State Supreme Court Mulling 'Baseball Rule' For Nevada Ballparks

A foul ball during a minor league baseball game five years ago has landed in the lap of the Nevada Supreme Court.

A panel of three justices is being asked to decide whether Nevada ballpark owners should be responsible for fans' injuries from batted balls.

A lawyer for Las Vegas 51s owner Mandalay Sports Entertainment asked the court today (Wednesday) to protect stadiums with a so-called "baseball rule" like one in other states.

He says Cashman Stadium has signs, a screen to protect fans behind home plate, a liability notice on ticket stubs and airs public address warnings to watch for batted balls.

A lower court threw out a negligence lawsuit by a Las Vegas woman badly hurt by a foul ball in May 2002.

Her lawyer says she never saw what hit her as she sat at a table in a mezzanine beer garden above the third base line.

Lawyers say the decision will set a precedent for Nevada -- where civic officials are trying to lure a pro sports franchise to Las Vegas and a minor league baseball team to the Reno area.


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