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Sports Law: Governance and Regulation, Fourth Edition

  • Matthew J. Mitten
  • Timothy Davis
  • Barbara Osborne
  • N. Jeremi Duru
Series / Aspen Criminal Justice Series
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Four of the nation’s leading sports law scholars have merged their expertise to produce this problem-based sports law and governance text for undergraduate and graduate students. Drawing on their work developing the field’s leading sports law casebook for law students, the authors present this text in the traditional law school case method style, but with an eye toward accessibility for non-law students. Whether students are interested in careers in professional or amateur sports law, this text will equip them with the foundational knowledge necessary to identify legal issues, minimize risk, and become a generation of problem solvers within the sports industry. Contracts, torts, agency, labor and employment, racial and gender equity, antitrust, and intellectual property law are all addressed, as are health and safety issues and high school, college, and international/Olympic/regulatory concerns. Moreover, the text explores the sports industry with an appreciation of its dynamism, examining topics from cutting edge issues in athlete representation to the uncertain future of big-time intercollegiate athletics. Sports Law: Governance and Regulation (Fourth Edition) is a must for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the sports industry.

 New to the 4th Edition:

  • Changes to the NCAA’s governance and enforcement structures, and updated bylaws and cases related to student-athlete scholarships, transfer rights, and name, image, and likeness opportunities.
  • Updated college sports antitrust materials, including Alston v. NCAA and new Notes and Questions.
  • New discussion of whether student-athletes should be classified as employees.
  • Inclusion of the first judicial opinion interpreting provisions of the Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act.
  • Recent developments related to First Amendment free exercise, establishment clause, and free speech in the high school context.
  • New sections on participation rights of transgender and intersex athletes, and the obligation of organizations to protect athletes from sexual misconduct.
  • Professional sport developments regarding the appropriate breadth of commissioner authority, updated MLB, NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLS, NWSL, and NHL collective bargaining agreement summaries, and an expanded discussion of professional sports leagues’ personal conduct, disciplinary issues, and domestic violence policies.
  • Revised Olympic and international sports issues, including recent revisions to the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and a new 2021 World Anti-Doping Code case.
  • A unique look at negotiating sport industry contracts, including coaches’ and players’ contracts.

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Materials that present actual problems that develop the skills of students to be creative problem solvers
  • A legally authoritative textbook, written by the authors of the top law school casebook in the field of sports law who are leading lawyers and educators in the field of sports law and governance.
  • Interesting and insightful cases and examples from the authors’ wealth of sports law and governance experience, which help facilitate discussion directly related to problem solving.
  • The potential to “flip the classroom” and help students develop their analytical skills by using class time for problems provided in the book.
  • The book’s organization that gives students who want careers in sports law a good background in this field, as well as helping students develop critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills that will serve them well in their work and life.
  • Terms and legal vocabulary that are set out in the body of the text and defined immediately for better comprehension, as well as being listed in a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book.
  • The book’s problem-based approach allows students to learn to recognize and solve the problems that arise in each of the areas covered.
  • A shorter and more succinctly written text than the standard undergraduate sports law titles, giving students more time to explore real-world problems.
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About the authors
Matthew J. Mitten

Professor Mitten is the Director of the National Sports Law Institute and the LL.M. in Sports Law program for foreign lawyers at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served as the Law School#39;s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 2002 to June 2004. He currently teaches courses in Amateur Sports Law, Professional Sports Law, and Torts and has also taught Antitrust Law, Comparative Sports Law, International Sports Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and a Sports Law seminar. Professor Mitten earned a B.A. in Economics from The Ohio State University and his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and served as a Note Comment Editor for the University of Toledo Law Review#39;s editorial board. He practiced antitrust and intellectual property law with Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1984-1989. He taught at South Texas College of Law in Houston from 1990-1999 and has been a visiting professor at the University of Toledo College of Law as well as a visiting lecturer in sports medicine at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Matt has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia and is a member of the International Advisory Board for its Graduate Diploma in Sports Law program. He has also taught sports law courses at the University of Barcelona in Spain and the University of Queensland in Australia. Professor Mitten has co-authored a textbook titled Sports Law and Regulation: Cases, Materials, and Problems (Aspen, 2d ed., 2005). A leading sports law scholar, he has published articles in the Iowa, Maryland, Marquette, New England, Pittsburgh, St. John#39;s, St. Louis, Nebraska, Seton Hall, and South Texas law reviews as well as in the New England Journal of Medicine. In August 2003 he testified before a Congressional joint subcommittee regarding proposed federal regulation of ephedrine. He has given lectures and presentations about a wide variety of sports law topics at numerous conferences and seminars throughout the United States as well as in Australia and in China. Professor Mitten is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne, Switzerland) and the Sports Lawyers Association#39;s Board of Directors, and is an Executive Member of the International Academy of Sportslaw Practitioners Executives. He has been appointed to the Advisory and Editorial Board for The NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on College Sports by NCAA President Myles Brand. He formerly chaired the American Association of Law Schools#39; Section on Law and Sports and the NCAArsquo;s Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

Timothy Davis

One the countryrsquo;s best known sports law scholars, Professor Tim Davis is the John W. Ruth H. Turnage Professor of Law at Wake Forest School of Law. He has co-authored a casebook on sports law, and co-authored The Business of Sports Agents, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. He frequently presents papers and lectures at academic conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Tim serves on the Review Board for the United States Anti-Doping Agency and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the National Sports Law Institute. In addition, Tim teaches Contracts and Sales, and is a member of the Contracts Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Tim taught for nine years at Southern Methodist University and practiced commercial litigation in Denver, Colorado. Tim is a tenor and shares a passion for music with his wife and daughter.

Barbara Osborne
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Barbara Osborne, J.D., is an Associate Professor teaching in the Sport Administration specialization. Prior to her appointment at UNC in 1998, she worked for 14 years as an athletics administrator in intercollegiate athletics. While working at Brandeis University as the Senior Woman Administrator and Associate Athletics Director, Barbara completed her law degree at Boston College Law School. She also has experience as a coach, public relations coordinator, television sports commentator, publisher, and sports information director. Barbara teaches Legal Issues in College Sport and NCAA Governance and Compliance in the graduate program, as well as Legal Aspects of Sports, Discrimination and Sport, and Women and Sport in the undergraduate program. She is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Sports Law at the UNC Law School. Barbara advises the Carolina Sports Business Club and the Sport and Entertainment Law Association student organizations.

N. Jeremi Duru

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