• Watch: Stemming the Abuse of Youth Sports Officials

    by Andy Berg March 2019

    A recent column in the Treasure Coast Palm by Laurence Reisman puts a spotlight on the alarming increase in coach and fan violence in youth sports, much of it directed at game officials. Athletic Business recently ran a story about former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy berating a team of officials at a youth basketball game, and that's just one of many incidents that has lead to a massive shortage in quality officials in all sports. A survey by the National Association of Sports Officials found that 75 percent of referees who quit cite "adult behavior" as the primary cause. 

  • NIAA Mulls Behavior Rules Post Parent-Coach Punch

    by Jason Scott March 2019

    It’s hard to be a coach at any level, and increasingly so at the high school level, where bad behavior by parents is hurting the spirit of sportsmanship — and sometimes literally hurting the coaches themselves.

  • Fourth-Quarter HS Hoops Fight Results in Double-DQ

    by Jason Scott March 2019

    A state high school basketball playoff game in Illinois had a rare result: a double-disqualification. That was the result after a fight between both players and fans broke out in the game's waning moments.

  • Iowa Fined, Coach Suspended for Confrontation with Ref

    by Paul Steinbach February 2019

    It's been a turbulent two weeks for the University of Iowa men's basketball program. Seven days after Hawkeyes broadcast partner Learfield suspended play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin for the rest of the season, the school suspended head coach Fran McCaffery for two games after he called a game official a "cheating motherf*cker" and "a f*cking disgrace."

  • Ex-Packer Coach McCarthy Goes on Tirade at Prep Game

    by Andy Berg February 2019

    The kind of abusive situation that has helped precipitate a shortage of high school referees was on full display Tuesday night as one prep ref squad found itself on the receiving end of a former professional football coach’s rage.

  • High School Wrestler Forfeits State Match Against Girl

    by Andy Berg February 2019

    A high school wrestler in Colorado passed on a chance at success in the state championships because the road to victory would entail wrestling a girl.

  • Man Arrested for Threatening AD and Superintendent

    by Andy Berg February 2019

    A man has been arrested after threatening a high school superintendent and athletic director in profanity-laced voicemails related to alleged racist jeering at a basketball game.

  • Indiana AD Reprimands Students on Profane Chant

    by Paul Steinbach February 2019

    Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass apologized to his counterpart at Purdue following the behavior of student fans Tuesday night at Assembly Hall, then reprimanded the fans in an email.

  • Softball Coach Fired After Attacking Grandmother

    by Andy Berg February 2019

    A softball coach in Texas has been fired for body-slamming a woman who was there to watch her 11-year-old granddaughter.

  • AD Defends Decision to Sideline Coach over Language

    by Paul Steinbach February 2019

    Red River High School in Grand Forks, N.D., placed decorated boys' hockey coach Bill Chase on leave last week for "conduct unbecoming and unfitting of a high school coach, including a history [of] derogatory, demeaning, and intimidating language," according to documents obtained by the Grand Forks Herald through an open records request.