This 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 Association, the National Hockey League and the Olympics. The course will explore, among other areas, antitrust, labor, contract and intellectual property law as each has been applied to the sports industry, examining how Supreme Court and other courts' landmark decisions, as well as public reaction, have affected the evolution of sports law. Students will read case law and sports law articles. Class will begin with a discussion of significant legal and business developments in sports that occurred in the last week.Grading and Method of Evaluation
Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam. In addition to the final exam, students will litigate in class significant issues in sports law by paper and oral argument.