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Resources for Teaching Sports Law

Resources for Teaching Sports Law

This page is for the benefit of law professors (full time and adjunct practitioners) and their students. The goal is, over time, to develop this site as a resource for syllabi, course content, and how to teach or explain major cases. In addition, when the Institute is able to post discussions or content on its Topical Discussion page, we’ll provide suggestions for how to integrate this material into class.

Supplemental Teaching Resources are also available, including a collection of Power Point slides for a 3-hour class (28 75-minute sessions), based on the Sports and the Law (Thomson/West 4th ed. 2010) book I’ve co-authored with Paul Weiler, Gary Roberts, and Roger Abrams. In addition, the following links are to handouts supplementing or updating the material in the Sports and the Law text:

  1. Note on Waiver and Option Rules (see p 11 of Text)
  2. Data on MLB Revenue Sharing (see pp 182-88 of Text)
  3. Note on the Rule 5 Draft (see pp 172-76 of Text)
  4. Excerpt from Brady v. NFL (8th Cir. 2011) (after p 255 of Text)
  5. Additional Notes on Sports Bankruptcy (after p 629 of Text)
  6. Note on Solutions to Entry and Expansion in Monopoly Sports Leagues (see pp 635-40 of Text)

As an online supplement, Prof. Gary Roberts’ annual summary presented in May 2013 at the Sports Lawyers Association meeting, has been annotated (with the help of Institute Research Fellow Sean Richards ’15) to correspond to the appropriate locations in the Sports and the Law textbook, and can be accessed online. Likewise, Prof. Roberts’ May 2014 summary has been annotated (with help of Institute Fellow Rachel Sanders '16) and can be accessed online.

In addition, we have a few topical updates regarding developments that occurred since publication of the 4th edition of Sports and the Law:

  1. Update on the Buckeyes scandal (with Caitlin DeFusco)
  2. Update on the Dodgers bankruptcy (with Chelsea Kearney)
  3. Update on drug testing developments (with Chelsea Kearney)
  4. Update on discipline for off-field misconduct (with Chelsea Kearney)
  5. Update on 2011 NFL Lockout (Prof. Roger Abrams and Kate Radtke)
  6. Update on 2012 NFL Referee Lockout (Prof. Abrams)
  7. Update on 2012 NHL Lockout (Prof. Abrams)
  8. Update on 2011 NBA Lockout (Prof. Abrams)
  9. Excerpt from 2013 9th Circuit decision in Keller v. EA Sports
  10. Update on Idaho tort law decision rejecting assumption of risk at baseball games
  11. Update on spectator battery case involving Kobe Bryant
  12. Discussion of hearsay evidence and work product discovery in criminal drug prosecutions of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens
  13. Sports Gambling
  14. Products Liability
  15. Federal Horse Racing Regulation
  16. Paul Tagliabue's arbitration opinion on the Saints "bounty" scandal
  17. Gay athletes right to exclude heterosexuals from a national softball tournament (also useful as a way to mention Jason Collins)
  18. A Title IX case on whether competitive cheerleading (which is really synchronized tumbling) is a "sport" for gender equity counting.

We hope you find these materials helpful. Please e-mail comments, or share your syllabus, by contacting Steve Ross at