Sports Law • Risk Management

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March 25, 2011: Nader Proposes To Do Away With Athletic Scholarships

If colleges were no longer permitted to offer athletic scholarships, how would the game change? The Seattle Times reported late last night that Ralph Nader is seeking to change the way the game of sports is played at the university level.

March 13, 2011: Safety First for Extreme Sports

Although “safety first” is a great tag line and even a great objective, is it really a top priority for sports organizations? Sports, by nature, are fraught with risk. In fact, extreme sports have evolved by increasing risk and even removing some elements of safety to make feats more incredible. This is not exactly in line with the “safety first” mantra.

February 14, 2011: Tiger Woods Spitting in the Face of Golf?

Here we go again . . . Tiger Woods has made it back in the news for yet another mistake. This time he spit on the green. That’s right, Woods spit on the green during the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, which is part of the European Tour. In the United Arab Emirates, where the tournament is being played, spitting in public can be a fineable offense according to today’s report on ESPNStar.com.

February 11, 2011: ADA: Is Your Facility or Tournament in Compliance?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is federal legislation enacted to prohibit discrimination against those with disabilities. The ADA is relevant for those in the sports industry because public sport and recreation facilities built or renovated after January 26, 1993 must accommodate individuals with disabilities according to strict ADA standards. For those facilities existing prior to 1993, some accommodation must be made if changes are effective, practical and fiscally feasible.

January 16, 2011: Sharks Out of Water: Steelers Vs. Ravens

Yesterday, I went to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. I was expecting to see a variety of sea life, including sharks, but the first sharks I encountered at the aquarium were in human form. It just so happens that the AFC Divisional Playoffs between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers were also yesterday. Since these two cities are just a few hours drive apart, the fans for the then, prospective game were all the more anxious for the showdown. This was evident by the signage I saw posted at the entrance to the aquarium.

January 8, 2011: Age Discrimination in Sports For Those Over Forty

I just finished reading the book “Personal Foul: Coach Joe Moore vs. The University of Notre Dame” by Richard Lieberman. The book tells the story of the nationally publicized trial from the mid-nineties where the jury found that then sixty-four year-old Moore was unlawfully terminated from coaching football at The University of Notre Dame for age discrimination. As a result, Notre Dame was ordered to pay damages and attorneys’ fees, but the university also suffered a blow to its reputation.