Sports Law • Risk Management

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Foolish Behavior and an Athlete's Denied Visa

Sports visas are a common way for professional sports teams to expand its talent base by acquiring international athletes. Unfortunately the immigration approval process can be complicated when an athlete has criminal infractions.

Lacrosse: Contact Sport?

Even though I have seen men’s professional lacrosse before, this weekend I witnessed my first collegiate women’s lacrosse game. According to US Lacrosse, in the United States the sport is the both the oldest and the fastest growing at both the high school and collegiate level. I recently learned that men’s lacrosse is a contact sport, while women’s lacrosse is a non-contact sport. Thus, there are different rules and protective equipment requirements depending on whether it is men or women playing.

Here are some of the differences between men’s and women’s lacrosse:

Punishment in Sport: Deadly Consequences?

Should there be punishment in sport? One father of a middle school girl in Indiana apparently does not agree with punishment in sport. The father did not think it was appropriate for his daughter’s basketball coach to make her run laps for arguing with another teammate. According to a Yahoo! Sports article from March 16th, the father was so upset with his daughter’s punishment, the dad administered his own punishment to the coach by socking him in head until he was unconscious. The incident may have turned deadly had another coach not intervened.

Shaving Before Swimming = Disqualification

Most all swimmers will shave their body hair prior to diving into the water to reduce drag and improve the athlete’s speed. But, on February 22, 2012, Yahoo wrote about one particular athlete who was retroactively disqualified from all her swimming events for shaving. When it was discovered that the high school swimmer shaved her body hair at the swimming facility before getting into the pool, she was stripped of her points, which, cost her team the county championships. It turns out that shaving on the premises of the meet is a rule violation.

No Love for Sexual Misconduct

Colby College just finished its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct committed by fifteen of its students. Although for privacy reasons Colby College has disclosed little information, according to The Colby Echo’s article on February 8th, it is believed that football players were spying through a window to watch their teammate receive oral sex from a female student. Although the act of voyeurism did not amount to any criminal charges, the college concluded that the school’s sexual misconduct policy was violated.

M.I.A. Steals the Super Bowl Spotlight

Another Super Bowl has come and gone, but only a few are talking about the commercials and the actual game. Instead this year’s water cooler discussion is how yet another halftime show has gone awry.

The featured headline performer this year was the iconic Madonna. She lived up to expectations and gave a dynamic show. Although Madonna was the main performer, she shared the stage with several other popular musicians, one of which was M.I.A. NBC, who was televising the event, made a late attempt to blur the image of her giving the audience the offending middle finger. In addition to the middle finger, it also is believed that she used a curse word while performing her song.