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March 4, 2015
After a bench-clearing brawl by two Indiana high school basketball teams led to their removal from the state tournament, a judge has ruled the squads must be allowed to compete, saying, "the action by [the state association] was illegal, arbitrary, excessive and contrary to law.” A month ago, the boys' basketball teams at Griffith High School and Hammond High School in Indiana engaged in a bench-clearing fight, which led to both squads being banned from the state tournament by the Indiana High... more
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March 4, 2015
The number of student-athletes using Twitter and Instagram has gone up over the past year, Facebook usage has gone down, and Snapchat has become the fastest growing social media-ish app. Those stats and more were found through a recent survey. Here are a few other interesting trends from the study, which was conducted by Fieldhouse Media: 78% of student-athletes are using Twitter, up from 72% one year ago. Of those on Twitter, 76% have between 100 and 500 followers and 11% have more than 500... more
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March 2, 2015
How does an NCAA Division I athletic department generate and dole out $89.6 million? Here's a look at the budget at the University of Iowa. According to KCRG-TV9, the biggest source of income for the Hawkeye athletic department during the 2014-15 fiscal year is the Big 10 conference. Television revenue from the conference's broadcast partners, as well as the money divided between conference members from NCAA playoffs and tournaments, adds up to $30.7 million. Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta... more
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March 2, 2015
Recently, two students at Philadelphia's Holy Spirit High School dressed up in a monkey suit and as a giant banana for the boys' basketball team's home matchup against Atlantic City (N.J.) High School, whose squad is predominately black. Those actions, and the inaction of game officials and Holy Spirit administrators, triggered backlash from many who found the display racially offensive. According to video footage captured by NBCPhiladelphia, the students wore the costumes--and were joined by... more
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February 26, 2015
The National Women's Law Center (NWLC), a non-profit organization that advocates for women's equality and opportunity, has issued the following press release in response to a Title IX complaint it filed against New York City in 2010. In it, the NWLC reports the the United State Department of Education has found a large number of Title IX violations in the New York City Public School System.   Here is the press release: U.S. Department of Education Finds NYC Public School System in Violation of... more
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February 26, 2015
After more than a year spent studying the issue, on Wednesday, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) approved legislation that will make them the 28th state to require every referee and umpire who interacts with student-athletes to be screened for criminal records. The move comes just weeks after a state Representative filed legislation to compel the MIAA to check the criminal histories of game officials. According to an article in The Boston Globe: The MIAA will hire a... more
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