RECENT ARTICLES
  • Dealing with Members’ Attempts to Cancel Their Contract

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein October 2014

    We know that cancelling a health club membership can be confusing. After all, it can be spelled "cancelling" or "canceling." It's quite maddening, really.

  • Tennessee Settles Lawsuit with Ex-Media Director

    by Dan Fleser fleserd@knoxnews.com October 2014

    A $320,000 settlement was reached Thursday in ex-media director Debby Jennings’ lawsuit against the University of Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart, alleging “unlawful discrimination and retaliation” after Jennings’ abrupt departure from the athletic department in May of 2012.

  • Soccer Owner, Stadium Management Reach Settlement

    by CHRISTOPHER O'DONNELL; Tribune staff September 2014

    Attorneys for the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the St. Petersburg Baseball Commission, the nonprofit group that runs Al Lang Stadium, have agreed to a confidential settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed by the Rowdies that claimed conditions at the stadium are inadequate.

  • Ice Arena Opening Delayed, Lawsuit Threatened Over Leak

    by Thomas J. Prohaska News Niagara Reporter September 2014

    The board of the Lockport Ice Arena and Sports Center, has filed a notice of claim against the city, threatening a lawsuit over the city's inability to find the source of a leak that has been pouring water into the foundations of Cornerstone Arena for more than three months.

  • How Tech Failure Can Impact Sponsorship Agreements

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

    The Toyota Center, site of Houston Rockets home games and other sports and entertainment events, is operated, maintained and managed by Clutch City Sports and Entertainment, L.P. Prior to the facility opening in 2003, Clutch City entered into a naming rights agreement with Gulf States Toyota to have the facility named the Toyota Center.

  • Raiders, A's at Odds Over Coliseum's Future

    by Andrew Brandt, Athletic Business Intern July 2014

    The A's are inking a deal to remain in the O.co Coliseum for 10 years; the Raiders are making separate plans to tear it down and build a new stadium on the exact location. Forget Orange County — real California drama happens in Oakland.

  • Wages, 'Jiggle Test' Cited in Bills Cheerleader Suit

    by Paul Steinbach April 2014

    Perhaps following the lead of their counterparts in Cincinnati and Oakland, five former members of the Buffalo Bills cheerleading squad, known as the Jills, have sued the team, as well as the Jills' current and former management companies.

  • Wage Issues Halt UConn Facility Construction

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    Construction of the University of Connecticut's new $33 million basketball practice facility has been put on hold due to illegal payments to workers by two of the construction companies working on the project.

  • Risk Management Audit at Heart of Rope-Climbing Lawsuit

    by John T. Wolohan January 2014

    In the sports and recreation industry, it is common to hire outside consultants to conduct risk management audits. Typically, these audits involve a site visit to inspect the facility, observe some of the activities or programs taking place in the facility, and interview members and employees of the organization. A review of the organization's policies, procedures and insurance coverage is also conducted. At the end of the visit, a written report — which usually includes a series of recommendations on how the organization can reduce its risks and legal exposure — is provided.

  • Sports Venues Facing More Legal Battles Over Captioning

    by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio, J.D. December 2013

    In September, the National Association for the Deaf filed a lawsuit against the University of Maryland College Park under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for its "long-standing and continuing failure to provide captioning of announcements and commentary made over the public address systems during athletic events at Byrd Stadium and the Comcast Center." Specifically, the plaintiffs seek court-ordered display captioning on Jumbotrons and scoreboards for announcements made over the PA system.