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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.

Documentary Supplement

In lieu of a hard-copy supplement published in connection with prior editions, we are now making documents available online.

Supplemental Teaching Resources

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 book I’ve co-authored with Paul Weiler, Gary Roberts, and Roger Abrams. Our new 5th edition of the Text is now available:

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
  2. Data on MLB Revenue Sharing
  3. Note on the Rule 5 Draft
  4. For MLS salaries, see; for an excellent source of other salary information, see
  5. For contested analyses of the McNeil case, which illustrate rule of reason arguments regarding labor restraints, see the remarks of players’ counsel Jeffrey Kessler here, and league counsel Jeff Pash here
  6. Note on Solutions to Entry and Expansion in Monopoly Sports Leagues
  7. NLRB decision on Northwestern football players case, as well as commentary on the case by Profs. Abrams and Ross here
  8. Overview of the business dynamics of sport: Stephen F. Ross, Dealing with Private Losers: Sports Governance, the Coase Theorem, and Public Choice Theory 
  9. Second Circuit decision in NFLMC v NFLPA (“Deflategate”)
  10. Ninth Circuit decision in O’Bannon v NCAA

Updates and post-text supplemental material

As an online supplement, Prof. Gary Roberts’ annual summaries of sports law developments, presented at the Sports Lawyers Association meeting, are available here.  The most recent version from the 2015 meeting, which will be updated again later in the summer to correspond to appropriate locations in the 5th Edition, can be accessed here.  Earlier versions, annotated to the 4th edition, are available for 2013 with the help of Institute Research Fellow Sean Richards ’15) online and for 2014 summary (with help of Institute Fellow Rachel Sanders '16) 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.


Finally, we hope to promote an exchange of ideas among our adopters by sharing syllabi.  Here are some different ways to approach the class based on different scheduling and interests.

  • A 3-hour course focusing on professional sports (Prof. Roberts): here
  • A 2-hour course focusing on collegiate and Olympic sports (Prof. Roberts): here
  • An 11-week course format (Prof. Abrams): here
  • A 3-hour traditional course covering all topics with strong antitrust emphasis (Prof. Ross): here
  • A 3-hour course focusing on problem-solving and business dynamics (Prof. Ross): here

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