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RESM 5530 – Fall 2021

Looking at the Law Differently Assignment

Assignment Name.   Transforming Information – Looking at the Law Differently 

Introduction  &  Purpose.    Sir  William  Bragg,  a  Nobel  prize  winning  physicist,  chemist 

and mathematician, once said: “the important thing in science is not so much to obtain 

new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.”  This course introduced you 

to  new  legal  concepts,  doctrines,  and  principles;  touched  on  select  legal  theories; 

demonstrated how the “Law” and legal concepts can (and should) be factor in strategic 

decision; and hopefully propelled you to think in new ways about how the law applies to 

managing risks in sports, recreation, and events. 

This assignment starts with something with which you are familiar – the risk management 

process. You will be provided a risk management process from another industry (the U.S. 

Army)  to  see  how  the  military  thinks  about  managing  risk  when planning missions  and 

operations. 

It’s  logical  to  ask  “what  does  another  industry  have  to  do  with  sports,  recreation,  or 

events?”  But  try  reframing  the  question:  “can  I  learn  from  the  other  industry’s  risk 

management process?” Or, “what can I learn from how another industry manages risks?”  

In other words, discover new ways of thinking about old things. 

Assignment.    Re-read  the  article  “Knowledge,  Creativity  and  Innovation.”    Afterwards, 

read Chapter 2 of the U.S. Army Field Manual entitled “Risk Management Process.” Your 

assignment is to transform the first seven pages of the chapter from a risk management 

process that pertains to the U.S. Army’s combat mission to one that applies to a sports 

management, recreation, or events operation that interests you or with which you have 

experience.  

 Starting the Assignment. Select an area that interests you (“area of interest”’).  

The operation or experience can be coaching a team or even coaching a particular 

position; preparing for a professional draft; preparing for an upcoming University 

Interscholastic  League  or  intercollegiate  conference  realignment;  operating  or 

managing a recreation facility; developing a fund-raising campaign for a nonprofit 

organization;  organizing a major event, etc.  

 Develop an Acronym. Identify the potential hazards that are present in the area 

of  interest  you  selected  and  develop  an  acronym  that  assists  in  identifying  the 

hazards (like the army’s METT-T acronym).  Your acronym must include an “L” for 

law(s). In other words, you must identify at least one legal concept that applies to 

your area of interest. (Think about the Chen v. MLB and Dallas Wave 

assignments). NOTE: You do not have to identify all of the legal concepts, but, you 

should be able to identify one or two. You are free to talk to each other or reach 

out to me.  

 Writing the Paper. To assist you, I have underlined words that are peculiar to the 

Army and stricken through the word “military.” (I may have missed a few). Once 

you  have  decided  on  the  area  of  interest  and  created  an  acronym,  one  way  to 

begin  writing  the  paper  is  to  replace  the  underlined  words  with  ones  that  are 

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applicable to the area of interest you have chosen. Or, you may find that some of 

the underlined words apply to your area of interest, for example, the word “leader.” 

You can use the Figures in the material as they are or modify them; or, you do not 

have to use them if they do not apply. 

You can transform the seven pages any way you desire as long as it is consistent 

with the intent of the assignment. 

 Paper Format.  In writing your paper, you can use the same format as the material 

you are transforming or develop one that works best for you. It can be from 5-10 

pages.  Whatever format you chose:

o use headings as transitions;

o 12-point font; 

o Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman font style;

o single-space, and only your product will determine whether it is too short. 

(Meaning don’t ask me how short it can be).  

Rubric.  You will be graded on your ability to apply the material to your area of interests; 

your ability to develop an acronym to identify hazards present in your area; whether you 

incorporate “Law” into your acronym; and the organization of your paper.  Again, you can 

follow the format in document you are transforming. There are a lot of ways to complete 

this  assignment.  Don’t  be  scared,  timid,  or  worse  –  intellectually  lazy.  Be  creative.  Be 

innovative. Be Transformative.

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