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  • Fan Safety at Arrowhead

    In the wake of 9/11 and more recent terrorist attacks, the NFL has made fan safety at football stadiums a top priority. But we uncovered another kind of terror that's not getting much attention: fights caused by drunk, unruly fans. Our investigation revealed there are more reports of fights and assaults at Arrowhead than at stadiums in similar sized markets. In 2013, one of those Arrowhead fights claimed the life of a young man and father of a seven-week-old baby. His family and others assaulted at Arrowhead say there isn't enough security at the stadium to protect fans. http://fox4kc.com/2015/11/23/critics-say-violence-isnt-limited-to-collisions-on-the-gridiron-at-arrowhead-stadium/
  • Eight poles nationwide have fallen recently

    The Austin American-Statesman investigated more than a half-dozen instances of stadium light poles falling nationwide, most in the last six months, and tracked the failed light poles to a company in Texas.
  • Soccer Stadium Investigation

    The Hartford Courant's investigation revealed that the would-be developer of a $50 million professional soccer stadium in the city was a convicted embezzler, that he and a business partner billed the city for hundreds of thousands of dollars in work that was never done, and that the pair siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from their own development company, leaving it unable to pay its debts. As a result of the stories, the FBI launched a criminal investigation, which is underway.
  • How Mike Ilitch scored a new Red Wings arena: Hockeytown’s Caesar gets a sweet deal. But what’s in it for Detroit?

    This story focused on the implications of a massive $650 million proposed Detroit Red Wings hockey arena in downtown Detroit, and the lengths the NHL team's owner had to go behind the scenes to make it happen. Since it was announced, other outlets have reported on the project in a mostly positive light. There was more to it, however. Instead of relying on reports from the elected officials who supported this project, this project unraveled the intimate details of how the deal was crafted and arrived at a far more uncertain conclusion: While this deal may, on the surface, seem like a win for Detroit, that's far from clear. Moreover, with little public involvement, the basic structure of the deal was created by a small group of individuals in private. And although Detroit will certainly benefit from the new project as it relates to the positive public perception of having a new, state of the art stadium in the city, the financial aspects of the deal reveals a far more questionable result.
  • Inside the Locker Room: Shooting Away the Pain

    An exclusive ABC News investigation in a partnership with ESPN discovered that tucked away in college training rooms, underneath the stadium, is a closely-held secret of team doctors using powerful prescription painkillers to get student athletes on the field, despite painful injuries, regardless of the price to their health. Painkiller shots given in college sports locker rooms, often called “The Magic Shot” by players, have long been rumored but kept hush-hush in the sporting world. The collaboration between the ABC News Brian Ross Investigative Team and ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” was a groundbreaking effort by major news organizations to document and expose the dangerous practice.
  • ESPN Outside the Lines:What's Lurking in Your Stadium Food

    Health department inspection reports for food and beverage outlets at stadiums and arenas home to Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League, and National Baseball Association teams showed that more than half of them had been cited for a "critical" or "major" health inspection.
  • The Toughest Tickets in Town

    The Washington Redskins continue to sellout the stadium and thousands of fans are left on a waiting list for general admission tickets. It turns out though, these tickets can be found online through ticket brokers. Further, the Redskins ticket office can be moderately blamed for this happening, which allowed the brokers to buy the general admission tickets. The team did this because it leveraged these tickets and caused fans to buy the more expensive premium seat tickets.
  • The high price of Rutgers sports

    For a decade, Rutgers Univeristy pushed hard to become a college football powerhouse. But a six-month investigation of Rutgers athletics -- including a new review of public records the university fought to keep confidential -- found big-time college football came at a greater price than the school disclosed and still refuses to fully document. The investigation found that Rutgers has hiked tuition, canceled classes and eliminated six other varsity sports while doubling its football spending budget; hid millions of sports expenses, including salaries and charter flights, from public view; rushed into a $102 million expansion of Rutgers Stadium to retain coach Greg Schiano and refused to reveal several other financial and fundraising efforts.
  • A risky game

    "Arizona State University performed emergency repairs to its Sun Devil Stadium to repair rusting beams that posed serious risks to fans. Crews worked 24 hours a day on a first round of repairs while the university did not disclose the risk to the public." The damage was not caused by the fans who spilled their drinks, but because the university had not waterproofed the stadium correctly.
  • Out of Town Consultants

    This four-part radio series investigation found that D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams broke his promise that no taxpayer money would be spent on a new baseball stadium. In fact, more than $500,000 worth of out-of-town contracts were awarded to former colleagues of D.C.'s City Administrator who was from Oakland, CA.