Category: Winter 2020 Issue

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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Charles Oakley v. Madison Square Garden: The Second Circuit Gives Oakley a Second Chance

By Jeff Birren, Senior Writer In February 2017 former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley went to a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden.  He sat close to the court, and the game was soon secondary.  MSG’s security asked Oakley to leave and when he did not immediately do so, he was suddenly on the…
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Appeals Court Reverses, Finding Golfer Assumed the Risk of Slip and Fall

A New York state appeals court has reversed a trial court, reasoning that the doctrine of the assumption of the risk applied in a case involving a man who hurt himself during a round of golf and subsequently sued the golf course to recover damages. Jeffrey D. Conrad claimed is his lawsuit that the injury…
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San Francisco Giants Outfielder’s Concussion Lawsuit Raises Question of Stadium Liability – Again

By Eugene Egdorf, Senior Counsel, Shrader Associates On April 24, 2018 San Francisco Giants’ outfielder Mac Williamson found himself tracking down a routine fly ball that was moving toward foul territory. Unfortunately for Williamson, he lost his balance, tripped over the bullpen mound, and crashed headfirst into the outfield wall. Williamson suffered serious concussion symptoms.…
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Facial Recognition at Sports Venues: Enhancing the Gameday Experience While Minimizing Liability

By Jeffrey N. Rosenthal & David J. Oberly Facial recognition technology has rapidly transformed—and enhanced—the consumer experience across numerous industries.  This includes travel, hospitality, retail, and healthcare, to name a few. Notably, facial recognition is also making its way into the stadiums, arenas, and ballparks of professional sports franchises nationwide.  As sports venues embark on…
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Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s ADA Claim Against Mercedes-Benz Superdome

A federal judge of the Eastern District of Louisiana has dismissed the claim of a quadriplegic, who sued the owners and operators of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or the Rehabilitation Act. On June 14, 2018, Shelby Bailey filed a complaint, naming SMG, the operator of the Superdome, and…
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