Sports Law • Risk Management

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April 21, 2011: Bling and Sports Don't Mix

A young girl caught my attention while I was swimming last weekend. She was wearing long, dangly earrings and a necklace. I kept imagining that she might catch one of those earrings on something and rip her ear piercing. This didn’t happen while I was there, but it was certainly a possibility. There is a logical reason why bling is prohibited by most sports and recreation organizations and events.

April 9, 2011: Intellectual Property Loss Exposures in Sport and Recreation

Sport and recreation organizations use intellectual property, which should be considered when developing their organizations' risk management plans. Intellectual property includes products of human intelligence that have value and can be protected under federal law, such as copyrightable works, ideas, discoveries, and inventions.

April 7, 2011: Triathlon Risk Management Part III: Running

Race directors generally breathe a sigh of relief when the athletes are out of the water and off the bike. If no one drowned or got in a bike accident, the triathlon will most likely have been considered safe. My message to race directors is to not let down your guard after the bike. Runners have many opportunities to be injured and sometimes, fatally.

March 26, 2011: Golf Course Robberies Call for Increased Security

I’ve always thought of golf as a relatively tranquil sport—a chance for participants to enjoy the fresh outdoors and the beautiful greenery, escaping the stressors of life. Crime has recently encroached on the sport, which will require that golf course management beef up security. Recently, two golfers were robbed by men wearing ski masks and pointing .38 caliber revolvers at them, ordering them on the ground and demanding their money. Tragically, one of the golfers was fatally shot in the back.

March 22, 2011: Disaster Planning 101

It was 9:30pm on a Thursday night when I received a text message from a friend in California, asking if I was aware that a tsunami was expected to reach Hawaii. Immediately, I turned on the news and learned that Japan had experienced a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and than a tsunami warning was in effect for the Hawaiian Islands. As usual upon learning of an impending potential weather event, I jumped in my car and drove to Safeway, stocked up on essential groceries, waited in line at the gas station to fill up my car, and went to a cash machine to withdraw emergency cash.

March 6, 2011: Teenagers Die Playing Sports: Keeping Young Athletes Healthy

It was shocking to read about a 16 year old star basketball player who, after shooting a basket that won the game, collapsed and died as a result of an enlarged heart. Today, I read that a 17 year old had passed away after collapsing during a rugby match. Apparently, he had had a seizure. It is not typical that seemingly healthy teenagers who practice and compete in various sports would suddenly die because of physical problems. However, reports of this happening are disturbing to youth athletic organizations and scary for other teen athletes and their parents.