• Opinion: Protective Netting in Baseball a Wise Move

    by Dianne Wiliamson May 2016

    Stephen King, best-selling author of horror and gore, is upset that the Boston Red Sox installed protective netting at Fenway Park this season to decrease the odds that a spectator’s skull could be crushed by a foul ball or flying bat.

  • Political, Public Health Problems Persist in Rio

    by Rachel Axon May 2016

    With less than three months until the start of the Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro finds itself mired in myriad issues. Here's a look at problems facing Brazil, organizers and ultimately the athletes and personnel who will travel to the Games. Presidential problems: The president of the Olympic host country typically opens the Games, but it's unlikely Dilma Rousseff will be doing so when they begin Aug. 5. The Brazilian Senate voted Thursday to begin an impeachment trial against Rousseff, a process that could take six months, for breaking spending accounting rules. Vice President Michel Temer, who had to pay a fine for violating campaign finance limits, will serve as the country's leader in the interim.

  • 'Baseball Rule' Suffers Another Blow in Foul Ball Case

    by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio April 2016

    This article appeared in the April issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Stadiums Catching Up on Foul-Ball Safety Front

    by April 2016

    A 2014 study by Bloomberg News found that about 1,750 people per year are injured by foul balls at Major League Baseball games. Studies show that there are about 46 foul balls per MLB game, and one estimate says that more than 50,000 foul balls go into the seats at MLB games each year.

  • Family of Fan Who Fell in Stadium Sues Braves

    by Ernie Suggs April 2016

    The family of a season-ticket holder who plunged to his death last August from the upper deck at Turner Field filed suit Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball, claiming negligence relating to how high the guard railing should be. The lawsuit claims that the railing in front of Section 401 was only 30 inches high. The family of 60-year-old Gregory Kent Murrey argues, through their attorneys, that the railing should be at least 42 inches -- what the suit calls the industry standard.

  • After Unlikely Injury, Extra Netting Added to Trop

    by Roger Mooney April 2016

    Tropicana Field head groundskeeper Dan Moeller and his staff added netting Saturday afternoon over the triangular opening in the protective screen behind home plate. The move came in the wake of Friday's incident where a foul ball off the bat of the Rays' Steven Souza Jr. passed through an opening and struck a 63-year-old woman near her eye, sending her to nearby Bayfront Medical Center.

  • Safety Netting Underwhelms Some Fans

    by Chicago Daily Herald April 2016

    The new metal detectors outside Wrigley Field should protect happy Chicago Cubs fans from deranged gunmen and terrorists aiming to launch attacks inside the ballpark. But the more useful protective device might be the new netting designed to save the lives of fans sitting close to the action. Well, the lives of some fans. "I'm glad that Mr. Ricketts is protected," says Kenneth R. Given, a Glen Ellyn attorney sitting directly behind the Cubs dugout at Monday's home opener, one section over from the seats of the team's owner and just beyond the new protective netting that will shield the fans in Ricketts' section from screaming foul balls or thrown baseball bats. "I thought the net would extend farther," says Given, 63, who says his seat, just beyond the netting extension, makes him the most endangered fan at Wrigley. "These are the death seats."

  • Man Falls from Escalator at Miller Park

    by Jason Scott April 2016

    During the ninth inning of Saturday’s Milwaukee Brewers game, a 30-year-old man fell from an escalator and landed on the roof of a concourse merchandise shop.

  • Man Sues After Being Injured by Drunken, Falling Fan

    by Mitchell Armentrout April 2016

    A man who claims he was injured by a drunken hockey spectator who fell on him from two rows up at a Blackhawks playoff game last year is suing the team and United Center security, saying the fan should have been ejected from the arena.

  • Players React to Safety Netting in MLB Ballparks

    by Bob Nightengale April 2016

    The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians players noticed it the moment they stepped onto Progressive Field before their season opener Monday was postponed. The Kansas City Royals marveled about it Sunday upon their arrival at Kauffman Stadium. Net. Nothing but beautiful net. It has nothing to do with the Final Four, a Stephen Curry three-pointer or a LeBron James dunk.