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Boston Bombing: How Participants and Spectators Can Help Keep a Race Safe

Yesterday’s Boston bombing has rocked our country. The prestigious Boston Marathon is a day in which the race organizers expect to deal with challenges; however, yesterday the preparation and response of these race organizers were put to the test.

Hockey Dad Accused of Shining Laser at Goalie: The Risks of Lasers in Sport

A hockey Dad allegedly pointed a laser beam into the eyes of the goalie of the opposing hockey team playing his daughter’s high school team in an important game this week. Once his dangerous behavior was observed by the school’s assistant superintendent, she ordered that the man leave the rink. The outcome of the game was not changed even though there was an appeal. The man was charged with disturbing the peace and will have to appear in court to face such charges. On the morning news, I heard that he was or might be charged with assault and battery. This is yet another case in which a parent interferes with his child’s game.

Soccer Riot in Eqypt---A Call for Stadium Security

The riot that erupted at a soccer game in Port Said, Eqypt left 74 dead and at least 248 wounded when 13,000 Al Mary fans armed with knives, sticks and stones stormed the field, chasing players and fans of the other team, Al-Ahly, who tried to escape by running towards exits and up the stands.

May 31, 2011: Increased Risk When Baseball Goes Into Extra Innings

More than six hours for a major league baseball game? That is what happened in a recent game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies. The night game went after one o’clock in the morning with a day game fewer than twelve hours later. In order to break the tie, the night game took ten extra innings, nineteen in total. Also, collectively the teams went through sixteen pitchers, but at what cost?

April 16, 2011: Violent Opening Day Provokes Changes in Security Measures for the Dodgers

Opening day creates excitement and joy amongst many baseball fans; that is unless you go to a stadium wearing the jersey of a visiting team. This was the unfortunate scenario, which occurred in the parking lot of the L.A. Dodgers’ stadium when two Dodgers’ fans physically battered a man who was wearing San Francisco Giants’ apparel. Even though the Dodgers’ won the opening day game against the Giants, it was not enough satisfaction for two of the home team’s fans.

March 13, 2011: Safety First for Extreme Sports

Although “safety first” is a great tag line and even a great objective, is it really a top priority for sports organizations? Sports, by nature, are fraught with risk. In fact, extreme sports have evolved by increasing risk and even removing some elements of safety to make feats more incredible. This is not exactly in line with the “safety first” mantra.