UK, Deaf Fan Settle Lawsuit

Feb 15, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -  A deaf University of Kentucky football season ticket holder and the school have settled a lawsuit over closed-captioning at Commonwealth Stadium.

Charles Mitchell of Lancaster in central Kentucky sued in May, seeking to force the university to put captions for all game announcements on the scoreboards of the stadium under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

One of Mitchell's attorneys, Laren Knoll of Columbus, Ohio, told the Associated Press that captions for all public address announcements should be on the scoreboard when the Wildcats kickoff Sept. 8 against Kent State.

University of Kentucky spokesman DeWayne Peevy said the school added the captioning when it spent $6.5 million to install new scoreboards and ribbon boards at the stadium late last year.

The suit was similar to cases brought against Ohio State University and the NFL's Washington Redskins.