Sports Law • Risk Management


Global Warming Risk and its Impact on Sport

Daytona International Speedway, in May 2009, saw a rainfall in the area so massive, the entire track was underwater for days. In less than 100 years, even on a sunny day, NASCAR’s most famous race might be better achieved with boats instead of cars. Due to rising sea levels, melting ice caps, and heating of the climate, global warming could see this racetrack and stadiums of all sports along coastal lines permanently flooded. Is the sporting industry at all responsible for the ongoing effects of global warming?

Global warming, the accelerated heating of the climate caused by the massive release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (gases which trap and send heat back to earth instead of into space), can dramatically affect sports in the future, but is also affecting how athletes and organizations are performing today.

March 2, 2011: What Do the Best Sports and Recreation Facilities Do to Provide Safe Facilities?

Sports and Recreation Facilities benefit by maintaining safe facilities. By doing so, there are less injuries, insurance claims and lawsuits. Athletes and participants that use safe facilities enjoy fewer injuries and are able to play and compete season after season. Those who use safe facilities grow to trust that management/directors are taking steps to ensure the safety of all patrons. This increases membership, attendees, clients, participants and clientele. It also boosts reputation and lowers insurance premiums.

December 12, 2010: Weather’s Impact on Sports Facilities and Risk Management Planning

Winter weather should be factored into risk management planning for sports facilities. It was reported today that a powerful storm dumped snow across the upper Midwest, including Minneapolis’s Metrodome. Heavy snow caused the facilities’ Teflon roof to sag and snow to cover one end of the football field. The game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Giants was already delayed, because of travel challenges for the Giants. The snowy indoor field meant that the game would have to be relocated to Detroit’s Ford Field.

October 4, 2010: No Texting While Supervising

While swimming my usual mile in a lifeguarded pool, I noticed something horrifying---at least to my safety trained eyes. The lifeguard had his cell phone in hand and appeared to be texting! He did this while small children and adults swam at their own peril. The scene was less dramatic than it might appear. Swim lessons were taking up half the lanes and there was an instructor in the pool for every few children. Parents filled the stands as well, some of them also focusing more on their cell phones than on their young charges. If texting while driving is dangerous, isn’t supervising children swimming or playing sport equally as hazardous?

September 13, 2010: Incident Reports: An Essential Element of Risk Management Planning

About 15 years ago, I was running on a treadmill in a very exclusive health club when I suddenly flew off the machine, cutting my leg in the process. I’m not sure if the tread on the machine was worn out or if I stepped in a way that contributed to the mishap. Nevertheless, I suffered a bloody gash in my leg that required some minor first aid. There were quite a few horrified witnesses, but no gym staff to be found. I wandered the club, hoping to find an employee. Eventually, I came upon a staff member in an office adjacent to the weight room. His response to the incident was to give me 2 small bandages. I was not asked to fill out an incident report of any kind. There was also no special attention given to the wound. No questions were asked about how the incident happened.