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To screen or not to screen? Debate on added netting at MLB parks continues as lawsuit filed

July 20, 2015, 1:18 pm

By CHRIS BUMBACA

An Oakland Athletics fan filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball this week, alleging that baseball doesn’t do enough to protect fans in the stands from flying bats and balls.

The lawsuit’s plaintiffs, including A’s season ticket-holder Gail Payne, aren’t seeking money.

Rather, Payne and others who filed the class-action suit in San Francisco want MLB to mandate the extension of protective screening down the baselines, so that it eventually reaches from foul pole to foul pole.

“She fears for her and her husband’s safety, and particularly for her daughter,” the lawsuit says. “She is constantly ducking and weaving to avoid getting hit by foul balls or shattered bats.”

Such concern was renewed on June 5, when Red Sox fan Tonya Carpenter, 44, was severely injured by a piece of broken bat at Boston’s Fenway Park. She was sitting down the third-base line when she was struck by the flying shard of bat.

A 2014 Bloomberg News report found that nearly 1,750 fans are injured every year by foul balls.

“This is a needless risk,” one of the lawyers involved in Payne’s case, Robert Hilliard, told the Los Angeles Times. “Extending the nets will, as a fact, save lives.”

While installing additional netting in the name of enhanced safety is a relatively inexpensive proposition — about $8,000 to $12,000 per stadium, according to one vendor’s estimate — there are other factors involved.

Chief among them: that extra screening will interfere with the fans’ viewing experience.

Major League Baseball doesn’t dictate backstop dimensions, recommending only that screening be 60 feet behind home plate.

But in the wake of Carpenter’s injury in Boston, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has said his office would take a closer look at fan safety.

“When you have an issue like this, an incident like this, you have to go back and re-evaluate where you are on all of your safety issues, and trust me, we will do that,” Manfred said during baseball’s amateur draft in June.

Nearly six weeks after Carpenter’s injury at Fenway, MLB is still re-evaluating.

“Fan safety is our foremost goal for all those who choose to support our game by visiting our ballparks, and we always strive for that experience to be safe and fan-friendly,” the league said in a statement responding to the San Francisco lawsuit. “Major League Baseball is in the process of re-evaluating all issues pertaining to fan safety, comfort and expectations.”

At Kauffman Stadium, cables with screening are connected to both the second and upper decks. The Royals, like MLB, have thought about adding more screening, but so far, vice president of community affairs Toby Cook said, such talk is “just a discussion more than anything.”

“Obviously, in the wake of what happened in Boston, we discussed it again,” Cook said. “The general feeling is that while we are not required to get MLB approval to do something like that, we would be the first team in MLB to do something like that.

“I think the general sense is that we’re going to wait for a while and just see if there’s a little bit more direction from MLB first. I would say it’s fair to say that we’ve discussed possibilities, and we would likely wait for further guidance from MLB.”

Greg Meeks is the second-generation operator of a Florida-based company called Turbo Link International that constructs and maintains backstop screens for the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field and several other teams’ spring training facilities.

Meeks said an extended screen system would take only three to five days to set up, and if a team were to extend its backstop screen by 30 feet in both directions, would cost somewhere between $8,000 and $12,000.

“Per facility, it’s just a matter of how far down the lines you’re going to go,” Meeks said.

The screen would be the made of the same material that currently protects fans sitting directly behind home plate. Meeks said the installation process would involve “putting in high bolts, turnbuckles, running your cable ... Each facility is different, so where you do that, you just have to go down an extra 100 feet or whatever it might be.”

To date, neither Major League Baseball nor individual teams have approached Turbo Link International about setting up additional screens.

“I’m sure they’re looking at it more closely,” Meeks said.

University of Kansas law professor Mike Kautsch said additional screening would serve “as a good business practice and to protect fans, as well as to protect the club’s team from tort (civil) law.”

Teams have other protections, too. Usually, there are disclaimers on the backs of tickets outlining the risks of being a spectator. At Kauffman Stadium, signs close to the field of play warn fans to “BEWARE OF BATS AND BALLS LEAVING THE PLAYING FIELD.”

Brent Coon, a Houston-based lawyer who has won several stadium injury cases (including one against the NFL’s Texans in 2011), said fans consent to the risk of being injured simply by attending a game.

“When you go to that event, you know there are physical activities taking place, and that there’s some foreseeable risk that you would get potentially injured during the flow of the game,” Coon said.

Hard-hit foul balls and broken bats are a part of the game, which makes it difficult to hold facilities and clubs accountable.

“Those (incidents) are reasonably foreseeable, and as a consequence, it’s very difficult to successfully sue,” Coon said. “Most people that do sue for significant injuries at major sporting events lose their case and they’re generally, more often than not, dismissed by the court.

“The courts have been pretty favorable to the sports industry, in giving them the latitude of providing a modest level of safety features.”

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To screen or not to screen? Debate on added netting at MLB parks continues as lawsuit filed

July 20, 2015, 1:18 pm

By CHRIS BUMBACA

An Oakland Athletics fan filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball this week, alleging that baseball doesn’t do enough to protect fans in the stands from flying bats and balls.

The lawsuit’s plaintiffs, including A’s season ticket-holder Gail Payne, aren’t seeking money.

Rather, Payne and others who filed the class-action suit in San Francisco want MLB to mandate the extension of protective screening down the baselines, so that it eventually reaches from foul pole to foul pole.

“She fears for her and her husband’s safety, and particularly for her daughter,” the lawsuit says. “She is constantly ducking and weaving to avoid getting hit by foul balls or shattered bats.”

Such concern was renewed on June 5, when Red Sox fan Tonya Carpenter, 44, was severely injured by a piece of broken bat at Boston’s Fenway Park. She was sitting down the third-base line when she was struck by the flying shard of bat.

A 2014 Bloomberg News report found that nearly 1,750 fans are injured every year by foul balls.

“This is a needless risk,” one of the lawyers involved in Payne’s case, Robert Hilliard, told the Los Angeles Times. “Extending the nets will, as a fact, save lives.”

While installing additional netting in the name of enhanced safety is a relatively inexpensive proposition — about $8,000 to $12,000 per stadium, according to one vendor’s estimate — there are other factors involved.

Chief among them: that extra screening will interfere with the fans’ viewing experience.

Major League Baseball doesn’t dictate backstop dimensions, recommending only that screening be 60 feet behind home plate.

But in the wake of Carpenter’s injury in Boston, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has said his office would take a closer look at fan safety.

“When you have an issue like this, an incident like this, you have to go back and re-evaluate where you are on all of your safety issues, and trust me, we will do that,” Manfred said during baseball’s amateur draft in June.

Nearly six weeks after Carpenter’s injury at Fenway, MLB is still re-evaluating.

“Fan safety is our foremost goal for all those who choose to support our game by visiting our ballparks, and we always strive for that experience to be safe and fan-friendly,” the league said in a statement responding to the San Francisco lawsuit. “Major League Baseball is in the process of re-evaluating all issues pertaining to fan safety, comfort and expectations.”

At Kauffman Stadium, cables with screening are connected to both the second and upper decks. The Royals, like MLB, have thought about adding more screening, but so far, vice president of community affairs Toby Cook said, such talk is “just a discussion more than anything.”

“Obviously, in the wake of what happened in Boston, we discussed it again,” Cook said. “The general feeling is that while we are not required to get MLB approval to do something like that, we would be the first team in MLB to do something like that.

“I think the general sense is that we’re going to wait for a while and just see if there’s a little bit more direction from MLB first. I would say it’s fair to say that we’ve discussed possibilities, and we would likely wait for further guidance from MLB.”

Greg Meeks is the second-generation operator of a Florida-based company called Turbo Link International that constructs and maintains backstop screens for the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field and several other teams’ spring training facilities.

Meeks said an extended screen system would take only three to five days to set up, and if a team were to extend its backstop screen by 30 feet in both directions, would cost somewhere between $8,000 and $12,000.

“Per facility, it’s just a matter of how far down the lines you’re going to go,” Meeks said.

The screen would be the made of the same material that currently protects fans sitting directly behind home plate. Meeks said the installation process would involve “putting in high bolts, turnbuckles, running your cable ... Each facility is different, so where you do that, you just have to go down an extra 100 feet or whatever it might be.”

To date, neither Major League Baseball nor individual teams have approached Turbo Link International about setting up additional screens.

“I’m sure they’re looking at it more closely,” Meeks said.

University of Kansas law professor Mike Kautsch said additional screening would serve “as a good business practice and to protect fans, as well as to protect the club’s team from tort (civil) law.”

Teams have other protections, too. Usually, there are disclaimers on the backs of tickets outlining the risks of being a spectator. At Kauffman Stadium, signs close to the field of play warn fans to “BEWARE OF BATS AND BALLS LEAVING THE PLAYING FIELD.”

Brent Coon, a Houston-based lawyer who has won several stadium injury cases (including one against the NFL’s Texans in 2011), said fans consent to the risk of being injured simply by attending a game.

“When you go to that event, you know there are physical activities taking place, and that there’s some foreseeable risk that you would get potentially injured during the flow of the game,” Coon said.

Hard-hit foul balls and broken bats are a part of the game, which makes it difficult to hold facilities and clubs accountable.

“Those (incidents) are reasonably foreseeable, and as a consequence, it’s very difficult to successfully sue,” Coon said. “Most people that do sue for significant injuries at major sporting events lose their case and they’re generally, more often than not, dismissed by the court.

“The courts have been pretty favorable to the sports industry, in giving them the latitude of providing a modest level of safety features.”

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