Who We Are

Doyice J. Cotten is an emeritus professor of sport management at Georgia Southern University where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in sport law and risk management. He manages his own writing and risk management consulting business, Sport Risk Consulting.

During his professional career, he has been active in many professional organizations in the areas of sport management and physical education. Dr. Cotten served as president of the Sport and Recreation Law Association. He also served as president of the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation as well as the editor of the GAHPERD Journal.

Dr. Cotten speaks on legal issues at such conferences as the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the Athletic Business Conference; the Sports Business Workshop, the International Conference on Sport Business, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the National Equine Law Conference.

Dr. Cotten has published more than 150 articles on legal liability and risk management in such publications as the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, Journal of Sport Management, Sports Parks & Recreation Law Reporter, Exercise Standards and Malpractice Law Reporter, Athletic Business, and Fitness Management. He wrote a bi-monthly column on risk management for Fitness Management for seven years. His major area of interest is in waivers and releases of liability. He has collected and analyzed about 1400 sport- and recreation-related waiver cases and has coauthored Waivers & Releases of Liability (9th ed.). He is also the co-editor and author of Law for Recreation and Sport Managers (6th ed.). This popular sport law textbook is used in approximately 150 universities.

Mary B. Cotten
Mrs. Cotten is also a former instructor at Georgia Southern University. She is an active partner in Sport Risk Consulting. She has spoken at many conferences, is involved in researching and analyzing waiver cases, and is co-author of Waivers & Releases of Liability (9th ed.).