Overlawyered » sports http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Mon, 04 May 2015 10:11:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 The economics of rioting http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/the-economics-of-rioting/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/the-economics-of-rioting/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:15:35 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52843 Following the outbreak of serious riots on the streets of Baltimore, I wrote a post yesterday at Cato: …More than twenty years ago in the Cato Journal, distinguished law and economics scholars David Haddock and Daniel Polsby published a paper entitled “Understanding Riots” that’s still highly relevant in making sense of events like these. Employing […]

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Following the outbreak of serious riots on the streets of Baltimore, I wrote a post yesterday at Cato:

…More than twenty years ago in the Cato Journal, distinguished law and economics scholars David Haddock and Daniel Polsby published a paper entitled “Understanding Riots” that’s still highly relevant in making sense of events like these. Employing familiar economic concepts such as opportunity cost, coordination problems, and free-rider issues, Haddock and Polsby help explain why riots cluster around sports wins as well as assassinations, funerals, and jury verdicts; the group psychology of rioting, and why most crowds never turn riotous; the important role of focal points (often lightly policed commercial areas) and rock-throwing “entrepreneurs” of disorder; the tenuous relationship between riots and root causes or contemporary grievances; and why when a riot occurs the police (at least those in places like the United States and United Kingdom) seldom manage to be in enough places at once, more or less by definition.

I conclude that pundits and the news media are continuing to get the story wrong about riots like those in Baltimore, and link to the Haddock and Polsby article itself. The post is here.

P.S.: This is neat: Jack Shafer at Politico takes and runs with some of the paper’s analysis about prevention strategies and the spread of information about riot locations. And Jesse Walker looks further at the role of “outside agitators.”

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“Will youth sports disputes be improved by the intervention of the courts?” http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/will-youth-sports-disputes-be-improved-by-the-intervention-of-the-courts/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/will-youth-sports-disputes-be-improved-by-the-intervention-of-the-courts/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:05:48 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52635 Writes Tyler Cowen, about a lawsuit filed by a benched 16-year-old club volleyball hopeful in Chantilly, Va. Tags: schools, sports

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Writes Tyler Cowen, about a lawsuit filed by a benched 16-year-old club volleyball hopeful in Chantilly, Va.

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“Slain basketball player’s family files suit against Dallas ISD” http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/slain-basketball-players-family-files-suit-against-dallas-isd/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/slain-basketball-players-family-files-suit-against-dallas-isd/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:46:52 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52285 “The mother of slain Wilmer Hutchins basketball star Troy Causey Jr. has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that illegal recruiting practices at Dallas ISD schools led to her son’s death a year ago. … [She] alleges that coaches visited her 18-year-old son while he was in custody at Dallas County Youth Village during an eight-month […]

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“The mother of slain Wilmer Hutchins basketball star Troy Causey Jr. has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that illegal recruiting practices at Dallas ISD schools led to her son’s death a year ago. … [She] alleges that coaches visited her 18-year-old son while he was in custody at Dallas County Youth Village during an eight-month stint there following an assault arrest and convinced him to play basketball.” Subsequently, Causey died after a beating at his residence, and a roommate who also played basketball for another Dallas school was charged with manslaughter in the case. Lawyers for the mother, Tammy Simpson, said school sports officials had helped place many players in such private living arrangements and should have known they were dangerous. [WFAA]

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Scottish man jailed for 4 months for singing sectarian song http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/scottish-man-jailed-for-4-months-for-singing-sectarian-song/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/scottish-man-jailed-for-4-months-for-singing-sectarian-song/#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:24:47 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52037 For singing a song? “Scott Lamont, from Glasgow, was heard singing the words of the Billy Boys song on Cathcart Road on 1 February. The 24-year-old admitted the charge at Glasgow Sheriff Court.” Via Spiked Online, which has more on Scotland’s legislation against sectarian football songs. More on Scotland’s recent policing of offensive tweets and […]

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For singing a song? “Scott Lamont, from Glasgow, was heard singing the words of the Billy Boys song on Cathcart Road on 1 February. The 24-year-old admitted the charge at Glasgow Sheriff Court.” Via Spiked Online, which has more on Scotland’s legislation against sectarian football songs. More on Scotland’s recent policing of offensive tweets and other online speech here.

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Assumption of risk, wrestling, and “Skull Von Krush” http://overlawyered.com/2015/01/assumption-risk-wrestling-skull-von-krush/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/01/assumption-risk-wrestling-skull-von-krush/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:35:09 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50950 A man who performed under the name “Skull Von Krush” is now a plaintiff in a suit seeking class-action status that claims pro wrestling hid the dangers of concussion [Associated Press/Asbury Park Press] Tags: assumption of risk, sports

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A man who performed under the name “Skull Von Krush” is now a plaintiff in a suit seeking class-action status that claims pro wrestling hid the dangers of concussion [Associated Press/Asbury Park Press]

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Ejected for heckling Knicks, ex-trader sues http://overlawyered.com/2015/01/ejected-heckling-knicks-ex-trader-sues/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/01/ejected-heckling-knicks-ex-trader-sues/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:51:25 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50757 “A former ING Financial Services trader sued the owners of Madison Square Garden (MSG) for booting him from the arena last year after he yelled ‘Carmelo, you stink’ during a New York Knicks game, a move he said cost him his job.” [Bloomberg] Tags: NYC, sports

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“A former ING Financial Services trader sued the owners of Madison Square Garden (MSG) for booting him from the arena last year after he yelled ‘Carmelo, you stink’ during a New York Knicks game, a move he said cost him his job.” [Bloomberg]

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Schools roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/schools-roundup-17/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/schools-roundup-17/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:25:43 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47073 Harris v. Quinn aftermath: California teacher’s suit might tee up renewed challenge to Abood [Rebecca Friedrichs, earlier here, here, etc.] Recalling when CTA spent its members money trying to convince them their voting preferences were wrong [Mike Antonucci] Calcasieu parish school board in Louisiana votes to stop paying insurance on student athletics [AP/EdWeek] “Maryland Tested […]

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  • Harris v. Quinn aftermath: California teacher’s suit might tee up renewed challenge to Abood [Rebecca Friedrichs, earlier here, here, etc.] Recalling when CTA spent its members money trying to convince them their voting preferences were wrong [Mike Antonucci]
  • Calcasieu parish school board in Louisiana votes to stop paying insurance on student athletics [AP/EdWeek]
  • “Maryland Tested Kids on Material It No Longer Teaches, Guess What Happened?” [Robby Soave, Common Core transition]
  • Sexual harassment training of college faculty: a professor talks back [Mark Graber, Balkinization]
  • Eighth Circuit orders new trial in Teresa Wagner’s lawsuit charging Iowa Law discriminated against her because of her conservative views [Paul Caron/TaxProf, earlier]
  • “The 4 NYC teachers banned from classrooms who rake in millions” [Susan Edelman, New York Post] Adventures in Bronx teacher tenure [New York Daily News]
  • New Jersey: “Expensive New School Security System Traps Teacher in Bathroom” [Lenore Skenazy, Reason]
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    Don’t drink the ink; also, sports decals don’t provide safety protection http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/dont-drink-ink-also-sports-decals-dont-provide-safety/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/dont-drink-ink-also-sports-decals-dont-provide-safety/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:15:18 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47093 Bob Dorigo Jones’s 2014 Wacky Warning Labels Contest has its five finalists. Tags: football, sports, wacky warnings

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    Bob Dorigo Jones’s 2014 Wacky Warning Labels Contest has its five finalists.

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    “Insurance troubles for high school bass tournament” http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/insurance-troubles-high-school-bass-tournament/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/insurance-troubles-high-school-bass-tournament/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:38:54 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46223 “Concerns about insurance requirements will keep a southwest Missouri high school team from participating in the first high school bass pro fishing tournament in June.” The insurer for the Nixa High School angling team said it had only suggested, not required, “such things as having the volunteer boaters take a Coast Guard certification course at […]

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    “Concerns about insurance requirements will keep a southwest Missouri high school team from participating in the first high school bass pro fishing tournament in June.” The insurer for the Nixa High School angling team said it had only suggested, not required, “such things as having the volunteer boaters take a Coast Guard certification course at a cost of about $400 each, and to be CPR- and first-aid trained and requiring students and boat captains to wear specific safety glasses.” [AP/Houston Chronicle; Springfield News-Leader]

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    “Dad suing over son’s lack of playing time on lacrosse teams” http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/dad-suing-sons-lack-playing-time-lacrosse-teams/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/dad-suing-sons-lack-playing-time-lacrosse-teams/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:33:46 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=45135 An attorney dad in Dallas “says a group of coaches coerced wealthy parents to pay thousands of dollars for their sons to play lacrosse”; his own son’s varsity involvement, however, proved a disappointment. His suit invokes the federal RICO (racketeering) statute. [KDFW] Tags: Dallas, racketeering and RICO, schools, sports

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    An attorney dad in Dallas “says a group of coaches coerced wealthy parents to pay thousands of dollars for their sons to play lacrosse”; his own son’s varsity involvement, however, proved a disappointment. His suit invokes the federal RICO (racketeering) statute. [KDFW]

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