Sunday, December 14, 2014

Court Rules and the Game Stands

The courts have wisely distanced themselves from making a decision about the outcome of an Oklahoma High School Football Playoff game. As reported in the New York Times article, Upon Further Review, by Judge, a Botched Playoff Ruling Stands, the court has determined that it has no basis in law to intervene in determining the outcome of a sporting event.

I wrote about the situation last week in my article, The Game is Over--No, Wait--the judges have to make a ruling

Specifically, as reported by the New York Times, There is no precedent allowing a court to order the replay of a high school football game, and no way to ensure that a replay would be fair to both teams, because the conditions of the disputed contest could not be replicated, District Judge Bernard M. Jones II said in a written opinion Thursday.

I agree. The courts do not have a role in determining the outcome of sporting events.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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