Sports Law • Risk Management

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January 28, 2011: Bomb Scare at Super Bowl Stadium

Since 9/11, the chance of a terrorist attack on a sports stadium has been a very real concern. When police received a call this morning that someone had been observed placing an object in a drain near the Cowboys Stadium, the concern was that it could be a bomb. Remote cameras used by police while the stadium was on lockdown revealed that the object was a harmless piece of trash.

January 27, 2011: We’ll Miss You, Jack LaLanne!

He seemed like he was going to live forever, but at 96, fitness guru Jack LaLanne passed away like all mortals. LaLanne influenced the fitness movement like no other. He reportedly said that dying would hurt his image. Well, it sure hasn’t. I wondered if there were any risk management issues that could be explored in relation to LaLanne’s life or death. I think that there is an important one.

January 26, 2011: Tour de France Winner Stripped of Title and Suspended

It’s another disappointing outcome for the Tour de France. The 2010 winner, Alberto Contador, was stripped of his title and suspended for one year for testing positive for Clenbuterol. Contador has claimed that he failed the doping test because of tainted food. It is likely that Contador will appeal the sanctions as he has 10 days to do so.

January 12, 2011: Risk Management Phobia

I’m not sure if there is such a thing as risk management phobia—it is probably not a recognized psychiatric diagnosis. However, I think that there is a tendency for sport and recreation organizers, owners, directors and coaches to feel uncomfortable—and possibly afraid-- of the process. It may be that it seems overwhelming to develop a risk management program or the discomfort may stem from the fear of being sued if something goes terribly wrong. Fear of the unknown, lack of time to develop a program and procrastination are some of the reasons for this phobia.

January 4, 2011: The Fighter: Lessons in Athlete Risk Management

If you haven’t seen the movie, The Fighter, yet, don’t read any further and make plans to see it in your local theatre. I suggest that all aspiring athletes see this film as it delivers an important risk management message. The story is about Lowell, Massachusetts brothers, “Irish” Micky Ward and Dicky Eckland.

January 1, 2011: Sledding Risk Management 101

As a kid, I opted to go sledding when my parents took us to the ski slopes. It’s easier than skiing, doesn’t require much in the way of specialized equipment and can be done anywhere that there is a slope and snow. When I was a kid, I never saw anyone wear a helmet for any sport (except football) as those were the days when parents sent their kids out the door in the morning to play and they didn’t come in the house until the sun set. With time and constant reports by the media about the dangers of virtually everything, kids are more strictly supervised, and everyone should be wearing helmets.