June 2015 Bar Bulletin
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Sports Law


June, the sun, hot dogs and the opening of the roof at Safeco Field are all signs of summer. Surely, discussion of sports law follows on its heels. The collection at the Public Law Library has a few gems to beef up your knowledge.

On the light side, The Judge Who Hated Red Nail Polish & Other Crazy But True Stories of Law & Lawyers, Nolo Press, 2010, provides a quick overview of the issues relating to home run balls and subsequent legal action in the chapter "Take Me Out to the Ball Game - but Don't Get Between Me and That Home Run Ball."

From the American Bar Association (ABA), we have The Little White Book of Baseball Law, by John H. Minan and Kevin Cole, 2009. The publisher's blurb states, "This book discusses cases that involved rules of the game, new stadium construction, ownership of baseball memorabilia, injured spectators, television contracts and much more."

Expanding from baseball, we have three additional publications from the ABA that address sports law, starting with How To Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know, by Darren A. Heitner, 2014. As a testimonial promoting this book states, there are very few reference guides available for today's attorneys in sports. This book is written for the attorneys who need a practical, informative, though not encyclopedic, overview of the field to help them add sports law to their practice areas.

Questions about federal exemption of sports organizations emerge with regular frequency. The ABA has published two guides that attempt to shed light on these issues. One chapter of Handbook on the Scope of Antitrust, 2015, deals with antitrust and sports. A more in-depth discussion can be found in Sports and Antitrust Law, 2014.

From the lighthearted to the serious, we have something for you on sports law.


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