Jodi S. Balsam,
The basic Sports Law course introduces students to professional sports legal issues, particularly involving the leagues that dominate the American sports scene today: Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball League, and the National Hockey League. In addition, we will cover legal issues involving the Olympics. The course will explore the areas of antitrust, labor, contracts, and intellectual property as each has been applied to the sports industry, examining how the Supreme Court and other courts' landmark and recent decisions have affected the evolution of sports law. Students will read case law and sports law articles. Classes will begin with a discussion of significant legal and business developments in sports that have occurred since the last class session.
Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade. Final exam. In addition, students will be asked to prepare a short (less than 10 page) paper on a designated issue in sports law.