The Clock is Ticking on Pay-to-Play

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The past few months have seen regular bursts of publicity over alleged rule violations involving impermissible benefits being paid to NCAA student-athletes.  At this time athletic programs at Ohio State, Oregon, Auburn, Boise State, North Carolina and Tennessee (for starters) are currently involved in ongoing investigations.  Media reports surfaced on July 14 that the Georgia Tech football program is about to be notified of alleged violations.

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Obesity Rate Swells in 28 States: No. 1 Ranking Goes to Mississippi, Where 33.8% of Adults Are Obese

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WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

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Ohio State Says It Made Mistakes and is Sorry

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(Editor’s Note: Issues facing people working in sports management and administration positions are a major focus of commentary in the Digest.  Few would disagree that anyone working in such jobs today is constantly faced with difficult choices involving legal, administrative and ethical choices.  The decisions made by those in these positions impact many lives and are thus important issues to look at).

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It’s the Silly Season Again in Youth Sports

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It seems that every summer about this time stories begin to appear about problems in youth baseball circles involving adults.  It’s not enough that kids now rarely just get together on their own to participate in sporting activities.  Every minute of the day is now frequently organized for youngsters by their parents.  Between games, practice, travel to tournaments, fundraising and sessions with personal coaches or trainers kids may find little time left over for school and just plain relaxing.

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Ethical Dilemmas in Collegiate Athletics: The Role of Coaches and the Codes of Ethic

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Competitive sports have a tremendous impact on our culture, influencing the values of millions of participants and spectators. It has been said that “Sport is too much a game to be a business and too much a business to be a game” (Hums, Barr, & Gullion, 1999). The sport industry is growing at an incredible rate of speed. Estimates by Financial World magazine of individual professional team sport franchises list an average National Football League’s team’s value as $174 million dollars. The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games saw licensed products sales in the billions (Brecke, 1997). In April 2010, The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced a new 14-year television, internet, and wireless rights agreement with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting. The agreement will cover Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship beginning 2011 through 2024 for more than $10.8 billion. The games will be shown on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV all four national networks (NCAA, 2010).

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It’s On to the Far East for the Winter Games

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Earlier this year the United States Sports Academy honored South Korean figure skater, Kim Yu-Na, with its 2010 Female Athlete of the Year award.  On July 6, 2011, her home country won an honor of its own.  The International Olympic Committee (IOC), meeting in Durban, South Africa, voted to award the 2018 Winter Games to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Referees Aren’t the Only Ones Carrying Whistles These Days

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Anyone working in any organization knows that so-called “whistle-blowers’ who report allegations of wrongdoing in their organization to outside sources face a significant change of retaliation from people within the organization being attacked.

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