Sports Law • Risk Management

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November 7, 2010: NYC Marathon Results & Risk Management Considerations

The results are in for the winners of the ING New York City Marathon. Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won the women’s division in 2:28:20 and Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia won overall in a time of 2:08:14. Top marathon runners, like Kiplagat and Gebremariam, run over twenty-six miles averaging a mile time that is faster than most can even run a single mile. The impressive speed of these top athletes attracts similarly qualified competitors to the event.

International participation, like that of this year’s NYC Marathon’s winners, has certainly contributed to this event’s popularity and competitive atmosphere. Yet as the popularity and competition has grown since the inaugural NYC Marathon forty years ago, there are certain risk management factors that should be considered by directors of similar growing road races.

October 31, 2010: Halloween Trick? Celebrities and Potential College Recruits Don't Mix

On this Halloween the University of Iowa is not getting a holiday treat, but instead a reminder that celebrities and potential athlete recruits don’t mix. Or at least they shouldn’t mix. Just today the Des Moines Register posted an article about two particular Hollywood celebrities, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, whose involvement in the recruiting process may amount to a NCAA violation at the University of Iowa.

October 21, 2010: Assumption of Risk: T.J. Lavin's BMX Bike Crash

Following a tragic bike accident in Las Vegas last week, T.J. Lavin, a BMX biker, is still in a doctor-induced coma, according to yesterday’s report from People. On a qualifying run at a Las Vegas event, Lavin was unsuccessful in getting his feet back on his pedals and was knocked unconscious after he landed hard on the ground (ESPN Action Sports, Oct. 18, 2010). The risk associated with sport is what makes an activity exciting and challenging, but risk can be frightening for the host of a competition.

October 11, 2010: Head Injuries and Criminal Behavior

Should an athlete who commits a crime be treated differently in court? How about if it is an athlete who sustained a head injury from playing in a contact sport and whose judgment was impaired due to the trauma of the head injury? The connection between head injuries and criminal behavior is not so tenuous.

October 4, 2010: Sports and the Recession's Effect on Ticket Sales

As a result of the recession, season tickets sales are down for the third consecutive year is the report from the Associated Press published on September 8, 2010 in an article found on the NFL website. Last year the Washington Redskins resorted to suing season ticket holders who had agreed to multiple-year contracts but due to job loss or other economic pressures asked to be released from their contractual obligation. The Redskins tried to renegotiate some contracts, but lawsuits were filed against those season ticket holders who were unable to fulfill even the renegotiated terms.

September 24, 2010: Overtraining Symptoms and Prevention

Overtraining is a common problem with too many coaches and athletes failing to recognize symptoms of an overtrained athlete: fatigue, insomnia, incomplete workouts, illness, decline in performance, pain or soreness, decreased appetite and irritability. Rest from physiological and psychological demands of training is important to an athlete’s performance.