Mark

    by Andrew Cohen December 2009

  • High School Swimming Moves Forward After Suit Ban

    by Michael Popke December 2009

    Prep swimming moves forward following the ban of controversial high-tech suits.

  • New Jersey Sports Administrators May Have Found New Way to Level Playing Field

    by Michael Popke July 2009

    New Jersey sports administrators may have found a new way to level the playing field.

  • Supreme Court Will Review NFL Antitrust Case

    by Andrew Cohen & John T. Wolohan July 2009

    The NFL hopes the court will expand its lower-court victory by making all professional sports leagues immune from antitrust laws; "Sports Law" contributor John T. Wolohan offers an opinion about the league's chances of victory.