Sports Officials: Your Best Friend

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking for over an hour with Alan Goldberger about concussions and sport law.  His website states that ALAN S. GOLDBERGER is an attorney, speaker, and author. A nationally recognized authority on sports officiating and sports law, his practice is concentrated in the areas of sports law, business law, sports insurance defense, association law, and business and chancery litigation. He is a partner in the law firm of Brown Moskowitz & Kallen, P.C. located in Millburn, New Jersey. Among a long list of accomplishments as a lawyer in court, Alan is the author/coauthor of five books, including Sports Officiating: A Legal Guide, now in its second edition; and Sport, Physical Activity and the Law a college textbook now in its third edition.

What is missing from his impressive bio is how enjoyable and easy it is to talk to him. He is incredibly knowledgable on sports officiating and sports law: but unlike many lawyers I have met, I could talk to Alan like he was a regular guy in a conversation about sports safety like we were standing on a field before a game. Knowledge is great to have but the ability to pass knowledge along to others is a real gift. I really learned a lot from him about the important role the official plays in reducing concussion and injury risks to players during a game. I hope to have Alan up to Fairfield County to speak to teams, coaches and parents in the near future.

Rather than paraphrase Alan, I asked to re-blog some of his articles to share some of what I learned. Thank you, Alan.

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