Unfortunately, there is little to report in legal news of track and field this morning. Yesterday, it was announced that Los Angeles beat out Houston and Cincinnati in winning the bid to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for the Men’s and Women’s Marathon. The Trials are set to begin on February 16, 2016. The articles goes on to comment on how the date was chosen to provide competitors in the Marathon Trials the opportunity to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Track and Field in June of 2016. Hosting this event will bring hundreds of thousands to the Los Angeles area to not only watch the Trials, but also to participate in the Los Angeles Marathon occurring the day after the Trials. However, the article does not address security concerns, likely due to the wide gap between now and February 2016. In light of the recent Boston Marathon tragedy, security must certainly rate at the top of everyone’s concern, and will be interesting to see how Los Angeles plans to protect all who are in attendance during those days.
The Superbowl is only a few days away. During this time, most people focus on the following details: where they will watch the Superbowl, what food to make and/or bring, who to invite to Superbowl parties, etc. Prostitution, though, is a topic that appears to fly under the radar when Superbowl talk arises. The problem with it is that many of the prostitutes are doing so illegally – as part of a forced underground sex trade. Yesterday, “nearly 20 women were arraigned on prostitution charges, far more than the court ordinarily handles in one day,” the article states. Although specific data on how prevalent the sex industry affects host cities of the Superbowl is unreliable, police enacted nearly 300 arrests since the start of the new year based on prostitution-related charges – a 30 percent increase from last year at this time, according to the article. This act of modern slavery has not gone unnoticed, however. The article does point to a number of initiatives to stop illegal sex trading. One of the ways the New Jersey government achieves this goal is by visibility – putting up billboards, for instance. But what is puzzling is what the article does not say – namely, the lack of initiative towards the ones who directly influence the trade: stop the source, stop the problem.
Judge Anita B. Brody presides over a federal court case in Philadelphia, and her ruling will have a substantial effect on the N.F.L. retirees who suffer “work-related brain injuries.” In short, N.F.L. retirees filed a lawsuit against the N.F.L., alleging that the injuries they sustained during their employment as football players has or will develop into substantial neurological damage, for which they have no protection. Recently, the N.F.L. proposed to settle the lawsuit for $765 million dollars. The N.F.L. came up with this number using their own experts, but refuse to show their work to the public or with the plaintiffs. Here’s a quick summary of how the settlement plays out: a retired player goes to the doctor, and the doctor diagnoses the player with (insert eligible condition here). Upon the diagnosis, the player will receive a lump-sum payment which coincides with the career length of the player. The longer you’ve played football, the higher the lump-sum. The article addresses the extraordinary uncertainty of whether this settlement will cover all of the players currently alive. Consider that football players generally develop neurological diseases much sooner and at a higher rate than the general population, and you may start to see how this could be a huge issue.
Finally, in non-legal news, two national meets attract some of the country’s best collegiate athletes at the Penn State National meet on the East coast, and the University of Washington Invitational on the West coast. Both meets run over two days, and both begin tomorrow. You can check out the heat sheets and live results on their respective athletic team websites.