Youth basketball league owed no duty to party injured in school parking lot

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Arthur and Leticia Martinez appeal the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the Merrillville Youth Basketball Junior Pirates, Inc. (“the Junior Pirates”) in the Martinezes‟ personal injury action. The sole restated issue is whether the trial court properly concluded that the Junior Pirates owed no duty to Arthur.
Conclusion (slip op. at 9):  The trial court correctly granted summary judgment to the Junior Pirates on the basis that they owed no duty to the Martinezes. We affirm.

Key Analysis (slip op. at 8, 9):  An indemnity agreement does not affect the duties owed to third parties, or the rights of third parties with respect to the parties to the indemnification agreement. The agreement controls the relationship between the parties to it, and that is all . . . The Junior Pirates did not undertake to perform any specific measures for the safety and welfare of persons coming to watch their games . . It was the School Corporation, and only the School Corporation, that owed a duty to the Martinezes with respect to the parking lot.

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