The Rights Of The Stadium Owner

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The opinion of the court made their case by referring to other cases. These cases defined the duty of the stadium owner, by declaring that “Once the stadium owner has provided ‘adequately screened seats’ for all those desiring them, the stadium owner has fulfilled its duty of care as a matter of law.” (Leagle, 2015). Instead of finding the Houston Sports Association liable, the judge indicated that because Karen attended the game with an adult, the adult was liable to warn her of the dangers that could take place when at a baseball game. Though the jury did not find her father, Robert Friedman, negligent in warning his daughter about the possibility of what might happen, Texas law asserts that her father assumed the risk for his daughter,…show more content…
Chief Judge Cynthia Fry indicated “We know of no intentional tort that has elements employing similar characterizations”, with regard to Matranga hitting baseballs with “utter indifference to or conscious disregard for a person’s safety” (Law Justia, 2009). It is because of this, the court affirmed summary judgement in favor of the Isotopes and the City of Albuquerque and denied the Crespin’s motion to revise their complaint. All three of these cases take place over different time periods. Though in the first case, the “Boston Garden” was held liable for the injury sustained by a spectator, as the years went on, things changed. In the 1987 case involving Karen Friedman, the court held the father responsible and asserted that the Houston Sports Association did everything they needed to protect themselves from premises liability and spectator injuries. Lastly, the 2009 case confirmed that “no duty was breached” and that the stadium or team was not held liable for the terrible injuries Emilio Crespin endured (Law Justia, 2009). Over the seventy-year period that these cases took place over, you can say how though once held liable, stadiums have set standards in place to protect themselves from injuries that fan may suffer. Spectator injuries and cases involving premises liability continue to influence the business of the sport industry. The sport industry is a business centered around ticket sales,
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