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Clarity is Key: Clear and Conspicuous Language Must be Used in Pre-Game Releases

Soccer player’s injury occurred when he collided with cement exterior of a sand pit used for track and field events. By John Tyrrell On January 6, 2021, a split panel of The Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida refused to revive a high school soccer player’s negligence lawsuit against the School…
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North Carolina Appellate Court Upholds Summary Judgment for Durham Bulls; Calls Most Recent Challenge to the “Baseball Rule” Out

By Carla Varriale-Barker and Nathan J Law, of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd The Court of Appeals for North Carolina is the latest court to uphold the specialized duty of care known as the “Baseball Rule.” The Baseball Rule protects the owners and operators of baseball stadiums from negligence claims brought by spectators who…
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Mount Everest Guide Sued for Fraud and Breach of Contract

By Jon Heshka, Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University Mountains were formerly thought of as a refuge of scoundrels. From Warren Harding’s iconoclastic first ascent of The Nose on El Cap in Yosemite to Osama Bin Laden hiding in the mountains in eastern Afghanistan, its reputation as a place unsullied by the constraints of civilization…
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Is It Time to Put Animal Mascots Out to Pasture? Recent Texas Longhorn Lawsuit Points in That Direction

By Carla Varriale-Barker At a sporting event, mascots can be as controversial as they are popular. Some teams have been criticized for promoting racist and anti-indigenous tropes (such as the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians, the Washington Redskins, and the Kansas City Chiefs). Other teams have landed in the crosshairs of organizations, such as People…
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decides Snow Tubing Injury Case Can Continue

By Shang Jiang Skiing and snowboarding are relatively high-risk sport activities. So, it is important for people to raise the awareness of risk in sports. Building better sports insurance system and sports accident liability identification standards would benefit both the customers and corporations. In December 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court addressed these issues and ruled…
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Paramedic Amends Complaint in Concussion Case Involving Incident in Astros Dugout

Paramedic Brian Cariota, who was working in the dugout of the Houston Astros’ post-season game at Minute Maid Park against the New York Yankees in October of 2019 when he was struck by a foul ball, amended his negligence lawsuit in December against the team. Cariota reportedly removed that part of the complaint, which suggested…
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Austin FC Announces Stadium Naming Rights Partnership with Q2 Holdings Inc.

Austin FC’s under-construction soccer-specific stadium has its new name, announcing last month that it has entered into a multiyear stadium naming rights partnership with Q2 Holdings, Inc., an Austin-based financial experience company. Austin FC’s stadium will be known as “Q2 Stadium,” which will become one of 20 soccer-specific stadiums featured within MLS in 2021. The…
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NASCAR Executive Jill Gregory Named Executive Vice President and General Manager at Sonoma Raceway

NASCAR executive and sports marketer Jill Gregory has been named the new executive vice president and general manager at Sonoma Raceway. Named by Adweek one of “The Most Powerful Women in Sports” for the past two years, Gregory assumes leadership of the historic 1,600-acre property where she attended her first NASCAR road course race as…
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Protecting Its ‘Brand and Reputation’, PGA of America Cancels Plans to Host 2022 PGA Championships at Trump National

The Associated Press has reported that the PGA of America, the organization representing golf’s teaching professionals, has opted out of its plans to host the 2022 PGA Championships at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey. “We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making,” Seth Waugh, the CEO of the PGA of America,…
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COVID-19 Update: Leagues, Schools, and Other Athletic Institutions Grapple With Legal Issues as New Wave of Virus Impacts Play

By Brian G. Remondino, Esq. and Joseph E. Samuel, Jr., Esq., of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP In the Spring 2020 edition of Sports Medicine and the Law, we discussed the potential implications of resuming athletic activity in the wake of COVID-19.  At that time, all major American sports leagues and most sports leagues…
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