There has been a lot of media attention given to the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) before, during and after their unprecedented fourth FIFA World Cup win and second in a row. Team members have courted controversy on several fronts, notably irking President Trump in their rebuff of his invitation to visit the White House.
The NCAA is pushing back against a bill in the California legislature that would allow college athletes to earn money for the use of their name, image or likeness beginning in 2023. In a letter to State Assembly committees, NCAA President Mark Emmert told lawmakers that if the bill passes California schools might be prohibited from competing in NCAA championships. It will be interesting to see if the NCAA follows through with its threat, as California is home to 23 schools in Division I alone.
Along with celebrating back-to-back World Cup wins, the U.S. national women's soccer team has also embraced its role in advocating for LGBTQ inclusion and gender equity. While other professional sports in the U.S. seem to lack openly gay players, the UWNT has become a source of pride for LGBTQ Americans. Time and time again, the team has stood together on issues of inclusiveness.
Following a recent ruling in Germany that eased restrictions on how athletes can market themselves during the Olympics, athletes gathered in Norway to advocate for more changes to the International Olympic Committee's "Rule 40."
Over the last several years, esports have exploded in popularity – reaching audiences as large as many professional sports. Fans can watch esport tournaments live, or more often through a streaming service like Twitch. More than 80 million people tuned in to view the League of Legends World Championship in 2017. The NBA has even launched its own basketball esport league, NBA 2K.
By now, you have likely read about the college admissions scandal involving high-profile actresses and dozens of other parents accused of using illegitimate means of getting their children into elite colleges. Fifty people are facing criminal charges as a result of the scheme, but it’s not just the parents facing serious consequences.
Recently, an athlete attempted to register for the Boston Marathon, an Abbott World Marathon Majors (WMM) event, but was refused entry because she had a prior doping offense that lasted more than 3 months. This denial was pursuant to the WMM Code of Conduct, which provides that any runner who has been banned for more than 3 months for an anti-doping offense at any time “shall be banned from all WMM Events for life unless otherwise agreed by the WMM. The Abbott World Marathon Majors describes itself as “a series six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world,” including the Boston Marathon.
Some parents go to extreme lengths to make it easier for their child to get into a particular college. Recently, for instance, 50 people were charged in connection to an admissions scheme.
Recruiting student athletes to colleges and universities across the country is highly competitive. One tool schools often use to entice a recruit to their institution is a scholarship.
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a staple in sports headlines for the past couple seasons, despite not being a signed player. Since he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice, his name has come up countless times in stories about collusion in the NFL, politics and racism.