• Drones Emerging as Security Threat at Domestic Sporting Events

    by January 2015

    Marc Lovicott, public information officer for the University of Wisconsin, never misses a home football game. But recovering from knee surgery, he was forced to watch from home as the Badgers battled the University of Illinois at Camp Randall Stadium on October 11, 2014. The game made national news, but not for the 38-28 Badgers victory. Rather, it was for what happened between the third and fourth quarters — during the "Jump Around" tradition — when an unmanned aircraft was spotted hovering over the student section.

  • Police Protect Ohio Stadium After Historic CFP Victory

    by January 2015

    Ohio State students and fans flooded the streets of Columbus last night after the Buckeyes' historic 42-20 victory over the University of Oregon in the first College Football Playoff Championship. As of this morning, a total of 89 fires had been reportedly set in trash cans and dumpster, prompting police to reportedly use pepper spray and other tactics to manage the escalating situation.

  • Safety and Security Roundup: Recent Incidents

    by NCS4 Staff January 2015

    A roundup of recent headlines in the safety and security industry from around the web.

  • Registration Now Open for the National Interscholastic Athletics Safety and Security Summit

    by NCS4 Staff January 2015

    In order to make sure school personnel are prepared for safety and security issues, superintendents, principals, athletic administrators, local law enforcement, and school resource officers from across the country will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus March 21-23rd for the National Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities Safety and Security Summit, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s (NCS4).

  • NCS4 Corporate Member Highlight: TRAMEDIC™

    by NCS4 Staff January 2015

    In the early 2000’s, U.S. Special Forces Medics developed and perfected new emergency medical devices and training that proved to save lives by providing hemorrhage control and addressing shock.

  • Paris a Somber Reminder What Lurks Around Each Corner

    by January 2015

    The slaughter of more than a dozen people by masked gunmen at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has provided a sickening reminder of the evil that lurks around every corner. There are still a lot of unknowns but what we do know is this: eight of the dead are journalists, two were police, one was a guest of the editorial board, and one was at the reception desk. The humanist in me mourns for the victims and their families. The journalist in me mourns for my media peers. But in this industry, that sadness must be repurposed in a focused direction. Paris is a reminder that this type of terrorist attack can happen anytime, and anywhere. It's why our mission to protect the sports we love, the fans we love, the athletes we love and the staff we love, is so important. 

  • Poll: Has a Drone Infiltrated Your Event's Air Space?

    by December 2014

    We want to hear from our readers. Answer our poll question and look for the results in the next issue of Gameday Security.

  • Blog: Why Sports Franchies Must Invest in Security

    by James DeMeo, Guest Contributor December 2014

    The Boston Marathon bombings changed the face of the sports and entertainment industry. That tragic day raised new challenges in protecting athletic and open-air events, but it also had an impact on the business and marketing aspects of the industry.

  • Blog: The Day I Became a Sports Security Evangelist

    by December 2014

    Life-changing events can happen at any time, and when you least expect it. It's common for events early in your personal life to shape you — I won a young author's contest and a big race in elementary school, which ultimately lead to me becoming a writer and runner. But to have it happen on a professional level, nearly 20 years into your career no less, is fairly uncommon. But that's exactly what happened when I attended the 2013 NCS4 Conference in Orlando just two weeks into my tenure at Athletic Business. To say the conference had a profound impact on me would be an understatement. The reality is this — Gameday Security™ exists because of that NCS4 Conference.

  • National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit

    by NCS4 Staff December 2014

    January 27-29, 2015

    Join the NCS4 for the National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit, to be held at Louisiana State University on January 27-29, 2015. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from some of the top experts in the field, network with peers, and identify gaps and strategies to implement best practices within your organization!