During a professional ice hockey game in Ice City, one of the home-team fans threw a mug of beer onto the visiting team’s bench. Initially, the visiting team’s players and coaching staff ignored what had happened. There was no facility/event security in the vicinity of the player benches to monitor the fans or prevent the fans from heckling and/or causing disruptive behavior. A few minutes later, a second home-team fan threw another mug of beer on the visiting team’s players. As this occurred, one of the visiting team’s assistant coaches became enraged, climbed over the partition that separates the players from the crowd, started running up in the crowd, and attempted to reach the fan who threw the beer. The assistant coach reached the fan and started to physically assault him. As this occurred, other fans became involved and started physically assaulting the assistant coach. Event security finally arrived, and then police and emergency personnel arrived after the incident had settled. The fan assaulted by the assistant coach was taken to the hospital with severe cuts and was bleeding out of one ear. The assistant coach sustained a broken nose after being assaulted by multiple fans.
Prepare an eight- to ten-page paper (not including the title and references pages) that assesses the legal issues related to the incident described. When developing the response, include a description of who may be legally liable for what occurred, the risk management concerns included, and what could have been done to prevent the incident. When considering what could have prevented the incident, consider facilities management, team management, law enforcement, and league-wide in-game practices. Finally, identify the appropriate law for the situation, and describe how the law is specifically applicable to the incident. Use at least five scholarly sources that are suitable for research in an undergraduate level course.
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