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Boston Bombings: Sporting Event Risk Management Lesson

Investigators are pursuing leads that nylon bags placed in grocery bags may have held the bombs that caused the destruction, bodily injury and deaths near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. This provides a reminder to anyone that attends or participates in a sporting event to be on the lookout for unattended boxes, bags or other containers that may or may not appear to be suspicious. Let us take a lesson from airport security.

Boston Bombing: How Participants and Spectators Can Help Keep a Race Safe

Yesterday’s Boston bombing has rocked our country. The prestigious Boston Marathon is a day in which the race organizers expect to deal with challenges; however, yesterday the preparation and response of these race organizers were put to the test.

Boston Bombing: A Risk Management Perspective

Not since 9/11 has the world witnessed such a horrifying act of what appears to be terrorism in the United States. The Boston Bombings on April 15, 2013, were unexpected, deadly and caused injuries to many. The probable terroristic attack caught the world off guard.

KC Chiefs Linebacker Suicide Possibly Linked to Head Trauma

On the morning of December 1, 2012 Javon Belcher, a 25-year-old linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, fatally shot his girlfriend and mother of his three-month-old daughter at their private residence before taking his own life at the Chiefs’ team facility. Belcher was confronted by Chiefs’ general manager, Scott Pioli and head coach, Romeo Crennel, in the parking lot outside the team’s facilities and thanked them for all they had done for him and asked that they take care of his baby daughter, before Belcher turned the gun on himself.

The 2012 NYC Marathon Canceled Due to Hurricane Sandy

The 2012 New York City Marathon was scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012, however the damage and chaos caused Hurricane Sandy has forced the marathon to be canceled. In the days leading up to the scheduled date of the marathon, race organizers were still scrambling and attempting to make it happen. The 26.2 mile course through each of the city’s five boroughs may have been the easy part had the race gone on. The Huffington Post’s Rachel Cohen reported that organizers were expecting nearly 50,000 participants in this year’s marathon before the storm hit.

The Danger of NFL Replacement Referees

The NFL insists that it does what is in the best interest of the game, the players, and the fans at all times. Yet through the first three weeks of the NFL season, replacement referees from the high school level and lower branches of college football, have been used because of the lockout of the regular officials. After three weeks of replacement referees, everyone seems to have something to say about the NFL and its replacement referees. Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe wrote: