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March-April 20120  Volume  3, Issue 1

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California Bill Could Restrict Who

Attends Sporting Events

By Jordan Kobritz

      on't take me out to the ballgame.
      That could become the new refrain
if a bill recently introduced in the Cali-
fornia State Assembly is enacted into law.
  Assemblyman  Mike Gatto, D-Los An-
geles, introduced Bill 2464, dubbed the
Improving Personal Safety at Stadiums
Act, which is designed to prohibit anyone
who has been convicted of committing a
violent crime in or around a Major League
sporting event from attending similar
events at stadiums and arenas around the
state. Gatto says his bill was motivated by
the vicious beating of San Francisco Gi-

ants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of
Dodger Stadium on Opening Day 2011.
Stow nearly died from the beating, spent
several months in a coma and is currently
undergoing treatment for his injuries. The
Stow incident - along with multiple acts
of violence which included a shooting at
an Oakland Raiders-San Francisco 49ers
preseason game at Candlestick Park last
year - brought renewed attention to the
issue of fan violence at sporting events.
   Gatto says his goal is to make fans who
attend sporting events feel safe again.
There are so many people out there who
are just afraid to take their kids to a ball-

            See California Bill on Page 15

Examining Insurance Coverage for

Athlete Non-Appearance

By Jared Zola and Shaun Crosner

    lthough recent attempts to sched-
    ule the mega-fight between two of
boxing's biggest stars, Manny Pacquiao
and Floyd Mayweather, have become
somewhat of a soap opera, conservative
estimates suggest that the event would
generate hundreds ofmillions ofdollars in
revenue. It goes without saying, however,
that the participation of both Pacquiao
and Mayweather is essential to the event's
projected financial success. Indeed, if ei-
ther fighter could not participate for any
reason (including, for instance, because
of illness or injury), many individuals and
entities would stand to suffer considerable

financial loss.
   One need look no further than the
recent match between Andre Ward and
Carl Froch to realize the financial fallout
that can result from a boxer's inability to
participate in a scheduled match. The
Ward-Froch match was initially set for late
October2011, and the match's promoters
estimated ticket sales in excess of $1 mil-
lion. However, the fight was postponed to
mid-December when Ward suffered a deep
cut over his right eye during a training
session leading up to the match. Ticket
sales for the rescheduled match netted only
$600,000, a 40 percent revenue drop from
the projections for the October fight. Ad-
              See Examining on Page 13


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