On-Field Celebration of Big Game
Victories: It’s Called ‘Bedlam’ for a Reason
stampede also has clear risk-management
implications. about a dozen people were
injured in the process. some were trampled,
while others jumped down a 15-foot drop
to get to the field.
Rushing the field—or, in the case of
basketball, the court—has become a bit of a
BY KEVIN QUINLEY
Many moons ago, while I was an undergraduate at Wake Forest University, notable sports victories
were celebrated by students by “rolling the
Quad.” Dorms would empty as undergrads
sprinted toward the tree-lined Quadrangle,
armed with rolls of toilet paper. Crowds would then proceed to “TP” the branches of
the stately magnolia trees.
athletic victories for the Demon Deacons were rare in
those days, so this quaint custom was an irregular event.
yet celebrating college
sports victories has, in the
words of TV chef Emeril, “kicked up a
notch.” at the close of the Dec. 3 football
game between oklahoma and oklahoma
state (osU), delirious osU fans swarmed
the field. The in-state rivalry is an annual
match-up known as “Bedlam.” That label
The game had national college
football implications, but the after-game
swarm was reasonably foreseeable, and
that the university either could or should
have taken more preventative steps. The
university will try to show that it took
This episode has a number of risk-management implications, not just for
colleges but for all of those who
manage special events. These
events can be football games,
rock concerts, or Black Friday
Questions to consider:
J What are some reasonable
precautions for colleges
and universities to consider
taking, in preparation for such
J Is such a fan stampede reasonably
forseeable by the school?
J What responsibility do the fans play in
assuming risk of injury when they swarm
the field or take a leap off the stands?
Unfortunately, in many cases, the rush
to the field may only be surpassed by the
rush to the courthouse. NU
Have you ever attended a sporting event or
concert that got out of hand or made you feel
at risk of harm? Do you think the responsibility
lies with the organizer or with the participants?
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tradition in college sports after a signature
or milestone victory. That milestone may
become a liability and risk millstone,
however, for the college or university that
allows it to happen.
Doubtlessly, there will be a wave of
lawsuits against oklahoma state University,
alleging negligence in security and crowd
control. Plaintiffs may argue that such a
Lloyd’s: Talent Shortage a
Top Risk for Businesses
BY CAROLINE MCDONALD
ThE nEED FoR talent and skill re- mains a top concern for american executives, despite high unemployment levels.
In the 2011 Lloyd’s Risk Index, carried
out by the Economist Intelligence Unit,
talent shortage placed second on the list
of concerns of 500 C-suite and board-level executives.
Loss of customers was the top concern
in north america and globally.
“Talent and skills shortages” jumped
to the no. 2 risk facing businesses from
22 in the 2009 index. This was potentially
driven by demographics, competition and
productivity pressures, Lloyd’s says. In
north america, 45 percent of respondents
rate talent as a high or very high priority
over the next year, compared to 42
percent of those surveyed in Europe.