International Sports Law



This course surveys current legal issues relating to the global sports industries, with a two-week focus on North America and the remainder focusing primarily on sports in the European Union. Among the topics to be studied are: the nature of the sports industries; sports law as a distinctive discipline of study; the business structures of team versus individual sports; labor relations and collective bargaining; antitrust regulation and its exemptions; professionalism versus amateurism; player transfers; cheating, including the use of performance-enhancing substances; status discrimination; licensing of international broadcasting rights; international merchandising; effective sports governance; and dispute resolution by national courts and the international Court of Arbitration for Sport.