Sports Law • Risk Management


The 2012 NYC Marathon Canceled Due to Hurricane Sandy

The 2012 New York City Marathon was scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012, however the damage and chaos caused Hurricane Sandy has forced the marathon to be canceled. In the days leading up to the scheduled date of the marathon, race organizers were still scrambling and attempting to make it happen. The 26.2 mile course through each of the city’s five boroughs may have been the easy part had the race gone on. The Huffington Post’s Rachel Cohen reported that organizers were expecting nearly 50,000 participants in this year’s marathon before the storm hit.

Golf Course Extreme Weather Protection Measures

While playing eighteen holes on a golf course over approximately a four-hour period of time, the weather can change substantially, affecting the safety of those on the course. A good golf course manager can do much to protect players and workers on the course when extreme weather approaches.

New to Crew, Part II

In my previous blog, New to Crew, Part I, I mentioned some of the risks associated with crewing. However, there are some additional risks that are important to mention.

For instance, when rowing, you should never go out alone. Even if you are navigating a single person boat, you should always have someone follow in a functioning launch boat. That way if something happens, a person in another boat should be available to assist. It is also a good idea to purchase insurance in case of an accident to a person or to property.

June 11, 2011: Considerations for a Growing Event: Part I

You have started an event, which has become quite popular. In fact, your event is so successful that participants are registering earlier than ever before and the event is quickly filling up to its maximum capacity. Does this sound like an event you have created? As an event grows, there are additional considerations that must be entertained by an event director.

May 25, 2011: Tornadoes Pose Risk to Sport and Recreation Participants

The death toll from tornadoes this spring has been high. More than 300 people have been reported dead from tornadoes that struck the South and Midwest. Sport and recreation organizers should pay close attention to this as tornadoes can strike facilities and outdoor venues quickly and with little or no warning. Although the peak tornado season for the southern states goes from March through May, the northern states risk tornadoes primarily from the late spring through early summer. Since tornadoes generally occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., when many sport practices and games are taking place, safety plans should be in place.

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.