Most Sports Law students are passionate about sports, and would love to work in the field of Sports Law. That goal has shaped the content of this book. Although there are precious few opportunities for students to become sports agents, there are thousands of other opportunities available for lawyers in the world of sports. Leagues, conferences, schools, teams, shoe and apparel companies, equipment companies, and media (both electronic and print) have jobs that would be fabulous for a sports nut with a law degree.
Thus, although this book does have a chapter on Sports Agency, it covers a broad range of other topics and issues, dealing with both professional and amateur sports. Familiarity with a variety of topics will provide the best foundation for students to determine which aspects of Sports Law they would like to pursue.
Professor Russ VerSteeg has been involved in sports since childhood. In high school he pole vaulted and 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). Between college and law school he taught high school and coached track and cross country. He has taught at New England Law | Boston since 1991 and specializes in Sports Law, Intellectual Property, and Legal History. He has published seven books and over 30 law review articles. He has served on the USATF Women's Pole Vault Development Committee, Pole Vault Safety Certification Board, and coaches both at the USATF club, Skyjumpers Connecticut, and Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut.
Professor Jack Sahl is 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, a JD from Vermont Law School, and an LL.M. from Yale Law School. He has played a variety of sports, including NCAA Division I soccer. Professor Sahl has advised athletes, managers, and agents. He has served as Akron's Alternate NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative since 2002 and as a member of Akron's Faculty Senate's Athletic Committee since 1999. He was appointed to Akron's NCAA Athletics Certification Self-Study Committee in 1996 and has taught Sports Law for over twenty-five years. Professor Sahl also teaches evidence, professional responsibility, and entertainment law, among other subjects. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles, book chapters and the book, EVIDENCE PROBLEMS AND MATERIALS. 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.