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Sports Law

This research guide has been designed to assist law students, law faculty and practitioners with topics related to sports law study, research and practice.

Headnotes

You can find cases by searching for headnotes related to sports law.  Here are a few suggested topics.

 

Lexis Advance (Browse Topics)

  • Antitrust & Trade Law >Regulated Industries> Sports 
     
  • Education Law > Discrimination > Gender & Sex Discrimination > Title IX
     
  • Communications Law > Federal Acts > Sports Broadcasting Act
     
  • Torts > Negligence > Defenses > Assumption of Risk > Athletic & Recreational Activities
     
  • Torts > Premises & Property Liability > General Premises Liability >Types of Premises > Recreational Facilities

WestlawNext (West Key Number System)

  • Topic: Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Key Number: 601  (29Tk601) ---  Particular Industries or Businesses > Sports
     
  • Topic: Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Key Number: 941  (29Tk941) ---  Antitrust Law and Labor > Employers and employer associations
     
  • Topic: Labor and Employment, Key Number: 1177  (231Hk1117) --- Bargaining Units > Multiemployer unit
     
  • Topic: Labor and Employment, Key Number: 1146 (231Hk1146)  --- Collective Bargaining > Individual Contracts
     
  • Topic: Labor and Employment, Key Number: 1210 (231Hk1210) --- Duty to Act Impartially and Without Discrimination; Fair Representation > Contract Negotiations

Case Law

You can search for cases containing sports law issues using Westlaw or LexisNexis.

  You can also use the resources below to find recent cases that are organized by topic.

Federal Statutory Law

Below are some selected federal laws with sports and entertainment implications:

  • Amateur Sports Act of 1978, 36 U.S.C. (formerly in § § 371-396 et seq.) §§ 220501-220529
  • Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.
  • Clayton Act, 15 USC § 12 et seq.
  • Curtis Flood Act of 1998, 15 USC §27
  • National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 151-166
  • Sherman Antitrust Act, 15 U.S.C. §1 et seq., § 1291, § 1292
  • Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1291-1295
  • Sports Broadcasting Act of 1962, 15 USC §32
  • Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.
  • Trademark Act (Lanham Act), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1051-1127
  • U.S. Olympic Committee provisions, 36 U.S.C. §§ 220501-220529

Law Students can access these and other statutes using the U.S. Code found in the links below.  Students may also find browsing for these acts by popular name easy as well.

State Statutes

You can find 50 state surveys of state laws on sports law related topics using Subject Compilations of State Laws on HeinOnline.  

Below are searches that have been generated with topics related to sports law.

Uniform Laws Annotated - Agents

One popular set of Uniform Laws related to sports is the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAAA).  The Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAAA) is a model state law that provides a means of regulating the conduct of athlete agents.

In most cases, the UAAA, as enacted, requires an athlete agent to register with a state authority, typically the Secretary of State, in order to act as an athlete agent in that state. During the registration process, an athlete agent must provide important background information, both professional and criminal in nature.

As of July 2010, the UAAA has been passed in 40 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes Illinois, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2011. Three more states have non-UAAA laws in place designed to regulate agents.

Federal Legislative History

Legislative history can be extraordinarily useful for determining the intent behind a law, whether you're trying to determine why the law was changed or what Congress meant by a specific phrase. Legislative history is typically found in documents created during the legislative process, including reports, hearings, records of debates, and different versions of the bill.

Federal Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. The 50 subject matter titles contain one or more individual volumes, which are updated once each calendar year, on a staggered basis

Federal Register

The Federal Register (Fed. Reg.) is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

Regulatory Histories
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