Op-Ed at The Denver Post on Sport Organization Accountability

I recently had an op-ed in The Denver Post on accountability of sports organizations. Here is an excerpt:

The spectacle of actual or perceived conflicts of interest cast a pall on both the USADA and the IAAF, which have public interest mandates to enforce the rules of sport. For too long, sports organizations have sat outside the public eye, letting the spectacle of the games distract us from how they do business. In case after case, we have come to learn that the way that they do business, at times, leaves a lot to be desired.

Read the whole thing here.

College Football Millionaires


Big-time college sports are at the center of numerous controversies and debates these days. In my latest column at Sporting Intelligence I take a close look at the universities that contribute the most players to the NFL (here is the link). The oft-cited statistic that very few athletes wind up going pro holds when looking at NCAA football as a whole, but when looking at the top programs, things look quite different.

My Bridges Columns 2005-2014 in a new eBook

For 10 years, 2005-2014 I wrote a quarterly column for Bridges, a newsletter on science policy by the staff of the Office of Science & Technology at the Austrian embassy in Washington, DC.  Thanks to Ami Nacu-Schmidt here at CSTPR all my columns have been formatted into an eBook, which you can download free.

Pielke, Jr., R. A. (2015), Pielke’s Perspective: A Collection of Articles from Bridges, OST’s Publication on Science & Technology Policy., 93 pp., Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, Published July 2015. (PDF)

Thanks to the editors and staff of the OST and the Austrian government for hosting my writing over the years!