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  1. #1
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    Question Is the Holding of a Slapping Contest Legal

    My question involves business law in the state of Missouri.

    Myself and several volunteers are looking to hold a slapping contest, much like the tournaments seen on television. Because the nature of the contest involves bodily harm, much like boxing, I was curious about the legality of advertising it publicly.

    I was planning on charging a $10 contestant entry fee, with free spectating. A prize trophy was to be given, along with medals for the runner-ups. I notice that frequently the difference between legality and illegality is whether cash is being collected, so if this practice is illegal I am fully invested in holding it for free.

    Is this illegal in any way? On a side note, if I create a waiver that if signed claims the signature owner removes all liability for physical damage from the tournament, is it legally binding? Or do I have to have something else to obtain a document that officially exonerates the tournament of liability?

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Is the Holding of a Slapping Contest Legal

    She's ba-ack.

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    Default Re: Is the Holding of a Slapping Contest Legal

    Quote Quoting TinyHorse
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    Is this illegal in any way? On a side note, if I create a waiver that if signed claims the signature owner removes all liability for physical damage from the tournament, is it legally binding? Or do I have to have something else to obtain a document that officially exonerates the tournament of liability?

    Thank you!
    Nothing you have participants sign in the form of indemnification or waver will prevent you from being sued should a participant be injured no matter how iron-clad you think the waver is. They can still sue you and you would have to defend that law suit.

    Believe it or not there are insurance companies that will insure such activities against liability but he cost of a policy would so far out pace what you take in for the competition.

    Really bad idea unless you have really deep pockets.

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    Default Re: Is the Holding of a Slapping Contest Legal

    There are also several that regulate boxing, wrestling and other fighting sports in MO.

    https://www.lawserver.com/law/state/...ws_chapter_317

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    Default Re: Is the Holding of a Slapping Contest Legal

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    There are also several that regulate boxing, wrestling and other fighting sports in MO.
    Yup. And such contests are regulated by the Missouri Office of Athletics.

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    Default Re: Is the Holding of a Slapping Contest Legal

    You would have to sponsor this in Finland where it's legal if you use fish.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoTR8sBGfyY

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    Default Re: Is the Holding of a Slapping Contest Legal

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    She's ba-ack.
    Yep. Everyone, please remember that this is a lonely and immature teenage troll with many usernames. Don't get sucked into her drama by responding to her fake stories.

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