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B678 Law & Sports

Description This course will address a number of significant issues that arise in Sports Law. While we will discuss a few issues involving high school athletics, most of our discussions will focus on intercollegiate and professional sports. For high school athletics we will discuss the regulating of Interscholastic High School Athletics and various constitutional issues such as freedom of speech, religion and fourth amendment concerns. For intercollegiate athletics we will discuss regulating Intercollegiate Athletics, including the history of the NCAA, the relationship of the student athlete and the University, eligibility of student athletes and enforcement of NCAA rules. We will also cover the impact of Title IX on gender discrimination in both high school and intercollegiate athletics. We will cover a number of issues relevant to the operation of professional sports. These issues will include labor law issues such as the development of free agency, drug testing, the role of the sports agent, and the role of the players# associations. We will also cover the evolution of sports as a business and a profession and the internal league governance and commissioner authority. We also address health, safety and risk management issues for all levels of sports including Tort and Criminal Liability for Athletics-related injuries to both participants and spectators. As an additional aspect, this class will also offer the opportunity for a few students who are interested in writing an independent research paper on an aspect of the rise of Indianapolis as one of the premier sports capitals of the United States. Up through the mid-1960s, other than being the home of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing # the Indianapolis 500 # there was very little in the way of professional or amateur sports in Indianapolis. However, since that time Indianapolis has become a sports mecca. In 1967, the Indiana Pacers entered the American Basketball Association and the NBA in 1976. Indianapolis is also the home of the Colts, who moved there from Baltimore in 1984. Other professional sports clubs have made Indianapolis home including WNBA#s Indiana Fever, the Triple A Indianapolis Indians (minor league farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates), the United States Hockey League#s Indiana Ice, and former Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association (who signed Wayne Gretsky in 1978 at the age of 17). In addition, Indianapolis is the home of several collegiate sports organizations, which includes the NCAA, seven national governing bodies that range from the Black Coaches Association to U.S. Synchronized Swimming. Seventeen sports-related organizations # from the American College of Sports Medicine to the National Youth Sports Corporation # have their headquarters there as well. Indianapolis has also hosted several very high-profile sporting events, including the following: Pan American Games in 1987; NCAA Men#s Final Four in 1980, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2006, and 2010; NCAA Women#s Final Four in 2005 and 2010; Men#s and Women#s Big Ten Basketball Tournaments from 2008 through 2012; Big Ten#s Football Championship since its inauguration in 2011; and the NFL#s Superbowl XLVI in 2012. Students who are interested in doing a supervised paper for an additional 1 or 2 hours, depending on the length and subject, can choose to address certain topics agreed upon with Professor Brown including the following: the 1987 Pan American games; the history of professional basketball in Indianapolis; the history of professional football in Indianapolis; the history of motor racing in Indianapolis; the history of NCAA, its organizations, and events in Indianapolis; or the history of professional hockey in Indianapolis.

Faculty S. Bearby, C. Westerhaus, K. Brown

SemesterTitleFaculty
Spring 2014 - 2015Law & SportsBrown, K.
Spring 2012 - 2013Law & SportsBrown, K.
Fall 2011 - 2012Law & SportsBearby/Wain
Spring 2009 - 2010Law & Sports (syllabus) (first day's assignment)Westerhaus, C.