Sports Law

Credit Hours: 2

This course explores the relationship between various legal disciplines and the business of professional, Olympic, and amateur sports. Course topics include: league commissioners' scope of authority; player discipline and grievances; NCAA regulation of college sports and eligibility rules for college athletics; the fundamentals of Title IX and gender equity; an overview of the Olympic movement and Olympic sports organizations and issues; an introduction to antitrust law and its omnipresent role in the business of professional and amateur sports (the development of the baseball and labor exemptions, an overview of player restraints (drafts, restrictions on free agency, discipline, etc.) and disputes both between leagues and among the teams in a league); contract issues in professional sports, duties and regulation of agents; limited aspects of player-league labor relations and collective bargaining agreements; athletes', teams', and leagues' intellectual property rights. No prior knowledge of antitrust or labor law is necessary.