Coaches who have experienced parents who yell at their children to perform, try to coach from the sidelines, or consistently question coaching decisions understand how difficult it can be to deal with parents, particularly the most difficult ones who behave poorly during games. Sport club leaders who have experienced parental complaints about coaches understand how difficult it can be to bridge the gap between the needs of the parents and the coach’s need for a certain degree of autonomy. A ...
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.
The Lanham Act also protects collective marks and service marks. Whereas a trademark identifies the source of a product, a service mark identifies the source and quality of an intangible service. For example, the mark NCAA, as it stands for events and services related to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, is a service mark.