Sports and Inequality is a comprehensive collection of annotated writings examining the legal and social implications of discrimination in both the professional and amateur sports contexts. The text examines the full scope of sports discrimination issues, specifically, the history of and contemporary experience with discrimination based on race, gender, disability, and sexual orientation.
The text features an introductory chapter on the inter-relationship of law, culture, and sports, and discrete introductory overviews of the American experience with race, gender, disability, and sexual orientation. The text provides a detailed examination of sports discrimination issues, including disparities in employment and educational contexts and the exclusion of persons from public facilities or services based on race, gender, or disability. Topics include racial inequalities on the playing fields and in the front offices of amateur and professional sports; the impact of NCAA eligibility criteria; the effects and future of Title IX; gender segregation and exclusion in professional sports; the impact and persistence of private clubs; the relationship between sports and sexual violence; covert and overt homophobia and sexual orientation discrimination in sports; and sports opportunities for people with disabilities.
The text considers its topics from a broad spectrum of perspectives, utilizing both legal and non-legal resources such as
- judicial opinions,
- statutory provisions, and
- articles and book excerpts from a variety of disciplines
to offer a wide-ranging survey of views on sports and inequality. The writings are supplemented with extensive notes, questions, references, and in-class exercises.
The text is designed to be accessible to a variety of audiences, and is appropriate for use in law school courses, as well as in undergraduate and graduate courses. As the only text to offer a comprehensive and detailed treatment of its topic, it is also uniquely valuable as a research tool for academics, journalists, or interested lay readers.