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  • Lightning Victim's Family Suing Soccer Groups, Facility

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    The parents of a 9-year-old boy struck by lighting last month in Austin, Tex. have filed a lawsuit against three soccer associations and the facility.

    The boy, Alex Hermann, was struck on Aug. 26 at the Field of Dreams, part of a sports complex west of Austin. The lawsuit alleges that both the soccer associations and facility failed to meet basic standards for weather safety as well as warn of dangerous weather. Field of Dreams didn't have any lightning detection units in place, which would have been able to track lightning strikes within a predetermined radius of a facility.

    Local Austin news station KVUE reports that it wasn't raining at the time of the incident, and that the strike came appeared without warning.

    RELATED: Technology, Education Keys to Keeping Athletes Safe from Lightning

    The family looks to claim more than $10 million in medical and emotional damages, as Hermann, according to the family's lawyer, remains in "a semi-vegitative state."

    According to the family's attorney, Mark Levin, Hermann will require "around-the-clock care," and will potentially need his bedroom turned into a hospital room.

    RELATED: NATA Provides Guidelines on Lightning Safety

    Lightning strikes causing deaths hit an all-time low in the United States last year, with 23 fatalities. So far in 2014, there have been 23.

     

  • High School AD Pleads Guilty to Bid-Rigging

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    Fitzgerald Barnes, athletic director at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Va., pleaded guilty to embezzling money from federal taxpayers on Friday in federal court.

  • Former HS Basketball Player Cut from Team, Sues School

    by Michael Gaio September 2014

    Getting cut from a high school athletic team can be a tough pill to swallow. For former Ohio basketball player Chase Johanson, the remedy has come in the form of a lawsuit.

  • Detroit Arena Forced to Improve Disability Access

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    The Detroit Red Wings may soon have a new home, but in the meantime, some upgrades are in order for their current one.

  • Players: Kick Synthetic Turf Out of '15 Women's World Cup

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    No senior men's or women's World Cup has ever been played on synthetic turf, and a group of top international women's players would like to keep in that way.

  • Did Biogenesis Founder Bosch Reach Teens with Steroids?

    by Andrew Brandt August 2014

    Today marks the one year anniversary of Major League Baseball's largest suspension sentencing, where more than a dozen players' seasons were halted due to their doping ties with Biogenesis.

  • Negligence, Athletic Trainers at Heart of Football Lawsuit

    by John T. Wolohan August 2014

    Colter Rios was playing in a junior varsity football game for Grossmont (Calif.) High School in 2008 when he felt a pop in his right ankle as he was tackled. Although he complained of pain when he tried to stand up, his coaches sent him back into the game without having the ankle examined. Colter was eventually removed from the game and sent to the athletic trainer to get his ankle taped.

  • Iowa's Free-Tuition Student Ticket Promo Goes Awry

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    Attracting students to college football games is a challenge for schools across the country. As AB reported last year, even the Alabamas of the world are having a tough time drawing students away from the tailgating scene and into the stadium. Last week, the University of Iowa launched a promotion to solve this problem.

  • NCAA, Athletes Reach Head Injury Lawsuit Settlement

    by Andrew Brandt July 2014

    The NCAA and current and former college athletes have reached a preliminary settlement in a class action lawsuit involving the NCAA's head-injury policy.

  • LA Fitness Sued for Negligence in Basketball Game Attack

    by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio, J.D. July 2014

    Cornelius Lister was a member of the LA Fitness facility in Andorra, Pa., when a physical altercation broke out during a basketball game in September 2012. Lister sustained a variety of injuries when four men attacked him during the game. One of the assailants was a member of the club, but the second identified by police was not a member. Police did not identify the other two assailants. The LA Fitness employee working at the front desk allowed non-members to enter the club and play despite access to the basketball court being limited to club members only.