Sports Law • Risk Management


Sport Team Travel Risk Management

The big news this week was the Jet Blue pilot Clayton Osbon’s breakdown on a flight from New York to Las Vegas, causing his co-pilot to lock him out of the cockpit. The pilot proceeded to rant about Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Al-Qaida, while walking in the aisle of the plane until passengers restrained him until the plane landed safely in Texas. Despite this incident, official statistics reveal that there has never been a safer time to fly. When considering your team’s transportation plans, flying is a safer alternative to any other travel.

The Fundamentals of the Risk Management Process in Sport and Recreation

Sport and recreation risk managers should understand the risk management process so that when evaluating risk and engaging in risk management planning, the steps can be applied. The steps are as follows: 1. Risk Identification; 2. Analysis and Measurement; 3. Risk Control; 4. Risk Financing; 5. Implementation; 6. Monitoring. These steps can be applied systematically in your analysis so that your organization has a comprehensive risk management plan.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Suffers the Consequences of Alleged Mismanagement

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is the center of a controversy involving the recent grand jury indictment which alleged that the former long term general manager of the Coliseum, the former events manager, and the chief executive of a rave promotion company were involved in embezzlement, bribery, conspiracy and conflicts of interest. The financial consequence of this alleged mismanagement has led the Coliseum to hard times in recent years and time will tell whether the facility will survive. Unfortunately, facilities operating in the red have challenges addressing risk management issues as the cost of maintenance, security personnel, safety measures and insurance is high.

Skydivers Survive Because of Brave Risk Management of Hot Air Balloon Pilot

Earlier in the week, a 63 year old hot air balloon pilot heroically saved 5 skydivers’ lives by calmly telling them that they needed to jump immediately after he had maneuvered the balloon above a 15 acre field. Pilot Edward Ristaino must have been aware of the grave danger of the storm that had hit and exercised risk management decision making when he took action to save the skydivers and risk his own life.

The Advantage of Mediation of Sport Disputes

Is your organization involved in litigation or are you dealing with a dispute between 2 or more parties? Litigation is costly, time consuming, necessitates hiring expensive lawyers and means placing the outcome in the hands of a Judge or jury. There are alternative dispute resolutions that should be considered before or after a lawsuit is filed. Two such ADRs are arbitration and mediation.

Lacrosse: Contact Sport?

Even though I have seen men’s professional lacrosse before, this weekend I witnessed my first collegiate women’s lacrosse game. According to US Lacrosse, in the United States the sport is the both the oldest and the fastest growing at both the high school and collegiate level. I recently learned that men’s lacrosse is a contact sport, while women’s lacrosse is a non-contact sport. Thus, there are different rules and protective equipment requirements depending on whether it is men or women playing.

Here are some of the differences between men’s and women’s lacrosse: