July 20, 2017 - San Mateo, CA - What Does An AD Do? Plenty, reported by Nathan Mollat, San Mateo Daily Journal.
March 14, 2017 - Undervalued Athletic Directors Quitting At An "Alarming" Level. See Ways To Reduce Turnover of High School Athletic Directors by Dr. David Hoch, NFHS.org, March 14, 2017 People really don't know what goes into running an athletic program. This absence of knowledge makes it hard for athletic directors to get the tools they need to do the job right. Schools don't make up for the lack of tools with a big paycheck so the inevitable occurs. Little pay plus little reward equals high turnover. Worse, some of the best people go and some of the people who stay develop coping mechanisms that may not always lead them to maximize their ability to be top notch athletic directors. In business terms, if we were in the business of finding good managers we would doomed to failure because we have a bad business model and a poor working environment.
ECONOMICS OF YOUTH SPORTS
September 4, 2017 - You've got to have money to play this game! See Kid Sports Inc: How Your Child's Rec League Turned Into A $15 Billion Industry, reported by Sean Gregory, Time Magazine, page 42 (note - the online version of the article is entitled How Kids' Sports Became A $15 Billion Industry).
September 1, 2017 - Where are all the poor kids? How come there aren't more blacks in baseball? How come the private schools keep beating the public schools? Well, sports appear to have gotten so expensive that the poor folks got priced out, and now the middle class folks are feeling the crunch, too. See Parents Speak Out About The Skyrocketing Cost of Youth Sports, ABC News.
August 16, 2017 - Davis, CA - Remember when sports was billed as the way to go from ghetto to glory? Well, now the socio-economics of sports is a whole lot more complex. Indeed, these days the rich folks do a lot more winning than the poor folks, and almost nobody goes from the playgrounds to the pros as almost nobody plays playground sports. Even inner city basketball is hyper organized these days. What do all the changes in how we play mean? Jeffrey Sacha, a post-doc fellow at U.C. Davis, has studied the new socioeconomics of youth sports. You can read about his work in the Davis Enterprises article, Can High School Sports Transcend Socioeconomic Status, reported by Ben Hinshaw. Sacha concludes, “Privilege and marginalization are more often than not reflected in high school sports ... which raises important doubts about the ability for sports participation to undermine structural educational inequality.”
2009: Economics of Sport in The Boston Public Schools:
Boston, MA - Funding Issues, Facilities Problems, Violence - and They Can't Win When They Play The Rich, Suburban Schools: A Classic Example of The Difficulties Of Running Inner City Sports Programs. See The Boston Globe'sFailing Our Athletes Series: Part 1: Missed Opportunities: Boston's Student-Athletes Face a Sports Program In Distress by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 21, 2009; Part 2: Competing Under Fire: Deadly Violence Often Part of Life For Young Athletes by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 22, 2009; Part 3: Eligibility A High Hurdle: Just Getting Enough Student-Athletes Into the Game Can Often Be A Struggle by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 23, 2009; Part 4: Ill Equipped To Compete: Poor Facilities and Gear Put Athletes Behind Before The Games Even Start by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 24, 2009; Part 5: Coaches In The Crossfire by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 25, 2009; Part 6: That Awful Empty Feeling: With Spirit and Support Lagging, Lack of Attendance Is a Growing Concern by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 26, 2009; and Part 7: City Seeks Heroes To Rescue School Athletics by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 27, 2009. Also, see: AD Is Hindered By Demanding Workload by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 21, 2009; Flaherty Presses Menino To Get Aid by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 22, 2009 (Mayor Menino is under pressure to find creative ways to fund school sports: the hot proposal is to tax professional and college athletic contests); If They Can Play, Chances Are They Don't Stay by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 22, 2009 ("those darn private schools are stealing all the good athletes" is the cry of public schools in Boston - and throughout the country); Higher Standards A Point of Contention by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 23, 2009 (Boston requires a 1.67 GPA while the State minimum GPA is a mere 1.0); Politicians Weigh In On City Inequities by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 23, 2009; They Have Miles To Go Before They Play by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 24, 2009; It's Not Unusual To Get Shut Out of A Sport by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 25, 2009; and Hockey Programs Fall Through The Thin Ice by Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, June 26, 2009.
Special Report: How Athletes Go Broke by Pablo Torre, Sports Illustrated, March 23, 2009 page 80. For more on athletes and their money see Chris Chase of Yahoo Sports's study on athletes and their money (or lack of it). See Why Do So Many NFL Players Go Bankrupt by Chris Chase, Shutdown Corner, Yahoo Sports, September 18, 2009.
Special Report: After School Program Funding - Funding Mechanisms That Support Services For Children and Youth In Other Jurisdictions by Chicago Metropolis 2020: the Chicago Out-of-School Time Project, September 9, 2007
Special Report: Is Sports Still The Way To Escape Gangs and Violence? See How Dreams Die by George Dohrman, Sports Illustrated, June 30, 2008 page 54.
Sacramento Bee Special Report on Correlation Between Wealth and Winning In High School Sports - March, 2007
Sacramento, CA - March 25, 2007 - Special Report: Longest Odds - Overmatched - Advantages, Not Talent, Separate Tennis Players by Phillip Reese, Sacramento Bee, March 25, 2007 page A1.
Sacramento, CA - March 24, 2007 - Special Report: Longest Odds - Rich Win, Poor Lose In High School Sports by Phillip Reese and Tim Casey, Sacramento Bee, March 24, 2007 page A1.
Hurricane Katrina - Sports in New Orleans After Katrina
Sports Illustrated's Special Report: Two Years After Katrina by Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated, August 27, 2007 page 80.
NFHS Survey On Pay for Play In High School Sports - November/December, 2006
November/December 2006 - NFHS Survey finds 47% of students participate in high school sports, 65% of schools do not make students pay fees, the schools that charge fees tend to charge less than $100 per student, and sports costs less than two percent of a school's total budget. In short, you get a lot of bang for your buck in a high school sports program. See Survey Provides New Info On High School Athletics by Amanda Personett, The NFHS News, November/December 2006 page 1.
March 3, 2017 - Arizona - AIA Legislative Council Approves Year-Round Practice, reported by Scott Bordow, Arizona Republic. The AIA's new rules allow schools to offset the influence of clubs. Opponents say it may lead to more sports specialization.
April 24, 2016 - HS COACHING - Maine - Help Wanted: Maine's School Administrators Struggle To Find Coaches by Steve Craig, Portland Press Herald.
March 9, 2016 - HS LEGISLATION:Florida Senate Passes Sweeping School Choice, High School Sports Bill by Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel/Fox 35, March 9, 2016. This pending legislation would further liberalize Florida’s high school transfer rules.
June 21, 2016 - Click here for the Home School Legal Defense Association's 2016 Survey listing state laws addressing home school students' participation in public school classes, sports, and extracurricular activities. You can click here for a list of athletic laws by state on the letshomeschoolhighschool.com website. Bills allowing home schooled students to play on sports are commonly referred to as Tim Tebow bills as Tebow, the great high school and college quarterback, was a home schooled student who played for his local public high school. You can see more about Tim and the homeschool lobby's effort to pass Tim Tebow bills on the timtebowbill.com website. And you thought that Tebow was just a quarterback - he's also the inspiration for a movement.
February 9, 2016 - Richmond, VA - HOME SCHOOLS: Virgina Governor Vetoes Bill To Let Home Schoolers Play Sports at Public Schools by Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 29, 2016. The Virginia home school lobby is powerful. This time they passed their bill and got it to the Governor's desk. Just four years earlier, they couldn't get the bill out of committee. See Virginia Senate Panel Kills 'Tebow Bill', reported by David Sherfinski, The Washington Times, March 1, 2012. Next time, the Tebow lobby will likely succeed in Virginia. They aren't going away.
RACE AND SPORTS
October 14, 2016 - Baltimore, MD - Can one partnership help increase the numbers of African-American sports journalists, address issues pertaining to African-American female athletes, and help increase the number of African-American head football coaches in college and the NFL? Well, ESPN's TheUndefeated.com, the long-awaited ESPN site focusing on African-Americans, race, sports and culture, is attacking all of these issues. TheUndefeated.com just announced a journalism partnership with Morgan State University, the HBCU located in Baltimore to explore all of these issues ... and more. See The Undefeated and Morgan State University Announce Journalism Partnership (Research Will Focus On The Image of Black Female Athletes and The Path Of Black Coaches To The NFL), reported by Jill Hudson, TheUndefeated.com.