This course will cover various legal issues involving the professional sports industry as well as the field of international sports including the Olympics. The course will focus on the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball League (NBA), the Women National Basketball League (WNBA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Hockey League (NHL), as well as professional soccer (in the United States and abroad), golf and tennis. Special attention will be paid to the history of each as well as how labor law, antitrust law, contract law, tax law, tort law, intellectual property law and other aspects of law influence, shape and regulate professional and international sports. The role of broadcastings, facility financing and team ownership will also be covered. The course will also look at the Olympic movement and how disputes are handled and the legal rules covering the Olympic Games and other forms of international sports associated with the Olympic movement. Finally, the issues of concussions and other injuries as well as the interaction between professional sports and society will be explored.
Note: Due to overlap in content, students who enroll in the Sports Law II course will not be eligible to take the Sports and the Law Seminar. Limited Enrollment.