Sports Law • Risk Management

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December 21, 2010: Post Football Game Snowball Fight Leads to Lawsuit

On December 21, 2008, after the Seahawks won against the Jets, fans threw snowballs at the Jets players. Rather than just ignore the flying snowballs as other players did, Shaun Ellis, threw a large chunk of snow or ice and into the stands. It appeared from a Youtube.com video that a fan held that large chunk of snow or ice in the air, seeming to celebrate or dance around a bit. It did not appear that such fan was injured in any way.

December 17, 2010: ‘Tis the Season for Sport and Recreation Risk Management

Winter months are prime season for all sorts of accidents and injuries. Winter weather is a prime source of accidents and injuries. Any sport that requires transporting participants, spectators and others means the possibility that motor vehicle accidents will occur from snow, ice, rain and fog conditions. Parking lots and walkways can become skating rinks, resulting in slip and falls. Water tracked into facilities can also lead to slip and falls. Employees and volunteers of sport and recreational facilities can be injured from chores and activities related to snow removal and in the course and scope of their duties in bad weather.

December 12, 2010: Weather’s Impact on Sports Facilities and Risk Management Planning

Winter weather should be factored into risk management planning for sports facilities. It was reported today that a powerful storm dumped snow across the upper Midwest, including Minneapolis’s Metrodome. Heavy snow caused the facilities’ Teflon roof to sag and snow to cover one end of the football field. The game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Giants was already delayed, because of travel challenges for the Giants. The snowy indoor field meant that the game would have to be relocated to Detroit’s Ford Field.

November 26, 2010: Lessons from President Obama’s Basketball Injury

If you haven’t heard the breaking story already, President Barack Obama suffered an injury to his lip during a five-on-five basketball game today with family and friends. Apparently, an opposing player’s errant elbow struck the President in the mouth, requiring 12 stitches to his lip. This, of course, is big news as it isn’t everyday that a United States President suffers a sports injury during the presidency. Other historic sports injuries sustained by President Obama’s predecessors are as follows.

November 25, 2010: Beware of Ninja Triathletes

This week’s episode of Hawaii 5-0 was amusing to me with its plot centering on rogue triathletes who skillfully planned a burglary during the “Annual Koko Classic Triathlon”. The ninja triathletes were apparently quite successful with previous crimes as evidenced by the fact that they could afford to rent a multi-million dollar Honolulu house to train in and use as a base camp for their illegal activities. The 60 minute episode was chock full of risk management issues, inspiring this blog.

November 21, 2010: Pat-Down Searches at Stadiums: Touching Spectators’ “Junk”

“If you touch my junk, I’m going to have your arrested,” warned prospective airline passenger, John Tyner, when a TSA agent informed him that he was going to essentially feel him up at an airport security check point. Tyner had stood in line for the customary metal detector, but was pulled out of line to undergo the full body scanner. He elected not to do that and so was subjected to a pat-down, which now includes a groin check by a TSA agent. Since Tyner equated this to a sexual assault, he elected to leave the airport and not take a flight rather than give up his rights.