August 10, 2020

MLB Requires Teams to Appoint Compliance Officers

Following the recent COVID-19 outbreak within the Miami Marlins baseball team, Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that MLB would be requiring each team […]
July 29, 2020

USOPC Announces Hiring of a New Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and New Audit Standards for its National Governing Bodies

Following years of scandals within several United States Olympic Committee National Governing Bodies (NGBs), the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has hired its first Chief […]
December 17, 2019

NHL Taking Steps to Combat Abusive Behavior

By David D. Dodge david@sprtsoc.com Following a recent meeting of the National Hockey League (NHL) Board of Governors, League Commissioner Gary Bettman announced new steps are […]
November 7, 2019

All For the Good of the Game

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) […]
August 6, 2018

Officiating Association Publishes “Getting Started” Guidebook

The National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) has published a Guidebook for its members entitled, “Getting Started Developing and Establishing an Effective Integrity Program for Sports […]
July 9, 2018

FIFA Corruption Reaches Referees

Just when many sports observers thought the worst of the corruption scandals were behind the beleaguered Federation Internationale de Football (FIFA), a report surfaced of a […]
October 13, 2017

College Basketball Scandal Could Have Far-Reaching Implications

By now readers of this blog may have had their fill of stories of sports scandals, even though the latest one in college basketball is particularly […]
April 25, 2017

The Writing on the Wall

On the heels of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D – California) introducing a bill in the US Senate to require amateur athletic organizations to promptly report sexual […]
February 24, 2017

A Wake-Up Call for US Olympic Governing Bodies

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, announced on a recent CBS “60 Minutes” segment that she is crafting a bill that would establish clear protocol and require amateur […]
February 7, 2017

Cardinals Pay the Price for Non-Compliance

Earlier last year the Compliance and Ethics Blog posted a piece I’d written entitled, “Yet Another Scandal in Sports.” This piece reported on Chris Correa, a […]
February 9, 2016

Prevention, Detection, Correction

Prevention, detection, and correction – sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? And yet those are the essential components of any effective integrity and compliance program. So why […]
January 27, 2016

A Blind Eye on Match-Fixing in Profession Tennis

Where there’s smoke, there’s almost always fire.  And there’s been plenty of smoke and fire since a blockbuster report headlined “The Tennis Racquet” was released on […]