Increased game attendance, a growing loyal fan base and new big-money partnerships have allowed the Chicago Sky and the WNBA to reach new audiences, offering numbers that suggest the WNBA isn’t going anywhere but up. Yet rumors of a fold and questions about the WNBA’s sustainability still swirl.
“The WNBA is continuing to get incrementally stronger,” said Sky President Adam Fox.
After a strike lasting nearly four weeks, the Waukegan Board of Education and its teachers’ union have reached a tentative three-year agreement that could put students back in the classroom as early as Monday.
Academic make-up days will be announced at a later date. But the fall athletes who missed a month of matches, games, and races won’t get to make up those events. And that means they are shut out of post-season competition.
The saga continues over the head injury lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
A $75 million settlement to provide medical testing to college athletes suspecting brain trauma from concussions and other head injuries during play has been tabled due to reservations from a district court judge.
At a motion hearing Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge John Z. Lee raised concerns about the proposed settlement against the NCAA, including whether the right people were included in the class and whether there is enough money set aside for the testing. Lee determined that he needs more time for consideration before granting preliminary approval, stating that the case “remains under advisement.”
The class action lawsuit, initiated with an individual complaint by former Eastern Illinois defensive back Adrian Arrington in 2011, was filed against the NCAA charging improper treatment of athletes’ concussions. Arrington suffered at least five concussions playing football in college, and this case is a consolidation of 10 lawsuits into one to keep from having to hold multiple sessions with various plaintiffs.
The past decade has seen an influx of races that fall into a new category of endurance challenges. But races where participants navigate muddy obstacles have paved the way for a racing evolution from traditional road races to a new breed of competition.
Move over, mud run: The Urbanathlon is coming to Chicago on Saturday.
Many of the things seen on a daily commute in Chicago turn into a different kind of obstacle at the Urbanathlon: participants will jump over taxis, climb over buses, hurdle police barricades, and navigate landmarks as part of the race.
The brainchild of Men’s Health magazine editors, the Urbanathlon offers up an entirely new challenge for the racers who hate mud, love the urban life, or both. The races, which are 4.2- and 10.4-mile distances spreading across Chicago’s lakefront, incorporate a number of Chicago landmarks and 10 and 14 major obstacles, respectively, along the way. The race is also held in New York City and San Francisco each year.
While racers and spectators of the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon might be nervous with pre-race jitters, there seems to be little concern about safety – primarily because they trust that every precaution has been taken to ensure smooth sailing on race day.
“I would say it’s the safest day [of all],” said Bart Yasso, a writer and chief running officer for Runner’s World Magazine, who will be a spectator at the race this Sunday. Yasso said it’s a combination of what the race directors and city have done together that makes him feel safe.
“Because [of the bombing] that happened in a previous running event [at the Boston Marathon in 2013], people are aware of it a little more other than, say, if they were just out visiting Grant Park,” Yasso said. “These people know what they’re doing. When I go to one of these races, I feel safer than if I was running around Chicago a month from now.”