Sports Law • Risk Management

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Five Things to Know About Negligence: Part I

Negligence should be of concern for all sports organizations. Below are five things about negligence that should be shared with all members of your organization.

Baseball Fan Falls to His Death

It is fairly routine that baseball players will flip balls into the waiting hands of spectators in the stands, but it is unusual that such a routine act would be the catalyst in a tragedy. Texas Rangers center fielder, Josh Hamilton, performed such a routine act by tossing a dead ball towards some fans, but the ball fell short of penetrating the stands. Shannon Stone, a spectator at the game, reached over the railing for the ball, lost his balance and fell head first twenty feet to the ground.

Psychological Abuse in Sport

Last night while walking by some batting cages, I observed a middle-aged man swearing at a young teenage boy and telling him that he was worthless and pathetic. There was no team and there was no game, just a single man humiliating a little boy with his angry words following what must have been perceived as an unsuccessful batting practice. I can only assume the verbal abuse was rained down on the boy by his father in a likely failed effort to motivate the child to improve his athletic performance. However, this negative treatment from father to son, can have serious psychological consequences on the child and might be classified as psychological abuse.

Considerations for a Growing Event: Part II

As your event grows in size, there are additional considerations to ensure a safe and successful event. Below are some logistical considerations for which all race directors should plan for with a growing event.

First, consider the logistics of medical personnel. With more people on the course and more spectators in attendance, there needs to be a solid plan of how to identify those who are in need of medical assistance.

June 11, 2011: Considerations for a Growing Event: Part I

You have started an event, which has become quite popular. In fact, your event is so successful that participants are registering earlier than ever before and the event is quickly filling up to its maximum capacity. Does this sound like an event you have created? As an event grows, there are additional considerations that must be entertained by an event director.

May 31, 2011: Increased Risk When Baseball Goes Into Extra Innings

More than six hours for a major league baseball game? That is what happened in a recent game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies. The night game went after one o’clock in the morning with a day game fewer than twelve hours later. In order to break the tie, the night game took ten extra innings, nineteen in total. Also, collectively the teams went through sixteen pitchers, but at what cost?