Sports Law • Risk Management


Golf Carts Present a Risk to Golf Courses and Tournament Organizers

Golf carts used for practice and in tournaments present a hazard for players and where injuries have been suffered, injured parties have filed lawsuits against golf clubs and other parties. The following are summaries of several appellate court decisions of cases involving the use of golf carts that are helpful to understand the risk of injuries whenever golf carts are utilized.

Shaving Before Swimming = Disqualification

Most all swimmers will shave their body hair prior to diving into the water to reduce drag and improve the athlete’s speed. But, on February 22, 2012, Yahoo wrote about one particular athlete who was retroactively disqualified from all her swimming events for shaving. When it was discovered that the high school swimmer shaved her body hair at the swimming facility before getting into the pool, she was stripped of her points, which, cost her team the county championships. It turns out that shaving on the premises of the meet is a rule violation.

5 Ways to Make Sure that Your Sport Organization or Event’s Insurance is in Order

The most important risk financing strategy for your organization is to transfer your risk to insurance carriers. This is done by purchasing insurance for most of the risks that your organization or event faces.

Risk Management Practices in Poor Economic Times

If your organization chooses to skimp on safety and risk management practices, you likely will see an increased incidence of injuries and worker’s compensation claims. Even if you continue to maintain a comprehensive risk management program and utilize safe practices, insurance fraud may increase in a bad economy as economic motivation leads people with mounting credit card debt and unemployment to be motivated to pad insurance claims or to develop insurance fraud schemes.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: British Boxer is Fined by the World Boxing Council

The latest incident of unsportsmanlike conduct in sport occurred when British boxer Dereck Chisora slapped 6’ 7” Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko during a weigh in. Before the title bout on Saturday, Chisora slapped the heavyweight champion with his open right hand across his left cheek. Chisora was fined by the World Boxing Council for this unsportsmanlike behavior.

No Love for Sexual Misconduct

Colby College just finished its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct committed by fifteen of its students. Although for privacy reasons Colby College has disclosed little information, according to The Colby Echo’s article on February 8th, it is believed that football players were spying through a window to watch their teammate receive oral sex from a female student. Although the act of voyeurism did not amount to any criminal charges, the college concluded that the school’s sexual misconduct policy was violated.