Sports Law • Risk Management


Latest Ice Skating Appellate Court Case

It was surprising and disappointing when Borders Bookstores closed because of bankruptcy last September. What new business would take Borders’ place at my local mall in Kaneohe, Hawaii? A few days ago, the question was answered---an ice skating rink! Well, it appears that the rink is temporary. I investigated and discovered that a very small ice skating rink has been installed and when I walked in the building, not a soul was skating. I wonder whether a Zamboni would even fit on such ice and how they are going to keep the ice maintained and whether there is sufficient ventilation in the former bookstore’s space. Keep in mind that Hawaii only has one other ice skating rink to my knowledge, which is on Oahu. This is not a place where ice skating is customary.

Slippery on Deck

I have vivid memories from my childhood of taking swim lessons in indoor pools in the wintertime and of playing with friends in outdoor pools in the summertime. Although when I was young I was nearly oblivious to the dangers of the pool. While I was having fun playing in the pool, the staff was continuously trying to mitigate risk.

New to Crew, Part II

In my previous blog, New to Crew, Part I, I mentioned some of the risks associated with crewing. However, there are some additional risks that are important to mention.

For instance, when rowing, you should never go out alone. Even if you are navigating a single person boat, you should always have someone follow in a functioning launch boat. That way if something happens, a person in another boat should be available to assist. It is also a good idea to purchase insurance in case of an accident to a person or to property.

New to Crew, Part I

This year I took up the sport of crewing. Each morning, my eight-person crew hoisted an old, heavy, wooden boat onto our shoulders, carried it across a narrow wooden floating dock and launched into the water as daylight was breaking. It is pretty magical to skim through the water as the sun emerges behind the trees along the shore. However, despite my enjoyment from the activity and from the view, I always reflect on the risks and how to avoid incidents.

The Sports Exceptions Doctrine’s Applicability to Golf

Golf tournament organizers, golf course owners and managers and anyone walking on or near a golf course must be concerned about the hazards of errant golf balls striking and injuring people. In Mallin v. Paesani , 49 Conn. Supp. 457, 892 A.2d 1043 (2005), both Mallin and Paesani were competitors in a PGA tournament. Mallin alleged that Paesani drove a golf ball, striking the plaintiff in the head and causing injury. The plaintiff brought an apportionment action against Tashima knolls Golf Course and the town of Trumbull, claiming their negligence in possession and control of the golf tournament was a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.

Training Volunteers for Improved Safety in Sport

Last week I had a unique opportunity to volunteer for APEC 2011 Leaders Week and APEC 2011 CEO Summit held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has only met in the USA on one other occasion (Seattle in 1993) and meant that the leaders and delegates from 21 Asia Pacific economies were hosted at many events. This required interviewing, selecting, screening and training 1,000 volunteers.