Dre Cummings over at the Sports Law Blog has a nice post on the legal battle over the University of North Dakota’s use of the “Fighting Sioux” nickname. Here’s an excerpt:
The “Fighting Sioux” nickname/moniker has engendered deeply divided and passionate debate in North Dakota and amongst the two primary Sioux tribes in the area, the Spirit Lake Tribe and the Standing Rock Tribe. Under the NCAA’s policy that outlaws hostile and offensive mascots, University leadership can, despite the policy, still secure approval from local tribes and continue to use American Indian mascots. Florida State University has secured approval from the Florida Seminole Tribe and continues to use “Seminoles” and “Chief Osceola” as its mascot and nickname. The University of Utah has secured approval from the local Ute Tribe and continues to use “Runnin’ Utes” as its nickname.
On Field Injuries and Assumption of the Risk
Jason Wolf has an interesting post on a lawsuit arising from an injury on the baseball field. A Canadian baseball player is suing the owner of the ballpark in which he was injured by a line drive. The player alleges that owner failed to install a sun screen at the ballpark.
UConn’s personable punter, Desi Cullen, is getting some attention from NFL in advance of this month’s draft. Desmond Conner has the story on his UConn Football blog. Next week we’ll take a look at UConn and the NFL Draft.