Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Jock Talk: Organizers not able to settle Sin City disputes, case headed to trial


The Greater Los Angeles Softball Association is moving ahead with plans for its Sin City Classic.
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Organizers of next year's LGBT multi-sport festival in Las Vegas have not been able to settle their differences, the website has been taken offline, and their court dispute is currently scheduled to continue well past the 2018 event.

The Greater Los Angeles Softball Association and Shootout director Eric Ryan, a former board member of GLASA, dispute each other's right to stage a Sin City event January 11-14, in Las Vegas. (See September 14 JockTalk, " A big Vegas gamble.") Both parties are expected to meet in a federal district court scheduling conference October 16. In a joint report to the court filed this week, the parties will take depositions and handle other discovery activity through the middle of May, have a final conference on June 25, and go to trial July 9.

In the meantime, the parties are fighting over field reservations and sponsorships. GLASA has told the court it wants the softball reservations Ryan personally made for the Sin City Shootout canceled or turned over to them so that they can proceed with their plans for a renamed Sin City Classic. They have also asked for Ryan to end or turn over sponsorship agreements.

Earlier this year, the dueling websites for Ryan's scheduled events and GLASA's scheduled events listed identical sponsors. The Bay Area Reporter contacted all of the sponsors to ask which event, if any, they had a current agreement with. Only the Paris Gay Games responded, saying that it had chosen not to commit to either event until a legal resolution had been achieved.

Attorneys for both parties did not immediately return calls from the Bay Area Reporter.


Warriors LGBT Night

The Golden State Warriors LGBT Night this year will coincide with a celebration of the team's 2016-17 championship.

LGBT Night is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, at Oracle Arena in Oakland with a 7:30 p.m. game against the Toronto Raptors. All fans in attendance are scheduled to be given replica NBA championship rings. According to the Warriors' website, those who purchase special LGBT Night promotional tickets will also receive an as yet unspecified LGBT-themed promotional item.

For ticket information, visit


Gay Games 2018 comes calling

Manuel Picaud, former treasurer of the Federation of Gay Games and current co-president of next year's Gay Games in Paris, will be in San Francisco this month helping to promote Gay Games registrations.

Gay Games organizers say that the nearly 4,000 registrations they had before a fee increase this month were ahead of their projections – welcome news in the LGBT recreational sports world, after this year's World Outgames in Miami were canceled at the last minute with half that number of registrants.

Picaud will be offering lessons in petanque, a French sport played with silver balls that is being offered in the Gay Games for the first time, at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center, 100 Collingwood Street Saturday, October 14 from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m.

He will also be hosted at an invite-only cocktail reception by the French consul general Thursday, October 12. Invited are several of the leaders of local LGBT sports organizations.


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