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November 6, 2019

While past major scandals involving Major League Baseball (MLB) have centered on the steroids era (late 80s – late 2000s), testing for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) has largely stemmed the tide of drug abuse in the sport.   Further, sluggers of the era including J...

October 19, 2019

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the U.S.  This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other types of nonprofit organizations.  The Foundation Center re...

September 20, 2019

When I initially started reading earlier this spring about the college admissions scandal, it seemed limited to the college admissions process at a number of elite universities across the U.S.  However, it soon became apparent that the wrongdoing associated with the sc...

September 4, 2019

For the past couple decades or so, athletes participating in various sports under the umbrella of the United States Olympic Committee (“USOC”) and its National Governing Bodies (“NGBs”) who experienced sexual and other forms of abuse often felt they had no voice and no...

August 8, 2019

The U.S. sports industry, largely unregulated in contrast to the most regulated industries in the nation, is on the cusp of learning first-hand what happens when a segment of the industry fails to respond to a history of wrongdoing within its ranks.  The McClatchy Wash...

June 19, 2019

When the college admissions scandal was originally reported on in early March of this year, many observers believed that this news would fade from the front pages within days if not just a few weeks.  But over two months later – especially in Southern California, groun...

March 16, 2019

Knowing where to start unraveling the college admissions bribery scandal after Day 1 is a challenge.  But the headlines give us a good start in learning what happened in the latest list of ethical failings in athletics and where the case may be heading:

  • College Admi...

February 5, 2019

The National Football League (NFL) recently announced its search for a newly created position in its New York League office, Director, Compliance.  This is news – big news.

The major professional sports leagues in the U.S. – the NFL, the National Basketball Association...

January 5, 2019

History tells us that organizational change usually comes about as a result of vision or pain, or sometimes both.  Not long ago I asked a friend, an experienced compliance professional, what he thought it would take for sports organizations to begin developing and esta...

December 21, 2018

About a year and a half ago USA Gymnastics (USAG) released Deborah Daniels’ report which called for a cultural shift in the National Governing Body (NGB).  Ms. Daniels’ investigation was commissioned by USAG following widespread reports of allegations of sexual abuse b...

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