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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.

December 11, 2010: NFL Illegal Hit Post-Game Enforcement: Ravens-Steelers

Sometimes officials on the football field will miss calling an illegal hit, but the NFL is monitoring the videotapes and imposing fines against athletes after-the-fact. Kudos to the NFL for taking this stance, however, it is time for the NFL to turn up the heat by putting pressure on the teams to prevent these illegal hits from occurring.

December 3, 2010: Risk Management Step 4: Monitor Risks

Step four in the risk management process is to monitor what goes on in your business. Since originally implementing your risk management plan changes have likely occurred and subsequently your risk management methods might need tweaking. During the monitoring phase, staff should be consulted to determine the success of risk management strategies. Also, during this phase records should be updated and reviewed for compliance and success in controlling risk.