The assistant professor of sport and event management analyzed risks facing baseball teams during severe weather at the Charlotte conference.
Mark Cryan[/caption]Mark Cryan, an assistant professor in Elon University’s Sport and Event Management Department, presented at the Sport and Recreation Law Association’s annual conference, held March 4-7 in Charlotte. His presentation was titled, “Wind, Rain and Injuries: An Analysis of the Legal Risks Associated with Tarp Duty.” Cryan and his co-presenter, Jordan Kobritz of SUNY Cortland, addressed the risk management and liability issues facing baseball teams when deploying a field tarp in poor weather conditions. This issue came under increased scrutiny in the wake of a summer 2014 incident during a Midwest League game that resulted in injuries, including a separated shoulder and a concussion.
Cryan worked in minor league baseball with the Burlington Indians in the Appalachian League and the Fayetteville Generals of the South Atlantic League, and was one of the founders of the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League. The Elon professor authored “Cradle of the Game: Baseball and Ballparks in North Carolina,” a city-by-city history book and travel guide to baseball in the Tar Heel state.
Kobritz is the former owner of the Maine Guides of the International League and the Daytona Cubs of the Florida State League.