In the fourth edition of Sports Law Cases and Materials, authors Russ VerSteeg and Jack P. Sahl have enhanced the earlier edition of this book by updating it with some of the more current topics in the area of sports litigation. While the latest edition does not include every single new legal issue or controversy in the sports realm that has occurred since the last edition was published in 2014, readers will benefit from updated references to current issues. This edition also contains the latest case law, which serves to either reinforce or update the legal doctrines addressed in the earlier edition.
This book is designed to introduce students to broad topics in sports law, rather than just focusing on sports agency. Sports agency comprises only a small portion of sports law—so students will benefit greatly from learning about sports law with a broader perspective so that they can go on to combine their passion for sports and the law into many different kinds of careers.
Sports law includes many other areas of law, most of which students will already be familiar with. While learning and while practicing in the area of sports law, students will be confronted with contract-related issues, torts, and constitutional law issues. Antitrust and labor law, agency, and intellectual property are other areas of law that often play a role in sports law.
This book is geared towards students of all levels—undergraduate, graduate, and law students. The main goal of the book is to provide a broad introduction to some of the most common topics that sports lawyers deal with. In addition to the educational content of the book, the authors also include thought-provoking questions along with each chapter to encourage deeper thinking on these topics.
About the Authors
Professor Russ VerSteeg has been involved in sports since his childhood. In high school, he participated in pole vaulting and he also ran cross country. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979) and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut School of Law (1987). After college and before attending law school, Russ taught high school and also coached track and cross country. He has taught at New England Law – Boston since 1991, and specializes in Sports Law, along with Intellectual Property, and Legal History. He is also an accomplished writer, having published seven books and over 40 law review articles.
Jack P. Sahl is the Joseph G. Miller Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Miller-Becker Center for Professional Responsibility at the University of Akron School of Law.He earned his BA from Boston College, his JD from Vermont Law School, and an L.LM. from Yale Law School. He has played many different sports, including NCAA Division I soccer. Professor Sahl has advised agents, managers, and athletes. He has served as Akron’s Alternate NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative since 2002 and has also been a member of Akron’s Faculty Senate’s Athletic Committee since 1999. He has taught sports law for over thirty years, and has also taught evidence, professional responsibility, and entertainment law, among other subjects.
He has authored or co-authored numerous articles, book chapters and two books, EVIDENCE PROBLEMS AND MATERIALS (Sixth ed. 2019) and PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN FOCUS (2017).Professor Sahl clerked for Chief Judge William Holloway Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was senior counsel to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.