Sports Law • Risk Management


Terrorism and Sport

Terrorism and extremist actions have become more prevalent in recent history, with individuals and groups resorting to radically violent means to convey their messages. Recent cases, such as the Boston marathon bombing, the Madrid bombing, the attack in Istanbul, and the series of explosions set off in Paris are all examples of how these terrorists have attempted to capitalize on the congregation of people watching or participating in a match.

These attacks rarely focus on the sport itself, but merely use the event as a tool for spreading a message. The gain of a terrorist is most likely a religious, political, or ideological ambition, not a sports-related one. Thus, the attacks on sporting events remain unclear and confusing as to why the attack targeted the event, as those that attend these events are largely diverse in the three aforementioned aspects.

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.

University Football Player Violates Airline Dress Code

DeShon Marman, a 20 year old University of New Mexico football player refused to pull up his pants, which were below his buttocks and revealing his boxer shorts, upon the request of a US Airways employee. This led to Marman’s being escorted off the plane and arrested. Adding to his troubles, Marman allegedly injured the arresting officer. US Airways, like many other airlines, has a dress code. If your team’s athletes travel to and from games by airplane, they should be instructed to adhere to applicable dress requirements.

November 12, 2010: Risk Management Step 1: Identify Risks

The risk management process can be daunting. The first step in this process, however, is to identify risks to your business. But how should you go about identifying risks to which your organization might be exposed?

For starters, brainstorm with your current employees. Collaboration with your staff can bring new perspective to the risks to your business. Also, observe a competitor’s operations to see how an organization in a similar industry manages its risks. Another option is to review trade magazines and journals to keep up on current issues and trends relevant for your organization. Yet another way to help in identifying risks is to attend professional workshops or educational seminars to learn from experts.