Sports Law • Risk Management


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.

October 31, 2010: Halloween Trick? Celebrities and Potential College Recruits Don't Mix

On this Halloween the University of Iowa is not getting a holiday treat, but instead a reminder that celebrities and potential athlete recruits don’t mix. Or at least they shouldn’t mix. Just today the Des Moines Register posted an article about two particular Hollywood celebrities, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, whose involvement in the recruiting process may amount to a NCAA violation at the University of Iowa.

October 29, 2010: 4 Year Old Cyclist a Defendant in Lawsuit

A bizarre lawsuit came to my attention today. An injured elderly woman sued a 4 year old girl, claiming that the little girl was negligent for running her down while riding a bicycle with training wheels. The court actually is allowing the lawsuit to proceed, despite the young age of the defendant. I doubt that this court ruling will result in a rash of lawsuits against little kids. However, it does serve as a warning to parents and youth coaches that supervision of children playing sports is crucial.

October 29, 2010: Is Your Organization Overdue for a Risk Assessment?

When is the last time your sports or recreation organization or facility performed a risk assessment? What is a risk assessment, you may ask (possibly embarrassed that you don’t know)? Generally, a risk assessment is a step in risk management planning in which there is a determination of the quantitative or qualitative value of risk in relation to recognized hazards. What does that really mean?

October 30, 2010: Protecting Superstars from Negative Headlines: Athlete Risk Management

The Brett Favre investigation of his explicit text messages has garnered a lot of attention. The NFL is conducting an investigation into whether Favre broke league rules regarding workplace conduct. It wasn’t long ago that Tiger Woods’ antics created a news sensation, which also drew attention away from his golf talent and into his private, shall I say, bedroom affairs. These amazing athletes are just two of a constant string of alleged inappropriate behavior by our sports heroes that are brought to our attention on almost a daily basis.

October 26, 2010: Mind Your Head

Earlier in the week I introduced the golden rule of risk management. Let me now introduce the “silver rule”: Mind your head. Yes, it is every athlete’s responsibility to mind their head. Afterall, each athlete has only one noggin. Helmet requirements for sports are widespread. But even with helmet rules and regulations, there is still room for foolishness.