Sports and the Law: Examining the Legal History and Evolution of America's Three "Major League" Sports: MLB, NFL and NBA

Sports and the Law: Examining the Legal History and Evolution of America's Three "Major League" Sports: MLB, NFL and NBA

Mr. Peter Carfagna
Fall 2019 course
Th 1:00pm - 3:00pm in WCC Room 3019
1 classroom credit

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: Last Class Take-Home

Class participation and successful completion of weekly assignments will count for a significant portion of the student's final grade.

This basic Sports Law course will offer an overview of the three major sports that dominate the American sports scene today: Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the National Basketball Association. The Course will devote approximately equal time to each of these 3 major sports, and compare/contrast the similarities and differences among them, from an historical legal perspective. Specifically, it will evaluate the evolution of the 3 major leagues, and examine how Supreme Court and other courts' landmark decisions have affected the path of their progress. In so doing, practical examples of the cutting edge issues for practitioners in each of these 3 leagues will be offered. "Hypothetical" examples of negotiating, drafting and litigating the most significant issues in each of these 3 sports will be analyzed in group settings. Negotiation strategies, contract-drafting techniques and litigation-related resolutions will be explored within each group.

Enrollment is available to second year, third year and LLM students. For JD students who take this course, it will satisfy one half of the Option 2 writing requirement.

Students taking this course and who are interested in sports law clinical placements during winter or spring 2018 are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 2-credit fall 2018 "Sports and the Law: Advanced Contract Drafting." This seminar will provide students the opportunity to negotiate and draft agreements that a lawyer advising a sports team would encounter. Students in the seminar will learn about the various components of complex deal documents and have the opportunity to then draft these documents. Students in the seminar will also explore and experiment with negotiating strategies. Overall, the goal of the seminar is to have students master skills related to negotiating, drafting, and analyzing the various "moving parts" of complicated agreements regarding stadium leasing; naming rights; sponsorship; media rights; food and beverage; provision of medical; hospital and financial services; state-operated entities; and purchase and sale of sports teams.

This course fulfills the pre-requisite for the Sports Law Clinic. Please see the clinic's description or review the Sports Law Clinic Guide for more information.

Note: 8 classes / first 9 weeks.

Students who are interested in the winter or spring 2018 Sports Law Clinic are strongly encouraged to enroll in both of Prof. Carfagna's fall courses: "Sports and the Law: Examining the Legal History and Evolution of America's Three "Major League" Sports: MLB, NFL and NBA" and "Sports Law: Advanced Contract Drafting."

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