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July 13, 2010: Jersey Swapping at the World Cup

Jersey swapping after a soccer game is a common practice since 1931 and has occurred in the World Cup since 1954. This begs for sports teams to accommodate for this tradition. That means sports teams will need to budget to foot the bill to replace the swapped uniforms. Even if a player profits from the sale of a swapped jersey, the team cannot likely expect to recover expenses from any of the proceeds. Another consideration for soccer clubs is the anxiety that might be caused in fans, or amongst players, who are eager to acquire a particular jersey.

July 12, 2010: TITLE IX: Check With Legal Counsel Before Altering College Sports Programs

Prior to cutting college sports programs or its coaches, consult legal counsel. This seems like a simple concept, but Diablo Valley College still managed to get itself into hot water. When the college tried to eliminate funding for several men’s and women’s sports teams, it triggered a gender equality Title IX compliance investigation by the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). Early on the college succumbed to the pressure and reinstated the sports teams, but refused to rehire the coaches who made the complaint to the OCR.

July 12, 2010: Thoughts on the Uganda Blast

Our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of the terrorist attacks that killed and injured fans watching the World Cup final in Uganda on Sunday. It is my understanding that the al-Quaida aligned group, al-Shabab, took responsibility for the killings that occurred at gatherings that took place at a restaurant and a rugby field.

July 11, 2010: Lance Armstrong Inspires Preparation for Safety Challenges in Sport?

Today, Lance Armstrong’s hopes of winning an eighth Tour de France victory were destroyed after being involved in 3 crashes that delayed his climb up to the Morzine Avoriz ski resort. Fortunately, Team Radio Shack still has Levi Leipheimer in the mix. Lance can now support his teammate in his effort to win.

What risk management lessons can we learn from Lance’s bad luck? Certainly, Lance could not control the field and the crashes that blocked his way. He has proven himself as one of the most talented cyclist in the history of the sport and so it would not be reasonable to criticize his bike handling skills.