Category Archives: ADA & Athletics

The ADA & Athletics: It Applies Here Too

We often think of the ADA’s reach as focused on employment and public accommodations such as hotels and shopping centers. It is, therefore, easy to forget that it also impacts activities. This includes public meetings, conventions—and sporting events. One of the most well-known sports and disability cases is that of professional golfer Casey Martin. Prior to 2001, the PGA Tour required all tournament participants to walk and barred the use of golf carts. Martin suffers from a degenerative condition that affected his ability to walk that prevented him from competing in PGA events. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, held that …

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When the $%#! Did We Become a Public Accommodation!?

I’ll spend a lot of time writing in this blog about things that public accommodations (i.e. businesses that offer goods and services to the public) should know. For some entities such as private clubs, swimming pools, and community associations, however, the first question that should be addressed is “Am I a public accommodation?” Clubs and associations can all too easily cross the line from non-public entity to public accommodation. Although sometimes the business rewards may be worth it, it is important to know the risks and implications of such decisions. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) a place of public …

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