Sports Law • Risk Management

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August 5, 2010: Extreme Sports Risk Management

Extreme sports risk management is not a new sport involving assessing risk while rappelling down a mountain. What I’m talking about is risk management for extreme sports, such as skateboarding, surfing, mountain biking, mountain climbing, bungee jumping and many other popular adventure sports that seemingly involve more risk than traditional sports, such as baseball, tennis and volleyball. One of the goals that we have at Nohr Sports Risk Management, LLC is to focus on extreme sports just as much or more than we do on traditional sports, because we feel that this segment of sports and recreation is underserved and is growing.

July 30, 2010: “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.” Oliver Wendell Homes

The above quote can also be applied to sports and recreation if you substitute golf club, bat or racquet with “fist”. However, the problem with golf, baseball, tennis and other sports is probably more with lack of attention than what Justice Homes is referring to, which is most likely the intentional swinging of fists rather than with the above mentioned sports….unless you’re talking about hockey.
An example of a court case involving a golf club swing is Hemady v. Long Beach Unified School District, et al., 49 Cal. Rptr.3d 464, 143 Cal.App.4th 566 (2006). In this case, Jane Hemady, a twelve year old student, filed a lawsuit against the Long Beach Unified School District, after she was hit in the face with a golf club that was swung by another student while she was taking a golf class for seventh grade physical education.

July 26, 2010: Fundamentals of Disaster Planning for Sports and Recreation Organizations

There are three fundamentals that your organization should keep in mind when preparing for potential disasters.

1. Plan to save human lives;
2. Plan to protect physical resources; and
3. Plan for Continuity of the sport programs and organization.

When addressing the concern for saving human lives, it is a good idea to list those persons whose lives you are seeking to protect. Sports and recreation programs generally will list athletes, participants, coaches, employees, fans, customers, clients, managers, suppliers, vendors, and any other people that might be on the premises should a disaster strike.

July 21, 2010: Proximate Cause: An Essential Element of Negligence

As you may understand, negligence is conduct that falls below a reasonable standard. A plaintiff in a lawsuit must prove the elements of negligence, including that there is a proximate causal connection between the negligent conduct and the resulting injury. If you’ve ever wondered if a plaintiff’s alleged injuries are related to the injury that he suffered and is blaming on your organization or facility, you are really wondering if the plaintiff can prove proximate cause.

July 16, 2010: Global Warming and the Future of Sport and Recreation

Lance Armstrong commented today on the intense heat of the Tour de France and he was not just talking about the competition. Temperatures have climbed to the mid-90’s in the valleys that the cyclists have ridden through. It is July after all. A few decades ago, hot temperatures like this might have been considered a fluke. Now, with global warming upon us, athletes and event organizers have to consider the impact the weather has on sport and recreation.

July 15, 2010: The Challenges of the Iroquois Lacrosse Team

The Iroquois Lacrosse Team is deeply disappointed because they will not be able to play in the world championship in the U.K. this week. Although exceptions have been made to allow them to return to the United States using their tribal passports, Britain is refusing to allow entrance. Apparently, they consider the partly handwritten documents to be too risky as they do not have identity fraud prevention features, such as holograms.