Nathaniel Grow,courtesy photo

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An Indiana University professor has been recognized for his research on liability for baseball teams.

Nathaniel Grow, an associate professor of business law and ethics at IU's Kelley School of Business, will be presented with the Baseball Research Award at the Society for American Baseball Research's June conference in San Diego. The award honors projects completed during the preceding calendar year that significantly expanded the knowledge or understanding of baseball.

Grow's article, “The Faulty Law and Economics of the ‘Baseball Rule,’” argued it is time to abolish the so-called “Baseball Rule,” a legal doctrine established in 1913 to immunize baseball teams from liability. Courts have generally found fans assume liability for threats such as foul balls flying into stands so long as ballparks provide some protected areas. This paper presents statistical evidence for a rethinking of that liability limitation.

The risk of fans being hit by a foul ball or errant bat at games has increased in recent years, according to Grow's research.

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