Joseph M. Hanna, chair of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment and Retail and Hospitality groups, was quoted in an article discussing the May 2015 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. that angry boxing fans said they were allegedly tricked into buying tickets for and claimed promoters knew Pacquiao suffered a torn rotator cuff weeks before the fight.
In “Angry Sports Fans Told Once Again: Don’t Cry To Courts,” Joe talks about the national impact of courts allowing lawsuits by fans for disappointing sporting events and how it would undermine the nature of sports.
“Courts across the country have consistently held that ticket holders enjoy only the right to view the event and no cognizable injury arises simply because the event did not meet fan expectations,” Joe said. “Allowing lawsuits for every unpredictable event would ultimately compromise the very nature of sporting events.”
“Angry Sports Fans Told Once Again: Don’t Cry To Courts,” Law360, November 27, 2019
With a national practice and industry-wide reputation for leadership, Joe is consistently ranked among the top 10 attorneys based in Western New York in Business First’s annual Legal Elite, and in 2015, Joe was the youngest honoree ever to be named Lawyer of the Year in the Bar Association of Erie County’s 130-year history. Joe is also a leading voice for diversity in the legal and business communities. He is chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Diversity Task Force and has held multiple leadership roles in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) as well as diversity-related positions within the American Bar Association (ABA), DRI, and other organizations.