Articles by Eben Novy-Williams, Allison McNeely and Josh Saul

USA Gymnastics, Short on Funds to Pay Sex-Abuse Claims, Files for Bankruptcy

USA Gymnastics, under threat of being decertified by the U.S. Olympic Committee, filed for bankruptcy after running short of funds to pay victims of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. The organization filed for Chapter 11 status in the Southern District of …

State Farm Scores 2 Sports Venue Naming Rights Deals

One of the sports world’s biggest advertisers, State Farm doubled down this week, buying the naming rights for the home venues of the Atlanta Hawks and Arizona Cardinals. State Farm Arena and State Farm Stadium, commitments of 20 and 18 …

Dead L.A. Stadium $5.8M in Free Publicity for Farmers

Farmers Insurance Group received nearly $6 million in free media exposure for putting its name on a downtown Los Angeles stadium that will never be built. Anschutz Entertainment Group this week announced that it was no longer pursuing a $1.2 …

Colleges Warned of Liability for Basketball Fans’ Court Storming

College basketball’s tradition of storming the court after big upsets poses a potentially devastating liability threat to universities and athletic departments, personal injury lawyers said. Video showed coaches being pushed into tables and fans colliding with players when Kansas State …

Judge Seeks Additional Changes in NFL’s $765M Concussion Settlement

The National Football League’s $765 million settlement over concussions came up short a second time as a judge said she wants more changes before she’ll approve it. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia, in an order the day after …

NCAA Considers Cap on Schools’ Share of Athletes’ Insurance Cost

College sports’ governing body will consider limiting how much schools can contribute toward athletes’ insurance policies, according to its president. National Collegiate Athletic Association schools pay for loss-of-value insurance policies for some of their athletes through the Student Assistance Fund. …

NCAA Recommends ‘Culture Shift’ of Reduced Contact in Football Practices

The National Collegiate Athletic Association suggested curbing full-contact football practices, echoing a policy instituted by the Ivy League in 2011. The recommendation is among a set of guidelines created to “generate a cultural shift within college athletics,” the NCAA said …

Let College Player Keep Half-Court Shot Prize Money: Athletic Board

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference recommended that the college basketball player who hit a half-court shot for $20,000 at an Oklahoma City Thunder game be allowed to use the money toward his tuition. Cameron Rodriguez, a 23-year-old forward at Southwestern …

College Player May Be Blocked from Collecting on $20,000 Half-Court Shot

Making a half-court shot during a promotion at an Oklahoma City Thunder game might be easier for 23-year-old Cameron Rodriguez than keeping the $20,000 prize. Rodriguez, a basketball player at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, made the shot Nov. 18 …