Author Archives: Florida Coastal School of Law

How Sheryl Swoopes’s Pregnancy Changed Professional Sports Forever

In response to the controversy, the NCAA quickly devised a set of gender-neutral guidelines for collegiate athletics programs across the country. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, senior director of advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation and author of the guidelines, said that addressing the stigma surrounding student-athlete pregnancy was crucial.

“When we were writing this, two NCAA student-athletes who got pregnant hid the babies, had the babies, and killed the babies–all because there was this shroud of shame,” says Hogshead-Makar. “Athletes on scholarship are usually unmarried and their babies unplanned. Our society is not kind to young women who are pregnant, particularly to women of color, and women without a job. Certainly from a societal perspective, keeping them in school is best.”

… read the entire post at The Atlantic.

Questionable Ethics By The Judge That Jailed Chad Johnson

“Chad Johnson had been one of the best receivers in the best league of football in the world. He was a six time pro-bowler and had 1,000 receiving yards seven times in his 12 years as a pro as confirmation to his excellence. But he has failed to be as successful in building a team in his personal life.  The only recent success may have been the negotiation of an amicable settlement of the charge that he head butted his former wife – a wife of 41 days before separation and divorce.”

… read the entire piece at SportsMoney.

The Players Championship Was A Bigger Win For Golf Than For Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods won his second Players Championship Sunday at the ever-challenging TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course.  It took him a dozen years to do so, but only four golfers in history won it twice.  2001 was the last time the #1 player won the Players. It was Tiger Woods then. It was Tiger Woods again.”

… read the entire piece at SportsMoney.

Gender Gap Shrinking Worldwide in Aquatic Sports at Olympic Games

“Women make up 50 percent of the (world) population, so I can’t see any logical reason for women not being 50 percent of the competitors,” said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, the senior director of advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation and a 1984 swimming Olympic champion.

Having been a swimmer for many years, Hogshead-Makar said she saw firsthand how other sports can emulate swimming, with nearly the same number of males and females training together in the pool at the same time. She also noted that the United States’ above-average number of females can be attributed to sports being an integral part of the education system, which few countries do. The foundation’s work with enforcing Title IX in high school and college athletics has also played a part in promoting athletic participation among women, Hogshead-Makar said.

“It gives us a vision of what sports could be and makes us want that globally,” she said.

… read the entire article at Swimming World Magazine.

What Corporate CEOs And Floyd Mayweather Have In Common And Who’s Got the Better Job

“What do top media corporate CEOs and boxer Floyd Mayweather have in common?  The short answer is $30 million in compensation a year. Who’s got the better job?  Well if you want to have perpetual office hours, and depend on thousands of other people to implement your plans, and also depend on fickle irrational viewers of TV screens for your pay, then the CEO is your choice. But if you would rather have an altercation once a year, get Showtime to air it, and let them pay you the same money, then the boxer is your econo-hero.”

… read the full post from Roger Groves at SportsMoney.

Post Mortem NFL Draft — Bad Teams Pick Bad Players

Now that the 2013 NFL draft is over, and all the anticipation and emotionalism has subsided, we can get back to reality. And for this draft, like others, I can say the same thing I used to like to say in court when a witness let his education get in the way of his intelligence, “Your honor, the truth is not that complicated.”  The reality is that perennially good teams are good because they pick good people for the particular job. Bad teams are bad because despite being good people, they pick bad people for that job and add bad luck as a companion.  Another axiom fits: “Success and failure starts at the top.”

… Roger Groves dissects the more recent drafts of the Jacksonville Jaguars at SportsMoney.