Pa. Court: Waiver of Liability Signed by Jr. College FB Players Bars Negligence Suit

In a Feb. 2 decision, a Pennsylvania court threw out (granted “summary judgment,” without trial) a negligence action brought by two non-scholarship student football players against their school, Lackawanna Junior College (and its football coaches.)

The court found that football is “an inherently dangerous” undertaking, but nonetheless upheld the validity of the waiver of liability which the two players had signed before competing, which had purported to release the school and its agents from any liability.

Finally, the court found that the players both “assumed the risk,” of injury, having been aware that football was inherently dangerous.

Many major college football programs require that their players sign similar ‘waivers of liability,’ and this case demonstrates their potential effect — though not all jurisdictions consistently find them enforceable.

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About brewonsouthu

Michigan and Big Ten fan, former lawyer, with interest in college sports and NCAA oversight and decisions, and sports generally.
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