Betting, Drinking and Stadium Misconduct Among Potential Legal Hurdles Facing Pigskin Fans
NEW YORK, January 30, 2012 – Lawyers.comSM, a leading legal website from LexisNexis® for consumers and small business owners, is suggesting tips to football fans on ways to help avoid potential legal troubles surrounding Sunday’s big game. The newest post on the Lawyers.com blog, a top online destination for practical analysis of consumer legal news, explores some legal issues potentially facing those who may let the excitement of the game cloud their judgment this Sunday
“Millions of people are looking forward to Sunday’s big game, but for some the game can lead to a hangover, indigestion and a not-so-super night in jail if they’re not careful,” said Larry Bodine, editor-in-chief of Lawyers.com. “We’ve offered suggestions to help pigskin fans avoid potential legal trouble this Sunday, but for those who find themselves facing legal problems this weekend or any time of year, we urge you to visit Lawyers.com to help find a good local lawyer to represent you.”
Presented below is a list of the Lawyers.com Top Legal Hassles to Avoid to Stay Out of Jail on Super Bowl Sunday.
Driving Under the Influence: Whether you’re attending the game in person or driving to a party outside your home, remember that police are likely to be out in force looking for drunk or impaired drivers. Don’t drink and drive. The best way to avoid a situation entirely is to just take a cab.
Hosting a Party: Whenever you invite friends or family to your home and alcohol is served, remember that hosts may be held responsible for their guests’ safety. Monitor your guests’ drinking, serve food to help with absorption of alcohol, and never serve alcohol to minors.
Stadium Misconduct: If you’re lucky enough to hold a ticket to the big game, use common sense. Stadium officials may be within their rights to kick you out for being rowdy. Don’t throw anything, harass anybody or drink and start interfering with other people’s enjoyment. Picking a fight or being belligerent to other fans or stadium employees could easily get you in trouble.
Gambling on the Game: If you choose to participate in the office betting pool, acquaint yourself with the applicable employment laws of your state and make sure you aren’t running afoul of your company’s policies on the use of company time and resources to organize and participate in these kinds of activities.
Ticket Scalping: Legitimate street sellers may typically have a badge and license, and there are a number of secure online sources where fans can legally buy tickets before the game. However, make sure you’re buying from a legitimate source. Every year, fake or counterfeited tickets are sold to unsuspecting victims. There may not be any penalties for buying phony tickets, other than wasting a lot of money, but vendors selling counterfeits may get into trouble for such activities.
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