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255.6 sec. 1 - Topics in Sports Law (Spring 2014)
Instructor: Roy Eisenhardt (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Th 10:00-11:50
Meeting Location: 130
Course Start: January 09, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49754
This course in Sports Law studies the important fields of law that influence the governance and operation of American professional sports. The primary focus is on antitrust, labor, and intellectual property law. The course examines the unique structure of the sports industry, which requires individual teams to operate collectively in certain circumstances, such as league governance and labor matters, yet preserve the competitive balance among the teams, and examines the legality of these collective actions. Significant time will be devoted to teaching the fundamentals of antitrust, labor, and intellectual property law in order that the reading of sports-specific cases be understood in the broader context of those fields.
The class materials will be posted on bSpace; there will be no casebook. The reading and the class discussion during the year will be augmented by real-time events, such as labor disputes, franchise relocation, PEDs, player violence, or other circumstances that augment the academic content. The course will focus principally on professional sports leagues, but some material will relate to individual professional sports, the NCAA, and the Winter Olympics, where pertinent. The Final Examination is essay, open-book, take home. Consideration in final grading will be given to quality of class participation.
The instructor was the President of the Oakland Athletics between 1980-87, a Board Member of the Women's Professional Tennis Association, and coached heavyweight freshmen rowing at U.C. Berkeley.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. This is a good course for a student, including an LLM, seeking an integrated study of American business law as it operates within a specific industry.
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