A high school was found liable for an athlete’s inury in Day v. Ouachita Parish School Board et al. As a member of the freshman football team at West Monroe High School (WMHS), Morgan Day was required to participate in a weight training class held during school hours. Morgan’s mother sued the school board and the coach who instructed Morgan to perform the lift after the medical excuse had been delivered.
Samantha Slowpitch, a sophomore transfer student at Topten University, was a skilled softball player who truly loved the game. After signing her name on the roster side of the paper, Samantha handed the roster to the rest of the team for them to sign. Samantha sued Topten University and the intramural department for negligence in failing to maintain the turf in proper condition.
The constitutional rights and amendments that most often apply to the sport industry typically involve issues regarding freedom of speech and religion, due process, equal protection, and the right from unreasonable search and seizure. Constitutional law usually is not applicable to professional sports, for two major reasons. One, athletes in professional sports are parties to a collective bargaining agreement.