Sports Law • Risk Management

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November 20, 2010: The Importance of Golf Course Risk Management

Golf has been the most surprising sport to me, risk-management-wise. It seems so serene considering that the television announcers virtually whisper when the players tee-off during pro tournaments. The year I became president of an insurance organization, I was determined to require that players sign liability waivers before participating in our annual golf tournament. This plan was met with opposition as I was told that there was little exposure in golf and that those playing in the golf tournament would not agree to sign liability waivers. On both counts such opposition was not correct.

November 17, 2010: More Football Stadium Parking Lot Violence---8 year old Kid Tackled!

An 8 year old boy wearing a Jets t-shirt was surely celebrating the New York Jets victory over Cleveland as he walked hand-in-hand with his father to the parking lot of the stadium after the game last Sunday. Angry Cleveland fans threw food and shouted profanities at the young boy, and then a drunken Brown’s fan tackled him from behind. The young boy suffered a bruised and scraped ankle and lay on the ground crying. His parents elected to leave the stadium as quickly as possible rather than wait for security and police.

November 14, 2010: Playing with Injuries---When should an Athlete Stop?

Boxer Antonio Margarito faces surgery for his fractured eye socket after a beating by Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night. Margarito, a Mexican super welterweight, after losing the 12-round decision was taken by ambulance to a local hospital immediately after the fight for the WBC junior middleweight title held at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After an array of punches, Margarito’s face was bloodied with cuts on his face and eye. It was reported that a congressman from the Philippines requested the referee to stop the fight.

November 13, 2010: A Poppy Seed Bagel May Lead to a Positive Doping Test

I just read the headline, “Woman: Poppy Seeds, Not Drugs, Led to Losing Child”. The article went on to explain that the ACLU has filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a couple whose baby was taken away from them, because the mother had tested positive for opiates in a urine test after eating a poppy-seed bagel. If it turns out that the facts are as the mother claims, it is certainly a tragic outcome. This is not the first time I’ve heard of drug test results being influenced by food intake of poppy-seeds. The negative ramification of poppy seed intake is significant for athletes. Apparently, testing has determined that “high-performance athletes could possibly test positive in doping control after consumption of products containing poppy seeds.”

November 9, 2010: Important Reference Book for Sport and Recreation Law and Risk Management

You may be aware that I wrote a book that was published by Human Kinetics last year: Managing Risk in Sport and Recreation: The Essential Guide for Loss Prevention. The book summarizes recent appellate court opinions (United States) in 14 different sports. What inspired me to read and summarize hundreds of appellate decisions was my curiosity of what it would look like if such summaries were organized by sport rather than topic. I had noticed that other sport risk management and sport law books were divided by topic. There were several other goals that I accomplished in writing the book.

November 8, 2010: Safety Violation Rules Enforcement

Nick Collins, safety for the Packers, was hit with a $50,000 fine for a head first hit into the head of Roy Williams, a receiver for the Cowboys. The NFL considers helmet to helmet hits and hits to the head or neck of opponents serious enough to levy swift and severe fines in the amounts of $50,000 or $75,000. If the infraction is serious enough, the player faces suspension from the NFL.