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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.

December 30, 2010: New Year's Risk Management Resolutions

New Years is right around the corner and is a holiday known for the making of New Year's resolutions. These are often personal goals to improve one’s health, fitness, or lifestyle. However, this is also a great time to make New Year's resolutions for your sports organization. Below are some suggestions to get you thinking about your business in 2011.

December 29, 2010: Guest Gridlock in Nippert Stadium

Probably the worst thing about attending big sporting events is the crowds, that is if the crowds create gridlock. One of the worst experiences of gridlock I have encountered is in the University of Cincinnati’s football stadium where the success of the football team in recent years has often drawn sold out crowds.

December 23, 2010: Christmas is Coming . . . Are You Ready for Risk Management?

At this time of year the holidays can get hectic. Many are feeling more jovial and charitable yet others are anxious in making preparations for a festive holiday with family and friends. However, this is the time of year when your business may often be neglected. Below are some thoughts to keep your business moving in the right direction during the holidays and beyond.