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From Friday night football games to Saturday volleyball matches, a new figure is taking a spot on the sidelines. According to a 2015 study by the Korey Stringer Institute, 70 percent of public secondary schools nationwide have access to an athletic trainer. That total is up from 1994 when only 35 percent of high schools reported having access to an athletic trainer.

Periscope: Advance or Hinder Transparency?

May 11, 2015
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The Professional Golfers' Association of America revoked the media credentials of blogger Stephanie Wei. Wei used the live-streaming app Periscope to broadcast from a practice round of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in a way that the PGA said violated its terms. Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on the weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News." For more, follow Views of the News on Facebook , Twitter , and YouTube .

Once again, the question of the NFL's pre-eminence — even existence — has been raised with the retirement of Chris Borland , a very good player, who has walked away from the game and millions of dollars at the age of 24 in order to preserve his health, or more specifically, his brain. As always in these well-publicized anti-football cases, observers pop up to note that the other mainstream sport identified with brain damage — boxing — has dramatically declined in popularity, and therefore is...

Michael Alden speaking
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According to a press release sent out Thursday afternoon, Mike Alden is stepping down as the University of Missouri’s Director of Athletics. "After several months of contemplation, I have decided that it is time for a change, both for me and for the University that I so dearly love," Alden said in a press release.

The University of Missouri is known for it’s School of Journalism. Every year, hundreds of freshmen from across the country come to school at MU to learn about news or sports broadcasting. But KBIA’s Jason Hoffman found one freshman who’s career in sports radio has an added challenge: He's blind.

While watching the FIFA World Cup match between the United States and Ghana on Monday night, perhaps you noticed the venue. The 42,000-seat stadium, called Arena das Dunas or The Stadium of the Dunes, has a petal-shaped canopy and was designed by Populous , a sports architecture firm based in Kansas City, Mo. According to the firm, the challenge was to create a "grand space" for the people of Natal, Brazil. Architects drew inspiration from the flowing sand dunes that dominate the city. "We...

DirecTV, Networks of Mid-Missouri in a dispute

Oct 15, 2013
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A local TV companys contract negotiations are making some headlines in mid-Missouri. Because of a dispute in contractual agreements, ABC affiliate KMIZ, Fox affiliate KQFX and MyZouTV will not be shown on DirecTV until a resolution is made. The three channels operate under the umbrella of The Networks of Mid-Missouri. According to its website, the two main issues with The Networks of Mid-Missouri are: (1) the price DIRECTV is willing to pay the station for the right to resell the stations...

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Bicyclists taking part in a cross-country race will be zooming across Missouri this week, and transportation officials hope motorists along the route will be extra cautious. The annual Race Across America covers a 3,000-mile route from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md. Riders were expected to begin entering western Missouri this past Sunday, traveling via U.S. 54 to the Lake of the Ozarks area and Jefferson City. The route continues east on Missouri 94 to Hermann and Missouri 100 to...