Sports Law • Risk Management

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November 7, 2010: On Site Medical Care on Game Day

Earlier today, the New Orleans Saints enjoyed a clear victory over the Carolina Panthers, winning 34 to 3. Unfortunately, Saints tight end, Jeremy Shockey suffered a rib injury, leading him to walk into a waiting ambulance and be transported to a local hospital. Shockey suffered a hard hit to the back and appeared to be in a tremendous amount of pain as he left the field. A rib injury is serious for any athlete and team that is significantly impacted by any game disrupting injury. However, such injury is certainly not life threatening. Football as well as any other sport necessarily requires on site risk management in relation to game related injuries.

November 5, 2010: Sport and Recreation Risk Management Planning

There is much discussion in sports and recreation about risk management planning and safety. It is a rare organization that truly believes that they are up to date or thorough in such planning as there always seems to be too much to do with little time and resources available. It’s also possible that before the recession your organization was far more on top of risk management planning than it is now. With budget cuts, lay-offs and other financial priorities, your organization may be like many, having let risk management planning slide.

November 4, 2010: Warning: Anyone Can Sue

There seems to be multiple misconceptions that I hear over and over again. I’ve been told by many people in the sports industry that they require sport and recreation participants to sign a waiver and so they can’t be sued. There are other misconceptions as well in relation to insurance and lawsuits. I’ve heard people say that they don’t have insurance because if they did, people would sue in order to go after the insurance. I’ve also heard people deny being sued, but explain that the insurance was sued. Hopefully, the following explanation can help in clearing up any misunderstandings.

November 3, 2010: Ocean Safety

The waves are reportedly 25 to 30 feet high on the North Shore of Oahu. Apparently, lifeguards have been busy rescuing those brave (or, stupid?) souls that have ventured out into the water. Warnings have also been issued as well. Those of us who live in Hawaii are constantly hearing and reading about visitors and locals alike who disappear or drown. Swimmers, boogie boarders, boaters, paddlers, snorkelers, and anyone that ventures into calm or rough waters are at risk.

November 2, 2010: Mourning Andy Irons, Surf Champion

This morning I watched television weatherman, Guy Hagi, warn of high and treacherous wave conditions in the Hawaiian Islands and decided that I would blog about safety in relation to such surf conditions. Just when I was about ready to tap out some safety tips about surfing on my blog, I came across a shocking news report posted by the Honolulu Mayor, Peter Carlisle, on Facebook. Surf champion Andy Irons died today!

November 1, 2010: Yankees Fans Raise Concern for Fan Behavior Risk Management

Fan behavior is always a risk management issue that should be addressed, especially in high profile games. The Today Show this morning aired a segment about the headline grabbing news that Cliff Lee’s wife, Kristin, and other Rangers player’s families had been the target of Yankee’s fan’s bad behavior. The allegation is that Yankees fans spit at, taunted and threw beer at them.