Understanding Sports Law provides a comprehensive overview of the legal issues and concepts that emerge from relationships existing within American sport. It captures the legal doctrine and rules arising from judicial decisions, state and federal legislation, and the private law created by associations and other sport entities. In doing so, Understanding Sports Law examines a vast array of different substantive areas of law as applied in the sports context. These include contracts, torts, intellectual property, antitrust, labor law and constitutional law.
While this treatise's primary focus is on articulating the current legal principles governing relationships in sport, it often discusses the historical evolution of such rules in order to contextualize and foster an understanding of today's controlling principles. It also guides the reader through legal and regulatory developments shaping the future of the sports industry, such as name, image, and likeness marketing opportunities for collegiate athletes and race and gender equity movements across the sports landscape.
This treatise can serve as a helpful companion to a casebook or as a stand-alone resource and will prove useful for law students, law professors, and practitioners alike."
The book successfully navigates both foundational and advanced areas of sports law in a way that is accessible to all, but thought-provoking for even the well-versed. . . . [and] effectively takes on a near-exhaustive consideration of sports law in its full breadth . . . This is no small feat, yet the authors accomplish it deftly. This breadth is one of the book's greatest strengths.
Understanding Sports Law is a valuable addition to the sports law literature. It provides an accessible yet comprehensive overview of the vast areas of law that sports implicate, organized in a manner that promotes a holistic understanding of each area of sports law. At the same time, it uses sports law as an example — a teaching tool — to educate readers about the law more broadly through its many intersections with sports. The book is an informative and readable resource that may be relied on by students, professors, and practitioners alike as a primary or supplementary sports law text.
— Harvard Law School's Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law